Mitsubishi Electric Australia will be supplying three major components
for deployment at iFLY Downunder, Australia’s first indoor skydiving facility.
Mitsubishi Electric’s technology partnership with iFLY Downunder is
based on their longstanding relationship with SkyVenture, the supplier of
vertical wind tunnels for iFLY globally.
iFLY Downunder has deployed three Mitsubishi Electric components to
power its vertical wind tunnel. These include four FR-F700 variable speed drive
(VSD) inverters, which control the fan mechanism that creates the wind in the
tunnel. The VSD inverters control four 315 kilowatt motors in the wind tunnel, helping
to generate wind speeds of up to 250km/h.
Mitsubishi Electric’s Q-Series modular programmable logic controller
(PLC) is also part of the installation, regulating the inverters by monitoring
different variants for maintenance and safety, including elements such as
temperature, vibrations and other changes in the environment. The PLC also allows
the operator to control the speed of the wind.
The third component in the deployment is the CC-Link, Mitsubishi
Electric’s proprietary industrial communication network, which links the VSD inverters
and PLC together, allowing the wind tunnel operator to manage all components
via one control, and ensuring that each flight is a smooth, reliable and fun
According to Grant Millard, Product Sales Engineer, Mitsubishi Electric
Australia, the company has taken the technology used in factory automation,
refrigerators and air conditioning and deployed it in iFLY’s application,
proving that their innovative technologies are designed to deliver reliability,
longevity and energy-efficiency regardless of application.