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Inverted Fork lift Handling Crane for BAE Eurofighter Programme

Aerospace, Nuclear & Defence

The Challenge

The introduction of the Eurofighter jet plane necessitated BAE to develop a new production technique in order to efficiently manufacture the titanium wing sections.

These wings needed to be blow-moulded in a furnace at over 800°C, but to make this process feasible, BAE required a handling system capable of removing the wing sections from the furnace, transport them to a cooling area, before sending them onwards in the production process.

The Solution

SCX Special Projects engineered a handling system to safely and carefully manipulate the hot and malleable sections of wing, all while operating within the extreme temperatures of the furnace.

This solution was implemented in BAE’s facilities in Salmesbury and has enabled BAE to deploy its new production technique safely and effectively.

Technical Details

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