RPM is housed in
35,000 square feet of modern, secure, totally air-conditioned buildings, with
several different areas available indoors for positioner testing. Smaller positioners
are generally tested on appropriately sized test pads, stands or tripods, while
our bigger ones are typically bolted to large steel plates fixed to the floor.
large to test indoors can be tested outside in our 20,000 square foot rear
fenced yard, on an available 8 foot square concrete and steel test
pad. This location is also ideal for testing complete systems, as it provides a
direct line of sight to passing aircraft, satellites and other potential
objects of interest.
developed a proprietary Laser Position Accuracy Test Set (RPM Model PA 1000)
for optically testing the pointing accuracy and repeatability of our positioners. This is the most accurate way to test the
position accuracy feedback of our products, and may also be purchased by our
customers for maintenance purposes once a system leaves the factory.
For any complex
testing, especially tests requiring velocity, acceleration, or position
tracking profiles, computer simulation models are written, loaded on test
computers and used to simulate targets moving per the customer's design
specifications for the system. Empirical data taken during these simulations can
then be analyzed using
RPM proprietary software and spreadsheets. If required,
program specific test equipment, including circuit cards and simulated payloads,
can be built to enable RPM test engineers to evaluate all positioner and
control functions, including simulation of customer equipment.
RPM also has a
limited internal capability to perform RF and environmental testing. For those programs that require extensive
environmental testing such as EMI, random vibration, shock, acceleration, salt
fog, fungus, etc., RPM has developed a network of company approved
subcontractors that offer such testing capability.