Our client was exploring a new process to manufacture the engine cowl moulds of its executive jets. The process involved a clamping tool, designed to compress the cowls before they are set in the oven, and which needed to be manoeuvred safely around the facility.
The operators required a method of securely rotating the top section of the clamping tool while returning the fully assembled cowl to the correct position and orientation for heating.
SCX created a bespoke rotation rig and integral air-skate trolley to satisfy both the handling and safety requirements of this new manufacturing process.
The air-skate trolley allows the upper tooling to be positioned easily and accurately into the rotation rig. The rig then inverts to receive the lower tooling and the resin-coated engine cowl. The rig inverts again, and the full cowl and tooling are taken to the oven on the air-skate trolley.