Meggitt PLC, a leading international group specialising in high-performance components and sub-systems for aerospace, defence and energy markets, has been awarded a contract from ATR, the world’s leading regional aircraft manufacturer, for Meggitt’s proprietary on-board propeller-balancing system.
The win demonstrates success in Meggitt Sensing Systems’ strategy to extend its 60+ years monitoring the health of large turbo-fan engines into other aircraft equipment, using lightweight, modular electronic processing units and sensors. Using multiple sensor types, this new distributed monitoring system can monitor more equipment—auxiliary power systems, landing gear, avionics and air conditioning systems, for example—more cost-effectively.
Under the new contract, the vibration of propellers on new ATR 42 and ATR 72 turboprops will be monitored so they can be balanced correctly, reducing cabin noise and wear on both engine bearings and gearbox components.
The first units will be delivered in 2017. The on-board propeller-balancing system can be retrofitted to the existing fleet of 1,500 aircraft.
David Brigante, ATR Senior Vice President Procurement, commented: “Introducing propeller vibration monitoring is part of our incremental development policy. It will contribute to enhance passenger experience, increase reliability and reduce ATR aircraft maintenance costs. The system is designed to interface with our most recent propellers, ATR -600s, and the legacy configuration in retrofit”.
Annette Hobhouse, President, Meggitt Sensing Systems, added: “Before our new lightweight distributed system, there were limits to what could be monitored on an aircraft because of technical and commercial barriers. Now, virtually any aircraft system can be monitored to improve performance and plan economic, condition-based maintenance.”
For further information contact:
Fiona Greig, Corporate Communications, Tel: +44 (0)1202 597587
Meggitt Sensing Systems, a division of Meggitt PLC, is one of the world’s leading providers of high performance sensing, monitoring, power and motion systems. It specialises in designing products to operate under harsh and demanding conditions. It has operated through its antecedents since 1852 — ECET, Endevco, Ferroperm Piezoceramics, Lodge Ignition, Negretti & Zambra, Sensorex, Vibro-Meter and Wilcoxon Research. www.meggittsensingsystems.com
Founded in 1981, ATR is the world leader on the market for below-90-seat regional aircraft. Since its creation, ATR has sold over 1,500 aircraft. ATR models equip the fleets of over 200 airlines in nearly 100 countries. ATR is an equal partnership between two major European aeronautics players, the Airbus Group and Leonardo. Its head office is in Toulouse. ATR is ISO 14001 certified. For more information, please visit http://www.atr-aircraft.com
Meggitt PLC Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Meggitt PLC is an international group operating in North America, Europe and Asia. Known for its specialised extreme environment engineering, Meggitt is a world leader in aerospace, defence and energy. Meggitt employs approximately 12,000 people at over 40 manufacturing facilities and regional offices worldwide. www.meggitt.com