VDATS replaces legacy testers
June 13, 2013
Electronics Mechanic Brian Schultz installs connecting components on a Versatile Depot Automatic Test Station (VDATS) during the populating phase of production.
Tobyhanna Army Depot employees have completed 10 of 15 VDATS stations funded by Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. VDATS is the Air Force member of the Defense Department's Families-of-Testers and is the directed and preferred automatic test solution for about 95 percent of avionics instruments and weapons systems in the Air Force.
VDATS systems will provide enhanced digital testing for more advanced avionics testing requirements, reduce the number of unique legacy test stations and requires fewer technicians to perform testing.
Schultz works in the Systems Integration and Support Directorate's Electronic Assembly Division.
Tobyhanna Army Depot is the Defense Department's largest center for the repair, overhaul and fabrication of a wide variety of electronics systems and components, from tactical field radios to the ground terminals for the defense satellite communications network. Tobyhanna's missions support all branches of the Armed Forces.
About 4,500 personnel are employed at Tobyhanna, which is located in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. Tobyhanna Army Depot is part of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command. Headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., the command's mission is to research, develop, acquire, field and sustain communications, command, control computer, intelligence, electronic warfare and sensors capabilities for the Armed Forces.