(19)
(11)EP 2 741 959 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
17.04.2019 Bulletin 2019/16

(21)Application number: 12747979.8

(22)Date of filing:  09.08.2012
(51)Int. Cl.: 
B64D 11/00  (2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/EP2012/003415
(87)International publication number:
WO 2013/020708 (14.02.2013 Gazette  2013/07)

(54)

PASSENGER SERVICE MODULE WITH INTEGRATED CABIN LIGHTING

FAHRGASTSERVICEMODUL MIT INTEGRIERTER KABINENBELEUCHTUNG

MODULE DE SERVICE POUR PASSAGERS COMPRENANT UN ÉCLAIRAGE DE CABINE INTÉGRÉ


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 11.08.2011 DE 102011110010
11.08.2011 US 201161522273 P

(43)Date of publication of application:
18.06.2014 Bulletin 2014/25

(73)Proprietor: Airbus Operations GmbH
21129 Hamburg (DE)

(72)Inventors:
  • EHLERS, Bernd
    20144 Hamburg (DE)
  • HERZOG, Mark
    22885 Barsbuettel (DE)

(74)Representative: Frenkel, Matthias Alexander 
Wuesthoff & Wuesthoff Patentanwälte PartG mbB Schweigerstrasse 2
81541 München
81541 München (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
WO-A2-2010/108757
DE-C1- 19 502 658
US-A1- 2008 186 721
DE-A1-102008 058 271
US-A1- 2006 237 585
US-A1- 2011 147 520
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description


    [0001] The present invention relates to a service system having a service channel and a plurality of service modules for supplying passengers in a passenger space of a means of transport, in particular of an aircraft, which are connected to the service channel in order to supply the passengers.

    [0002] Service systems as such are used in a means of transport, such as, for example, an aircraft, a bus or a train, to supply the passengers in the passenger spaces (also called cabins) individually with, for example, air, light, music, oxygen, information or the like, according to which comfort and control elements (called service components for short hereinbelow) are provided in service modules of the service system. In addition to the service modules provided with service components (also referred to as service panels), so-called functionless intermediate panels (also called infill panels) are often provided between the service modules.

    [0003] The service channel, which is also referred to as the service line, conventionally contains the necessary functional means for all the service components in separate lines, such as, for example, an air line for the fresh air supply to the air nozzles and electric power and/or signal transmission lines for electrical service components, such as reading lights, loudspeakers or visual display elements (e.g. fasten seatbelt indicator elements).

    [0004] It is known to accommodate individual service components, such as reading lamps, in a first functional panel and to arrange service components of different kinds, such as loudspeakers, on a second functional panel that is separate from the first functional panel and to provide functionless infill panels between the separate functional panels. The service components arranged on separate functional panels are then each connected to associated interfaces of the service channel by way of suitable feed lines. For example, a feed line of a reading light is connected by way of a suitable plug to a terminal element of the service channel acting as an interface. The feed line of a loudspeaker, which is separate from the feed line of a reading light, is connected by way of a further suitable plug to a further terminal element of the service channel acting as an interface.

    [0005] EP 0 723 911 A1 and US 5,651,733 disclose an arrangement for supplying passengers in a passenger cabin, in particular in an aircraft. The arrangement has a service unit with comfort and control elements, such as reading light, attendant call button, loudspeaker, air nozzle and oxygen mask and oxygen generator and visual display elements. The arrangement further has feed lines between a service line and the service unit, the service unit being arranged beneath a luggage shelf.

    [0006] From DE 10 2008 058 271 A1 and WO 2010/057744 A2 there is further known a service unit for mounting on a service channel of a means of transport, which service unit has at least one service element for a passenger, a fastening device for fastening the service unit to the service channel, and a connecting device for automatically connecting the service element to the service channel. The service unit and the service channel interact so that fastening and automatic connection take place in one operation.

    [0007] Further relevant arrangements of the prior art are provided by US2006237585 and WO2010108757.

    [0008] It is an object of the present invention to provide a service system having a service channel and a plurality of service modules, by means of which a reduction in the connecting elements necessary for connecting the service modules to the service channel is achieved.

