Engineering

Management

Performance

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ILS-INC is a certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).

Engineering

ILS-INC has an engineering and support staff of various physical science disciplines including computer, electrical, mechanical, and human factors. Also, many of our employees are former active-duty military personnel with logistics and infantry/combat backgrounds. This combination of resources provides ILS-INC the ability to work on many commercial and Department of Defense (DoD) projects as the prime or subcontractor.

Logistics Engineering

Our logistics engineering group has extensive experience in meeting the challenges imposed by the DoD community. Our experience stems from personnel with vast military backgrounds as well as degreed engineers.

Configuration Management
Our personnel within Configuration Management (CM) are experienced in the management and execution of a proven CM model. The CM/documentation management program directly interfaces with the logistics engineering documentation to ensure all the information is exact and current.
Logistics Engineering Management
Our Logistics Management personnel are well versed with planning and successful execution to meet the contractual requirements of the different components of logistics criteria for individual programs.
Provisioning Engineering
Our provisioning staff has extensive experience, not only in the initial provisioning process, but through the life application which includes the implementation of a Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) program as well as Performance Based Logistics (PBL).
Support Equipment Engineering
Our staff of logisticians are very familiar with the current trends in supportability as well as minimizing support equipment in the military. This is accomplished from experience in knowing the types of support and test equipment currently available.

Safety Engineering

ILS-INC safety engineers understand the criticality of implementing a comprehensive safety program to ensure the safety of personnel, equipment, and environment.

Health and Hazard Safety Engineering

Our team utilizes a closed-loop hazard tracking system approach that details both potential causes and mitigation strategies. Analyses include system hazards, hazardous materials management, and pollution prevention.

  • Hazard Tracking and Resolution
  • Hazardous Materials Management Program Plans (HMMPP)
  • Hazardous Materials Management Program Reports (HMMPR)
  • Health Hazard Assessments (HHA)
  • Operating and Support Hazard Analyses
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Preliminary Hazard Lists (PHL)
  • Programmatic Environmental, Safety, and Health Evaluations (PESHE)
  • Safety Hazard Analyses (SHA)
  • Subsystem Hazard Analyses
  • System Hazard Analyses
Software Safety Engineering

Modern system safety frequently requires addressing software safety. Expanding upon classic system safety analysis, the principles detailed in the Software Safety Handbook are applied to our customers’ systems. Coordinating with the customers, the identification of Safety Critical Functions (SCF) organizes the element of software safety in design. The management of system safety, to include software safety, maximizes the benefits of system modification by code and configuration revision control. ILS-INC safety engineers collaborate with the customer’s software group to help ensure the system is safe to operate.

  • Operating and Support Hazard Analyses
  • Safety Assessment Reports (SAR)
  • Safety Shakedowns
System Safety Engineering

Modern system safety frequently requires addressing software safety. Expanding upon classic system safety analysis, the principles detailed in the Software Safety Handbook are applied to our customers’ systems. Coordinating with the customers, the identification of Safety Critical Functions (SCF) organizes the element of software safety in design. The management of system safety, to include software safety, maximizes the benefits of system modification by code and configuration revision control. ILS-INC safety engineers collaborate with the customer’s software group to help ensure the system is safe to operate.

  • Operating and Support Hazard Analyses
  • Safety Assessment Reports (SAR)
  • Safety Shakedowns
System Safety Engineering

Our skilled safety engineers are able to begin analyzing the design early on to identify potential hazards and address them before changes become too expensive. To ensure the system is safe, our team has experience in supporting safety shakedowns to prove the system is safe when faults are introduced.

