RedViking’s Whirl Towers improve aircraft performance by giving a superior balance to nominal design. Paired with Vsync, our dynamic blade balance systems provide advanced data acquisition and analysis.
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As specialists in flexible systems, we’ve developed an extensive range of rotary balancing capabilities to handle current and future requirements. With the ability to adapt to various rotor heads, blade connections and blade lengths, RedViking dynamic blade balance stands are capable of testing rotor blades from multiple OEMs on a single tower. The motors and gearbox can run up to 5,800 continuous duty HP, generating speeds up to 400rpm with operation in either direction.
Dual Blade Lift Technology
The RedViking dynamic blade balance stand includes a one-of-a-kind dual blade lift device, allowing a blade to be unloaded and a new blade loaded in a single operation. This reduces changeover time and improves overall productivity.
Durable and Accurate in Desert Environments
Designed to protect, control and monitor operational conditions of the gearbox tower structure, the RedViking whirl tower isolates the gearbox from potentially harmful loads, significantly improving test stand life. A weatherproof, air conditioned enclosure allows your whirl tower to operate in difficult testing environments under which most systems would not function. It can be operated in temperatures ranging from 0°F to 110°F.
Safe and Ergonomic
We’ve designed our dynamic blade balance stands to protect the safety and ergonomics of your operators. Adjustable positions and locations are incorporated to fit 5th to 95th percentile of workers. All designs are free of pinch points and maintenance activities can all be made from catwalks or stairs. All machines have electrical, air and hydraulic disconnects capable of being locked out, and emergency “mushroom” type push buttons are located on the test stand and console. In addition automatic handrails, remote camera controls and intercoms allow for fast remote communication.
Improved Testing Accuracy with Vsync
Vsync – Whirl Towers software is utilized to incorporate blade control, speed and measurement into one comprehensive package, greatly reducing operator training requirements and improving testing accuracy. A host computer, video processing computer and 3 high resolution display screens allow your stand to be controlled from a remote location while control consoles at the base of and on the work platform of the tower facilitate maintenance and calibration. Learn more about Vsync here.
Error / Mistake Proofing
Error Proofing for blade and blade adapter mounting can be provided through an instrumented torque gun, providing reliable, historical data for bolt torques. Together with our Vsync fully integrated control system, this provides the ability for advanced trend analysis and component tracking.