The inductive sensor secures the aerodynamics of airplanes
On the wings, the airplanes have slats on the front side and flaps on the rear side as floating aid. Should they be extended unevenly or only on one side, this may cause considerable aerodynamic problems. Slats and flaps are retracted and extended by spindle drives. The respective spindle is connected with the drive motor in the gear bay via the drive shaft. The so-called Wing Tip Brake is on the shaft in the outboard wing area. It avoids on the one hand an uneven extension of the slats and flaps and on the other hand an uncontrolled movement of the floating head through external influences. The inductive sensor ‘induSENSOR IS-5-C-CR/WTB’ of Micro-Epsilon checks, in its function as a switch, the position of the brake shoes. It communicates the status of the Wing Tip Brake as ‘open’ or ‘closed’ to the on-board electronic system. The inductive sensor made of ferromagnetic stainless steel thereby contributes decisively to the aviation safety of modern wide-body aircrafts.