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Crossrail Robotic Platform Door Installation Rig

Automatic screen doors on the London Underground are a familiar sight. However, installing them previously required heavy steel and glass work to be handled down from the surface for assembly and fitting. SCX Special Projects engineered and built a robotic handling rig that brings the screen doors – by rail – straight to the platform edge.

The Challenge

The new Crossrail project in London is one of the largest construction works in the UK. The new Elizabeth line has eight new underground stations, complete with 4km of platform screen doors.

The automatic screen doors are a familiar sight, serving multiple purposes from safety to ventilation. However, installing the doors previously required all the components, including heavy steel and glass work, to be handled down from the surface and fitted in largely manual processes.

The Solution

SCX engineered and built a robotic handling rig, mounted to a rail carriage, that brings the screen doors directly to the platform edge, fully built and ready to install.

The rig saves both time and cost, as well as being safer and more accurate than constructing the doors on the platform. The doors are pre-assembled and tested before arriving at the station. All that remains is for them to be bolted down and connected electrically.

Technical Details

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