As a basis for our analyses, our team utilizes the following detailed principles:
-MIL-STD-882
-MIL-HDBK-764
-OSHA
-NEC
-ANSI
-EPA

  • Hazard Tracking and Resolution
  • Hazardous Materials Management Program Plans (HMMPP)
  • Hazardous Materials Management Program Reports (HMMPR)
  • Operating and Support Hazard Analyses
  • Preliminary Hazard Lists (PHL)
  • Programmatic Environmental, Safety, and Health Evaluations (PESHE)
  • Safety Assessment Reports (SAR)
  • Safety Hazard Analyses (SHA)
  • Safety Shakedowns
  • Subsystem Hazard Analyses
  • System Hazard Analyses

Supportability Engineering

Supportability engineering is the science of predictions and measures of the characteristics of an item that facilitate the ability to support and sustain its mission capabilities within a predefined environment and usage profile. These engineering analyses consider functional supportability, comparisons to existing systems, standardization of design, application of technologies, and support infrastructures.

A successful system must achieve a balance between performance, functional capability, support, and cost. Supportability engineering is used to influence design decisions with the goal of improving supportability and lowering the total cost of ownership.

It is our supportability engineers’ goal to aid in ensuring Reliability, Availability, Maintainability – Testability (RAM-T) requirements are achieved and any changes are implemented as early in the design process as possible, ultimately reducing the overall system cost. Over the course of several programs, ILS-INC has developed clear supportability and sustainment approaches to meet the supportability objectives utilizing personnel with the expertise to meet and/or exceed the challenges of our customers’ programs. ILS-INC understands how dramatically the cost of an unreliable design increases with product maturity, which is why we utilize proven predictive engineering techniques while the design is still in the development stage.

ILS-INC utilizes Relex Software to perform its RAM calculations. Relex is the multi-faceted industry and government standard for predicting reliability. It can accommodate a project from start to finish in the following areas:

  • Event Tree
  • Fault Tree
  • Reliability Prediction
  • Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA)
  • Failure Reporting, Analysis, and Corrective Action System (FRACAS)
  • Life Cycle Cost
  • Maintainability Prediction
  • Phase Diagram
  • Reliability Block Diagram
  • Weibull Analyses
Availability Engineering

ILS-INC engineers evaluate the probability that an item will be in an operable state when called into use at an unknown or random time. Availability calculations are performed utilizing reliability data entered into Relex, which also serves as the basis for other Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) fields, such as maintainability analyses.

Availability Impact Assessments

Availability Predictions

The combination of Reliability and Maintainability statistics is used to calculate the initial availability predictions. Other factors are often added to the equation as the design matures. Availability predictions are useful in conducting trade-off analyses of different system design and maintenance concepts.

Inherent Availability Predictions

Inherent availability is a theoretical prediction of the percentage of time that a system will be available for its intended use. These predictions factor in the Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) and Mean Time To Repair (MTTR) and assume that failures will occur at relatively consistent intervals and that the necessary support will be available to return the system to an operationally ready state.

Inherent availability predictions are early design stage calculations that provide a starting point for determining the adequacy of new system maintenance concept and reliability with existing systems and system design goals.

Achieved Availability Predictions

Achieved availability considers Mean Time Between Maintenance (MTBM), Mean Preventive Maintenance Time (MPMT), and Mean Corrective Maintenance Time (MCMT) providing for the periods of time when a system will undergo preventive maintenance or when failures have occurred.

Achieved availability predictions are used early in the design stage to identify areas where availability may be degraded as a result of design issues and decisions. Often, achieved availability predictions can serve as a deciding factor as to which is the more cost effective decision: a design change or preventive maintenance over the life of the system.

Other Availability Predictions

The availability of spares, support equipment, and personnel at the location where a repair is planned to be performed is critical to promptly return a failed system to service. Each of these predictions is relationally linked to operational availability of the system. Inadequate spares, support equipment, or personnel can drive operational availability below required targets; the cost of these factors needed to achieve operational availability targets can drive total cost of ownership beyond feasible limits.

The accurate determination of the proper range, depth, quantity, and location of spares, support equipment, and personnel is a major factor in achieving availability targets. Spares provisioning, support equipment distributions, and personnel staging activities and availability predictions are directly linked during the design and fielding stages of any system.

