Mitsubishi Electric Powers iFLY Downunder

2014-06-24

SYDNEY, Australia – 24 June, 2014Mitsubishi Electric Australia today announced its technology partnership with iFLY Downunder, Australia’s first indoor skydiving facility which opened publically in April, 2014. The Mitsubishi Electric technology has been installed at iFLY Downunder as part of Mitsubishi Electric’s long-standing relationship with SkyVenture, the supplier of vertical wind tunnels for iFLY globally.

To power its vertical wind tunnel and ensure that a smooth experience for every flyer, iFLY Downunder has deployed three Mitsubishi Electric components:

  • Four FR-F700 variable speed drive (VSD) inverters, which control the fan technology that creates the wind in the tunnel. The inverters control four 315 kilowatt motors in the wind tunnel, which helps create wind speeds of up to 250 kilometres per hour. The Mitsubishi Electric inverter technology is utilised across all of Mitsubishi Electric’s product ranges – from air conditioners and refrigerators to industrial automation applications.
  • The industry leading Q-Series Modular programmable logic controller (PLC), which regulates the inverters by monitoring different variants for maintenance and safety, including elements such as temperature, vibrations and other changes in the environment. It also allows the operator to regularly control the speed of the wind.
  • CC-Link – Mitsubishi Electric’s proprietary industrial communication network – which links the VSD and PLC together. This allows the wind tunnel operator to manage all components via one control, thereby more easily ensuring that each flight is a smooth, reliable and fun experience.

“Taking the technology that we’re putting into factory automation, refrigerators and air conditioning and helping the iFLY team create Australia’s first indoor skydiving experience has given us the opportunity to show its capabilities in an unusual (and entertaining) environment,” said Grant Millard, Product Sales Engineer, Mitsubishi Electric Australia. “Our innovative technologies are designed to deliver reliability, longevity and energy-efficiency no matter what the application is, and iFLY and SkyVenture’s trust in our products globally is a testament to this.”

“iFLY globally have been very impressed with the performance and quality of the Mitsubishi Electric products, so it made perfect sense to extend our partnership in Australia,” said Brett Sheridan, Chief Marketing Officer, iFLY Downunder. “Since our opening in April, we have been able to provide exceptional flight experiences to thousands of flyers ranging from kids as young as 3 to large corporate groups, a large part of it due to the consistency and efficiency afforded by the Mitsubishi Electric technologies.”

For more information on Mitsubishi Electric Australia’s industrial product portfolio, please visit: http://au.mitsubishielectric.com/fa/en/

 

 

For further information please call or email:

Greg Harper

Corporate Identity – Mitsubishi Electric

tel: 02 9684 7415

 

Wendy Ko

Text 100 Public Relations for Mitsubishi Electric

tel: 02 9956 5733

email: wendy.ko@text100.com.au 

 

About Mitsubishi Electric Australia

With more than 30 years of experience in providing reliable, high-quality products to both corporate clients and general consumers, Mitsubishi Electric Australia is a recognised leader in the marketing and sales of electrical and electronic equipment used in information processing and communications, space development and satellite communications, consumer electronics, industrial technology, energy and transportation.

About iFLY Downunder (www.iflydownunder.com.au)
iFLY Downunder is Australia’s first state-of-the-art indoor skydive centre. Powered by 4 x 450hp electric fans, the 5 metre-wide vertical wind tunnel generates winds over 250 kph, enabling flight for beginners and experienced fliers aged 3 to 103. Owned and operated by passionate fliers, iFLY Downunder has been created to share the beauty and freedom of flight with everyone. iFLY Downunder is part of publicly listed company Indoor Skydive Australia Group (ASX:IDZ), a company formed to create a network of indoor skydive centres throughout the region.