Skandia Flammability Lab Draws on Decades of Engineering Experience in Aviation Burn Testing and Certification Market

1983 marks the year Skandia, Incorporated was founded. In line with its mission statement of Making Aircraft Quieter, Safer and More Comfortable, a flammability engineering and testing laboratory was started as a department within Skandia. The creation of this new department was to help aircraft manufacturers, interior shops and completion centers conform to newly required flammability standards.

As we are about to start a new year, 2023 marks 40 years of unmatched success, leadership and experience in the flammability engineering, testing and certification industry. 

And four decades of experience is precisely why Skandia is known across the globe for its thoroughness and overall customer satisfaction with flammability testing including OSU, smoke and toxicity testing services.

Today, Skandia has a full staff of flammability professionals which includes four DER and four DAR representatives. These Skandia DERs and DARs have an average tenure of 15.5 years employment in the flammability department.

Skandia is recognized by both Boeing and Airbus as approved and preferred flammability vendors.

Jennifer Asbury, Skandia’s Flammability Supervisor and DER sees reasons other than staff tenure that’s brought about Skandia’s success over the years. Those reasons draw on Skandia’s deeply experienced team. “Skandia has always strived to be a single source provider, a one-stop-shop for our customers. We can write the test plans, fabricate test specimens as well as perform all the testing in-house. Customers bring us their needs and we partner with them, achieving a certified and approved outcome.”

Skandia’s knowledge gained over the years gives them the expertise to work with TSO parts and materials such as 16G dress cover replacements for aircraft seats. “The depth of our collective industry experiences is pretty amazing,” says Asbury. “It gives us tremendous diversity in our approach to problem solving.”

Providing clients with attention and customer service that goes above and beyond is at the center of adding value to Skandia’s customer experience and their team’s focus. Finding the best solution is not always easy in the world of flammability engineering and testing. It is the commitment for unmatched customer service that has given the entire Skandia flammability team the competitive advantage they have earned in today’s market.

To help maintain the demanding delivery schedule customers expect, Skandia keeps commonly used materials in stock at the lab for test specimen fabrication. Materials such as foam, fasteners, panels and adhesives. All of which make the certification process run smoother 

Additional capabilities of the Skandia Flammability lab surround heat release, smoke emissions and toxicity testing. Employing state of the art heat release and smoke emissions testing chambers, the quality of Skandia testing meets current ISO standards.

Danlaw Acquires BSC Spin-Off Maspatechnologies, Elevating Rapita Systems’ Multicore Capabilities

Global automotive and aerospace electronics solutions provider, Danlaw, has acquired Maspatechnologies, a spin-off company from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center – Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS). Maspatechnologies has joined the Danlaw-owned Rapita Systems group and will operate as Rapita Systems SL from offices in Barcelona.

Maspatechnologies brings technology to verify and certify the software timing behavior of multicore processors used in safety-critical embedded systems. This includes hardware analysis, interference generators, multicore contention modeling and surrogate applications. These tools and services are used to identify and measure the impact of interference on share resources within multicore-hosted software applications. The acquisition expands the specialized multicore verification expertise within the Rapita Systems group and provides industry an end-to-end solution for analyzing and certifying the next generation of multicore embedded avionics and automotive systems.

Maspatechnologies’ groundbreaking work on the analysis of multicore hardware platforms was pioneered at the BSC-CNS. Recently, Maspatechnologies played a key role in Airbus’ successful certification of the first ever “fully-automatic air-to-air refueling (A3R) operation with a boom system”. As part of this project, Maspatechnologies provided timing analysis and characterization services to Airbus that were key to building a CAST-32A compliant certification argument for this multicore avionics system.

Maspatechnologies is the first spin-off to be sold by BSC and was made possible by BSC’s investment in technology transfer. BSC’s 11 spin-off companies have created 121 jobs and raised €8.5 million in financing rounds in six years, with 5 companies created since 2020. These new companies offer cutting-edge services in areas as diverse as biomedicine, security, the aerospace and automotive industries and quantum computing.

