Whippany Actuation Systems makes aerospace electromechanical motion control subsystems for civil and military applications. Its products include control electronics, motors and high-power mechanical transmissions, as well as actuators. Actuators on aircraft perform a variety of critical functions including adjusting flight control surfaces like the rudder, ailerons and elevator, opening and closing cargo or weapons bay doors, extending and retracting landing gear and positioning engine inlet guide vanes and thrust reversers. Actuation systems are generally selected based on force and velocity specifications, size and weight requirements, and the total cost of ownership over an extended operational life.
Unlike hydraulic or pneumatic systems that require air or liquid for power, electromechanical actuation systems are powered by electricity and use significantly less energy. They also require fewer parts, making them easier to maintain and repair over the course of an aircraft’s lifetime.
When demand for specialized parts spiked, New Jersey based Whippany Actuation Systems faced an important decision — sink a large sum into a new CNC machine or introduce automation with a Universal Robots solution. They chose the latter because it would allow them to increase production without committing to a substantial capital expenditure and it could be installed within days.
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