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Changes In Manufacturing, Testing And Process Control
Author(s): Ronald B. Sartain
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Paper Abstract

During the last few years manufacturing test engineers have been exposed to a new set of terminologies that include lasers, laser safety, isolated test areas, clean rooms, precision fixtures, assembly procedures, and alignment procedures. In addition to the changes in terminologies, both research and development engineers and manufacturing test engineers have found themselves responsible for test procedures and assembly procedures due to the requirement of alignment and alignment checks during and after assembly of electro-optical systems and subsystems. Due to the changes in engineering responsibility, management has made several small but general changes to ensure an earlier interface during the research and development phase between the manufacturing and research and development organizations. Because this early interface has been missing with some of the earlier electro-optical systems, the process control efforts in manufacturing have not kept pace with the research and development areas. Examples of areas in process control in which there are great and immediate needs for advancement include bonding of optical components, optical coatings, and mechanical mounts. It is the intent of the author to present both problems and solutions encountered during past projects and to point out anticipated problems on future systems and how this new knowledge is being used to head off future problems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 October 1979
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 0187, System Aspects of Electro-optics, (4 October 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.965572
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Ronald B. Sartain, Martin Marietta Aerospace (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0187:
System Aspects of Electro-optics
Harold B Jeffreys, Editor(s)

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