“Maspatechnologies joining our Danlaw family enables us to comprehensively address a key disruption in the safety-critical embedded industry – the adoption of high-performance multicore processors,” said Raju Dandu, dhairman of Danlaw. “Looking ahead, we believe that this acquisition demonstrates Danlaw’s focus on value creation through advanced technology transfer to meet the rapidly changing needs of the Avionics and Automotive industries.”

Dan McClung, CEO of Rapita Systems group added, “This acquisition demonstrates our commitment to supporting the future of the embedded industry, which will depend upon the adoption of multicore technology. The Maspatechnologies team brings together leading domain-experts who, in combination with Rapita’s existing tooling and expertise, offers the only viable commercially available path to multicore certification.”

“The sale of Maspatechnologies provides evidence of BSC’s commitment to the development of outstanding, relevant research that has a real impact on society,” said Mateo Valero, director of BSC. “We look forward to further BSC spin-off companies succeeding similarly and creating more high-quality jobs and bringing international investment to our region. This success has a tangible impact and demonstrates the return on investment that the funding of BSC can deliver.”

Francisco J. Cazorla, co-leader of the CAOS research group at BSC and Maspatechnologies co-founder said: “I am glad to see that the research we started over a decade ago at BSC has matured into industry-ready technology for the embedded industry. This has been achieved thanks to the effort of many BSC experts including Jaume Abella (co-founder of Maspatechnologies) and BSC’s Technology Transfer office. Looking forward, I am excited to be joining the Rapita Systems family as Senior Technical Fellow and continuing this important work that is key to facilitating the adoption of multicore processors in the safety-critical embedded industry.”

About Rapita Systems group
Rapita Systems group provides on-target software verification tools and services globally to the embedded aerospace and automotive electronics industries. Its solutions help to increase software quality and deliver evidence to meet safety and certification objectives and reduce project costs. The group provides the world’s leading commercial solution, MACH178, for timing analysis to support the certification of multicore systems, including systems developed to meet DO-178C guidelines and MIL standards.

About Danlaw
Danlaw is a global leader in connected car and automotive electronics. Its family of over 800 people live, breathe, and create innovative technology for some of the world’s largest car makers. Danlaw is known for providing ground-breaking technology, efficient development, and adaptive solutions for dynamic environments. Its world-class connected vehicle solutions make it one of the largest suppliers of connected gadgets in the world.

About Barcelona Supercomputing Center – Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS)
BSC is the leading supercomputing center in Spain, specializing in high-performance computing. BSC has a dual role: providing infrastructure and a supercomputing service for Spanish and European scientists and generating knowledge and technology to be transferred to society. It is a member of the top-level European research infrastructure PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) and manages the Spanish Supercomputing Network (RES). BSC is a public consortium owned by the Spanish Government Ministry of Science and Innovation (60%), the Catalan Government Department of Business and Knowledge (30%) and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (10%).

Accelerated Runtime Analyses Facilitate Software Development

Safety-critical applications with real-time requirements need worst-
case program runtimes to be estimated. A novel solution from leading tool specialists Lauterbach and AbsInt makes such runtime analyses even faster and easier.
The earlier in the development process software errors are discovered, the more efficiently they can be fixed. In the development of embedded systems, methods such as real-time tracing are essential. For many decades, Lauterbach’s PowerTrace modules have been the market leader for real-time tracing in the embedded industry, providing highly detailed
information about the program flow, interrupts, and task switches.
Retrieving and analyzing this data is the basis for AbsInt’s tool, TimeWeaver, which uses the measured execution times of code sections from real-time tracing to determine the most reliable estimate of the worst-case execution time (WCET).
“Thanks to our excellent cooperation, WCET analyses are now more viable for more complex processors”, says Dr. Christian Ferdinand, managing director of AbsInt Angewandte Informatik. “Developers of embedded software can now reach their goals even faster by utilizing data from our real-time traces for static WCET analyses”, explains Norbert Weiss, managing director of Lauterbach GmbH. “The joint solution with AbsInt represents a majorimprovement in the development of safety-critical applications, especially those with real-
time requirements.”
In close cooperation between the two companies, the memory requirements for the exchanged data have now been dramatically reduced through compression and innovative optimization, which means that TimeWeaver delivers its results significantly faster, while
requiring less memory.
The combination of PowerTrace and TimeWeaver supports all current CPU architectures, even complex heterogeneous SoCs, with the fastest trace tools in the industry, suitable for all embedded projects where WCET runtime analysis is required.

