PSU Design & Development
Astronics’ history in aircraft components dates back to the 1960s when it first began providing injection-molded PSUs for the 707 aircraft. Since then, Astronics has produced several PSUs to support The Boeing Company aircraft. In 2008 Astronics was awarded full design responsibility for the 737 Boeing Sky Interior (BSI) PSU. Extensive knowledge of PSU systems and a track record of successful collaboration proved critical to award of this design.
The PSU Project Team exceeded program objectives for reduced cost, reduced weight, and faster delivery. Design for manufacturability, specialized tooling, and close collaboration enabled program success. During collaboration on the 737 BSI PSU, Astronics managed design, qualification, and manufacture of structural, lighting, gasper air, electrical, and acoustic considerations, as well as integration of the oxygen system (with multiple configurations).
Working within strict design constraints, Astronics proposed design elements for the lowest-cost, lightest-weight solution, streamlining manufacturing processes by creating special tooling. Process improvements, made in partnership with The Boeing Company, spurred innovation for the 737 BSI PSU program. That partnership continues today.