Carlisle Interconnect Technologies’ aircraft rack and tray systems are made and tested for aircraft manufacturers, in the Franklin, Wisconsin facility, in the United States of America. This is also where the vibration test facility is located and where the engineering team performs sound and vibration testing for members of the Carlisle group, as well as outside companies – to whom they also offer their services.
The system mainly tests designs during research and development (R&D), especially for complete lifecycle simulation, generally based on industry-standard test profiles. As with anything related to aerospace, exacting detail and specified tests according to customer and industry standards are performed, including shock testing to simulate events such as an aircraft’s undercarriage experiencing a tyre blowout on the runway.
The Franklin engineering team uses the vibration test system, supplied by Brüel & Kjær VTS, to test connectors, wiring harnesses, metal modules and fittings. Thanks to the time savings that the system has enabled - and the testing services work for third-party aerospace customers - Manager of Airframe & OEM Equipment Engineering, Jeff Behlendorf is pleased with their recent acquisition: “It was commissioned just six months ago and has already paid for itself,” he said.
During testing of the aluminium trays shown in the picture, the size and mass of the load that they will endure in actual use are simulated. With the choice of using the slip table or the head of the V875 shaker itself, they can accommodate many different products and a variety of test types.
About Carlisle Interconnect Technologies
Carlisle Interconnect Technologies is part of the Carlisle Companies Inc., which is publically traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: CSL) Carlisle Interconnect Technologies itself has a number of core business areas, chief among which is the design and manufacture of all aspects of wiring, cables and connectors up to the level of complete, highly engineered equipment rack assemblies. Important business areas are:
• Aerospace - Manufacturing of equipment racks, systems and components;
• Test and measuring solutions - Full engineering design services;
• Medical electronics - Pulse oximetry systems, ECG monitoring, medical imaging.
With its headquarters in Saint Augustine, Florida, Carlisle Interconnect Technologies also has locations in the US, China and Switzerland, and a global sales force. Following a series of acquisitions it owns a number of famous brands. Major markets include the US, China, South America, UK and France
About Brüel & Kjær
Brüel & Kjær (bksv.com) is a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of sound and vibration measurement systems. Brüel & Kjær helps its customers measure and manage the quality of sound and vibration in their products and in the environment. Focus areas are aerospace, space, defence, automotive, ground transportation, airport environment, urban environment, telecom, and audio.
Brüel & Kjær has an unparalleled portfolio of sound and vibration equipment, and is a renowned deliverer of innovative instrumentation, including sound level meters, microphones, accelerometers, conditioning amplifiers, calibrators, noise and vibration analysers and software.
Brüel & Kjær also runs a variety of training courses, from basic introductions to noise and it’s effects to more specialised classes teaching customers how to get the most out of their equipment. Free, online training courses - conducted by our expert engineers - run throughout the year too. For all course registration details visit bksv.com/courses
Brüel & Kjær is a subsidiary of UK-based Spectris plc (spectris.com) which has annual sales of £1.1bn and employs around 7,500 people worldwide across its four business segments.