Airbus - Control of decentralised air system and stringent requirements
Airbus is a leading aircraft manufacturer known for its ground-breaking
research and development, its technological and manufacturing
efficiency, and for building the largest passenger aircraft in the world. Airbus
aircraft wings are designed and manufactured in two UK locations:
Filton and Broughton. Finnish innovation in compressed-air plant
control, Sarlin Balance, is an unseen but significant factor in the
production of the world's most technologically advanced aircraft wings. The
first Sarlin Balance system was implemented in Filton in 2000.
The first Sarlin Balance system was implemented in Filton in year
2000. After the initial installation it has undergone several upgrades
- In 2010 Filton plant modernised their compressed air system. LAN
network was utilised and thus cabling to all individual compressors was
- Features linked to dew point monitoring, flow metering and data logging were upgraded
- In 2011 Broughton plant had Sarlin Balance system installed to control its upgraded compressed-air production
- Remote control of five compressed air systems in both the
Broughton and the Filton factories. All compressed air networks are
centrally managed with help of Sarlin Balance from the Filton site (in
”Once installed, Sarlin Balance
established a status of accurate and reliable compressed air management.
With stable control, system pressures were progressively lowered to an
unbelievable 5.8 bar”, says Airbus’ energy manager Gary Grisp.
All Airbus UK compressed air systems are centrally managed with help of Sarlin Balance from the Filton plant in Bristol.
- A smooth supply of compressed air
- Improved energy economy with changing air demands - energy savings 19% annually
- Optimum pressure levels
- Relevant real-time information on the air system
- Data compilation: air and energy consumption, efficiency, pressure levels, fault events
- Monitoring of all critical parameters such as pressure levels
and dew points. Alarms raised in case of critical levels being
- Remote operation of 4 separate networks of Broughton plant by experts in Filton
- Improved maintenance planning
Sarlin is responsible for the remote maintenance of the system. When
Airbus is in need of technical support, they allow a Sarlin expert
access to the Balance system. Remote access allows Sarlin to solve the
majority of problems. If necessary, maintenance tasks are carried out on
site in cooperation with the customer.