Major Airline to Flight Test Textron Fastening Systems Intevia® Stowage Unit Latch and Lighting System

o Touch-Sensitive System Electronically Locks and Unlocks Cabinet Doors
o Optical Sensor Automatically Adjust Lighting To Match Cabin Lights

TROY, Mich. Oct. 4, 2006 - A global commercial airline will soon begin flight testing an Intevia® intelligent fastening system from Textron Fastening Systems featuring an integrated locking control and interior lighting system for aircraft stowage cabinets.

The Intevia® system operates in response to a touch-sensitive door handle that sends digital commands to a pair of latches mounted at the top and bottom of the doors. The latches respond instantly, operate silently, are energy efficient, and weigh substantially less than traditional electro-mechanical solenoid locking devices.

MacCarthy Interiors, A UK-based aircraft interior design, manufacture and certification company is marketing the Intevia®-equipped cabinets to commercial aircraft producers worldwide.

Slim-profile latches mount flush into cabinet doors with 10-millimeter panel thickness, helping reduce weight in cabinet floor and ceiling construction. Specially designed, self-adjusting slip studs ensure correct alignment with the latch mechanism.

Illuminated, two-color LEDs in the touch-pad door handle indicate system lock-unlock status, and also activate programmable cabinet interior lighting. An optical sensor allows interior lights to be dimmed and brightened to match cabin lighting levels. Lighting and locking also can be programmed through a remote three-button key fob, or through a communications network interface.

"The Intevia® latching system is the first in a series of intelligent fastening systems that will be operating in aircraft interiors," said Rick Clayton, president of Textron Fastening Systems. "These systems provide total integration of latching, sensing, lighting and control electronics in a single assembly while enhancing cabin safety and security."

The Intevia® latch has a Bluetooth-equipped universal control module that provides networking interface between locking, sensing, lighting and control devices. The proprietary TZ-OS operating system brings computing power to the fastener locking device.

For more information about Intevia products and systems, call (800) 854-3122 go to the newsrooms at or

Headquartered in Troy, Mich., USA, Textron Fastening Systems is a leading provider of value-based fastening solutions, engineered fastening systems, state-of-the-art assembly technology, and inventory management and application engineering services. With 9,000 employees worldwide, Textron Fastening Systems supplies value-added products, systems and services to customers in more than 150 countries. Textron Fastening Systems recently was acquired by Platinum Equity from Textron Inc. and has begun the process of rebranding itself as Acument Global Technologies.

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