The Air and Space community has long recognized vibration as a cause of structural and equipment failure. Vibration Intelligent Balance Solution (VIBS™) smooths the main rotor system and extends the structural life of the helicopter. A primary goal of all aircraft owners is to increase the longevity of their fleet. Breaking the paradigm of the unacceptable past practices is critical to successfully pursuing that goal. Helicopter main rotor tracking and balancing is accepted across the industry as a “complex and time intensive task”. The associated high costs lead planners across the industry to ignore or put off the task until it can no longer be avoided. Balancing is far from just another basic maintenance task.
The current standards are written such that Helicopter maintainers are forced to invest vast amounts of time and money in smoothing the aircraft’s main rotor system, often with marginal results. This vibration maintenance routine involves an extensive amount of man-hours and associated aircraft flight hours. Conducting maintenance in this fashion eats away at the life-cycle usefulness of the aircraft, burns high-cost fuel; and if not smoothed properly the airframe, avionics and other operating systems risk premature failure due to lingering vibrations from the rotor. All of this detracts from the operational availability of the aircraft. For these reasons, the most efficient method possible to conduct rotor track and balance should be utilized to reduce the cost of this necessary maintenance task and to reduce the overall operating cost of the aircraft. International Vibration Technology (IVT) has serviced military and civilian aircraft world wide (aircraft serviced by IVT is listed below).
While each maintenance organization may use a slightly different approach to main rotor track and balance, each method has essentially the same intent to smooth the aircraft. The primary issue at hand is identifying which method works most efficiently. This has been a major issue for decades across the aviation industry. The instruments for measuring and monitoring have grown more sophisticated yet the ability to correctly interpret the data for diagnosis and corrective action have been lacking.
Reference: Renzi, Michael J. AN ASSESSMENT OF MODERN METHODS FOR ROTOR TRACK AND BALANCE. Thesis. AIR FORCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, 2004. Print
IVT has extensive experience in providing solutions to civilian and military aircraft around the globe. IVT has successfully provided services throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, England, Italy, Australia, and the Middle East. IVT’s engineering staff is filled with leaders in their respective fields. The IVT founder, Mr. Norman Serrano, was designated as Subject Matter Expert for the United States Air Force on vibration issues.
In helicopter operations our services in dynamic balancing and mechanical fault finding diagnostics will make great improvements to the operation of your aircraft fleet in four ways:
- Knowledge and experience: Our services will give your most inexperienced maintenance personnel more than 30 years of combined vibration expertise, leading to safer and smoother balanced systems.
- Aircraft Readiness: Downtime leads into unwanted expense. Aircraft using IVT’s vibration analysis solutions are in the air more often, and sooner.
- Increased Longevity of Aircraft: When IVT’s solutions are applied to your aircraft, the life of your investment is directly affected.
- Economic Effectiveness: IVT’s proprietary solutions have specific proven results of:
- Reducing unnecessary parts replacement
- Increasing fuel efficiency
- Protecting expensive avionics from vibration damage
- Eliminating wasted man-hours on unnecessary troubleshooting
IVT’s proprietary applications use the data supplied by many different brands of balancing equipment to produce solutions optimized for each individual aircraft using the customer supplied data. The learning algorithms incorporated in the program optimize the solution each time it is used. This process produces rapid results that are both increasingly simple and dramatically effective.
Our goal is to provide you with the solutions that make for more efficient flight, while improving your overall SAFETY, increasing your aircraft Readiness and minimizing unnecessary expenditures. We’ve done it for others and we can do it for you.
AIRCRAFT SERVICED BY IVT