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 any modern aircraft, but also a large volume of wiring including controls and communications linkages, within the fuselage.

MK Test won a contract to supply testing services for the manufacturing of A400M wings, being selected for the level of flexibility and support that could be provided. One key element was the automation of data, while MK was also able to deliver a software interface that created test programmes and fed back the results directly into the manufacturer’s systems.

Success with the installation at the wing production facility led to MK Test being asked to support fuselage assembly at the German factory selected for this part of production.

System Specification – Wings

Test system is a Distributed System.
2 & 4 Wire continuity resistance / 1500VDC Insulation/Dielectric Test / 1000VAC Hi-Pot
Fibre Optic Test
High Frequency RF Test
Full Function Test via EEM. The system is able to distribute actuation signals to the active components in the aircraft, replicating aircraft operating power supplies.
Wireless Remote Control
Active XRef – Intelligent Interface Management System
Automatic Programme generation – from BCAWD, SeeXP,SAP database

BLTU – Automatic Bind & Loop test

System Specification – Fuselage

Test system is a Distributed System.
2 & 4 Wire continuity resistance / 1500VDC Insulation/Dielectric Test / 1000VAC Hi-Pot
Fibre Optic Test
High Frequency RF Test
Full Function Test via EEM. The system is able to distribute actuation signals to the active components in the aircraft, replicating aircraft operating power supplies.
Wireless Remote Control
Active XRef – Intelligent Interface Management System
Automatic Programme generation – from KIWI, SeeXP,SAP database