Rockwell Collins Avionics and Communications Division - Cedar Rapids, IA
Company Point of Contact:
Mr. Mark R. Marikos
Program Manager - Industrial Initiatives
Rockwell Collins, Inc.
400 Collins Road, NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52498
Phone: (319) 295-3163
Fax: (319) 295-8724
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Rockwell Collins Avionics and Communications Division (CACD) is a world leader in electronic information distribution, processing, and control. In its communications effort, Rockwell CACD's capabilities include air, land, sea, satellite, C3I, and ECCM efficiencies; information distribution systems, and displays. On the navigational end, CACD produces cockpit and flight management systems, integrated avionics, and advanced programs in both communication and navigation. These capabilities translate into the business applications of communications/ information transport, customer support, advanced high frequency information systems, navigation/information collection, advanced concepts, and integrated applications. CACD's almost 4,000 employee workforce is headquartered in Iowa, with one facility in Cedar Rapids covering 596,000 square feet, and another in nearby Coralville encompassing 140,000 square feet. In 1987, the company was known as Collins Defense Communications. Since that time, this company has undergone changes and consolidation, and has seen the defense industry experience much the same.
There is a strong undercurrent of constructive change, supported by a collective, positive attitude. "Doing more with less people" does not constitute an obstacle to CACD; it represents a challenge and one that Rockwell is meeting. The company remains outward-looking, continually open to new ideas and technology, and is a strong advocate for technology transfer.
There are two programs that highlight this technology transfer philosophy , the Sequential Electrochemical Reduction Analysis (SERA) Solderability Assessment Technology Program, and the Reduced Oxide Soldering Activation (ROSATM) Soldering Technology Program. The SERA process determines the type and degree of oxidation present on a solder surface by electrochemically removing the oxides from the solder surface and measuring the voltage/charge associated with the removal process. The use of this technology has facilitated the reduction of solder defects in a production environment. ROSATM is a new method of removing oxidation of copper, tin, and tin-lead surfaces through electrochemical reduction for use in mass soldering processes. This technology has been shown to be a practical means of ensuring solderability without the use of CFC solvent materials for removing flux residue.
Rockwell CACD is a company making difficult adaptations to the defense industrial base shift, but is doing so successfully through careful application of the systems and philosophies exhibited in the HPWS and through programs such as STEP. These efforts have proven successful as evidenced by the CACD Coralville facility's selection as one of the top 25 finalists in Industry Week magazine's fifth annual "Best Plants" contest in 1994. The contest targets companies that exemplify manufacturing excellence and are committed to world class competitiveness and continuous involvement. By implementing and supporting forward-thinking programs, Rockwell CACD will maintain and expand its share in the world marketplace.