Avionics News January 2017 - 60
ABOVE: A part of the engineering team at Astronics meets.
RIGHT: Employing more than 500 people and located in Kirkland,
Washington, Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems was recently
selected by Seattle Business magazine as one of the 100 best companies
to work for in the state of Washington for the 10th straight year.
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"ATS moved up the value chain over recent decades
to provide tailored integrated test solutions that improve
test and diagnosis of mission critical electronic systems
for aerospace, defense and semiconductor industries,"
In the late 1970s, Dana Labs became known as
Racal Instruments Group. In 2004, the company was
purchased by EADS North America (Airbus). In March
2014, Astronics Corp. purchased ATS from Airbus.
Today, ATS is based in Irvine, California. It continues
to design and build products in a 100,000-square-foot
facility in Irvine, and a 50,000-square-foot factory in
Orlando, Florida. The ATS production line has been
running continuously since 1961.
Through all these years and changes, ATS has
continued to focus on exceeding customer expectations
with top-flight test and measurement equipment.
"Astronics prides itself in bringing together
companies under its umbrella where solutions are based
on unique products and know-how," Mulato explained.
"Astronics Corp. has been one of the fastest-growing
high-tech companies over the past two decades through
organic growth and acquisitions of key business
Mulato attributes the success of ATS to the uniqueness
of the company and by having earned the trust of its
customers. The company's success is based upon the
success of its customers and employees. Astronics ATS
promotes collaboration with its customers to create
and construct solutions made specifically for customer
applications. Its rich customer experience, innovative
technology, and co-locations of both manufacturing and
engineering in Irvine and Orlando affords the company a
competitive advantage, according to Mulato.
This shows in the company's CTS-6000. The
capabilities of many portable test boxes are limited. As
a result, aerospace and other organizations lose valuable
time shipping radio equipment for testing and repair.
The capabilities of the CTS-6000 will increase field
capabilities, thus reducing downtime.
According to Brian Price, executive vice president of
Astronics Test Systems, "The CTS-6000 test system is
a true software-defined, synthetic instrument-based test
platform that supports manual and automated testing
of any radio frequency, communications or navigation
system. The tablet-sized form factor of this tester
delivers convenient, portable, at-platform testing for the
military, aerospace and civil security industries."
The unit combines 12 instruments into a single
box. By combining the functions of several test boxes
into a single, software-defined, platform, ATS was
able to produce a box allowing one person to test and
troubleshoot easily in the field.
Awards, growth and profitability are indications that
something is working well for Astronics. The company
has the ability to offer solutions based on innovative
technology, developed with engineer-to-engineer
collaboration, and certified quality. q
To learn more about Astronics, visit astronics.com.