    [0009] The present invention is defined by the independent claim. Specific embodiments are defined by the dependent claims.

    [0010] The service module according to an example for supplying passengers in a passenger space of a means of transport, in particular of an aircraft, has at least one service component arrangement and a cabin lighting unit. The at least one service component arrangement comprises one or more service components for individually supplying one or more passengers. The cabin lighting unit is configured to illuminate the passenger space of the means of transport, in particular of the aircraft.

    [0011] The expression service component can be understood as meaning any comfort and control elements conceivable for a means of transport, in particular an aircraft. Examples of service components which may be mentioned here, without implying any limitation, are air nozzles, reading lamps, (attendant) call buttons, fasten seatbelt indicator elements, covers for oxygen masks, and loudspeakers. Accordingly, a service component arrangement can be understood as being an arrangement which consists of one or more service components of the same kind that are arranged on the service module. If a service component arrangement comprises a number of service components of the same kind, it is conceivable that the number of service components can be controlled independently of one another, such as, for example, operated by passengers independently of one another. For example, a number of reading lamps combined in a service component arrangement may be operated independently of one another. Likewise, however, it is conceivable that service components, such as fasten seatbelt indicator elements, of another service component arrangement are controlled centrally and indicated to the associated passengers.

    [0012] Accordingly, each service component arrangement may have one or more service components of the same kind. The at least one service component arrangement may comprise an air supply unit having one or more air nozzles, a lighting unit having one or more reading lamps, an interaction unit having one or more call buttons, an information unit having one or more fasten seatbelt indicator elements, a covering unit having one or more covers for oxygen masks, and/or a loudspeaker unit having one or more loudspeakers.

    [0013] The service module has one or more such service component arrangements, each of which in turn has one or more service components. For example, the service module may comprise only one service component arrangement having one or more service components of the same kind. Alternatively, the service module may have a plurality of service component arrangements, such as two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight or more than eight service component arrangements, each of which comprises one or more service components of the same kind.

    [0014] A distinction is to be made between the service components, which are configured to supply one or more passengers individually, for example to supply a number of passengers seated in a row (i.e. in the transverse direction to the longitudinal axis of the means of transport), and the cabin lighting unit. The cabin lighting unit does not serve to supply one or more passengers individually. Furthermore, the cabin lighting cannot be operated, set or adjusted by the passengers individually. In addition, the cabin lighting unit does not provide the passengers with information individually. By contrast, the cabin lighting unit is controlled centrally by suitable means in the means of transport and serves to illuminate the passenger space (the cabin) of the means of transport, in particular of the aircraft. The cabin lighting unit serves in particular to supply all the passengers with light.

    [0015] Irrespective of which service components are arranged on the service module, the at least one service component arrangement arranged on the service module is in the form of or comprises an electrical service component arrangement having one or more electrical service components. For example, the electrical service component arrangement may be in the form of a lighting unit having one or more reading lamps as electrical service components, in the form of an interaction unit having one or more call buttons as electrical service components, in the form of an information unit having one or more fasten seatbelt indicator elements as electrical service components, or in the form of a loudspeaker unit having one or more loudspeakers as electrical service components. Irrespective of the exact nature of the service component arrangement and the associated service components, two or more different service component arrangements and corresponding service components are preferably arranged on the same service module.

    [0016] Likewise irrespective of the type of the one or more electrical service components of the at least one service component arrangement, for example all of the one or more electrical service components and the cabin lighting unit are connectable to a common service channel, for example to a common data and/or power line of the service channel. For example, the one or more electrical service components and the cabin lighting unit are connectable by way of a common (central) service plug to the same interface, such as a common socket, of the common service channel.

    [0017] It is conceivable for a feed line (e.g. power line) to lead away from each of the electrical service components and from the cabin lighting unit, which feed lines are then combined to form a single, common feed line (e.g. a common power line), and for the common feed line (e.g. the common power line) to lead into the common service plug. Alternatively, a feed line may lead away from each of the electrical service components and from the cabin lighting unit, which feed lines are then combined to form a common bundle of feed lines, the common bundle then leading into the common service plug. Combinations of these two alternatives are naturally conceivable. For example, according to an embodiment, the feed lines of service components of a service component arrangement may first be combined to form common feed lines, which are then guided, either separately from one another or combined again to form a single common feed line, into the common service plug.

