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Lightweight Solutions for Improving Aircraft Interior Design


Modern aircraft designs incorporate lightweight composites and engineered alloys that not only reduce weight, but optimize aircraft speed and fuel consumption. Recognizing that “lightweighting” can contribute significantly to a reduction in fuel cost, OEMS are examining every aspect of the aircraft, from engine to body, as well as interior applications involving seating, paneling and galley equipment to see where additional weight can be reduced.

When designing for aircraft interior access and positioning applications, design engineers must choose mechanisms that are lightweight, meet global industry standards and provide a quality experience for the end user.

Aircraft Interior

Design engineers can reduce application weight and increase cabin feature density with secure latching and reliable positioning solutions, such as:

  • Ergonomic hinges and display mounting solutions for seating
  • Electronic access solutions for safety and security during taxi, takeoff and landing
  • Multi-point systems that offer design flexibility for interior galley and lavatory doors

By integrating lightweight access hardware and positioning technology into aircraft interior applications such as seating, access paneling, lavatories, storage equipment, carts and galleys, OEMs can improve usability, safety and reliability for the end user for years to come.

To learn more about Southco’s lightweight access hardware solutions for the Aerospace industry, download our Aerospace Interior Solutions White Paper.

Design Guidelines for Automotive Headrest Positioning Applications

Many headrest assemblies available to automotive manufacturers in today’s market are limited in their flexibility and installation capabilities. Because end users desire headrests that are supportive and easy to maneuver, and automotive OEMs must control costs associated with production, design engineers often face challenges in balancing comfort and basic