Kaman Measuring Highlights KD-5100+ Differential Measurement System

The Measuring Division of Kaman Precision Products is highlighting the availability of its KD-5100+ high reliability differential displacement measurement system, with nanometer resolution. With its stable design, extremely small size, and low power consumption, the KD-5100+ is ideal for laser communications satellites and ground stations, image stabilization systems, and directed energy systems for ground, shipboard and airborne applications.

The KD-5100+ is an upgraded, higher reliability version of Kaman’s proven KD-5100 measuring system and utilizes the identical proprietary hybrid microcircuit. The KD-5100+ incorporates upgrades to the circuit layout, ground connections, and sensor connectors, and adds higher reliability diodes and capacitors.

Featuring a small package size – only 2 x 2.12 x 0.75 inches thick – the KD-5100+ is an ideal solution for meeting SWaP-C requirements. It is manufactured to Mil-PRF-38534 Class H, with MIL-SPEC components used throughout the electronics. The KD-5100+ features a mean time between failures exceeding 238,000 hours in a space flight environment and 55,000 hours in a tactical environment. Kaman also offers the DIT-5200, a commercial version of the KD-5100+ for applications where mil-spec requirements, size, weight and power consumption are less critical.

The KD-5100+ team of experts has a combined total of more than 100 years of application, design and engineering experience. Focused on solving customers’ measurement problems, the team is backed by an established aerospace company that has been an industry leader for more than 70 years. The Measuring Division of Kaman Precision Products follows rigorous aerospace quality systems and is certified to AS9100 and ISO 9001 while featuring a class 100 clean room.

Pratt & Whitney GTF Advantage Flight Testing Starts on Airbus A320neo Aircraft

Pratt & Whitney GTF Advantage Flight Testing Starts on Airbus A320neo Aircraft

Pratt & Whitney announced that Airbus has started development flight testing of the GTF Advantage engine on an A320neo aircraft. This early flight test campaign will continue to mature the engine by testing it in a variety of environments, including hot and cold weather and operation from high-altitude airports. The flight test campaign is an extension of ongoing product development by Pratt & Whitney and Airbus. Engine certification will continue through the first half of 2023, including flights currently underway on the Pratt & Whitney flying test bed in Mirabel, Québec, Canada, as well as extensive endurance testing to ensure product maturity at entry into service. The engine has completed more than 2,400 hours and 7,800 cycles of testing, including a successful test on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

“GTF engines already offer the lowest fuel consumption and CO2 emissions for the A320neo family,” said Rick Deurloo, president of Commercial Engines at Pratt & Whitney. “The GTF Advantage engine extends that lead. It also enhances aircraft capability by increasing thrust and protects durability by running cooler. For airlines, this means new revenue opportunities and better operating economics. Our revolutionary geared fan architecture is the foundation for more sustainable aviation technologies in the decades ahead, and the GTF Advantage engine is the next step in that journey.”

Certified for operation on 50% SAF and successfully tested on 100% SAF, the engines are capable of further reductions in carbon emissions.

STEP BY STEP ENGINE TECH EVOLVES

STEP BY STEP ENGINE TECH EVOLVES

Due to their long service life, aircraft engines evolve over the years to take account of such factors as reliability and maintainability, as well as, more recently sustainability. Ian Harbison found out what some of the major OEMs are up to.

Frank Preli, vice president, propulsion and material technologies at Pratt & Whitney says the company is committed to continually advancing the efficiency of aircraft propulsion systems, whether through revolutionary step changes in performance like with the GTF engine family, or through more incremental upgrades.

