Airbus single aisle fuselage

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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

CNR train production, China

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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

Cassidian final assembly, A350

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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.

BAE Joint Strike Fighter

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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

French Air Force maintenance

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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

Airbus narrow body aircraft wings

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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

Alstom train production, India

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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

Airbus A400M wings and fuselage

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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

CSR train carriages, China

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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

Electro-Motive Diesel locomotives

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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