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Bespoke Rotation Rig & Air Skate

Innovative manufacturing processes require brand new handling systems. And very often, those systems need to be built from scratch, bespoke and tailored to the precise requirements of the client’s new process. SCX blends mechanical handling, electrical engineering, safety, power and control to deliver fit-for-purpose handling solutions.

The Challenge

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.

The Solution

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.

Technical Details

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