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BBC film radiolink load cell system

Measuring Airbus 380 wing forces.



A cutting edge 'state of the art' wireless load monitoring system manufactured and supplied by Straightpoint is being used in a £10bn programme to keep the world's largest airliner, the Airbus 380, in the skies.

The international UK-based company was contracted to supply a radio load link system to ensure the complex 29-tonne wings of the majestic aircraft - which act as fuel tanks - are perfectly balanced in flight.

Straightpoint Managing Director Dave Ayling's load systems expertise was called upon to deliver and install one of the firm's high accuracy force measurement load cell systems to enable Airbus 380 engineers to check wings for safety and reliability as they are produced at the UK's biggest factory at Filton, near Bristol.

Straightpoint is currently being featured on BBC television's iPlayer after their work was filmed in the corporations's 'How To Build...' documentary series, this one entitled 'How to Build a Super Jumbo Wing'.

MD Dave Ayling said: "The BBC documentary brings to life the amazing technology in our very modest looking load cell products. The remote sensors assist engineers to check the centre of gravity is correct in the Airbus wings.

"It is immensely satisfying to see that the awe-inspring Airbus 380, an aviation marvel, is able to take off, fly and land due to the engineering expertise in our little black boxes."

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