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Omnicon has been a trusted outsource partner to startups and Fortune 500 companies alike, across industries such as Aerospace, Rail and Transportation, Military and Defense, Medical Devices, and Commercial Electronics. Whether you are looking to award a multi-year development project, or one-off analyses, our 33 years of experience on both sides of the supplier/buyer relationship has led us to master the nuance of starting new business relationships. The following questions are likely to arise in new subcontract or outsource endeavor.

Should I outsource this project?
Many companies first come across this question when their engineering organization gets a new demand that they can’t meet. Our advice is to have an answer to this question long before that happens. A better, more immediate question to consider is: What is my organization’s outsourcing strategy?

There are many strategies you may choose to employ when subcontracting with an engineering services provider. The most common reasons for outsource are to regain schedule or good standing with a customer, overcome a technical challenge, focus on core competencies, get an independent outside opinion, or simply to supplement your team with immediately available experienced engineering resources that can be productive with minimal training to make up for fluctuations in demand.

These days, most companies are matrixed organizations and we’re all asked to juggle projects and priorities. When a project calls for a dedicated team, it’s often difficult to assemble such a team for the period of performance. An external team won’t be divided by competing schedules and deadlines and can stay laser focused on a specific business need while your core team balances the daily needs of your organization.

How do I choose a Supplier?
Once you’ve decided to enlist external aid on an engineering project, you’ll have to consider candidates and weigh their proposals. Candidates that have verifiable experience and objective measures of success should top your list. Your candidate’s engineering and quality processes should be routinely audited and certified. You should understand their work history, past customers, accomplishments, and research their reputation using references and testimonials.

When you enlist Omnicon’s services, you’re working with a certified AS 9100 and ISO 9001 company. This means we have proven that we deliver consistent levels of quality to our customers with well-defined and processes and procedures ranging from Reliability, Maintainability and Safety (RM&S) Engineering; Hardware, Software and Systems Engineering; Development of Special Test Equipment; and Design, Development, and Manufacturing of Products. We are pleased to share our testimonials from our customers to support our work.

How do I work with a Supplier?
A supplier that wants to become a long-term partner will be interested in learning more than what the job entails. Listen for questions that show that they care about how the project is being executed, how status is being communicated, and for any ways to improve your experience as a customer. A dedicated, proactive supplier will be actively getting to know your product, suggesting alternative approaches, understanding your core design decisions, and exhaustively presenting methods and options to you to get the best possible outcome.

Skilled Engineers with Experience
Omnicon, part of HBM Prenscia Solutions, has years of experience as an industry leader. Our partnership with HBM Prenscia’s nCode Federal, LLC means we will continue to deliver unwavering technical innovation by developing cost effective software, hardware, and test solutions, while working with you to develop solutions for today and tomorrow. To discuss the opportunity to assist you in your next project, simply complete the form on our website or contact us here.

January 18, 2018

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Anyone who has been tasked with bringing a product through the DO-178 certification process knows the level of effort required to make sure all of the “i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed” prior to an audit. In this month’s blog, Omnicon offers some advice on tasks that many companies tend to wait until late, or even the end of the program, to review.

Specific questions to consider:

  • Are all of the deliverables available?
  • Have they been reviewed and pending actions closed?
  • Has Configuration Management weighed in?
  • Has Quality Assurance verified all processes to date?
  • Are there sufficient records providing evidence to such?

Those are questions we typically ask initially. The following section, however, tends to be left until later in the project. With greater attention given to these issues, and giving consideration early and throughout the DO-178 process, you will not be left scrambling at the last moment to address them.

Data Coupling: Data Coupling is defined by the degree of data interdependence of components between software modules. Engineers should be including checks for unused data and uninitialized data during data coupling analysis. To help accomplish this task, we urge limited use of global data, generating and analyzing set/use tables to ensure all data items declared are initialized and used as intended. Data flow diagrams are also an excellent way to provide the information needed for analysis.

Control Coupling: Control Coupling is when a module of software influences the execution of another. Engineers should generate and analyze call trees, flow charts and sequence diagrams and match these against the design to ensure you’re getting the right influences throughout the process.

