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Aerospace Work Platforms - More than Meets the Eye

  • Magazine Article
  • 19AERP06_13
Published 2019-06-01 by SAE International in United States
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Today's work platforms are far more complex than the simple designs of the past.

For maintenance personnel in the aerospace industry to do their jobs effectively, they need to be able to get physically close to the equipment they are working on. This statement sounds obvious, but in order to meet this requirement, it is very important to utilize quality work platforms. Although most people are familiar with the basic uses of work platforms, there is not always much thought given to everything that goes into their design and fabrication.

In years past, simple platforms were widely used for a variety of different work applications, however, much more is demanded of them in modern facilities. These increased demands have forced the work platform fabrication industry to evolve. The design and fabrication of today's platforms require manufacturers with expertise, experience, and skill. Fabricators and designers must incorporate specialized features in many areas never before seen or even considered. Safety, configurability, mobility, material selection, worker access, and utilities are all requirements that need to be considered.