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Application Story: Army Vehicle Electronics & UEI Solutions

“Vetronics” (Vehicle Electronics) embodies the intricate network of advanced technologies integrated into military vehicles to enhance their capabilities and situational awareness on the battlefield. It’s essential for vetronics to conform to the Ground Common Infrastructure Architecture (GCIA) ecosystem that includes communication systems, sensors, control interfaces, and data analysis tools, that provide real-time data. Ensuring seamless interoperability among diverse subsystems, maintaining robust cybersecurity measures, and adapting swiftly to rapidly evolving technological landscapes pose formidable obstacles. The Army’s need for rugged, flexible, and secure TSN I/O adapters for vehicle sensor and communication distributions systems is critical to the vetronics systems. Learn more about how UEI supported Army vetronics here.

Application Story: UEI & Airbus Defence & Space

The TEXUS/MAXUS Sounding Rocket Program at Airbus Defence & Space was initiated in 1976 with the aim to provide to scientists and experimenters the opportunity to perform technological experiments and investigations under microgravity conditions. The program includes the design and construction of the rocket and ground systems, as well as their flight monitoring for experiments in weightlessness. Learn how UEI equipped Airbus's TEXUS/MAXUS with rugged and reliable data acquisition and control hardware here.

Application Story: UEI's Embedded Solutions for Flight Simulation & Supersonic Flight Testing

A cutting-edge aerospace company has been working towards launching a new supersonic passenger jet. The company needed to run sophisticated tests with simulated and real hardware to make this new jet a reality, using hardware-in-the-loop. Learn more about UEI's pathway to success for this project here.

Application Story: UEI & Aurora Flight Sciences

Aurora Flight Sciences is a company that seeks to create advanced aircrafts by utilizing autonomous systems and composite manufacturing. The Aurora Centaur aircraft offers the option for piloted, remote, or hybrid operation which improves safety and control capabilities, which is strengthened further by the triplex and duplex redundancy in its critical flight systems. The Centaur also has a small footprint and boasts a low life-cycle cost while still providing a high quality of performance. This optional “pilot-in-the-loop” approach is ideal for controlled and uncontrolled airspace. Safety and redundancy are primary design considerations and UEI equipment is central to the unmanned operations. Learn more about how UEI supported Aurora here.

Application Story: UEI and Hydroacoustics Inc. (HAI)

Hydroacoustics Inc. (HAI) designs specialized products for a variety of aquatic applications, including an innovative oil and gas subsea chemical injection system, called the SCIU (Subsea Chemical Injection Unit). Subsea chemical injection techniques are used to mitigate the diminishing effects of buildup in piping and pumping systems used in subsea oil production operations. Learn how UEI equipped HAI's SCIU with rugged data acquisition and control hardware that could guarantee accurate results in an extreme environment here.

Application Story: UEI and Avionics Heads-Up Displays

HUD (Heads-Up Display) was created in an effort to make flying simpler and safer. The new HUD is a smart in-flight display system that includes a projection unit, clear glass display combiner, and a display processer unit, allowing pilots to see critical flight data in the same line of sight as outside terrain. UEI helped simplify and improve the prototyping and production of the HUD utilizing UEI COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) hardware and software. Learn more here.

Application Story: UEI & LCAC SLEP

The Navy’s Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) are rugged amphibious vessels designed to bring warfighters, troops, and critical suppliesashore from surface ships. As part of the LCAC Service Life Extension Program (SLEP), the Navy needed a hardened rehost system tomitigate obsolescence and increase dependability for 75 LCAC crafts in the fleet. A TRL 9 Command, Control, Computers, Communication and Navigation (C4N) SBC4 Control, Alarm and Monitoring System (CAMS) was needed, as well as crucial failsafe assurances and the ability to handle a variety of I/O signals. UEI offered a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solution to meet the stringent requirements of the Navy. Learn more about how UEI supported the LCAC SLEP program here.

