Electronics Manufacturing

Test Equipment An international company manufactures devices to test microwave instruments such as aircraft radar and cell phones. Each device is tested with equipment especially designed for that purpose. They must assure that the equipment used to test the devices are correctly calibrated and that the instruments that calibrated the test equipment are themselves properly calibrated in a chain that could reach back through hundreds of test devices to the initial instruments that were certified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). This process is a part of their quality plan for ISO registration.

The server computers that stored the calibration data recorded the dates using just two digits for the month, the date and the year. December 31, 1999 was stored as 12/31/99. However, January 1, 2000 would be kept as 01/01/00, making the computer think the year was 1900 instead of 2000. This was known as the Y2K problem and it would invalid calibration certificates.

Avidaid provided project management and software development services to create a new Web based application designed to run world wide utilizing HP/UX servers and an Oracle relational database.

Avidaid provided software engineers, database administrators, technical writers, educators and managed the team that included hardware engineers and technicians. Stake holders around the globe were consulted and prototypes of screen designs and report layouts were distributed. Management and stakeholders were kept informed as the project proceeded. End user manuals were provided and participants from around the world attended on-hands training courses.

The system was completed on time and on budget and went live on January 1, 2000.