Safran inaugurates ExceLAB, an industry 4.0 center dedicated to excellence in landing and braking systems testing
Vélizy-Villacoublay, October 5, 2022
Safran Landing Systems, the world leader in aircraft landing and braking systems, today inaugurated ExceLAB, a new 4.0 test center that is one of the most advanced test facilities of its type in the world. The inauguration ceremony was attended by Alexandra Dublanche, Vice-President of the Ile-de-France region (greater Paris area), Ross McInnes, Chairman of the Safran Board, Olivier Andriès, Chief Executive Officer of Safran, and Cédric Goubet, Chief Executive Officer of Safran Landing Systems.
Focused on excellence, this new lab tests Safran Landing Systems products that handle aircraft braking, landing gear extension/retraction, nosewheel steering, system health monitoring and e-taxiing. The e-taxi system, now under development, will reduce CO2 emissions during aircraft taxiing at airports, while also cutting fuel consumption.
ExceLAB provides complete testing and research capabilities for hydraulic, electric and hybrid systems used on all current and planned aircraft. Its test facilities, and the new technologies tested there, receive government funding through the French civil aviation agency (DGAC).
This fully connected lab uses digital technologies to enhance its machines, tests and analysis capabilities. Customers enjoy a full immersive experience, including the possibility of following all operations remotely via a live video transmission.
Over and above the technical performance of its test facilities, ExceLAB is an eco-friendly test center, reflecting Safran’s low-carbon commitment. Since the lab is fully connected, operating data is continuously analyzed to adjust the power supply to meet exact needs, reducing energy consumption by 30%. Furthermore, the lab will be entirely heated by geothermal energy, through its connection to the Véligéo power plant in Vélizy-Villacoublay.
“ExceLAB modernizes and enhances Safran Landing Systems’ testing and qualification capabilities for new landing and braking system concepts. Some of the latest innovations are the EHA, which electrifies nose landing gear functions, and electric taxiing systems. Through our investment in this state-of-the-art facility, we’re boosting our ability to deliver the best possible solutions to our customers and make aviation safer, more innovative and more sustainable than ever.”
Safran is an international high-technology group operating in the aviation (propulsion, equipment and interiors), space and defense markets. Its core purpose is to contribute to a safer, more sustainable world where air transport is more environmentally friendly, comfortable and accessible. Safran has a global presence, with 76,800 employees and sales of 15.3 billion euros in 2021 and holds, alone or in partnership, world or regional leadership positions in its core markets. Safran is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange and is part of the CAC 40 and Euro Stoxx 50 indices.
Safran Landing Systems is the world leader in aircraft landing and braking systems. Its expertise covers the entire lifecycle of its products, from design and manufacturing to maintenance and repair. The company has partnerships with more than 25 airframers in civil, regional, commercial and military transport, supporting more than 32,000 aircraft and making over 80,000 landings every day.
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