PCB under development
TurnAround Factor conducts research and development activities to develop new and innovative technologies that will enhance defense capabilities and readiness. Our R&D team is charged with identifying new opportunities to apply and combine existing technologies and science to develop new products and capabilities. TurnAround Factor has a proven track record of identifying new technologies capable of transforming existing systems to provide new capabilities.

Our successful research projects include:
  • TurnAround Factor (TAF) was the lead contractor supporting the DLA/DDC R&D in development and fielding of the Defense Deployable Expeditionary Depot (DDED), from the CONOPS to the ACTD "Node Management and Deployable Depot (NoMaDD)", and the operating structure, deployable facilities, equipment and personnel, then through the successful transition to Defense Deployable Expeditionary Depot (DDED) as an operational capability. DLA deployed the DDED to Afghanistan and several CONUS hurricane disasters.
  • Cargo & Passenger Handling System for the C-2A(R) Greyhound
  • Wireless Environmental Measurement Units (WEMUs) for indoor ambient environment monitoring.
  • Low cost harness guides for rotorcraft.
  • Low power, high accuracy sensors for subsea astronavigation.
  • Teamed Photo-voltaic chargers for cooperative charging of batteries in the field.
Technology Readiness Levels
Our experience includes transitioning technologies from the laboratory to full operational capability. In past projects, TurnAround Factor's team:
  • Oversaw and executed design, development, demonstration, transition to production, and commercialization of battery systems for military robots (advanced from TRL1 to TRL9), including test and validation for shock, vibration, thermal tolerance, and water ingress (IPX6).
  • Concept design, system architecture, prototyping (advanced from TRL1 to TRL4), and successful transition to a larger company for manufacturing and commercialization of Shallow Water Combat Submersible (SWCS).
  • System design, build, and test (advanced from TRL1 to TRL5) of underwater vehicles that utilized advanced materials and composites.
  • Development, commercialization, and deployment of the DLA deployable distribution expeditionary depot (advanced from TRL 1 to TRL 9).
  • Development and commercialization of novel, efficient generator sets to improve fuel efficiency with new technologies and system-level efficiencies (advanced from TRL 4 to TRL 9).
  • Design, development, and demonstration of stabilized electric vehicles for occupant protection (advanced from TRL1 to TRL 7).
Test equipment
TurnAround Factor maintains a permanent team of on-staff researchers as well as hosting guest researchers for special projects. We have an extensive pool of guest researchers to draw from for subject matter expertise on special topics.

Our team has experience designing and testing equipment to meet rigorous environmental standards. The TurnAround Factor team's testing experience includes:
  • Environmental Testing (thermal environment, vibration, etc.)
  • Highly Accelerated Lifetime Testing (HALT)
  • Dynamic cyclic load and vibration testing.

Facilities & Equipment

TurnAround Factor operates a permanent facility in Richmond, Virginia to house design and prototyping equipment. Our facility includes two prototype assembly bays complete with layout, hand, power, and pneumatic tools as well as inspection, test, and validation equipment. We have static-controlled PCB test and assembly stations, including soldering and rework capabilities, power supplies, loads, and monitoring equipment. Our equipment supports modeling and rapid prototyping using Field Deposition Modeling (FDM) and Stereolithography (SLA).

TurnAround Factor's in-house modeling and prototyping facilities allow engineers to rapidly test and integrate design changes to maximize the value to the customer. Our facility includes office space for five engineers and support staff. Our office is equipped with space for team meetings and collaboration, as well as engineering workstations supporting Altium Designer for circuit capture and layout; Sage, Scilab, Octave, and Cadabra for calculations; Solidworks for design; and Solidworks Simulations (COSMOS) for Finite Element Analysis.