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A modern paint facility is used for applying special coatings and paints to antennas and other components that must function in severe environments such as the open ocean.

Recent projects completed by the Production and Operations Department production team at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) include:

 

Combat DF and Cooperative Outboard Logistics Update (COBLU) Direction Finding Systems [OE-326(V)/SRS-1(V)]

SwRI-delivered COBLU DF systems operating in the severe shipboard environment are a critical element of the U.S. Navy cryptologic mission on combat ships.

 

Transportable Radio Direction Finder (TRDF) Systems [AN/SSQ-120]

Rapid transition to production of the SwRI-designed system integrated commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology with custom-built antennas. The U.S. Navy is able to cross-deck or transport these systems between ships to meet urgent operational requirements.

 

Canadian Patrol Frigate Direction Finding (DF) System Upgrade [AN/SRD-504]

We performed a complete upgrade and modernization of the DF system originally designed and built by SwRI in the 1980s to incorporate new computers, software, and signal processing capabilities while maintaining the robust antenna design.

 

image of Canadian Patrol Frigate.  SwRI was selected by the Canadian Navy to design and produce the direction finding system for the Canadian Patrol Frigate, including spare parts and system modernization and upgrade. (Source: HMCS Halifax, Department of National Defence, 1990. Reproduced with the permission of the Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, 2006.

SwRI was selected by the Canadian Navy to design and produce the direction finding system for the Canadian Patrol Frigate, including spare parts and system modernization and upgrade. (Source: HMCS Halifax, Department of National Defence, 1990. Reproduced with the permission of the Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, 2006.)

 

For more information about how we can help you convert your system from R&D and design to production, or how you can contract with SwRI, please contact Robert Torres, PMP, at rtorres@swri.org or (210) 522-2766.

 

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Contact Information

Robert C. Torres, PMP

Transitioning from Design to Production -Recent Projects

(210) 522-2766

rtorres@swri.org

engineeringsolutions.swri.org

Related Terminology

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full-rate production

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August 07, 2014