VICKERS RECEIVES BOEING AWARD FOR 747 AND 767 POWERED CARGO DRIVE SYSTEMS
MAUMEE, Ohio, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ --- The Boeing Commercial Airplane Group of The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) has awarded a contract to Vickers' Electromechanical Division, Grand Rapids, Mich., to supply powered cargo drive system equipment for all new production 747 and 767 aircraft through the year 2000. The total potential value of this multiyear award is expected to exceed $50 million. Vickers, Incorporated is a TRINOVA (NYSE: TNV) company. Vickers will provide a number of key components for powered cargo drive systems aboard 747 and 767 aircraft including power drive units (PDUs) incorporating specially designed, high-traction, electric-motor- powered, three-inch drive rollers; electronic control and logic panels; and all necessary wiring harnesses and connectors for rapid installation during aircraft final assembly. EASE OF OPERATION The low-profile PDUs are embedded in the lower deck cargo floor of the 747 and 767 aircraft to move cargo containers fore and aft within the cargo hold. Using the microprocessor based controls, a single cargo operator can rapidly move and position cargo pallets and containers weighing up to 11,000 pounds without physically touching the loads.
The award is the result of an engineering team effort that started over two years ago. The focus of the Vickers approach hinged on designing a cargo drive system that better meets the needs of Boeing and Boeing's airline customers. The result is a more durable and reliable system design applicable to existing and new 747 and 767 aircraft, with adaptability to the 777 now in development.
REDUCED WEIGHT, IMPROVED CONTROL The Vickers powered cargo drive system components reduce aircraft weight by approximately 500 pounds and improve reliability and maintainability compared with previous systems. The new system also reduces rigging time during final aircraft assembly, requires no new operating procedures or training, and provides overall control improvement through the use of advanced control electronics and the elimination of relays. Initial prototype testing at Vickers Grand Rapids and operational testing aboard a Boeing 747 mock-up have been completed. System integration and in-service production testing will take place in 1994, and initial deliveries will commence in 1995. TRINOVA, with 1992 sales of $1.7 billion, is a world leader in the manufacture and distribution of engineered components and systems for industry. Our components and systems are sold through our operating companies, Aeroquip and Vickers, to the industrial, automotive, and aerospace and defense markets. -0- 9/2/93 /CONTACT: Warren N. Bimblick, investors, 419-867-2290, or Peter G. Parsons, media, 419-867-2289, both of TRINOVA/ (BA TNV)
CO: The Boeing Company; Vickers, Incorporated; TRINOVA ST: Ohio, Michigan IN: ARO SU: CON
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