, 2017-08-25

KLM, EDM and Rexroth sign agreement for new cabin crew emergency trainer

Photo: Contract Award (photo credits: KLM)

Bosch Rexroth is supplying the energy efficient motion platform for KLM’s new cabin crew emergency trainer

  • Agreement signed at ceremony hosted by KLM in Amsterdam on August 24th
  • Proven Sytronix motion technology used for first time in cabin crew trainer
  • Simulates many emergency flight scenarios to give crew realistic training

On Thursday August 24th, 2017, at a ceremony held by KLM in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Bosch Rexroth, the leading company in drive and control solutions, signed an agreement with KLM and EDM to supply the motion platform solution for KLM’s new cabin crew emergency trainer. The trainer is part of a completely renewed facility KLM is building at Schiphol Planned to start operating in 2019, the system will provide KLM with a modern training facility in the Netherlands.

KLM is investing in renewing its training facility for its cabin crew at Schiphol to ensure the most comprehensive safety for the airline‘s passengers and crew. Rexroth’s motion platform will be used to simulate flying conditions in a 777-airplane cabin.

“We are committed to providing our cabin crew with the best training possible, in order to deliver maximum safety for our customers,“ said Richard van den Nouweland, Project Manager Flight Operations at KLM. “While it is possible to use a static cabin for crew emergency training, the motion platform from Rexroth allows us to more accurately simulate in-flight conditions for more realistic and extended scenarios.“

The Rexroth motion platform enables cabin crew to practice procedures like emergency evacuation in highly realistic conditions. It can simulate a variety of scenarios from turbulence to the plane dropping, and specific emergency situations such as a nose wheel break. It can generate up to 1 G acceleration, and can be locked in any required position. The cabin can also be raised by up to 5 meters so that evacuation slides can be deployed for realistic evacuation training scenarios.

Each of the hydraulic cylinders in this platform has its own compact drive, so the need for a separate hydraulic power unit is eliminated. This hybrid solution, based on Bosch Rexroth Sytronix technology, is able to deliver ‘power-on-demand’, ensuring the highest possible energy efficiency. “We have been using this technology for over 5 years and it has proven itself in a number of other applications,“ said Hans ten Hagen, Manager Motion Simulation Technology at Bosch Rexroth. “This is the first time it will be incorporated in a cabin emergency evacuation trainer, and we are confident that it meets all expectations.“

The platform features a high number of built-in safety measures. Both mechanical and software motion limiting features are utilized so the system cannot exceed its programmed limits. Drives are equipped with Bosch Rexroth certified ‘Safety on Board‘ technology. This meets the standards for industrial robotics, and provides additional security measures like guaranteed safe stop.

Installation will begin Q2, 2018, with the training center going into operation in 2019. The motion platform will be integrated into the facility by Manchester-based firm EDM, experts in system integration. “EDM has collaborated very successfully with Rexroth on several projects already and we are very pleased to be working together with KLM on this project.“ said Tony Bermingham, Managing Director at EDM.

“We are delighted to have signed this agreement with KLM and EDM,“ said Hans ten Hagen. “It’s a great opportunity to grow our relationship with both partners, and very satisfying that the project is on our home ground of the Netherlands.“

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Economical, precise, safe, and energy efficient: drive and control technology from Bosch Rexroth moves machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application experience in the market segments of Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, and Factory Automation to develop innovative components as well as tailored system solutions and services. Bosch Rexroth offers its customers hydraulics, electric drives and controls, gear technology, and linear motion and assembly technology all from one source. With locations in over 80 countries, more than 29,500 associates generated sales revenue of approximately 5 billion euros in 2016.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 390,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2016). According to preliminary figures, the company generated sales of 73.1 billion euros in 2016. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected industry. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life, and to improve quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 120 locations across the globe, Bosch employs 59,000 associates in research and development.

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