The Problem: Dedicated labor-intensive powertrain test stands with high resource requirements and costly downtime.
The RedViking Solution: Multi-model helicopter test stands and a streamlined testing process.
Patented Technology Reduces 20 Test Stands to 5
As Department of Defense (DOD) budgets continue to be reduced, maintaining the existing fleet of military helicopters becomes more and more critical. One of the largest DOD maintenance and repair operations centers in the world had powertrain test stands that required too much time to run a single test, used too much energy, and weren’t meeting expectations for accurate, repeatable test data. RedViking analyzed their process and designed a completely new testing methodology, as well as designing and building a set of 5 flexible, energy efficient powertrain test stands that did all the work of 20 test stands. The turnkey project is revolutionizing the DOD’s helicopter testing process.
Their single-component test stands required the test article to be manually built up and torn down within the stand itself. When a test stand was in use or down for maintenance or repair, there wasn’t another way to test that transmission or gearbox. The test stands were lacking in capacity, safety, data quality and sustainability. The operators were required to simultaneously control multiple testing systems from unlike interfaces.
Improved Safety, Better Data, Lower Energy Costs
The RedViking Flexible Transmission Testing System streamlines the process, captures better data, provides an ergonomic operator environment and delivers fully integrated test management. Electrical regeneration recaptures up to 80% of the stand’s power to return to the grid or use in powering tests. 5 Flexible Powertrain Test Stands replaced the 20 stands that tested dynamic components from 3 different helicopter OEMs. The operator has an integrated, user-friendly testing interface which is consistent to every test stand. Data is accurate and repeatable.
The RedViking solution benefits the taxpayer, the test operators, and most importantly, U.S. troops who rely on the safety of their helicopters.