RedViking Engineering (Booth No. 2811) is at Heli-Expo 2014 with a little extra flair, now that it has merged with SuperiorControls. The merger seems to be a good deal for both companies.
The former designs, builds, installs and supports helicopter powertrain test systems in both the military and commercial venues, while the latter provides manufacturing execution systems that include custom machines, software, automation and conveyance solutions.
Rod Emery, vice president of assembly systems for SuperiorControls, is pleased with his expanded product line, courtesy of the merger. “RedViking’s multi-modal test stands and software are setting a new standard,” he said.
RedViking participated in the U.S. DoD helicopter flexible test systems project using its electrical regeneration’s common DC bus architecture, which eliminates two conversion points where energy is often lost and increases efficiency of the unit. The company estimates that its electrical regeneration helicopter dynamic test systems cost $400 per hour less than former DoD systems and save as much as $500,000 per year.
At the booth RedViking is featuring its portable assembly and MRO line. Its centerpiece is the battery-free automated guided vehicle with minimal need for floor channels, which facilitates rapid line changes at a reasonable cost for manufacturers and repair facilities.