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Manufacturing technology for tactical grade FOGs
Author(s): Gene H. Chin; Kenneth D. Marino; Gregory S. Safonov
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Paper Abstract

Assembly of a fiber optic gyros (FOG) is currently a very labor intensive process and requires extreme accuracy in assembling the components. Efforts on this Air Force program to establish the manufacturing processes and supplier base required for affordable production the tactical grade interferometric FOGs will be presented. Specific objectives of the program are three fold: demonstrate a unit production cost of $1000/axis, with a goal of $500/axis, process capability as measured by process control indices (Cp and Cpk) which must be 1.33 or higher for key processes, and a robust interferometric FOG industrial base achieved through teaming arrangements with material, component and equipment suppliers. There are eight task areas addressed in this program: optical source, couplers, integrated optic chips (IOC), optical fiber, sensing coil, electronics, assembly and test.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 1994
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2290, Fiber Optic Materials and Components, (28 September 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.187442
Show Author Affiliations
Gene H. Chin, Litton Systems, Inc./Guidance & Control Systems Div. (United States)
Kenneth D. Marino, Litton Systems, Inc./Guidance & Control Systems Div. (United States)
Gregory S. Safonov, Litton Systems, Inc./Guidance & Control Systems Div. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2290:
Fiber Optic Materials and Components
Hakan H. Yuce; Dilip K. Paul; Roger A. Greenwell, Editor(s)

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