Extant Components Group, a U.S.-based specialist in legacy electronics manufacturing and obsolescence management, recently signed a significant new contract with an unnamed major aerospace OEM. The November 2013 agreement has prompted a wave of investment in new equipment at the Melbourne, Florida factory of its Symetrics subsidiary, which is providing continuing manufacturing repair, obsolescence management and technical support for a series of vehicle health management systems (VHMS) used in fighters, trainer and light attack aircraft.
One of the VHMS units being produced by Symetrics is the engine data manager, which provides analog signal processing and analog-to-digital conversion. The data to be displayed includes revolutions per minute, torque, oil temperature etc.
Extant has continued to invest in new electronics manufacturing and test equipment to efficiently support a high-mix/low-volume business. The company recently added Samsung high-speed component placers for quicker chip placement. It also has bought a Mirtec automated optical inspection device and has upgraded a circuit test system.
Extant’s portfolio now includes more than 500 aerospace electronics and avionics part numbers. “Extant and Symetrics are honored to be entrusted by the OEM to sustain this important group of products,” said the group’s CEO Jim Gerwien. “We have several active licenses in process that we expect to announce later this year. Our in-house engineering and manufacturing resources, experience in obsolescence management and redesign, and proven track record of sustaining legacy electronics and avionics has positioned Extant as a key strategic resource and partner for OEMs.”