Nepcon '99 – Racal Instruments refocuses with ATE order and distributor deal

Nepcon ’99 – Racal Instruments refocuses with ATE order and distributor deal
Richard Wilson
Racal Instruments is in the middle of a restructuring programme which has resulted in a landmark automatic test equipment (ATE) contract and the signing of a distribution deal.
The test arm of the Racal Group believes it is re-establishing itself as a significant supplier of production test equipment with the signing of an order for its VXIbus-based ATE systems from Smiths Industries for use on the Nimrod programme.
Coupled with an earlier contract from Smiths for its Apache Longbow defence work, the business is worth ?1.8m to Racal.
Speaking at the Nepcon exhibition yesterday, Colin Robertson, MD of Racal Instruments, said the contracts were significant in re-establishing the firm as a supplier of military ATE systems. “It is important because ATE has not been perceived as a major strength for Racal,” he said.
Racal, already a leading supplier of GSM basestation test systems, is in the middle of a programme to broaden its product offerings.
Last month it took on the English calibration system business of Fluke and at the show announced a distribution deal with US test probe and fixture firm Huntron. “We are setting ourselves up as major distributor of production equipment, not just test systems,” said Robertson.

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