Worldwide, about 50 million planes take off every day. A complex infrastructure is necessary if such flight operations are to go smoothly. Airports play a key role here. Wherever something has to move in an airport, igus products win over customers with their quiet, maintenance-free dry operation and reliability: at automated checkpoints and in body scanners, luggage transport and flight simulators.
To minimise ground times for planes, ground support equipment that remains functional in all weathers is indispensable. Our energy chains and cables have proven themselves for years with their corrosion-resistant, maintenance-free materials and long service life. They are used in passenger boarding bridges, de-icing vehicles and systems, cargo lifters and conveyor belt vehicles.
Advantages of igus products in the airport:
On the runway:
To reduce time, delays and therefore costs of de-icing and washing aircraft, MSG Production AS developed a fully automated all-in-one concept. The Norwegian company relies entirely on the advantages of motion plastics from igus: E2 & E4 series energy chains ensure reliable cable guidance, and igubal pillow block bearings provide the mounting of the cleaning nozzles.
In this selection of more than 40 application examples, you can find out how our energy chains and bearing products are used in aviation and aerospace, where they fulfil different requirements. Here, it was necessary to overcome challenges such as high loads, extreme temperature differences, confined spaces or specifications requiring low weight.
MSG Production AS, a Norwegian company, has developed a fully automated de-icing and washing system for aircraft. To ensure safe guidance for the hoses and cables, the developers decided to use igus energy chains, which are not sensitive to moisture or chemicals. igubal pillow block bearings also reliably ensure mobility for the individual cleaning nozzles.
At Cologne/Bonn airport, eight bridges have been converted and modernised. The cables that supply the bridge control system and the aircraft can be routed safely for the next few decades. In addition to engineering for this telescopic solution and the components for the new energy supply system, igus performed on-site installation on the runway.
Before igus products were used in this application, hoses and cables were used without guidance on the vehicle. Energy chains, control cables and pneumatic hoses were used in order to approach the aircraft to be refuelled.
Hydraulic work platforms in a hangar for an Airbus 380 have been fitted with igus e-chains. The problem is the high altitude, which makes the supply of energy and compressed air difficult. The energy chains in zig-zag shape remedy the situation and work safely over the entire travel.
Aircraft hangars are equipped with high-quality gates. Airbus or Boeing, private or military aircraft, each gate is a customer-specific solution. Since safety requirements are more stringent in highly complex systems, gates are being equipped with closing edge safety systems more and more frequently. Special igus energy supply systems ensure smooth information transmission to keep people and property safe in emergencies.