LONDON Smiths Aerospace, part of the global engineering business Smiths Group, has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2006 in Innovation for the Remote Interface Unit (RIU) product family.
The RIU family of units brings a simple, modular design approach to typically complex aircraft electronics.
Dr John Ferrie, President, Smiths Aerospace, said “Our world leading Remote Interface Unit is the result of focused investment in technology and the dedicated efforts of our most talented people.”
The Remote Interface Unit (RIU) product family is a range of units that offer incredible flexibility with the ability to digitise real world signals like voltage, current, frequency and temperature, and effectively communicate this to a large number of aircraft systems over the central nervous system of a modern aircraft – its communication network.
Benefits of the RIU product family include the way in which one design can be reused on many different aircraft and in different ways without having to start from scratch each time – saving both time and money, and minimising development risk. This provides aircraft manufacturers with simplified aircraft electronics, lower development and unit costs, shortened development lead-times, reduced development risk, and weight (fuel) savings.
The other member of the Smiths Group to win an award was John Crane’s Turbomachinery Division, which designs and manufactures advanced mechanical sealing solutions for use in turbomachinery equipment,