The Proteus hexapod work platform.

Spika Design & Manufacturing, Inc. is proud to present a preview of a technology platform rather than a single product, that could be applied wherever stability, flexibility and cost are vital.

When Design Engineer Joseph Fallo recalled the transportation of the NASA space shuttle and the 747 aircraft used to carry it between terrestrial locations, it inspired this unique design of an elevated work platform for use in special access requirements with, “an exactly-constrained set of linkages designed to connect two rigid air frames without distorting either”, as Joey describes it in his technical paper linked below.

Click on the image above to download a white paper on the Proteus work platform.

The hexapod elevating platform system was developed as a solution to instability exhibited by parallel-leg type systems.  Additionally, the system has the potential to reduce material cost and fabrication time, while providing more value to the customer through an increased range of motion and programmatic position control.

To download the white paper ‘6-Actuator Work Platform, please click on the image to the right or click here.

The product has been christened ‘Proteus’ by Director of Business Development, Jeff Ruffner, P.E., PMP, for this new work platform’s protean characteristics.

Proteus [ˈprōdēəs] | n. Greek Mythology: A sea god who could change his shape at will. [Latin Prōteus, from Greek.] From Proteus comes the adjective protean, meaning “versatile”, “mutable”, or “capable of assuming many forms”. “Protean” has positive connotations of flexibility, versatility and adaptability. (Sources: Wikipedia,

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