    [0018] Irrespective of the precise form of the feed lines, a single common service plug is provided for all the electrical service components of a service module. The common service plug is then connected to a suitable interface of the service channel provided for the corresponding service module (e.g. to a data and/or power line of the service channel). By means of this configuration, connecting elements, such as plugs and feed lines, necessary for connection to the service channel are reduced. This can lead not only to a reduction in the required installation space, but also to a reduction in the weight of a service module.

    [0019] According to a possible structural form, the service module may be rectangular. The service module is not limited to that form, however.

    [0020] According to the invention, the cabin lighting unit is configured in strip form along the longitudinal axis of the service module. For example, the cabin lighting unit may be integrated into the service module on one side, preferably a long side in the case of a rectangular service module. The feed line leading away from the cabin lighting unit may also be bundled together or combined with the feed lines of the one or more electrical service components to form a single feed line. Accordingly, in the case where the service module has a plurality of electrical service component arrangements each having one or more electrical service components, the one or more electrical service components of the plurality of service component arrangements as well as the cabin lighting unit may be connected to the common service channel, in particular to the common data and/or power line of the service channel, for example by way of the common service plug.

    [0021] Irrespective of the type and number of electrical service component arrangements, the service module may comprise at least one non-electrical service component arrangement having one or more non-electrical service components. As the one or more non-electrical service components, the non-electrical service component arrangement may comprise or be in the form of an air supply unit having, for example, one or more air nozzles. Additionally or alternatively, the non-electrical service component arrangement may comprise or be in the form of a covering unit, such as a cover for one or more oxygen masks.

    [0022] The service system according to an example for supplying passengers in a passenger space of a means of transport, in particular of an aircraft, has a service channel as well as a first plurality of service modules, which can be configured as described above. In order to supply the passengers, the first plurality of service modules is connected to the service channel.

    [0023] The service modules may be arranged adjacent to one another along the service channel, that is to say in the longitudinal direction of the means of transport, such as the aircraft, without the provision of functionless infill panels between the service modules. It is further conceivable for the service modules arranged along the service channel to be stationary relative to one another, that is to say to be arranged so that they are not displaceable relative to one another but can simply be offset. In that case, the service modules would not be able, for example, to execute a displacement movement relative to one another.

    [0024] In order to ensure the supply to the passengers even with changed seat spacings, the first plurality of service modules can be replaced by a second plurality of service modules, which can likewise be configured as described above. The service modules of the second plurality are of a different size, in particular a different length, than the service modules of the first plurality.

    [0025] Accordingly, in the case of increased seat spacing, a second plurality of service modules can be used in place of the first plurality of service modules, the service modules of the second plurality being longer than the service modules of the first plurality. In a corresponding manner, in the case where the seat spacing is reduced, a second plurality of service modules which have a smaller length than the service modules of the first plurality can be used. It is accordingly possible to have available several different sets of service modules, which are then arranged along the service channel according to the seat spacing in question. The service modules used are in particular matched to the seat spacing provided. For example, the length of the service modules in question can correspond to the particular spacing of the seats in the longitudinal direction of the means of transport, in particular of the aircraft.

    [0026] The service modules of the first plurality of service modules may be connected together by cables in a fitted state. For example, adjacent service modules arranged along the service channel may be connected together by cables. If the service modules of the second plurality are fitted along the service channel in place of the service modules of the first plurality, they may be connected together by cables in the same manner.

    [0027] Preferred embodiments of the present invention are explained below by means of the accompanying schematic figures, in which:

    Figure 1a shows a schematic representation of a top view of a service module used by the present invention;

    Figure 1b shows a schematic representation of the service module of Figure 1a in a fitted state connected to the service channel; and

    Figure 2 shows a schematic representation of a service system having a plurality of service modules from Figure 1a arranged along a service channel.



