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GuideU – Reliable and maintenance-free emergency floor path marking

Available in numerous colors and different variants, GuideU is the next generation of non-electrical floor path marking systems. GuideU consists of photoluminescent lighting strips on the cabin floor to guide passengers to the exits in the event of an emergency when cabin lighting fails. Designed to fit every common cabin floor material GuideU provides for a very easy installation, a broad choice of colors and a lifetime without maintenance

 

Product

Designed for very easy installation, GuideU is the next generation of non-electrical floor path marking systems. GuideU consists of photoluminescent lighting strips on the cabin floor to guide passengers to the exits in the event of an emergency when cabin lighting fails. No special tools are needed to install the system. The luminescent strips do not have to be assembled and can be used for galleys and carpeted areas of the cabin. The self-sealing design makes end caps obsolete even if cut to length at the installation site.

The patented GuideU system features a most efficient and light-weight design, saving more than 15 percent weight versus competing products. Compared to its predecessor the new design saves eight kilograms of weight on a Boeing 777 and 15 kilograms when installed in an Airbus A380.

GuideU is available in 18 different colors that can be optimally integrated into any cabin design. The strips need only 30 minutes of normal cabin lighting to store enough energy for a long-range flight, even when the bins are open during charging. Like the predecessor systems GuideU requires no power supply and therefore is 100 percent reliable. Contrary to electrically operated systems GuideU is maintenance free, has no lifetime limitation and no impact on aircraft turnaround times.

Lufthansa Technik emergency floor path systems have already been installed and certified in all major types of aircraft. The system is also to be installed as the standard floor path marking system on the future Airbus A350 and Bombardier CSeries aircraft. Lufthansa Technik is licensed under patents owned by STG Aerospace.

Benefits

Lower weight and lower costs

The GuideU 1000-series provides the most efficient light-weight design, saving more than 15 percent of weight in comparison to other systems and about 30 percent in comparison to the predecessing 900-series. GuideU is the flattest and lightest floor path marking system in the market.

One example for weight and fuel savings with GuideU is the Lufthansa fleet: About 100 Lufthansa aircraft will be equipped with the GuideU 1000-series within the next years. The Lufthansa long-haul fleet will completely be retrofitted by mid-2015. The annual fuel savings to be achieved by replacing the heavier 900-series with GuideU 1000 will amount to more than 170 tons of kerosene per year. This equals annual savings of more than 130,000 euros.

Easy installation and high reliability

GuideU is easy to retrofit, no special tools are needed. The strips do not have to be assembled and can be used for galleys and carpeted areas of the cabin. The self-sealing design makes end caps obsolete. Only two part numbers are needed for the whole aircraft, resulting in significant savings in the logistics and assembly processes.

The improved scratch protection makes GuideU more resistant to mechanical stress and aggressive fluids. The special design allows the combination with every carpet height. GuideU requires no power supply, and therefore is 100 percent reliable. Contrary to electrically operated systems GuideU is maintenance free and has no lifetime limitation.

Designed to fit your aircraft cabin

Designed to fit in every cabin GuideU is the ideal solution for all airlines and the highest design standards. It is available in 18 different colors. The new color option Titanium Grey is darker than any other light strip, but it glows as bright as all the other colors. Thanks to an innovative manufacturing method GuideU can follow the curvature of your cabin design by enabling curves and lines of any shape. ColourCurve is an optional feature exclusively available on new Airbus aircraft.

Standard for many Airbus, Boeing and regional aircraft

Lufthansa Technik is the leading floor path marking system supplier for aircraft manufacturers. GuideU is the first and only non-electric floor path marking system installed line-fit by Airbus since 1999. Boeing installs GuideU in twin-aisle aircraft. The system has been selected as standard floor path marking for the future Airbus A350 and Bombardier CSeries and is available for all new aircraft types. In the regional aircraft market, GuideU is installed ex-factory in the Bombardier CRJ family of regional jets, the Q-Series turboprops and in the Embraer E-Jet family.

Features

Thanks to an innovative manufacturing method, Lufthansa Technik has succeeded in developing a new patented profile known as GuideU 1000-series that can be used for both wet areas (galleys) and carpeted areas of the cabin. The components for the galley and the cabin aisle have the same part number. The system is available in strips two meters long.

For the new GuideU 1000-series an optional, patented carpet protector is available. It provides a protective covering of non-seamed carpet edges, is flexible and lighter than any other over-carpet option. Like the luminescent strips its design is highly resistant to mechanical stress and aggressive fluids.

Color Options

Designed to fit in every cabin GuideU is the ideal solution for airlines with high design standards. GuideU is currently available in 18 different colors that can be optimally integrated into any cabin design. To find out which color fits your cabin design best, please send us a sample of your carpet – we will get back to you with a carefully selected and customized color proposal.

ColourCurve

Thanks to an innovative manufacturing method, Lufthansa Technik has succeeded in developing a floor path marking system that follows the curvature of the cabin design by enabling curves and lines of practically any shape. ColourCurve is an optional feature exclusively available on new Airbus aircraft. Whereas in the past the profiles had to be laid in pieces by the emergency exits and galleys, the curved variant is not just a more elegant solution but it can also be laid more easily and more quickly.