It was October, and one of the world’s largest technology companies contracted with Ideal Aerosmith to manufacture multiple Common Inertial Rate Testers (CIRT) and Emergency Detection Systems (EDS). These two systems (based on a common platform) test different product types by measuring very precise inertial reference units, allowing the client to perform design verification, qualification and production testing. They also provide data when repairs or support tasks need to be performed.
However, the client identified some reconfigurations that needed to be made, and the project was put on hold. When the project restarted the following August, it came with not only a scope change (that included additional auxiliary support equipment for the systems), but also an aggressive deadline of the following February.