    [0028] Figure 1a shows schematically a top view of a service module 10 for an aircraft according to an embodiment of the present invention. The service module has, for example, three reading lamps 12, two call buttons 14, a fasten seatbelt indicator element 16, a cover 18 for oxygen masks, and a loudspeaker 20. The number of service components is, however, not limited to those listed by way of example. Service components of the same kind are combined into service component arrangements hereinbelow for easier reference. Accordingly, the service module 10 has a plurality of, more precisely five, different service component arrangements, namely a lighting unit, an interaction unit, an information unit, a covering unit and a loudspeaker unit. The lighting unit comprises, for example, the three reading lamps 12, but can also comprise fewer or more than three reading lamps 12. The interaction unit comprises, for example, two call buttons 14, but can also have only one or more than two call buttons 14. As is further shown by way of example in Figure 1a, the information unit comprises a fasten seatbelt indicator element 16, the covering unit comprises a cover 18 for oxygen masks, and the loudspeaker unit comprises a loudspeaker 20. However, the last-mentioned service component arrangements can each also have more than only one service component.

    [0029] The coordinate system shown in Figure 1a illustrates how the service module is to be fitted into an aircraft. The x-axis denotes the direction of flight, that is to say the longitudinal axis of the aircraft, and the y-axis denotes the direction transverse (perpendicular) to the direction of flight, that is to say transverse (perpendicular) to the longitudinal axis of the aircraft.

    [0030] Cabin lighting 22 is additionally integrated into the service module 10. As is shown in Figure 1a, the cabin lighting 22 is integrated into the service module on one side of the service module 10 in the longitudinal direction of the aircraft. The laterally integrated cabin lighting serves to illuminate the passenger space of the aircraft. Unlike the individual service components, the integrated cabin lighting cannot be adjusted by a passenger seated beneath it, nor is it allocated to or controllable by a passenger seated beneath it. The cabin lighting 22 is controlled centrally by the flight personnel responsible therefor.

    [0031] The reading lamps 12, on the other hand, can be adjusted and switched on/off by a passenger seated beneath them. Likewise, the call buttons 14 can be operated by a passenger seated beneath them. The fasten seatbelt indicators provided on the fasten seatbelt indicator element 16 also serve to inform a passenger seated beneath them that it is necessary to fasten his seatbelt. The cover 18 for the oxygen masks serves to cover oxygen masks allocated to the passengers seated beneath it. Finally, the loudspeaker 20 serves to supply acoustic information to the passengers seated beneath it.

    [0032] All the electrical service components arranged on the service module 10, that is to say the reading lamps 12, the call buttons 14, the fasten seatbelt indicator element 16 and the loudspeaker(s) 20, are provided with power lines. Likewise, the cabin lighting integrated into the service module is provided with a power line. As is shown schematically in Figure 1a, all the power lines of a service module 10 are converted into a common power line 24, which is then guided into a common central service plug 26. Alternatively, it is conceivable, but not shown in Figure 1a, for the corresponding power lines to lead into the central service plug 26 separately from one another.

    [0033] Figure 1b shows schematically the service module 10 in the fitted state. A coordinate system is further given in Figure 1b, in which the y-axis indicates the direction transverse (perpendicular) to the direction of flight, that is to say transverse (perpendicular) to the longitudinal axis of the aircraft, and the z-axis indicates the direction vertical to the direction of flight, that is to say vertical to the longitudinal axis of the aircraft. As can be seen in Figure 1b, the service module 10 with the integrated cabin lighting 22 is arranged on the underside of a luggage compartment 28 of an aircraft. The common power line 24 (shown only in Figure 1a) of the service module 10 then leads into the common central service plug 26, which is finally connected to the service channel, more precisely to the power line of the service channel. By using a single central service plug 26, the number of plugs to be connected to the service channel is reduced. By combining the power lines into a common power line, which then leads into the central service plug 26, the number of lines is additionally reduced. Finally, by reducing the number of plugs and lines, that is to say connecting elements, the required installation space and the weight can be reduced.