Availability Statistics

Availability can be statistically measured in terms of the percentage of time, when under operating conditions, an item is actually available to perform its mission. Normally calculated in year-long periods, these statistics can be used as an indicator of how well an item is actually performing and how support organizations are sustaining the system.

Operational Availability Statistics

Operational availability is the statistical measure of the percentage of time a system is in an operable state when called into use. Unlike availability predictions used during early design stages, operational availability is an actual measurement of the actual time, on average, that a system can be depended upon to perform its function.

Operational availability is normally calculated annually. These resulting statistics can provide metrics as to how well a system is available to perform its intended mission and how well support personnel are maintaining it.

Reliability Engineering

ILS-INC currently uses Relex software to organize, statistically calculate, and allocate reliability. This software also affords the structure and ability to provide a Failure Reporting And Corrective Action System (FRACAS) to our customers.

  • RCM Analysis
  • RCM Preventive Maintenance
Maintainability Engineering

ILS-INC engineers analyze systems to identify faults, helping to minimize manpower and logistics support services and reducing the overall life cycle cost. In addition to providing maintainability recommendations, our engineers have the capability to provide modeling, allocations, predictions, and support maintainability demonstrations, data collection, and test support.

Testability Engineering

ILS-INC has the ability to review system designs to evaluate the system for improved prognostics and diagnostics capabilities

System Engineering

Verification & Validation Engineering

ILS-INC develops a detailed validation plan which encompasses all of the material developed including technical manuals, provisioning, training, and safety documentation. Procedures to conduct 100% validation include operation, troubleshooting, Preventive Maintenance Checks and Services (PMCS), and Repair Parts and Special Tools List (RPSTL) using the exsisting system. Once validation is complete, ILS-INC will provide logistics support to the government verification effort. This will include equipment facilities and tools/test equipment required to support the effort.

  • Certification Evaluation of Integrated Systems
  • Initial Certification Analysis
  • System Verification and Validation

Technology Engineering

Communications and Network Engineering
Information System Engineering
Decision Support Systems

Decision Support Systems (DSS) are interactive computer-based systems that help humans identify and solve complex problems. A DSS can be a stand-alone solution but is often integrated with data acquisition, interactive electronic technical manuals, knowledge bases, online help, training and simulation, modeling algorithms, and other technologies.

DSS-based solutions are widely deployed in business, engineering, military, and medical environments where the amount of information available may be overwhelming or delay actions of the unaided human performers. Decision-making tools increase productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness providing a comparative advantage in the real-world.

Electronic Training Aids and Emulators

Electronic training aids and emulators are common in military and commercial environments where it is prohibitively expensive or simply too dangerous to allow trainees to use the real equipment in the real world. These environments rely on technology to provide electronic emulations and training devices to provide the trainee with skills and knowledge development in realistic, safe, and controlled settings.

ILS-INC is experienced in the development, application, and deployment of a wide range of electronic training products ranging from simple animations to complex system emulators.

Performance Support Systems

The internet, coupled with low-cost, high-power, portable computing devices, has led to a highly computer-literate society with an expectation for online, on-demand access to all forms of information and skills-development products.

Technological advances during the mid-1990s to today have resulted in wide-spread adoption of Electronic Performance Support Systems (EPSS) in projects of all sizes within all industries. An EPSS represents a coordination and integration of electronic tools available to and easily accessible by the user capable of providing immediate and individualized online information, guidance, assistance, assessment, and monitoring solutions permitting optimized on-the-job human performance with minimal support and interventions by others.

  • Electronic Training Aids and Emulators
  • Learning Management Systems
  • Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals
  • Computer- and Web-Based Training
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Online Help
  • Prognostic and Diagnostic Support Systems
Prognostic and Diagnostic Support Systems
    Security Engineering
    Technology Reuse Engineering