Structural Coverage: Structural Coverage helps to eliminate gaps in requirements and test. We aren’t suggesting putting unnecessary constraints on the development team, however there are certain coding techniques that can be used to help attain better code and branch coverage.

For example, using switch/cases, if/else, for loops and do/whiles in different ways can yield better coverage without negative impacts on performance or maintainability. What works best may be differences driven by DAL (Design Assurane Level) and whether MCDC (Modified Condition/Decision Coverage) coverage is required.

Tool Qualification: It is important to know when a third-party or in-house tool requires qualification. The key point is to know how the tool is being used and whether tool-qual is required. Perhaps the only thing worse than using a software tool that has not been qualified is to go through the expense of having a tool qualified when it was not required.

To make sure all points are addressed, Omnicon has developed numerous checklists based on our years of experience. These checklists help our customers with bringing a product through the DO-178 certification process with confidence and relieve the associated stress.

Contact us today to receive guidance based on our accumulated expertise and discipline to help you address your certification needs and requirements throughout the development and verification process.

October 12, 2017

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By Guest Blogger, Rose Mooney

The history of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), although not very long, has captured the imaginations of many. From large military-type drones to those flown on the weekend for fun, we look to the skies again for defense, new perspectives, and potential new ways to give businesses an edge. The Omnicon Group has worked with unmanned aircraft systems for over two decades and is ready to answer your questions about how to make your systems and aircraft certification ready.

Increased use of UAS, by the United States, began in the military in the early 1980’s. This use was initiated and procured by the military intelligence directorates. The information gathered was important, rather than the means or the aircraft. Price, size, and expeditionary use were the factors for the UAS awards. Therefore, the departments purchasing the UAS were not aviation savvy so airworthiness certification was not a requirement. When the military moved the UAS programs under the aviation directorates airworthiness became a major concern.

Much like manned aviation UAS, a.k.a. drones, come in many shapes, sizes, capabilities, and costs. They range from very small drones weighing ounces to over 15,000 pounds UAS that can fly for over 30 hours. If you walk into Walmart, Toys R Us, or any number of retail stores in person or shop online, you can find a variety of drones starting from prices of $20 on up. These toys, in many cases, have very limited capabilities and often don’t last much past the first couple of days of use. This makes the development of standards and regulations far different than we have seen for manned aircraft. This includes developing airworthiness requirements.

Airworthiness for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) has been a topic of discussion since UAS moved into the military aviation directorates and began to fly in the National Airspace System (NAS). For safe operations, airworthiness is a chief consideration when designing, building, and testing UAS. Airworthiness for UAS has to be looked at not only by capabilities but also by mission. This is very different from manned certification which looks at capabilities and equipage. Manned aviation considers best equipped is best served for access.

Since UAS are newer to civil aviation than manned aircraft, airworthiness and standards continue to be developed. In the US, the FAA works with standards organizations such as Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) and ASTM International. RTCA has a committee SC228 that is working on Detect And Avoid (DAA) and Command and Control (C2) data link Minimum Operational Performance Standards (MOPS). These standards are being developed so that UAS can transit Class D, E, and G airspace to operate in Class A airspace and is focused on larger UAS. They have published DO-365 for DAA Phase I MOPS and DO-366 for MOPS for Air-to-Air Radar DAA Systems Phase I. The FAA released the part 107 rule for small UAS, 55 pounds and under, in June 2016 that allows UAS to operate under 400 feet and within visual line of site for civil use. ASTM F38 has published a number of standards for this size aircraft including F2909 – Practice for Maintenance and Continued Airworthiness of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems and F3003 – Specification for Quality Assurance of a Small Unmanned Aircraft System. These bodies continue to work on and release standards as designated by the FAA and staffed with industry experts.

Rose Mooney is an industry expert on UAS. She works with manufacturers, small and large companies, NASA, FAA, RTCA, and ASTM to further UAS access and enable a viable commercial market for UAS nationally and internationally. Rose can be reached at rosemooney@archangelaero.com for further information.

While certifications for unmanned aircraft are still in process, Omnicon’s team of engineers can provide assistance in development of your UAS systems and programs. Whether you’re looking for system development, full life-cycle program management, verification, validation or testing, we are primed to assist you.