Application Story: UEI & Blue Origin

When Blue Origin, a space exploration company founded and privately funded by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, needed to consolidate custom and COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) data acquisition and control hardware into one platform they looked to UEI for their solution. UEI's standardized hardware solutions helped Blue Origin save time, minimize maintenance, accelerate development, and compete in the space race. Learn more here.

Application Story: UEI and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)

As part of a recent project by a U.S. Navy lab to study ice cracking events in the Arctic circle, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) researchers developed a cabled DAQ system that would collect seismo-acoustic measurements and help better understand sea ice strength and behavior. WHOI researchers needed hardware that could withstand Arctic temperatures and reliably collect data. UEI equipped WHOI’s system with the hardware it needs to withstand arctic conditions and collect key ice cracking data, and ensure the project’s success. Learn more here.

Application Story: UEI & Framatome

Framatome is a French nuclear reactor developer largely owned by the French state. When Framatome’s Safety I&C (Instrumentation and Controls) system maintenance and testing tools, which ensured the platform’s integrity and reliability, began to encounter obsolescence challenges, Framatome knew it was time for an upgrade. UEI equipped Framatome's I&C maintenance system with the I/O hardware it needed to perform accurate, modern, and robust systems testing; all of which was protected from any future product obsolescence issues with our long-term 10-year availability guarantee. Learn more here.

UEI and NASA's SAFFIRE Program - Ensuring Fire Safety in Space

Nasa's SAFFIRE program was designed to study large flame growth and material flammability limits in microgravity, which will be essential to the design and construction of future spacecraft and the development of informed protocols for dealing with fire emergencies in space. UEI's compact and rugged data acquisition hardware and I/O handled the rigors of an extreme environment and ensured the relay of crucial data back to NASA's scientists. Learn more here.

Application Story: UEI's Modified Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) Sensor Interface Unit (SIU) & US Navy

The US Navy’s LCAC (Landing Craft Air Cushion) fleet is a vital part of Navy operations and is responsible for transporting weapons systems, equipment, cargo and personnel of the Marine Air/Ground Task Force both from ship to shore and across the beach. The LCAC is designed to make it uniquely suited for this mission. However, the fleet is over three decades old and faces obsolescence challenges. To solve these challenges, the Navy introduced the LCAC SLEP (Service Life Extension Program), which would overhaul the LCAC’s existing legacy systems with newer equipment. To do so, the Navy needed rugged, reliable, and flexible data acquisition and control hardware. Learn more.

Application Story: UEI, Tyonek Global Services, LLC & HUMS

Tyonek needed a flexible, rugged, and accurate data acquisition device that would be used to collect the information from the various sensors within the UH-1N helicopter for Health Usage and Monitoring Systems (HUMS) purposes. Learn more.

UEI & SpaceX - Working Together to Find Solutions

SpaceX the first successful private space launch operator company has most recently been developing a spacecraft for use in crewed interplanetary spaceflight. With the increasing complexity of each new spacecraft, searching for the right monitoring and control system solution for their ground support equipment was critical to ushering in more successful launches. See how UEI and SpaceX teamed up to get America back into space here.

UEI's Solution for BAE's HybriDrive Propulsion System

BAE Systems HybriDrive® Propulsion System is a smart electric drive propulsion system that can power inner-city transit at lower costs than traditional diesel propulsion systems. Learn how UEI created a reliable and cost-effective solution for BAE & watch video of BAE bus in action here.

UEI Supports NASA’s NEAT Aircraft Testbed

NASA Glenn Research Center created an Electric Aircraft Testbed (NEAT) to enable end-to–end development and testing of full-scale electric/hybrid aircraft powertrains. Learn how UEI hardware and I/O supported this initiative. Learn more about UEI and NASA NEAT.

White Paper: Internet of Things and UEI Data Acquisition & Control Systems

This white paper describes protocols available for sharing data between data acquisition systems and other Internet of Things (IoT) objects and services. The first sections of the paper discuss IoT connectivity and protocols. The last section provides three IoT tutorials using United Electronic Industries (UEI) DAQ hardware and software.