    [0034] A number of the service modules 10 from Figure 1a are then, as shown in Figure 1b, arranged one behind the other and adjacent to one another on the underside of the luggage compartments along the longitudinal direction of the aircraft (in the direction of flight), as is shown by way of example in Figure 2. The service modules 10 can be connected together by cables in a suitable manner. As can be seen in Figure 2, each of the service modules has the same length L, which is matched to the seat spacing L. More precisely, in Figure 2 the length L of each service module along the service channel (i.e. in the direction of flight) is as large as the spacing L between the seats 30 in the longitudinal direction of the aircraft. If the seat spacing is changed, the service modules 10 are replaced by service modules 10 of a different length, which are then in turn matched to the changed seat spacing, that is to say, for example, each have a length which corresponds to the changed seat spacing. As a result, the number of parts used can be reduced because infill panels are not necessary for changing the position of the service modules according to the seat spacing. The service modules are accordingly also simpler to install.


    Claims

    1. Service system for supplying passengers in a passenger space of a means of transport, in particular of an aircraft, the passenger space being provided with seats (30) having a spacing (L) between each other in a longitudinal direction of the means of transport, the service system having:

    - a service channel; and

    - a first plurality of service modules (10) having:

    - at least one service component arrangement having one or more service components (12, 14, 16, 18, 20) for individually supplying one or more passengers; and

    - a cabin lighting unit (22) configured in strip form along the longitudinal axis of the service module and integrated into the service module (10) on one side of the service module (10) for illuminating the passenger space of the means of transport, in particular of the aircraft, wherein the at least one service component arrangement comprises an electrical service component arrangement having one or more electrical service components (12, 14, 16, 20),

    wherein the one or more electrical service components (12, 14, 16, 20) and the cabin lighting unit (22) are connectable by way of a common service plug (26) to the same interface of the common service channel, and

    - a second plurality of service modules (10) having:

    - at least one service component arrangement having one or more service components (12, 14, 16, 18, 20) for individually supplying one or more passengers; and

    - a cabin lighting unit (22) configured in strip form along the longitudinal axis of the service module and integrated into the service module (10) on one side of the service module (10) for illuminating the passenger space of the means of transport, in particular of the aircraft, wherein the at least one service component arrangement comprises an electrical service component arrangement having one or more electrical service components (12, 14, 16, 20),

    wherein the one or more electrical service components (12, 14, 16, 20) and the cabin lighting unit (22) are connectable by way of a common service plug (26) to the same interface of the common service channel, and

    wherein each of the second plurality of service modules (10) has a length (L) along the service channel that is different from the length (L) of each of the first plurality of service modules (10) along the service channel, and
    wherein the first plurality of service modules (10) are replaceable by the second plurality of service modules (10) so that either the first plurality or the second plurality of service modules (10) is connected to the service channel in order to supply the passengers in said space, depending on the seat spacing (L) therein, and
    wherein the length (L) of the service modules of either the first or second plurality of service modules is, in each case, as large as the seat spacing (L) of the seats (30).
     
    2. Service system according to claim 1, wherein the at least one service component arrangement of the first and/or second plurality of service modules (10) comprises an air supply unit, in particular one or more air nozzles, a lighting unit, in particular one or more reading lamps (12), an interaction unit, in particular one or more call buttons (14), an information unit, in particular one or more fasten seatbelt indicator elements (16), a covering unit, in particular a cover (18) for one or more oxygen masks, and/or a loudspeaker unit, in particular one or more loudspeakers (20).
     
    3. Service system according to claim 1 or 2, wherein the first or second plurality of service modules (10) are arranged adjacent to one another along the service channel.
     
    4. Service system according to any one of the foregoing claims, wherein the service modules (10) of the first or second plurality of service modules (10) are connected together by cables in a fitted state.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Dienstsystem zum Versorgen von Passagieren in einem Passagierraum eines Transportmittels, insbesondere eines Luftfahrzeugs, wobei der Passagierraum mit Sitzen (30) ausgerüstet ist, die zwischen sich in einer Längsrichtung des Transportmittels einen Abstand (L) aufweisen, und wobei das Dienstsystem Folgendes aufweist:

    - einen Dienstkanal und

    - eine erste Mehrzahl Dienstmodule (10), die Folgendes enthält:

    - mindestens eine Dienstkomponentenanordnung, die eine oder mehrere Dienstkomponenten (12, 14, 16, 18, 20) zum individuellen Versorgen eines oder mehrerer Passagiere besitzt; und

