Cost Effective Dual Role for Aircraft Hangars AUTOSTACK the revolutionary Flexi ble Moving Wall System from aircraft maintenance industrial specialists, Union Environmental, a division of Union Industries of Leeds, UK, is revitalising aircraft hangars worldwide, with the result that operators can now spray aircraft and simultaneously carry on painting prior to normal aircraft main hazardous particles. This means that on one side of the AutoStack, toxic activity with normal engineering maintenance tenance work being resumed. Better work. labour relations are likely as employee can take place with personnel wearing representatives recognise the healthy breathing apparatus and working in Located in the hangar roof, the environment advantages offered by the negative pressures, and on the other AutoStack Flexible Moving Wall Sys AutoStack system. side, maintenance fitters working on tem (TM), comprised of panels typically aircraft breathe normally, unaffected by measuring 25 metres high and 100 Paint spraying and stripping of aircraft toxic vapours and fumes. by solvents or bead blast technique can metres long can, at the touch of a create unacceptable working conditions, The cost savings and operational button, divide any size of hangar into a self-contained, secure, toxic free, dedi resulting in toxic vapours, spray and efficiency of the AutoStack are imme diately clear. In addition to creating a cated area for paint spraying and dust particles being released into the safe toxic free working environment stripping, to provide better, safer space atmosphere. In many countries, this is contrary to health and safety at work day and night, the AutoStack also utilization. The fully automated system regulations. minimises hangar heat loss occasioned drops into place from its stacking position in the hangar roof within 3-4 when warm air literally falls out of an open hangar door, for example when minutes without disturbing work in Flexible and movable aircraft are moved, and controls the progress and allowing routine aircraft temperature leading to a beneficial maintenance work to continue without In the absence of purpose built paint effect on paint drying times. interruption. The roof mounted motors spraying facilities with proper extraction, and drive gear ensure the AutoStack filtration and collection of overspray The AutoStack Flexible Moving is positioned and locked into place with and strippers, it is vital to contain the Wall System eliminates the substantial the minimum of fuss. capital cost of a new, dedicated paint painting operation within a designated spraying hangar by maximising the area of a general maintenance hangar. The complete system is fire rated to The creation of such an enclosure must safety and cost effectiveness of an old UK Class 1 BS 476 Part 7 and USA be flexible and movable, to allow one. Federal Standard s 191 /5903. 2 specifica normal daily aircraft maintenance work tions and personnel access and fire to continue without causing disruption escape doors are incorporated to ensure or a hazard to health. maximum site safety. The white fabric When AutoStack is used in con panels maintain a feeling of light and junction with either Union Portable spaciousness within the working enclo sure. Air Filtration Equipment or existing in situ installations, a totally separate and Major cost savings can be made as the safe paint spray facility can operate in hangar no longer needs to be closed the same hangar as general engineering down during paint spraying and, as a maintenance. The filtration equipment result of this, night time working will no is positioned around the aircraft during longer be necessary. A further bonus the spraying operation, ensuring maxi comes from no longer having to con mum containment and filtration of stantly clean up overspray following 8 AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING — December 1991
Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology – Emerald Publishing
Published: Dec 1, 1991
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