The demand for larger luggage bins and airplanes continues unabated. Travelers want to bring more carry-on luggage with them into the airplane. Another aspect to consider, however, is that boarding is quicker when passengers are able to quickly find a spot for and store their carry-on. As the number of seats in the aircraft rises, luggage loads are also increasing. That makes it more important to equip luggage bins with high-performance power assist devices and secure locking systems.
Find out how you can increase the size of your luggage bins by equipping them with lightweight, safe, and convenient motion control components. Our e-latches open up even more design possibilities.
Lift Assist Unit (LAU)
take it easy …
Lighten your load
The Lift Assist Unit (LAU) is an intelligent device that controls luggage bin deployment and provides force to help close the overhead bins. With our LAUs, even heavy bins are easy for crew and passengers to operate. The LAU measures, calculates, and decides autonomously under all payload conditions when assisting force is required. Delivery of the lifting force is immediate, smooth, and noiseless. The force-assist effect is remarkable; fully loaded and empty bins open at the same speed. Crew and passengers can effortlessly open empty bins.
Electronic features with minimal power consumption
Electrical power is only required to operate the integrated microelectronics; power consumption is minimal, as the mechanical coil spring generates the required assisting force. An integrated LED system provides optimal support for the initial installation and for troubleshooting. After use, it simply switches off.
smooth, easy, controlled …
Hydraulic dampers allow you to open and close luggage bins with ease. Empty or fully loaded, the bin always opens smoothly and at the same convenient rate.
Our lightweight hydraulic dampers provide smooth operation even when overloaded and they do not require an external end stop.
Mounting hardware for hydraulic dampers
it‘s as simple as that …
Hydraulic dampers require strong, intelligent mounting hardware that enables a quick release. This allows luggage bins to be rapidly repaired or replaced. That’s the advantage of our unique mounting element. The respective luggage bin can be separated from the hydraulic damper with just a few motions. Replacing it is just as easy—just snap it into place, and you’re good to go.
play it safe …
The electronic version of the latch not only securely closes luggage bins, it also allows the flight crew to see whether all bins are truly closed. A green or red light in the luggage bin opener displays its status. If the E-Latches are integrated into the cabin management system, all the crew has to do is take a glance at the flight attendant panel. From the attendant panel, the crew can monitor bin status and lock bins during take-off.
Significant space and weight savings
Compared to conventional mechanical systems, installing E-Latches reduces weight by nearly 50 %. Since the E-Latch cables run inside the frame of the luggage bin, they also require significantly less space to install. Passengers will be pleased to have more space for their luggage.
New design freedom
The cables of the E-Latches are flexible and they also enable attractive LED lighting designs. This opens the door to an entire range of new options for designers. Now you can choose any position and size for the luggage bin openers and create innovative cabin lighting accents.