    - eine Kabinenbeleuchtungseinheit (22), die in Streifenform in Richtung der Längsachse des Dienstmoduls konfiguriert ist und in das Dienstmodul (10) auf einer Seite des Dienstmoduls (10) zum Beleuchten des Passagierraums des Transportmittels, insbesondere des Luftfahrzeugs, integriert ist, wobei die mindestens eine Dienstkomponentenanordnung eine elektrische Dienstkomponentenanordnung, die eine oder mehrere elektrische Dienstkomponenten (12, 14, 16, 20) besitzt, umfasst, wobei

    die eine oder die mehreren elektrischen Dienstkomponenten (12, 14, 16, 20) und die Kabinenbeleuchtungseinheit (22) in Form eines gemeinsamen Dienststeckers (26) an dieselbe Schnittstelle des gemeinsamen Dienstkanals anschließbar sind und

    - eine zweite Mehrzahl Dienstmodule (10), die Folgendes enthält:

    - mindestens eine Dienstkomponentenanordnung, die eine oder mehrere Dienstkomponenten (12, 14, 16, 18, 20) zum individuellen Versorgen eines oder mehrerer Passagiere besitzt; und

    - eine Kabinenbeleuchtungseinheit (22), die in Streifenform in Richtung der Längsachse des Dienstmoduls konfiguriert ist und in das Dienstmodul (10) auf einer Seite des Dienstmoduls (10) zum Beleuchten des Passagierraums des Transportmittels, insbesondere des Luftfahrzeugs, integriert ist, wobei die mindestens eine Dienstkomponentenanordnung eine elektrische Dienstkomponentenanordnung, die eine oder mehrere elektrische Dienstkomponenten (12, 14, 16, 20) besitzt, umfasst, wobei

    die eine oder die mehreren elektrischen Dienstkomponenten (12, 14, 16, 20) und die Kabinenbeleuchtungseinheit (22) in Form eines gemeinsamen Dienststeckers (26) an dieselbe Schnittstelle des gemeinsamen Dienstkanals anschließbar sind, wobei

    jedes der zweiten Mehrzahl Dienstmodule (10) eine Länge (L) entlang des Dienstkanals, die von der Länge (L) jedes der ersten Mehrzahl Dienstmodule (10) entlang des Dienstkanals verschieden ist, besitzt,
    die erste Mehrzahl Dienstmodule (10) durch die zweite Mehrzahl Dienstmodule (10) austauschbar ist, derart, dass entweder die erste Mehrzahl oder die zweite Mehrzahl Dienstmodule (10) mit dem Dienstkanal verbunden ist, um die Passagiere im Raum abhängig vom Sitzabstand (L) darin zu versorgen, und
    die Länge (L) der Dienstmodule entweder der ersten oder der zweiten Mehrzahl Dienstmodule in jedem Fall so groß wie der Sitzabstand (L) der Sitze (30) ist.
     
    2. Dienstsystem nach Anspruch 1, wobei die mindestens eine Dienstkomponentenanordnung der ersten und/oder der zweiten Mehrzahl Dienstmodule (10) eine Luftversorgungseinheit, insbesondere eine oder mehrere Luftdüsen, eine Beleuchtungseinheit, insbesondere eine oder mehrere Leselampen (12), eine Interaktionseinheit, insbesondere einen oder mehrere Rufknöpfe (14), eine Informationseinheit, insbesondere ein oder mehrere Anschnallindikatorelemente (16), eine Abdeckeinheit, insbesondere eine Abdeckung (18) für eine oder mehrere Sauerstoffmasken, und/oder eine Lautsprechereinheit, insbesondere einen oder mehrere Lautsprecher (20), umfasst.
     
    3. Dienstsystem nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, wobei die erste oder die zweite Mehrzahl Dienstmodule (10) entlang des Dienstkanals aneinander angrenzend angeordnet sind.
     
    4. Dienstsystem nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Dienstmodule (10) der ersten oder der zweiten Mehrzahl Dienstmodule (10) in einem montierten Zustand durch Kabel miteinander verbunden sind.
     


