Accession Number : AD0768121

Title :   A Generalized Technique for the Evaluation of Test Equipment,

Corporate Author : ARMY MATERIEL COMMAND TEXARKANA TEX INTERN TRAINING CENTER

Personal Author(s) : Brown,Thomas G.

Report Date : MAY 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 77

Abstract : The paper presents a generalized technique for the evaluation of test equipment. The problem arises when an evaluator is faced with the impinging question of how much automation in the test process is cost effective. Starting with the premise that all possible alternatives will achieve mission success, the paper develops a decision tradeoff study which will choose the most desirable test system. This procedure points out the important characteristics on which a decision of this nature should be based. The most important of these, cost, is further developed into a model which can be applied to a test system and determine its life cycle costs. The test equipment is analyzed on a cost basis as is the system to which it is applied. In this manner, the model only concerns itself with the cost aspects which are directly affected by the test equipment application such as design costs, personnel costs, hardware costs, and many others. It is a logical process with much versatility which will show the important contrasts between test systems, manual to fully automatic. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*TEST EQUIPMENT, *COST EFFECTIVENESS), MAINTAINABILITY, CHECKOUT EQUIPMENT, RELIABILITY, DECISION MAKING, COSTS

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE