IMA Dresden employs Leoni Special Cables GmbH DeviceNet cables
The new mega-airbus A380 is expected to take its first scheduled flight at the end of 2006.
The Dresden-based firm thus places stringent demands not only on their famous examination candidate but also on the materials used in the test facilities, which are to simulate a total of 47,500 flights. Only endurance champions will be suitable for the drive control of the hydraulic cylinders, which will emulate the stresses of 1800 flights. For this reason, IMA Dresden will be using the highly flexible DeviceNet cables from the FieldLink® line of Leoni Special Cables GmbH (LSC). DeviceNet cables have a flame-retardant sheath (acc. to UL 1685 (CSA FT4)) that is also guaranteed oil resistant (acc. to UL 1581, Chapter 480). UL qualified cables and wires comply with the high safety standards required in the USA and Canada.
Flexibility was also a deciding factor in the choice of the network protocol for the testing facility. DeviceNet, which builds on the CAN standard, provides the same openness but is considerably easier to program. The hybrid cable structure allows power and data transmission using two separate wire pairs – a topology designed to maximise the ease of laying and installation, which in turn minimises project costs. This makes it ideal for the Airbus A380 test in Dresden, where an operating life of 25 years is to be simulated in just 26 months.