White Paper: The Future of Armament Systems

When SAIC developed the new military Common Aircraft Armament Test Sets (CAATS) - a new sophisticated aircraft weapon test system geared for today’s smart armament - it needed rugged, robust hardware and I/O. That’s why they turned to United Electronic Industries for the ideal solution. Read more in this white paper.

Catalog: Quick Reference Guide

UEI’s Quick Reference Guide is a brief 16-page booklet that highlights all of UEI's flexible and robust hardware and I/O capabilities. See a breakdown of all our chassis options, as well as a complete list of all our I/O and specifications. PLUS, you will get our quick and easy system build infographic that will show you how to build your perfect UEI I/O system solution.

Application Story: UEI, NASA VMS & Flight Simulation

NASA’s VMS (Vertical Motion Simulator) complex is a high-fidelity flight simulation system with the capacity to travel vertically and laterally with six degrees of freedom. The VMS provides real-time piloted simulation and realistic sensory cues through six ICAB (Interchangeable Cabin) systems. These systems can be modified to simulate any vehicle, including those still in the design stage — which makes it an invaluable tool for the research and development of new flight vehicles. VMS is also routinely used to train astronauts and pilots, as it provides a no-risk, low-cost hyperrealistic flight experience. Learn more.

UEISIM UDP Monitoring

Remote monitoring of Simulink models running on UEISIM via UDP.

TenAsys / INtime plus UEI / PowerDNA : The perfect match for Real Time Simulation

Hardware In the Loop saves testing time and expense.

Handbook: Data Acquisition I/O Applications

UEI’s Applications Handbook, covering data acquisition, embedded I/O, and control, is a 200-page compendium of our design notes and application briefs, and includes a glossary of commonly used DAQ.

m+p international Uses UEI’s PowerDNA Cubes

Learn how m+p international uses UEI’s PowerDNA Cubes in remote monitoring of piping systems in a power plant.

Ground Support System for Taurus II Rocket Launch System using PowerDNA Cubes and I/O Modules

Orbital uses PowerDNA Cubes in their third-generation ground support system Taurus II Rocket Launch System Ground Support Using PowerDNA Cubes and I/O Modules.

UEI's Pathway To Success for FlightSafety International

FlightSafety International (FSI) has standardized on UEI hardware for the past 15 years. Read how UEI was able to solve critical issues and save FSI tens of millions of dollars using UEI hardware and I/O solutions. Learn more here.

Application Story: UEI & CAATS

The Common Aircraft Armaments Test Set (CAATS) is the replacement for the 25-year old Common Rack and Launcher Test Set (CRALTS). Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) was tasked with designing the next generation of CAATS for the military that would become the new standard to test today’s smart armament systems. The new CAATS design needed successful test/deployment and troubleshooting capabilities for various military armament and munitions-related equipment in a go-no-go fashion. SAIC needed a hardware partner that offered ruggedness, I/O flexibility and longevity. Learn more about UEI and CAATS.

Application Story: UEI Solutions & Navy LSODS

Naval Carrier Fleet Information Systems are complex networks of systems that include aircraft launch and recovery, onboard the ship operations, and data management including wind speed, landing signals, radar, and more. The Landing Signal Officer Display System (LSODS), a critical component of the information platform, manages carrier air traffic through a set of displays, controls, and processing equipment. A new flexible, deployable, and easy to maintain data and control system was needed for LSODS to manage video imagery, radar data, and other mission-critical information to guide the launch and recovery of aircraft aboard carriers. Learn more about how UEI supported Navy LSODS here.

