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BLOOMY Receives Contract for Columbia Submarine Component Test Bed

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Bloomy Controls, Inc. (BLOOMY®, of South Windsor, CT, announced today it has been awarded a contract by General Dynamics Electric Boat, a business unit of General Dynamics to provide the Flight-Critical Component Test Bed for the Columbia-class submarine. The test bed will perform certification testing for multiple flight-critical circuit card assemblies and absolute pressure transducers, which implement Electric Boat’s advanced fly-by-wire technology.

Under the contract, BLOOMY is responsible for all design, development, fabrication, test, and training as well as documentation and delivery related to the mission-critical test bed. Furthermore, BLOOMY will develop the test procedures for each unit under test (UUT), helping to ensure that each UUT is ready for its flight-critical mission.

“The BLOOMY team is pleased to provide the test bed for certifying the flight-critical components for the Columbia-class submarine,” says Peter Blume, President of BLOOMY. “We are acutely aware of the importance of our role in supporting this next generation of advanced submarines, their vital importance to our nation’s security, and the safety of the sailors aboard them. As such, Bloomy is proud to join forces with Electric Boat in service to the United States Navy.”

BLOOMY has a depth of expertise with automated test equipment as well as a track record of successful performance on prior contracts, including the Hovering and Missile Compensation Control System Components Test Bed that BLOOMY delivered in 2020.

The test system will have an open architecture which maximizes the ease of component changes, upgrades and replacements while minimizing user interface changes which necessitate personnel retraining. BLOOMY will use commercially-available PXI hardware to provide the required computing and interface capabilities, and will use NI LabVIEW and TestStand to implement the code module and test sequence software. As BLOOMY has learned in its 30-plus-year history, this approach will help ensure that the system remains viable for a program whose lifespan is measured in decades.


Bloomy Controls, Inc. (BLOOMY®) provides automated test solutions for mission-critical and emerging applications which increase product safety, performance, and reliability while reducing the cost of test. Our solutions, which test every phase of a product lifecycle from R&D to validation and production, are ready for the digitally-transformed future with ThreadReady™ and ThreadEnabled™ technologies. BLOOMY’s products and services have demonstrated the world’s best professional practices and the highest level of integrity for more than 30 years!

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