ANDAR is the Right Partner for the Solution of Challenging Problems

11 Eylül 2019
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You can read the news article published in the DSEI’19 Special Issue of MSI Turkish Defence Review here:

 

ANDAR Electromechanical Systems (ANDAR) has been developing indigenous and specialised electromechanical systems and resolving challenging problems for the actuation mechanisms since 2012. Turkish end-users and primes have been relying on ANDAR’s special and indigenous solutions for a variety of difficult-to-solve problems. Accumulating experience and strength in the domestic market, ANDAR is ready to serve international end-users and companies.

 

Bringing innovative and high-tech solutions in such fields as design, development, production and support, ANDAR makes a difference for a wide variety of platforms and subsystems, especially air and land platforms of different types, in line with its customers’ expectations of quality, budget and timeline. In a significant number of the projects it has undertaken to date, ANDAR has overcome difficulties through its own designs when it has not been possible to use off-the-shelf electromechanical system solutions. In order to reach the optimum solution in a process extending up to a qualified product, ANDAR designs and manufactures not only the subsystems but also all necessary subcomponents, including production benches and test systems.

 

ANDAR tests its products in line with military and civil environmental and electromagnetic standards (MIL-STD-810,MIL-STD-461 and DO-160), and deliver its products with electronic, mechanical, and software and hardware redundancy features that meet civil aviation standards (DO-254 and DO-178).

In order to deliver reliable products at competitive prices that also offer safety, weight and volume advantages, ANDAR develops and manufactures all kinds of embedded software and hardware that it uses in its electromechanical systems, rather than offering off-the-shelf solutions.

ANDAR delivers its electromechanical system solutions for moving mechanism, including servo actuators for UAVs, along with special cases and sub-components.

ANDAR delivers its electromechanical system solutions for moving mechanism, including servo actuators for UAVs, along with special cases and sub-components.

 

Next Target: 1 Million Flight Hours

One of the best examples of the value-added products ANDAR provides to its customers are its servo actuator family that ANDAR designs and produces for various unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) platforms. ANDAR’s products in this area have accumulated more than 250,000 flight hours in total on three different (two Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance class and a tactical class ) UAV platforms, executed both in Turkey and abroad under varied geographical conditions, and most of them were spent during actual operations. ANDAR’s target is to exceed 1 million flight hours within 2020.

While books and guides may provide a good description of how a reliable systems should be developed, putting this information into practice is no easy task. The best known method for ensuring reliability in UAV systems is redundancy, but problems can still be encountered in the field even when it is achieved.

It is precisely at this point that ANDAR stands out with the full grasp it has of subcomponents. For example, high performance electric motors, as one of the components of an electromechanical system, can readily be found on the market, although the use of an off-the-shelf motor brings with it the risk of imposing restrictions on the UAV system’s general architecture. Furthermore, when a UAV system has to be packaged and assembled differently, it may become necessary to overhaul the design of the motor, and the best way to do this is to have a good understanding of electric motor technologies, and the ability, if necessary, to design and produce the motor.

ANDAR stands out with its detailed knowledge of all electromechanical system components, and the fact that it can design and produce all of the subcomponents by itself, just as it can work together with solution partners. The subcomponents designed and produced by the company include:

  • Electric motors
  • Smart driver and controllers
  • Gear boxes

Describing their approach in this respect, Gökhan Koyuncu, General Manager of ANDAR, said: “ANDAR is a company that can deploy its vertical areas of expertise when necessary and develop detailed solutions. We give our users the solutions they need, and in doing so, we act based not on our own means, but on the user’s requirements. For example, in one of our projects, we were initially unable to fit the existing electric motor into the volume allocated by the end user. So this led us to re-design the motor and repackage the solution. We did not limit ourselves by saying, ‘These are the only ready solutions we have’. Similarly, should a ready-to-use solution not be available, we can quickly come up with a solution that meets the relevant requirements, by designing and producing anything that might be needed down to the smallest components.”

ANDAR-made electromechanical systems developed for the moving systems aboard UAVs have completed more than 250,000 flight hours in total on three different UAV types. These were executed both in Turkey and abroad under varied geographical conditions, and most of were spent during actual operations.

ANDAR-made electromechanical systems developed for the moving systems aboard UAVs have completed more than 250,000 flight hours in total on three different UAV types. These were executed both in Turkey and abroad under varied geographical conditions, and most of were spent during actual operations.

 

ANDAR’s approach provides significant advantages in two respects:

  • Certain users can sometimes require solutions with characteristics different to those found in off-the-shelf products, and these can include such parameters such as size, power requirement and weight. In this context, ANDAR can adapt its current solutions to user requirements through large-scale design and architectural changes whenever required.
  • Certain off-the-shelf components purchased from abroad can be subject to export licenses. But thanks to its vertical expertise, ANDAR can develop all of these components indigenously if required, allowing users to bypass these types of restrictions.

Koyuncu also highlighted an important point regarding export licenses: “Due to the explicit and implicit embargoes being implemented against Turkey, certain products we used to purchase from abroad have started to become inaccessible. It is at this point that we took advantage of our vertical expertise to develop these components by ourselves. Consequently, we have developed indigenous solutions that are equivalent to the pre-existing components that have proven themselves worldwide, sometimes meeting even more stringent requirements, and have been very successful at this. We can say this with confidence: The reliability of ANDAR products is two-fold. Our products are not only extremely reliable while serving on missions, but also have an extremely reliable supply chain. When our users ask us for one of our products, they know for certain that we will deliver it on time, without excuses.”

ANDAR distinguishes itself with its full grasp of the subcomponent field.

ANDAR distinguishes itself with its full grasp of the subcomponent field.

 

ANDAR’s knowledge of the subcomponents in the Flight Control Actuator product family and its proficiency in system level design gives it a leading position ahead of its competitors.

ANDAR’s knowledge of the subcomponents in the Flight Control Actuator product family and its proficiency in system level design gives it a leading position ahead of its competitors.

 

A Future Full of Opportunities

ANDAR  can respond to the expectations of its customers in a very short period of time thanks to the electromechanical system solutions it designs and produces for not only UAVs, but also fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, land and sea vehicles, and missiles and guided ammunitions of different classes.

ANDAR will pursue its works in the upcoming period in various areas:

  • ANDAR continues to develop its product family in line with the requests of current and potential users. Some of these requests have led to new solutions that were previously absent from product family, or to the adaptation of existing solutions to new requirements.
  • ANDAR also provides solutions for its users’ after-sales needs, and plans to further develop its activities in this area. One of the projects the company has successfully completed in recent times was the replacement of the existing movement mechanisms within the system of a user with ANDAR solutions. Considering the significant market in this regard, ANDAR is continuing its talks with various potential users.
  • ANDAR is also in contact with foreign companies. Having been short-listed by nearly all of the companies to which it has submitted offers, ANDAR plans to significantly increase its work share in foreign markets in the near future.
  • Recently, ANDAR’s solutions have also been used on manned platforms and ANDAR started relevant certification processes to further increase its footprint on manned platforms.
ANDAR’s Flight Control Actuator product family can be packaged into different physical dimensions.

ANDAR’s Flight Control Actuator product family can be packaged into different physical dimensions.

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