- Conference date: 12−16 Jan 1992
- Location: Abuquerque, New Mexico (USA)
The manufacturing process that was utilized to start up fabrication of the thermoelectric unicouple devices for the CRAF (Comet Rendezvous Asteroid Flyby)/Cassini RTG (Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator) program are described in this paper. The overall approach taken to re‐establish a qualified production line is discussed. Key elements involved in this effort were: engineering review of specifications; training of operators; manufacturing product verification runs; and management review of results. Appropriately, issues involved in activating a fabrication process that has been idle for nearly a decade, such as upgrading equipment, adhering to updated environmental, health, and safety requirements, or approving new vendors, are also addressed. The cumulative results of the startup activities have verified that a production line for this type of device can be reopened successfully.
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