The Pratt & Whitney GTF Advantage engine lowers fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 1% compared to the current model GTF engine. Capable of a takeoff thrust improvement of 4% at sea level, the engine could enable longer range and higher payload, the company says. Pratt & Whitney image.
The Pratt & Whitney GTF Advantage engine lowers fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 1% compared to the current model GTF engine. Capable of a takeoff thrust improvement of 4% at sea level, the engine could enable longer range and higher payload, the company says. Pratt & Whitney image.

In the last 12 months, it has announced two new engine upgrade programs– the GTF Advantage and PW127XT.

Designed for Airbus A320neo Family aircraft, the GTF Advantage engine enables a further 1% improvement in fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions, in addition to the 16% step change originally achieved by the GTF at entry into service in 2016. At the same time, the GTF Advantage provides operators with 1,000lb greater thrust. However, it will actually run cooler than the current 33,000lb thrust models, offering greater durability.

The power increase gives a takeoff thrust improvement of 4% at sea level, providing longer range and higher payload, making it particularly suitable for A321XLR aircraft, while, for hot and high operations, there is an increase of up to 8% takeoff thrust at higher altitudes. GTF Advantage will be intermixable and interchangeable with the current GTF engine to ensure maximum operational flexibility.

Frank Preli Pratt & Whitney
Frank Preli
Pratt & Whitney

In early October, Airbus started development flight tests of the GTF Advantage engine on an A320neo aircraft. The program will involve testing in a variety of environments, including hot and cold weather and operation from high-altitude airports. This is an extension of ongoing product development by Pratt & Whitney and Airbus over the last eighteen months. Engine certification will continue through the first half of 2023, including flights currently underway on a Boeing 747SP flying test bed at Pratt & Whitney in Mirabel, Québec, Canada, as well as extensive endurance testing to ensure product maturity at entry into service. The company has also started FAR33 certification testing. The engine has completed more than 2,400 hours and 7,800 cycles of testing, including a successful test on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

The latest GTF engines for the A320neo family are demonstrating dispatch reliability rates consistent with mature rates on the V2500 engine for the A320ceo family but, says Preli, the company is still making improvements to extend time on wing, with the upgrades that have been incorporated in the current engine demonstrating positive results. All these upgrades will carry over to GTF Advantage.

The Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127XT turboprop has been developed for ATR 42/72 aircraft and received Transport Canada certification in August. compared to the PW127M, time on wing has been extended by 40% by increasing the period required between engine overhauls and hot section inspections to 20,000 hours, while, with only two scheduled engine events over 10 years (based on typical mission lengths and 2,000 annual flying hours), maintenance costs should be reduced by 20%. It also provides a 3% improvement in fuel efficiency compared to the previous generation engine and will be capable of running on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

Preli comments that this will further increase the environmental performance and operating economics of regional turboprop aircraft, which can be up to 40% more efficient than regional jets on equivalent routes.

In June, it was announced that another variant of the engine, the PW127XT-S had been selected by Deutsche Aircraft to power its D328eco regional turboprop. The two companies will also cooperate on enabling the PW127XT-S engine to run on 100% SAF, including hydrogen-based Power-to-Liquid (PtL) fuel.”

GE Update

For GE, it is focused on three aspects:

• Engine hardware upgrades: Improved and validated designs that can be introduced on legacy platforms

• Services technology: Ways to clean, inspect and repair engines to improve efficiency, reduce turnaround time and extend service time

• Analytics and fleet stability: Analytics Based Maintenance used to predict optimal time for preventative maintenance

An example of an engine hardware upgrade is the HPT durability upgrade program for CF34-8 engines that was launched in 2019. Under this program, GE provides customers with upgraded parts that can be incorporated into the engine during its next overhaul. These parts are listed in a series of Service Bulletins that GE issued and include components in the fan, compressor, combustor and HPT modules. The set maintenance offer is providing up to $30 per cycle lower engine life cost of maintenance.

On the GE90-115B, the company has invested in component improvements, from the front composite fan blades to HPT nozzles, blades and shrouds. Today, according to FDM data, the average engine cycles from EIS to first shop visit on a newly-built GE90 engine has increased from around 2,000 in 2007) to more than 4,000 today.

