Material Handling Solutions for the Aerospace Industry
With larger profile, lighter weight parts, the aerospace industry faces the daunting challenge of moving large parts in the most efficient way possible, in the smallest amount of space.
The modularity of IntelliTrak’s friction drive system (no chains) and support structure (bolted, not welded) makes it easy to integrate lifts and shuttles, making it the definitive solution for moving large aerospace parts in the smallest amount of floor space possible—no large turns required. In addition, operators on the assembly line are now able to lift, lower and rotate large parts ergonomically.
Take a look at how IntelliTrak Conveyor Systems have changed how our customers do business:
Shot Blast Line
A creative solution for moving a very long part in a small space.
Manufacturer of aerospace components needed a finishing conveyor system for a long composite plane part. With limited space for new construction and multiple lanes and lifts required for throughput, a standard conveyor system just wouldn’t work.
IntelliTrak designed, manufactured and installed the 1500 Series overhead conveyor with a 36’6” load bar and a double trolley carrier. To efficiently move the over-sized load bar in the narrow floor space, IntelliTrak installed 3 shuttle assemblies that fed into 20 shuttle stop assemblies and an empty carrier return lane (saving floor space and construction costs). The added functionality of the forward/reverse ability of the IntelliTrak system improved the overall process. And the solution for lifting a 36’ load bar? A custom-designed double split-cantilever lift with a single drive shaft. Problem solved.
An ergonomic solution for assembly of large airplane parts.
This IntelliTrak 500 Series Overhead Conveyor system consisted of a driven line with multiple workstations and buffer areas. With a custom-designed overhead conveyor and product carrier, operators on the assembly line are now able to lift, lower and rotate large parts ergonomically.
IntelliTrak’s innovative technology reduces TAKT time and expands capabilities.
Opportunity: A family-owned finishing company needed a flexible and expandable conveyor system that would provide the highest quality application in a timely and consistent manner using some of the most advanced technology available.
Solution: An IntelliTrak 500 Series Overhead Conveyor equipped with a glide switch, 3-stage washer, 2 spray booths and 2-lane curing oven. The innovative glide switch reduced TAKT time, allowing production and delivery schedules to be met. And flexibility? Plans are already under way to expand the system with an additional powder coat line, which will increase capabilities and open up new markets.
IntelliTrak’s innovative design provides award-winning shot blast process
Opportunity: Always looking to improve their processes, this finishing company was challenged with developing the best shot blast process to meet the stringent requirements of their aerospace customers.
Solution: A custom, totally unique, IntelliTrak 500 Series with a 1500 Shuttle gave them just what they needed. The ability to load various size parts, run them through the shot blaster (at variable speeds), rotate the carrier 180° and run back through the shot blaster in one single line. This proprietary process has helped earn them several prestigious aerospace certifications and a World Class Finishing / Pride In Excellence Award from their customer.