September 19, 2017

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Value for your money and a piece of mind; they are important considerations when you’re looking to having a product that is going to bear your name. This is why it is important to know the companies you hire have a ISO 9001 and AS 9100 Certification, a set standard in quality and customer satisfaction.

Why cut corners with an organization that may, or may not, have processes in place to ensure satisfaction? Why take risks with your reputation or leave it in the hands of an organization that hasn’t proven they can meet basic standards?

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) aims to create a quality management process in manufacturing from a global perspective. An ISO 9001 certification means an organization has systematic processes in place, is able to reduce the impact should an issue occur, and have the ability to speed up recovery. In the most basic terms, an ISO Certification means there is a good solid foundation for implementing management standards and a process for control, improvement, and efficiency.

The AS 9100 certificate “drills down” on the ISO 9001 requirements and recommendations for the complex nature of aerospace and defense, highlighting the statutory and regulatory requirements decided by the International Aerospace Quality Group.

Both certifications center on a basic level of standards and having processes in place to improving the product requirements and preventative actions. Earning these certificates means a company is dedicated to quality and customer satisfaction. It means putting your product in the hands of a company that values its employee’s safety and its customer’s end product.

These values are the basis of The Omnicon Group’s commitment to exceeding the needs of our customers, and why we have achieved our ISO 9001:2008 and AS 9100 certification for all engineering and product development services.

June 2, 2017

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The Omnicon Group has achieved re-certification to ISO 9001 and AS 9100 standards. The five-day comprehensive audit was conducted in August by PRI Registrar, an ANAB accredited third-party registrar.

Omnicon’s scope of registration includes Reliability, Maintainability and Safety Engineering; Hardware, Software and Systems Engineering; Development of Special Test Equipment; Design, Development, and Manufacturing of products.

This re-certification reinforces Omnicon’s commitment to improving our quality and safety standards. Charleen McCarrick, Omnicon’s Quality Manager affirms this by saying, “The Omnicon Group is committed to exceeding the needs of its customers by establishing a culture of quality through the implementation and continued improvement of our quality management system.”

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November 21, 2016

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The Omnicon Group, a leader in engineering services for an extensive range of industries, is pleased to announce the completion of its ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100-C recertification, effective December 23, 2014. The ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100-C audits were conducted by PRI Registrar, an ANAB accredited third-party registrar. Our certification for ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100-C shows our continued commitment to providing high quality services and products to our customers.

President and CEO of The Omnicon Group, Scott B. Abrams states, “Omnicon will continually improve our processes and procedures in order to meet or exceed customer expectations. Implementing this policy means that all employees will understand what our customers expect and that they will provide our customers with the best service. All requirements must be continually evaluated and upgraded to reflect changing customer expectations.”

For more information about The Omnicon Group contact:
Karen J. Frank
The Omnicon Group
631-436-7918
kfrank@omnicongroup.com

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March 11, 2014

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The Omnicon Group, a leader in engineering services for an extensive range of industries, is pleased to announce the completion of its ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100-C certification, effective November 18, 2013. The ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100-C audits were conducted by PRI Registrar, an ANAB accredited third-party registrar, for the provisions of reliability, maintainability, and safety engineering services. Our certification for ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100-C is a result of our continued commitment to providing high quality standards to our customers.

ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100-C are quality management systems designed to help organizations fulfill stringent requirements regarding their products and services. AS9100-C, in particular, is specifically designed to meet the needs of the aerospace industry with improvements on required quality and safety standards. These quality management systems have become the basis on which businesses can trust certified organizations to provide excellent quality, reliability, and safety in their products and services.

Our quality policy states that, “Omnicon will continually improve our processes and procedures in order to meet or exceed our customers’ expectations. To implement this policy means that all employees will understand what our customers expect and that they will provide our customers with the best service. All requirements must be continually evaluated and upgraded to reflect changing customer expectations.”

For more information about The Omnicon Group contact:
Karen J. Frank
The Omnicon Group
631-436-7918
kfrank@omnicongroup.com

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March 11, 2013

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