World LIM-launch Rollercoaster Pioneers

In 1996 Birket Engineering designed, built, installed, and commissioned the ride control systems for the world’s 1st and 2nd linear induction motor-launched roller coasters. At opening the coasters had the fastest acceleration of any thrill ride in the world. As of 2012, Birket has designed and commissioned nine LIM-launch systems (contractual agreements require owner confidentiality, see below).

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  1. ride control system design, production & commissioning, themed indoor rollercoaster, a major Orlando theme park, USA
  2. ride control system design, production & commissioning, themed indoor rollercoaster, a major Hollywood theme park, USA
  3. ride control system design, production & commissioning outdoor rollercoaster, Suzika City, Japan
  4. ride control system design, production & commissioning, themed indoor rollercoaster, a major Singapore theme park
  5. ride control system design, production & commissioning, outdoor rollercoaster, Texas, USA
  6. ride control system design, production & commissioning, outdoor rollercoaster, Maryland, USA
  7. ride control system design, production & commissioning, indoor rollercoaster, Virginia, USA
  8. ride control system design, production & commissioning, indoor rollercoaster, Ohio, USA
  9. ride control system design, production & commissioning, outdoor rollercoaster, Las Vegas, US

The Process
The ride control system hardware and software is built on the ride’s mechanical requirements. The ride designer will work with the park Owner to set the ride’s track plan, guest capacity, acceleration and braking requirements, dispatch, throughput, and trackswitch timing requirements, and interaction with any special effect or facility systems.

Starting with the ride’s mechanical design, a safety analysis is performed to understand the system thoroughly. Facility impact documents are created. Power and control requirements are established, followed by the specification of power distribution, motor controllers and drives, processors, I/O, sensors, and operator interfaces.

Upon specification, the ride control cabinets, motor control centers, operator consoles, sub-system controllers, junction boxes, trackside sensor assemblies, and related hardware may be designed in detail and produced. Assemblies are produced in our Shanghai-area or Orlando facilities.

Completed ride control hardware is shipped to the ride site and is mounted onto the facility. Birket engineers supervise the ride control system installation and electrical terminations, commission software, perform an extensive Acceptance Test Procedure, and support the project through opening and Owner acceptance.


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