    Revendications

    1. Système de service destiné à approvisionner des passagers dans un espace de passagers d'un moyen de transport, en particulier d'un aéronef, l'espace de passagers étant muni de sièges (30) présentant un espacement (L) entre chacun d'eux dans une direction longitudinale du moyen de transport, le système de service comprenant :

    - une gaine de service ; et

    - une première pluralité de modules (10) de service comprenant :

    - au moins un agencement de composants de service comprenant un ou plusieurs composants (12, 14, 16, 18, 20) de service servant à approvisionner individuellement un ou plusieurs passagers ; et

    - une unité (22) d'éclairage de cabine configurée sous forme de bandeau suivant l'axe longitudinal du module de service et intégrée dans le module (10) de service sur un côté du module (10) de service pour éclairer l'espace de passagers du moyen de transport, en particulier de l'aéronef, l'agencement ou les agencements de composants de service comportant un agencement de composants électriques de service comprenant un ou plusieurs composants électriques (12, 14, 16, 20) de service,

    le ou les composants électriques (12, 14, 16, 20) de service et l'unité (22) d'éclairage de cabine pouvant être raccordés au moyen d'une fiche commune (26) de service à la même interface de la gaine commune de service, et

    - une deuxième pluralité de modules (10) de service comprenant :

    - au moins un agencement de composants de service comprenant un ou plusieurs composants (12, 14, 16, 18, 20) de service servant à approvisionner individuellement un ou plusieurs passagers ; et

    - une unité (22) d'éclairage de cabine configurée sous forme de bandeau suivant l'axe longitudinal du module de service et intégrée dans le module (10) de service sur un côté du module (10) de service pour éclairer l'espace de passagers du moyen de transport, en particulier de l'aéronef, l'agencement ou les agencements de composants de service comportant un agencement de composants électriques de service comprenant un ou plusieurs composants électriques (12, 14, 16, 20) de service,

    le ou les composants électriques (12, 14, 16, 20) de service et l'unité (22) d'éclairage de cabine pouvant être raccordés au moyen d'une fiche commune (26) de service à la même interface de la gaine commune de service, et

    chaque module de la deuxième pluralité de modules (10) de service présentant une longueur (L) le long de la gaine de service qui est différente de la longueur (L) de chaque module de la première pluralité de modules (10) de service le long de la gaine de service, et
    la première pluralité de modules (10) de service pouvant être remplacée par la deuxième pluralité de modules (10) de service de telle sorte que l'une ou l'autre parmi la première pluralité et la deuxième pluralité de modules (10) de service soit reliée à la gaine de service afin d'approvisionner les passagers dans ledit espace, en fonction de l'espacement (L) des sièges dans celui-ci, et
    la longueur (L) des modules de service de l'une ou l'autre des première et deuxième pluralités de modules de service étant, dans chaque cas, aussi grande que l'espacement (L) de sièges des sièges (30).
     
    2. Système de service selon la revendication 1, l'agencement ou les agencements de composants de service des première et/ou deuxième pluralité de modules (10) de service comportant une unité d'approvisionnement en air, en particulier une ou plusieurs buses à air, une unité d'éclairage, en particulier une ou plusieurs lampes (12) de lecture, une unité d'interaction, en particulier un ou plusieurs boutons (14) d'appel, une unité d'information, en particulier un ou plusieurs éléments indicateurs (16) "attachez vos ceintures", une unité de couverture, en particulier un couvercle (18) pour un ou plusieurs masques à oxygène, et/ou une unité de haut-parleurs, en particulier un ou plusieurs haut-parleurs (20).
     
    3. Système de service selon la revendication 1 ou 2, la première ou la deuxième pluralité de modules (10) de service étant disposée de telle façon qu'ils soient adjacents les uns aux autres le long de la gaine de service.
     
    4. Système de service selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, les modules (10) de service de la première ou de la deuxième pluralité de modules (10) de service étant reliés entre eux par des câbles dans un état installé.
     




    Drawing












    REFERENCES CITED IN THE DESCRIPTION



    This list of references cited by the applicant is for the reader's convenience only. It does not form part of the European patent document. Even though great care has been taken in compiling the references, errors or omissions cannot be excluded and the EPO disclaims all liability in this regard.

    Patent documents cited in the description