Application Story: UEI, NASA Water Storage System (WSS) & MIL-STD 1553

The International Space Station (ISS) has a complex water system designed to store and create clean water for its residents, capable of storing as much as 530 gallons of water at any given time. NASA’s ISS upgraded to a new Water Storage System (WSS) and is equipped with state-of-the-art technology. WSS improves the resupply/waste water management and iodinated water storage capabilities of the ISS. When designing the new WSS, NASA needed a way to manage communications, control and monitoring systems within the WSS for simplified management. Securing the right data acquisition and control hardware for this task was critical to maximizing the potential of the new WSS. Learn more.

Application Story: UEI Cubes Used in NASA’s Flow Boiling & Condensation Experiment (FBCE)

To address the increasing need for power as space missions become longer and more complex, NASA’s FBCE developed a two-phase thermal management system which would be smaller, lighter, and remove heat more efficiently than the single-phase system. By comparing microgravity data against Earth’s gravity, and other force parameters, FBCE helped determine the minimum flow criteria for ensuring gravity independent flow boiling and condensation. Ultimately, the goal for FBCE was to examine how boiling and condensation differ in microgravity to aid in designing future heat-transfer systems. Read how UEI supported this application here.

Application Story: UEI & DAQ System for a Fire Test Lab

A property insurance company needed to develop a new data acquisition (DAQ) system for their fire test labs. This new system would service several labs distributed through its facility and be responsible for measuring around 2400 channels under extreme temperatures. In these labs, DAQ systems would collect data from various tests involving risk prevention equipment such as sprinklers. Learn more how UEI hardware supported the application here.

White Paper: A Modern Alternative to Reflective Memory and VME

The Ethernet I/O chassis as a modern alternative to Reflective VME systems and why FlightSafety International has switched from VME to UEI’s Gigabit Ethernet RACKtangle™ I/O chassis A Modern Alternative.

Bridge/Structural Test

Using PowerDNA Fiber-optic based Cubes in bridges and structural testing. Bridge/Structural Test.

Advanced In-Flight Data Recorder

Taking advantage of the PowerDNA Cube and associated I/O modules, Cessna has designed, built, and tested their new in-flight DAQ in record time. Advanced In-Flight Data Recorder.

Using Accelerometers in a Data Acquisition System

Find out how to use Accelerometers in data acquisition systems.

PowerDNA Hardware at Tinker Air Force Base

PowerDNA hardware helps Tinker US Air Force Base achieve design Goals for its new engine test cell. PowerDNA Hardware at Tinker Air Force Base.

FlightSafety’s Sim I/O

FlightSafety International Simulation, uses UEI’s new RACKtangle™ Technology to increase performance while saving time, money and space. Click here to read more.

Rocket Test Stand with PowerDNA Cube, and AI-225

Research facility uses PowerDNA cubes, and AI-225 layers with strain-gage sensors to measure high-speed dynamic data from a rocket test stand. Rocket Test Stand with PowerDNA Cube, and AI-225.

Strain Gage Measurement with AI-208 Using DASYLab and LabVIEW

Using an AI-208 layer, STP-AI-208 terminal, and a four-wire full-bridge strain-gage simulator, for voltage-with-excitation measurements. Strain Gage Measurement with AI-208 Using DASYLab and LabVIEW.

Thermocouple Measurement with AI-225 Using DASYLab and .NET

Using an AI-225 layer, STP-AI-U terminal, and a K-type thermocouple, for measuring temperature with DASYLab and .NET. Thermocouple Measurement with AI-225 Using DASYLab and .NET.

Application Story: UEI and Aerospace Design Manufacturing Test Bed

An aerospace design manufacturer recently completed construction of an aerospace test bed facility. The facility is a massive test bed structure designed to support a new generation of efficient and sustainable engine and propulsion systems. The data systems inside of this facility are more capable and complex than any of the manufacturer's existing test beds and have the capacity to collect and store more than 10,000 parameters of data from an intricate lattice of sensors. Learn more.

FAQ: Synchronous Serial Communication Boards

The following FAQ provides an overview of UEI synchronous serialcommunication boards: the DNx-SL-504, DNx-CT-602-804, and DNx-SL-514.