In September, Pratt & Whitney announced it will establish a technology accelerator in Singapore in collaboration with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). Technologies developed in Singapore will be applied across Pratt & Whitney’s global maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) footprint. The facility will help to accelerate the development and deployment of technology insertion projects across Pratt & Whitney’s four Singapore-based MRO facilities over the next five years. Projects will focus on automation, advanced inspection, connected factory and digital twin and helping to enhance connectivity and intelligence across the company’s MRO operations. Pratt & Whitney image.
In September, Pratt & Whitney announced it will establish a technology accelerator in Singapore in collaboration with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). Technologies developed in Singapore will be applied across Pratt & Whitney’s global maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) footprint. The facility will help to accelerate the development and deployment of technology insertion projects across Pratt & Whitney’s four Singapore-based MRO facilities over the next five years. Projects will focus on automation, advanced inspection, connected factory and digital twin and helping to enhance connectivity and intelligence across the company’s MRO operations. Pratt & Whitney image.

In 2021, the GEnx engine completed more than 3,000 cycles of dust ingestion testing in a simulated severe environment using a specialized dust ingestion rig. The endurance tests validated several hardware improvements, including an improved combustor deflector and redesigned high pressure turbine stage 1 blade. The endurance testing mimicked the dust GEnx engines encounter flying in some of the most severe operating environments in the world. In partnership with GE Research, dust was reversed engineered to replicate specific field conditions.

GE completed similar testing in 2021 on the FAA-certified GE9X engine, which will enter service on the Boeing 777X.

These tests were partly aimed at helping customers in the Middle East, where sand ingestion is a recurring problem, as was development of another services technology: 360 Foam Wash. With more cleaning capability than the water wash method, the 360 Foam Wash cart injects a proprietary foam detergent into target areas within the engine that reduces the build-up of deposits, lowers exhaust gas temperatures and improves engine compressor efficiency, increasing time on wing. It is completely self-contained, so can be used inside hangars.

The system was first introduced in 2017as a development program and tested on engines in the field and in service with customers. but a major step forward came in 2021 with its launch in partnership with Etihad Airways, which has included it in its Boeing 787 Greenliner Programme. After training their staff, airlines can obtain technical licenses from GE for GE90, GEnx and CF34 models, as well as Engine Alliance GP7200 engines.

Etihad obtained licenses for GE90 and GEnx-1B engines on its Boeing 777 and 787 fleets and was quickly followed in the region by. Emirates, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian Airlines and Saudi Arabian Airlines.

GE estimates using 360 Foam Wash on a GEnx engine operating in the Middle East can produce fuel savings of 15,900 gallons of fuel, based on 650 cycles a year, with each cycle lasting six hours. For a GE90, the savings are 35,500 gallons of fuel per year, based on 700 cycles a year, with each cycle lasting 6.5 hours. Of course, there an associated reduction in CO2 emissions.

Outside the Middle East, Air India received a technical license for GEnx-1B aircraft engines on its fleet of 27 Boeing 787s and expects to save approximately 230,000 gallons and a reduction of more than 2,200 tonnes of CO2 in 2022.

The latest customer, getting its technical license in January this year, is Japan Airlines, which is the first to use the system on the CF34, in this case the CF34-8E powering Embraer 170 aircraft operated by Japan Airlines and its subsidiary, J-Air. Expected annual savings are up to 82,000 liters of fuel and up to 285 tonnes of CO2 carbon emissions by replacing some water washes.

Returning to hardware upgrades, again with hot and harsh flying environments in mind, the Thermal Barrier Coating (TBC) Shield is a tool that can be used on-wing to re-apply thermal coatings in the GEnx combustor, increasing engine durability and reducing maintenance requirements. The application is carried out by a small robotic arm that enters the igniter port on the combustor.

