Commercial aircraft manufacturer handles various airplane fuselage sections with Cynergy Ergonomics custom lifting system

Commercial aircraft manufacturer handles various airplane fuselage sections with Cynergy Ergonomics custom lifting system
Cynergy Ergonomics custom lifting system moves, rotates airplane fuselage sections

ST. LOUIS, 19 Oct. 2012. A commercial aircraft manufacturer needed a solution to the challenge of building and assembling large, all-composite subassembly designs. The commercial aircraft maker found its solution at Cynergy Ergonomics in St. Louis.

Cynergy Ergonomics engineers installed a custom lifting system to help lift, rotate, and reposition five separate commercial aircraft fuselage panels of varying size, weight, and geometry. The panels, weighing up to 2,500 pounds each, are lifted and rotated either 90 degrees or 180 degrees before being placed into dunnage, a storage pogo, or the final assembly fixture.

The panels vary in length, from 35 feet to 70 feet, as well as in shape and contour. Panel weights range from 750 pounds to 2,500 pounds. Each panel has unique features, such as windows and door cutouts. A single manipulator system was required to handle each of the different panels.

A below-the-hook vacuum lifter was designed to be supported from the existing overhead crane system. Using the radio control, a single operator can attach to each different panel, lift it from the transportation vehicle, rotate either 90 or 180 degrees, and place in the dunnage, storage pogo, or into position during final assembly.

PLC logic activates the appropriate vacuum circuits for each panel type, while redundant safety features provide safe operation in the event of power or component failure. In the PLC-controlled system, a push-button activates individual vacuum circuits optimized for individual panel geometry.

Cynergy Ergonomics specializes in ergonomic material handling equipment such as lifts, articulating arm manipulators, sheet, panel and roll lifters, vacuum tube lifting, roll manipulators and material handling equipment.

Follow Avionics Intelligence news updates on Twitter (@Avionics_Intel), LinkedIn, and Google+.

Related Products

General Micro "Horizon" C299

The C299 Horizon is a third generation, 6U cPCI SBC module based on GMS’ upgradable CPU...

VPX3-453 3U VPX Virtex-6/8640D Digital Signal Processor

The Curtiss-Wright VPX3-453 is a high performance 3U VPX DSP and FPGA processor card th...

General Micro "Atom" XPC40X Rugged, Ultra-Small, Ultra-Low-Power Intel Atom™ CPU SBC

The XPC40X Atom is a rugged, low cost, ultra-low power, lightweight, Atom™ based comput...

Related Companies

Innovative Integration

  Since 1988, Innovative Integration has grown to become one of the world's leading supplier...

General Micro Systems Inc

Since 1979, General Micro Systems has been providing the most diverse line of single-board comput...

Elma Electronic Inc

Who we are...   About Elma Electronic Systems   The Systems division of Elma Electron...

Most Popular Articles

Wire News provided by   


All Access Sponsors

Follow Us On...

There is no current content available.