Case Studies

Airbus single aisle fuselage

Challenge The production of large quantities of single aisle fuselages meant Airbus was looking for a highly efficient, production line oriented testing regime to ensure it could quickly test commercial aircraft bodies during construction. The solution was developed by MK Test's Special Projects Division, who created a special trolley to carry testing equipment, with built in racks....

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CNR train production, China

Challenge China CNR Corporation is a major manufacturer of locomotives and rolling stock for the domestic Chinese market. The company also serves a number of export markets with its products, mainly in African countries. CNR was looking for a Western supplier of testing equipment, capable of delivering multibus systems with support locally. The CNR team came to...

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Cassidian final assembly, A350

Challenge The A350 is part of a new generation of more fuel efficient commercial aircraft now taking to the skies. These aircraft use composite materials including polymers, plastics and carbon fibre to reduce weight and improve fuel efficiency. With the move away from metals and more well understood materials come a number of production challenges. Among these...

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BAE Joint Strike Fighter

Challenge BAE had been using competitor systems to provide testing, but required a system with Automatic Programme Generation, a facility that itself saved up to four months of planned test programming time within the development programme. MK Test's Special Projects team developed a bespoke trolley format for the testing equipment, to meet BAE's specific physical needs on...

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French Air Force maintenance

Challenge The French Air Force - l'Armee de l"Aire - awarded MK Test a contract to provide testing equipment for the force's aircraft maintenance under its Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) programme. This takes in service aircraft, stripping them down for a major overhaul that checks a substantial number of components, including the wiring looms and...

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Airbus narrow body aircraft wings

Challenge Airbus first started using MK Test equipment for function testing of the wiring to flght surfaces on wings. To this was added function and stress testing of the fuel supply system for civilian aircraft, checking wiring and the fuel quantity indicators that are heavily relied on during many hundreds of commercial aircraft flights, every day. Subsequently,...

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Alstom train production, India

Challenge Alstom required support for testing of its local train carriage production in India. The country has a very large railway system and Alstom is involved with a number of projects in the country including the Chennai and Bangalore Metros, as well as regional railway upgrades. In all, Alstom has around 9,000 staff working on rail...

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Airbus A400M wings and fuselage

Challenge The Airbus A400M is a four engined military transport aircraft, designed to replace ageing aircraft previously supplied by US manufacturers. The first aircraft were delivered in 2013, with more than 200 ordered to date. As a military aircraft, the Airbus A400M has not only the complexity of wiring in its wings, as would be expected of...

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CSR train carriages, China

Challenge CSR Corporation is a Chinese manufacturer of railway rolling stock, and is the world's largest manufacturer of electric locomotives. It is a dominant supplier in the Chinese market, with increasing overseas sales, and has been responsible for the development of some of China's new high speed railways, including the China Star with its 270km/h maximum...

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Electro-Motive Diesel locomotives

Challenge Electro-Motive Diesel, also known as EMD, is a leading US-based manufacturer of diesel electric locomotives, and a part of the Caterpillar group. The company's headquarters is based in McCook, Illinois with additional facilities in Indiana and Mexico. The company manufactures a range of freight and passenger locomotives internationally, including those capable of hauling major freight trains....

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SAAB aircraft production

Challenge Swedish aircraft manufacturer SAAB had been using a competitor's equipment for testing electrical systems on its miliatary aircraft production, for 20 years. But a lack of the ability to continue to upgrade the system, and failing support, led to them asking MK Test to propose an alternative. A demonstration of the MK Test equipment proved...

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Bombardier train carriages

Challenge Train manufacturer Bombardier had tried alternative test programmes, but approached MK Test looking for an efficient solution for testing active cabinets within its railway carriage production lines. Using the MK Test equipment, every part of the system can be used to make a measurement or stimulate components, saving time and shortening the process. System Specification Test system...

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Airbus A380 wings

Challenge On a modern aircraft, the wing is one of the most complex parts, containing as it does the many control surfaces needed to allow the pilot to manoeuvre the aircraft once in the air. Airbus ordered one MK Test unit initially, using it to replace a testing regime that had previously been set up manually. MK...

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Harness testing

Challenge TT Electronics division, AB Connectors and Abtest have increased their testing capability extensively over recent years. Since being awarded the FEPDS by Vickers and the MOD, AB have been dedicated MK Test System users. The units to be tested range from wiring harnesses through to complex panels populated with relays, transformers, variable resistors , indicator lights,...

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Agusta Westland EH101 helicopter

Challenge MK Test was asked to provide system testing for production of the Agusta Westland EH101 helicopter. One of the largest test systems of its type ever built in the UK, the system has over 20,000 test points is a “distributed” system . Separate racks of test points are distributed around the aircraft as required to suit...

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Testing at Sea

Challenge Thales Underwater Systems division use the an MK Test portable unit to test systems that undergo maintenance offshore, on board Navy vessels. The programmes for each system that requires testing are loaded onto the computer at the factory, then the complete system is delivered to the ship/vessel ready for use. When required, the system then performs...

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Lufthansa engines

Challenge Lufthansa Technik chose the MK automatic test system to enable the complete electrical system testing of a range of aircraft engines passing through their MRO facilities worldwide. The test systems’ ability to hold programmes for, and test a full range of engines by simply changing the interface connection between tester and engine makes the MK...

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Satellites

Challenge BAe Space Systems and then Astrium Space Systems have used MK Automatic test systems for over 10 years, from the time of the ST-1 satellite. The test systems are used to perform electrical integrity tests on the most complex harness assemblies that make up the electrical system of the Astrium satellites. All test programmes are automatically...

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