Hamilton Sundstrand Ready for Boeing 787 Entry into Service
PARIS, June 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — PARIS AIR SHOW — Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation, the largest system supplier to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, has been actively supporting Boeing’s flight test program and is ready to support the airplane’s entry into service (EIS). The airplane’s first delivery to All Nippon Airways is slated to occur in the third quarter. Hamilton Sundstrand is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
Hamilton Sundstrand is on track with the validation of its nine systems for the Boeing 787, in support of Boeing’s airplane certification schedule. Hamilton Sundstrand is also fully supporting Boeing’s extended twin-engine operations (ETOPS) certification and functional and reliability testing.
“Hamilton Sundstrand systems are playing a key role in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s flight test program,” said Hamilton Sundstrand President Alain Bellemare. “We are also fully meeting Boeing’s enhanced support plan requirements and are well positioned to support a successful entry into service.”
To support EIS, Hamilton Sundstrand has formed an aftermarket program office and trained a team of dedicated global field service representatives who will support airlines operating 787s within the first year.
In addition, prepositioning components will be available to launch customer ANA. More than 18,000 initial provisioning system components are currently available for ANA and other Dreamliner airlines.
In November 2010, Hamilton Sundstrand launched its Customer Response Center. The CRC is staffed by engineers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to address technical issues and spare part orders and keep aircraft flying. The CRC connects airlines with Hamilton Sundstrand’s 787 aftermarket team and Boeing’s Operations Center, and features sophisticated software to manage customer inquiries and enable Hamilton Sundstrand businesses to coordinate and quickly resolve issues.
The 787 contains nine major Hamilton Sundstrand systems, comprising nearly 600 components and subsystems that incorporate various unique technologies for this first more-electric commercial transport.
Among the technical firsts for the more electric 787 is the Hamilton Sundstrand Electric Power Generating and Start System (EPGSS), which supplies nearly 1.5 megawatts of power, or enough to power about 400 homes, and more than five times the electric power on a Boeing 767. The EPGSS comprises an industry-unique electric start system. Hamilton Sundstrand’s starter generators provided the first electric start of a turbofan engine on a large twin-aisle commercial jet transport.
The Hamilton Sundstrand APS 5000 Auxiliary Power Unit is Boeing’s first more-electric APU. In the engine start sequence, the 1,100 shaft horsepower APU provides power to the engine-mounted Hamilton Sundstrand starter generators to start the engines.
Another industry first, Hamilton Sundstrand’s more electric 787 environmental control system significantly improves efficiency and fuel burn, and is a source of cabin pressurization, which eliminates the need for bleed air. The system enables lower cabin pressurization for improved passenger comfort.
The Hamilton Sundstrand Nitrogen Generation System improves fuel system safety by increasing the nitrogen concentration in the fuel tanks. The 787 is the first passenger transport to integrate an NGS into the initial airplane design.
Other significant Hamilton Sundstrand systems include the 787′s primary power distribution system and motor controls, secondary power distribution systems, galley cooling system, electric-driven hydraulic pumps and emergency power system. Hamilton Sundstrand’s Kidde Aerospace & Defense subsidiary is supplying Boeing with the complete fire protection systems package for the 787. Hamilton Sundstrand also provides the engine gearbox system for the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine.
In addition to its technical advances in hardware and software, Hamilton Sundstrand has supported the 787 program with a substantial systems integration effort. Hamilton Sundstrand’s scope of supply and its systems integration role are unprecedented for an aerospace systems company.
Integral to that role is Hamilton Sundstrand’s Airplane Power System Integration Facility (APSIF), located at its facility in Rockford, Ill., which hosts equipment from Hamilton Sundstrand and nearly a dozen other Boeing suppliers to develop, integrate and certify the more electric technology of the 787. The APSIF contains nearly 400 pieces of equipment, including the airplane’s common core computing and remote data concentrator network, the flight deck displays and the overhead switch panels.
The 787 program is expected to generate more than $15 billion in revenue for Hamilton Sundstrand over the life of the program.
With 2010 sales of $5.6 billion, Hamilton Sundstrand is headquartered in Windsor Locks, Conn. Among the world’s largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and industrial products, the company designs, manufactures and services aerospace systems and provides integrated system solutions for commercial, regional, corporate and military aircraft. It also is a major supplier for international space programs.
United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries worldwide.
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