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When diagnostic test equipment fails, aviation and ground vehicle asset failure may soon follow. However, even if the maintenance scenario changes to a depot in U.S., the procurement and logistics processes in Department of Defense are many times more complex than in the nonDepartment of Defense world, which drives TCO even higher for COTS/semi-rugged computing equipment that have higher failure rates than fully or ultra rugged equipment.

research published several years ago by Venture Development

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Corporation (VDC), roughly 50% of the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for mobile computers comes from lost worker productivity.

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warranties. If a product manufacturer doesn’t back their devices with these kinds of warranteis, it’s probably because they do not have a high enough level of confidence in the performance of their product. At VT Miltope, it’s my job to ensure our customers have products that are rugged enough to meet the job’s demands and that the computers are designed for the environments they are expected to operate in. That’s why our products are backed up and supported by the best warranty program in the industry. The field is no place for fragile; commercial equipment or semi-rugged equipment that has been designed to meet only part of the MILSTD’s is not long lived in a military environment. These systems add costs related to maintainer downtime and aviation / ground vehicle failures caused by delayed scheduled maintenance due to lack of test equipment availability. COTS computer equipment used in a fielded environment has a 1-year failure rate of about 25% whereas rugged computer equipment has a 1-year failure rate closer to 5%. In fact, on the Maintenance Support Device (MSD) program for PM-TMDE, the VT Miltope supplied ultra-rugged computer has a failure rate of 1.2% with a fielded population of approximately 50,000 systems. According to research published several years ago by Venture Development Corporation (VDC), roughly 50% of the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for mobile computers comes from lost worker productivity. Although this study was focused more on the industrial / field employee, it only gets worse when you consider the added issues related to soldiers and marines operating in the harshest, most remote environments on the planet. When operating in these extreme environments, failures in ground vehicle and aviation maintenance equipment has an immediate impact on the ability to move “at will” on the battlefield, not to mention life and death safety concerns.

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Reducing the Size, Weight, Power and Cost (SWAP-C) of field computing solutions for the world’s militaries will forever be the focus of designers and requirement setters. As budget pressures cause militaries to consider the lower acquisition costs of COTS and / or semi-rugged computing solutions, the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is an extremely important consideration that cannot be lost, forgotten or overlooked. The costs of many of the military advanced weapons systems, aviation and ground assets are in the tens of millions of dollars. Additionally, with smaller acquisition budgets comes the expectation that current weapons systems and aviation and ground assets will remain in the field much longer than expected, putting even greater emphasis on proper preventive and corrective maintenance actions. This reality forces a proper focus on the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) as a key component to utilization of computing assets in the field.

VT Miltope As a leader within the military, industrial and commercial aviation industries for nearly 40-years, we take special pride in what do. We know that there is a lot riding on our performance. From seamless operations in the field or on the line of battle, we know that there is more at stake than just our reputation. There are the lives of our servicemen and women, the lives of

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Special Report on Next Generation Rugged Computers and Peripheral Equipment  

Defence Industry – Special Report on Next Generation Rugged Computers and Peripheral Equipment

Special Report on Next Generation Rugged Computers and Peripheral Equipment  

Defence Industry – Special Report on Next Generation Rugged Computers and Peripheral Equipment