none

SAVING ON A JET PLANE

19-09-2019
by 
in 

Lightweight construction plays a major role in aircraft design, whether they are carrying passengers or cargo. And these weight considerations are not just financial, they are also environmental: a reduction in weight of just 1kg can save an airline 31,000L of jet fuel and avoid around 78,000kg of CO2 emissions per year.

So airlines are constantly on the lookout for potential savings, as well as partners who know how to achieve them. And every little helps - sometimes in less obvious parts of the plane.

Service trolleys are an indispensable feature of passenger airliners, carrying food, drinks and souvenirs along the aisles for the cabin crew to distribute.

One producer of these trolleys, Frankfurt-based Spiriant GmbH, recently set out to design a lighter weight service trolley that would help cut down on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. With this in mind, the company turned to Tente for suitable castors.

Tente had already developed an impressively low-weight castor at the turn of the millennium: the Aviana. So, in close consultation with both Spiriant and a leading German airline, the company’s designers set about making the castor even better for use in airliners.

They modified the wheel, fork and bearings using an ultralight synthetic material, and introduced aluminium for the fixings. The result was the Aviana light, weighing just 350g each.

Saving weight was not the only consideration, though. High standards of hygiene, stability, safety and design also had to be met. For example, the synthetic material used is particularly stable, yet still guarantees a high degree of flexibility. The contours of the fork were designed to allow effortless manoeuvrability in the small kitchen and narrow aisles.

The locking system was designed with flight operations in mind, so the trolleys stand firmly and securely when the aircraft are climbing and descending and even in turbulence. Finally, the castors had to be supplied in the client airline’s corporate colours.

The Aviana light saves 1.3kg per set of castors, and the airline has 30,000 trolleys in service. As a result, the new castors are saving the company 11 million litres of jet fuel per year while protecting the environment with a 28 million kilogram reduction in CO2 emissions.

Tente Castors & Wheels
1300 836 831
www.tente.com.au

 

 

Related news & editorials

  1. 25.02.2020
    25.02.2020
    by      In
    Available exclusively in Australia and New Zealand from Tente Castors & Wheels, the Convert-A-Trolley is a novel rethink on some of the most basic materials handling operations, combining the functions of a hand truck and a platform trolley. What’s more, the lightweight unit can be converted... Read More
  2. 28.01.2020
    28.01.2020
    by      In
    As more companies look to reduce their packaging and transportation costs, bulk bags are becoming widely used as a cost effective, efficient and eco-friendly solution for storing, transporting and discharging bulk materials.
    When fully loaded, the size and weight of these bulk bags create a problem... Read More
  3. 12.12.2019
    12.12.2019
    by      In
    The humble pallet truck is one of the great workhorses of the materials handling sector, and its design has remained unchanged for decades. It is, however, a little “clunky”.
    With its solid plastic or metal wheels and rigid construction, the basic pallet truck is both noisy and prone to shock and... Read More
  4. 05.12.2019
    05.12.2019
    by      In
    The Japanese traditionally sleep on a futon mat on the floor, and this poses an interesting conundrum for the design of hospital beds in that country, particularly in integrating a braking system. Working with a Japanese hospital bed manufacturer, Tente developed a tailor-made solution that... Read More