On the CF6 engine, GE is performing metal additive component repairs. One example is the repair of high-pressure compressor (HPC) blades that run at high speeds with tight clearances, producing regular erosion. Repairing these blade tips used to require a long process of cutting, welding and grinding to create the proper shape but the company has established an automated additive manufacturing process to repair the HPC blade tips, saving time and costs associated with labor and machining. Image-analysis software maps the shape of a used blade and creates customized instructions for a Concept Laser M2 machine to build a new tip with precise alignment and profile. The 3D-printed part is near-net shape and can be finished with minimal additional processing. Beyond much faster turn-around times, the technology reduces the scrap.

For analytics and fleet stability, GE uses data received to monitor on-wing aircraft engines and help diagnose operational disruptions before they happen. For example, GE Aviation employees in both Cincinnati and Shanghai perform 24/7 data analysis, seeking to identify trends such as oil usage, vibrations and gas temperature. Once a trend is spotted, they are capable of alerting the airline customer and identifying potential engine issues with recommended maintenance actions.

The company’s engine health monitoring service includes self-serve access to GE’s customer web portals, where customers can find technical updates, and analysis of key engine performance trends and more. Customer Notification Reports (CNRs) issued to GE Aviation customers identify potential engine issues with recommended maintenance actions. Additionally, customers can receive 24/7 global support for AOG situations.

Pratt & Whitney GTF Advantage Flight Testing Starts on Airbus A320neo Aircraft

Pratt & Whitney announced that Airbus has started development flight testing of the GTF Advantage engine on an A320neo aircraft. This early flight test campaign will continue to mature the engine by testing it in a variety of environments, including hot and cold weather and operation from high-altitude airports. The flight test campaign is an extension of ongoing product development by Pratt & Whitney and Airbus. Engine certification will continue through the first half of 2023, including flights currently underway on the Pratt & Whitney flying test bed in Mirabel, Québec, Canada, as well as extensive endurance testing to ensure product maturity at entry into service. The engine has completed more than 2,400 hours and 7,800 cycles of testing, including a successful test on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

“GTF engines already offer the lowest fuel consumption and CO2 emissions for the A320neo family,” said Rick Deurloo, president of Commercial Engines at Pratt & Whitney. “The GTF Advantage engine extends that lead. It also enhances aircraft capability by increasing thrust and protects durability by running cooler. For airlines, this means new revenue opportunities and better operating economics. Our revolutionary geared fan architecture is the foundation for more sustainable aviation technologies in the decades ahead, and the GTF Advantage engine is the next step in that journey.”

The GTF Advantage engine lowers fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 1% compared to the current model GTF engine. Capable of a takeoff thrust improvement of 4% at sea level, the engine could enable longer range and higher payload, making it particularly suitable for A321XLR aircraft and unlocking more destinations for airlines. In addition, the engine will offer an increase of up to 8% takeoff thrust at higher altitudes. GTF Advantage will be intermixable and interchangeable with the current GTF engine to ensure maximum operational flexibility.

The Pratt & Whitney GTF engine with Collins Aerospace nacelle is the only geared propulsion system delivering industry-leading sustainability benefits and dependable, world-class operating costs. GTF-powered aircraft reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 16% to 20%, NOx emissions by up to 50% and noise footprint by up to 75%.* Certified for operation on 50% SAF and successfully tested on 100% SAF, the engines are capable of further reductions in carbon emissions, which will help the aviation industry meet its goal of net zero emissions by 2050.

*Reductions vs. prior-generation aircraft, based on 75 dB noise contour and ICAO CAEP/6 emissions regulations.

