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BURNS OPENS DYNAMIC TEST CENTER

 BURNS OPENS DYNAMIC TEST CENTER
 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Burns Aerospace today


opened its new dynamic test facility in Winston-Salem, one of only three commercial centers nationwide that perform 16G testing for aircraft seats. No other aircraft seat manufacturer has an on-site test center of this type.
 "This facility represents a commitment of more than $1 million," said Burns president R.N. (Rich) Burger. "Having it ensures consistently superior quality and gives us an edge over all our competitors because we are no longer bound by the schedules of other companies in gaining access to a test site.
 "That translates to faster turnaround and greater efficiency in testing new seats and in working with airlines and airframe manufacturers to customize products," he added.
 The center is named the Ralph G. Marrujo Test Center in memory of the man who was vice president of Engineering and Product Development at Burns until his death in 1988. A memorial plaque was unveiled during the dedication ceremonies.
 Planning for the facility began about three years ago when the FAA proposed new regulations for aircraft seating. As these regulations become effective, all manufacturers will be required to meet 16G standards. The engineering design group at Burns has already begun meeting or exceeding these standards in all new Burns seats.
 The Marrujo Test Center gives Burns capabilities that no other aircraft seat manufacturer can match, according to Steve Sheek, manager of the test center. The center is patterned after the FAA's Civil Aeromedical Institute (CAMI) test facility in Oklahoma City. It is equipped for longitudinal and vertical testing on a horizontal track to evaluate an aircraft seat's structural integrity as well as its ability to meet FAA injury standards. Structural testing done on the track can check the forward and lateral integrity of the seat and verify the seat's ability to accommodate 16G requirements and the required amount of aircraft floor warpage.
 For injury criteria testing, instrumented ATDs (Anthropomorphic Test Dummies) are placed in the seat to measure the likelihood of head or femur injuries. For measuring spinal injuries, the seat is placed at a 60 degree angle to the horizontal track for what is called a vertical test.
 The 175-foot track exceeds current testing standards, and the rails for the track are constructed of high precision shafting accurate to within one-thousandth of an inch for each 15 feet of track. Electronic data acquisition equipment gathers, digitizes, and stores data, while giving the technician the ability to control the launching of the test from the same computer. High-speed cameras and special lighting ensure accurate documentation of each test.
 Burns is the largest manufacturer and marketer of seating for the commercial aviation industry. The company designs and makes seats and seat components in Winston-Salem and in Los Angeles. Burns also has a facility in Shannon, Ireland to serve Europe.
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 /CONTACT: Jerry E. McLeese, 919-759-0195, for Burns Aerospace Corporation/ CO: Burns Aerospace Corporation ST: North Carolina IN: AIR SU:


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