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MHS Builds Custom Multi Axis Positioning System for US Air Force
The use of blast media is a clean and efficient way of stripping paint from aircraft during the refurbishing process. US Technologies Inc, (UST) based ini Canton, Ohio has supplied the military with blast media and related services for over 30 years. As a key component of this service, UST became involved in developing a media handling system that would provide better access to the plane and allow for a quicker and safer method of refurbishing planes.
In the past, the typical way to accomplish this task would be to use ground-based aerial work platforms such as scissor lifts or articulating man lifts. These lift platforms would move around the plane itself while operators sprayed the blast media. But this approach came with its own problems. Jack Hinsdale, owner of Material Handling Solutions (MHS) based in Duncan, SC, explains: “This was very time consuming and required a certain amount of clear floor space in order for the lifts to access the perimeter of the planes.”
So, instead of using the traditional man scissor lifts that operated from the floor, UST and MHS worked to develop a method that would instead allow for either a manned platform, or a cab fixed with a spray nozzle, to be carried around the plane. This platform, called the Aerial Multi-access Platform, or AMP, is suspended by an overhead crane, and in turn gives the operator complete access to every part of the aircraft. The original concept and design for the AMP was inspired by the Stewart platform that is used in airplane simulators. MHS’ Hinsdale says, “The Stewart platform uses three pair of cylinders underneath a platform and mounted to a base. The tops of the three pairs of cylinders are affixed in an equilateral triangular pattern to the upper platform with the bottoms of the cylinders mounted on the… READ MORE
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