Foresite Honored by the Military & Aerospace Electronics 2016 Innovators Awards Program

By Tracy Stout

Kokomo, Indiana, USA – Foresite, Inc., announced today that its UMPIRE®44 was recognized with a Silver award as part of the Military & Aerospace Electronics Innovators Awards program. The judging panel consisted of a panel of senior third-party professionals.silverawardlogos-1.jpg


The UMPIRE44 is a cost effective tool for people at all levels in the electronics industry to evaluate the reliability of design architecture, processes and material sets that are used or under consideration for electronics production.  


Assembling and testing the UMPIRE44 can help qualify new aspects of a circuit card assembly (CCA) and engineering changes, including new suppliers, facilities or equipment. The UMPIRE44 was specifically developed to qualify lead-free processes and material sets for high reliability, RoHS-exempt applications.


UMPIRE44.jpgAs a standardized test vehicle, the UMPIRE44 can establish the baseline or comparative performance of any process/material combination alternatives that are under consideration. By using the UMPIRE44 instead of building and testing actual ADHP hardware, costs can reduce tenfold. The UMPIRE44 is unique with regards to comprehensively evaluating and forecasting the combined effect of various inputs on electronics reliability such as interactions of material combinations, process specifications and control, supplier quality, and the resultant CCA cleanliness (residue entrapment).


Terry Munson, founder and President of Foresite Inc., responded to the award announcement. “We are honored that the development of the UMPIRE44 test vehicle has been recognized, and we look forward to increasingly applying the tool to improve electronics reliability.”


Alan Bergstein, publisher of Military & Aerospace Electronics (, stated, "This prestigious program allows Military & Aerospace Electronics to celebrate and recognize the most innovative products and services in the military electronics industry. Our 2016 Honorees are an outstanding example of companies who are making an impact."


The Innovators Awards are judged on the following criteria:

  • Innovation
  • Value to the User
  • Sustainability
  • Meeting a Defined Need
  • Collaboration
  • Impact


The 2016 Military & Aerospace Electronics Innovators Awards Honorees are featured in the November Issue of Military & Aerospace Electronics magazine, as well as on


About Military & Aerospace Electronics

Published since 1990, Military & Aerospace Electronics delivers time-sensitive news, in-depth analyses, case studies, and real-world applications of new products, industry opinion, and the latest trends in the use of mil-spec, rugged and commercial off-the-shelf components. The Military & Aerospace Electronics brand includes the magazine, website (, email newsletters and webcasts.


About The Military & Aerospace Electronics 2016 Innovators Awards program

The Military & Aerospace Electronics Innovation Awards celebrates the most innovative applications of aerospace and defense electronics technology products and systems. Awards are presented to organizations that demonstrate excellence in the use of a product or system. Submissions are accepted from designers and integrators, and users of military and aerospace electronics systems.


About Foresite, Inc. (

Foresite, Inc. is a consulting and analytical test laboratory dedicated to preventing and solving electronic product reliability issues. Foresite specializes in addressing issues created when residues and other surface contaminants from the manufacturing process degrade field performance. Foresite provides consulting and technical expertise when clients have questions and concerns about existing residues or the cleanliness of their electronics. Foresite’s primary goal is to educate clients, customers and suppliers about the effects of residues on electronic product reliability. Services include:

  • Electronics manufacturing processes consulting
  • Testing and analysis, including failure analysis and the investigation of contamination and cleanliness issues through the use of ion chromatography
  • Electronics cleaning and recovery to resolve current production/testing deficiencies, develop and qualify a production cleaning process, correct non-conforming product inventories and/or field returns or recover electronics damaged during a disaster
  • Development of cleanliness limits for electronics
  • Development of tools such as the Foresite C3 Critical Cleanliness Control® and the family of UMPIRE® test vehicle kits designed to help clients and the electronics industry produce reliable electronics