MicroPilot is the leading designer and manufacturer of miniature professional UAV autopilots and offers a family of lightweight UAV autopilots that fly fixed-wing, transitional, helicopter and multirotor UAVs. MicroPilot manufactures these superior-precision UAV autopilots using one of Ideal Aerosmith’s multi-axis test tables, the 1572P Series. Specifically, the 1572P Series test table calibrates gyroscopes and accelerometers, which are essential to MicroPilot’s line of autopilots.
“The 1572P Series used by MicroPilot comes from the same design family that has been a staple for the commercial aviation industry for many years,” says Brian Stonecipher, senior business development manager at Ideal Aerosmith. MicroPilot’s 1572P Series test table features unlimited rotation for both axes, 20 arc-sec absolute positioning accuracy, an LN2-cooled thermal chamber system and the patented AERO4000™ Controller.
With the help of Ideal Aerosmith’s 1572P Series test table, MicroPilot technicians calibrate 26 autopilots simultaneously. Since MicroPilot’s system operates autonomously, the company has both reduced its labor costs and minimized production errors. In addition, the automated calibration process allows MicroPilot to adapt to peak demands. This is especially helpful due to the company’s month-to-month fluctuations in production.
“Since incorporating Ideal Aerosmith’s motion table with an integral temperature chamber into our production cycle, our throughput is higher than ever,” says Howard Loewen, MicroPilot president. “More importantly, we are able to provide our customers with highly accurate products because of our automated calibration process. Some of our competitors use hand calibration, which simply does not yield the same quality.”
By consistently adopting the latest in production technology, such as the 1572P Series test table, MicroPilot has stayed competitive within the professional UAV autopilot market for more than 20 years.