Improving safety and lowering customer costs are the growth drivers for our Aerospace and Electronics businesses. SmartStem™ is a wireless tire pressure sensing technology which can be integrated within an aircraft tire inflation valve making daily tire pressure checks quick, easy, accurate, and automatically documented. By placing a hand-held reader over the SmartStem Tire Pressure Sensor, actual tire pressure, temperature, and other unique data is communicated wirelessly within a few seconds, all without allowing any gas to escape from the tire. The reader displays the data, date/time stamps it, and stores it for later download to facilitate automated record keeping. Tires which are properly inflated are essential for aircraft safety. SmartStem technology reduces human error as well as the time and labor required for daily maintenance.
The $100 million tire pressure sensing market is just one of many opportunities for the Aerospace & Electronics segment of Crane. The segment is providing state-of-the-art solutions for the Boeing 787, Airbus A350 and several regional jets, such as brake controls, flight controls, common core processors, transformer/rectifiers, battery controllers and the first lithium-ion battery certified for commercial use. At the same time, it is providing the M & U (moderization and upgrade) market such products as wheel speed transducers and high reliability DC-DC power conversion products, as well as the landing gear control and interface unit for the Airbus A320.
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