AMADA WELD TECH Releases WM-200A Industry 4.0 Ready Networked Weld Monitor

AMADA WELD TECH announced the release of the IIoT ready WM-200A Networked Resistance Weld Monitor, which enhances resistance weld monitoring capability by simplifying data capture, storage, and analysis on a networked platform, paving the way to next generation artificial intelligence and machine learning features.
The WM-200A monitors all aspects of the resistance welding process, providing vital visual and statistical feedback during research and development as well as production environments. High-resolution data capture is critical for artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms. It also provides immediate feedback to the weld station by monitoring key aspects of the process and sending good/no good information to the process controller instantaneously during production.
Whether connected to a standalone resistance welding station, or implemented in a fully automated system, the WM-200A enables users to collect large amounts of high-resolution process data to be used for manufacturing traceability, statistical data analysis, equipment efficiency and health. Data can be stored on an on premise or cloud based server and viewed or downloaded from a remote location using the remote graphic user interface.
The WM-200A monitored inputs include current, voltage, displacement, and force. The monitor features an intuitive user interface for easy programming and quick access to view waveform and numeric data. Configurable monitoring screens enable custom viewing. The WM-200A offers high resolution data capture (up to 200 kHz sample rate) and can simultaneously monitor eight different inputs and up to four distinct windowed process limits per primary channel.
The WM-200A communicates with direct I/O and TCP/IP communication protocols; optionally, configure with an EtherNet/IP field bus to allow automated systems to communicate easily over a single communications cable. Typically, WM-200A is connected to a large display on a personal computer for easy setup and viewing of waveforms and data via WM-Inspect software GUI. Stored data is accessible by third party software suites for analysis for SPC, OEE, and equipment health. The data is also available for current and future AI/ML software algorithms.

Pratt & Whitney Canada Announces Certification of PW127XT-M Regional Turboprop Engine

Pratt & Whitney Canada announced that Transport Canada Civil Aviation has type certified the PW127XT-M regional turboprop engine that will power new builds of ATR aircraft.

“The PW127XT-M engine is the new standard for operating economics, maintenance and sustainability for regional aircraft,” said Timothy Swail, vice president, Regional Aviation and APU Product Marketing & Sales for Pratt & Whitney Canada. “This certification is an important step toward the entry into service of new ATR aircraft and we continue to support ATR as it builds a strong order book.”

Revealed at the Dubai Airshow in November 2021, the PW127XT-M engine offers 40% extended time on wing, 20% lower maintenance costs and 3% improvement in fuel efficiency, due to engine improvements making the regional turboprop even more sustainable. Regional turboprops currently boast up to 40% improvement in fuel efficiency compared with similar missions for the 30-70 passenger regional jet aircraft market.

“We worked closely with ATR earlier this year on the flight testing of our new PW127XT-M and the previous generation PW127M engines using 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF),” said Swail. “Most notably, Braathens Regional Airlines flew one of its ATR 72-600 aircraft using 100% SAF in both its PW127M engines with excellent results.”

In June, Pratt & Whitney Canada announced that Deutsche Aircraft had selected the PW127XT engine to power the new D328eco. The selected engine model – the PW127XT-S – will be developed according to the D328eco timeline.

Chetu Opens Third Software Delivery Center in India to House Growing Talent Pool

Chetu, a developer of custom software solutions, has expanded its international offices as the company opens a new software delivery center in Noida, India.

o accommodate the sustained growth of its global operations, Chetu has expanded its development capabilities in India by opening up a new software development facility at its A-206 campus in Noida.

The outfit is the company’s third software delivery center in Sector 63 and adds 60,000 square feet of development space to accommodate over 900 members. Aside from the state-of-the-art development facilities, the new campus includes a 10,000 square-foot cafeteria and parking amenities.

“Our new A-206 campus will bolster our presence in the region as we continue to invest in ourselves and the software development industry in the region,” said Atal Bansal, founder and CEO of Chetu. “Chetu has enjoyed unbelievable success thanks to our global team and we’re excited to expand our capabilities and offer our services to even more clients worldwide.”

A-206 joins H-6 and A-186 as the latest of Chetu’s cutting-edge software delivery centers in Noida and comes after numerous 2021 office expansions around the globe. This includes the H-6 campus that added an additional 25,000 square-feet of development space, as well as an augmented software delivery hub in Birmingham, England, and a new office in Tempe, Arizona.

As Chetu continues to hire and train new software development talent, the company plans to renovate and upgrade its Skill Development Center at its A-186 campus. The center will continue to offer free software development and programming language training to technical graduates and provide a pathway to gainful employment in the industry.

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