Support and Test Equipment
The Support and Test Equipment (S&TE), is all equipment (mobile or fixed), required to support the operation and maintenance of a product. This includes associated multi-use end items, maintenance equipment, tools, metrology and calibration test equipment and automatic test equipment. TE is part of the ILS element of S&TE and can be classed as:
- General Purpose Test and Measurement Equipment (GPTME). Those items that are common to more than one product, platform or system, and is further defined within JSP 509: The Management of Test Equipment.
- Special Purpose Test and Measurement Equipment (SPTME). Those items which are designed, developed, produced and used solely for one product, platform or system.
Test Equipment can be further defined as:
- Test Equipment (TE) within the MOD is defined as those items which are used to provide an indication of system, equipment or component serviceability, and / or evaluate the ability of the system or equipment to meet precisely defined performance or measurement standards. It also includes simulators, where they are used to provide a standard against which performance or measurements are evaluated.
- Automatic Test System (ATS) is defined as a system which includes Automatic Test Equipment (ATE) and all associated items (eg test fixtures, test software etc), required to test a Unit Under Test (UUT). ATE is usually a computer-driven approach to testing in which the computer is used to control, via test software or firmware, complex test instruments to provide stimuli to, and measure, the response from a UUT.
TE is supplied to ensure that the material state of those equipments being tested can be verified. In order to meet the legal duty of care obligations, it is a requirement that all TE must comply with all statutory European and UK Health and Safety legislation for the environment in which they are to be used or operated.