CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Goodrich Corporation's
Fuel & Utility Systems division's software development process has achieved a
Level 3 rating based on the Capability Maturity Model as defined by the
Software Engineering Institute of Carnegie Mellon University.
"This is another significant milestone along our path of continuous
process improvement," said Rob North, Director of Quality Assurance for the
division. "Our customers will benefit from our mastery of the quality
assurance and project management processes."
To reach a Level 3 rating Goodrich used the Capability Maturity Model
processes to focus on product integrity and project management. Effective
implementation of these processes leads to software solutions with exceptional
quality, delivered on schedule and that meet the needs of the customer.
Goodrich's Fuel & Utility Systems division produces several product lines,
which rely on high integrity software to provide dependable systems such as
its Fuel Management Systems, which control the critical center of gravity of
an aircraft. In addition, its Fire Protection Systems must accurately detect
and suppress engine and cargo bay fires, while avoiding false alarms; and its
Proximity Sensing Systems must accurately determine landing gear position and
control anti-skid braking systems. The performance of the software systems
behind these technologies is critical to the timely dispatch and safe
operation of military and commercial aircraft.
An example of a more complex software application produced by Goodrich is
its new video-based Cargo Fire Protection and Verification System. The system
is able to detect fires more quickly and reliably than older systems. It
requires an extremely high level of integrity and complex algorithms to
differentiate smoke from atmospheric and contamination effects, while rapidly
warning the pilot of a problem. Video systems provide significantly improved
fire and smoke detection while avoiding sources of false alarms, such as dust
and fog. These advances are possible due to advanced, computationally complex
image processing and decision algorithms. Implementing the processes
evaluated in the Capability Maturity Model program has streamlined the
development of these algorithms.
In addition, Goodrich's Integrated Vehicle Health Management Systems
include both embedded flight software and ground-based software. As these
systems compute aircraft usage, and monitor the condition of engines,
transmissions and aircraft systems, the software is required to produce
accurate and dependable maintenance information. The latest generation of
systems combines Health and Usage Monitoring (HUMS) technology with mechanical
diagnostics, flight data recording and maintenance management to create
complete fleet management systems. To produce over 1 million lines of code
for these systems, it was essential to create an efficient, high quality
Goodrich Fuel & Utility Systems designs and manufactures a wide variety of
products including completely integrated systems for the original equipment
and retrofit aircraft markets. These military and commercial systems
incorporate leading edge technology to reduce aircraft operating costs,
improve aircraft safety and increase operational readiness.
Goodrich Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a leading global supplier
of systems and services to the aerospace and defense industry. If there's an
aircraft in the sky - we're on it. Goodrich technology is involved in making
aircraft fly ... helping them land ... and keeping them safe. Serving a
global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and service
facilities, Goodrich is one of the largest "pure play" aerospace companies in
the world. For more information visit http://www.goodrich.com .
SOURCE GR - Electronic Systems