Spika designed and manufactured work platforms to improve the speed of CH-53K helicopter manufacturing. The large stands needed to be lightweight and easy to move and reposition. Extension sliders required a positive lock system, with lights above and below deck indicating status. During the manufacturing phase, change orders were requested and quickly incorporated into existing and new builds.
Sikorsky was expanding its production line for the CH-53K helicopter. They had an original set of work platforms used for aircraft assembly, but they could not tolerate the effort and time required to position the system each time the aircraft had to move. The adjustment of the massive steel structures was too costly.
Sikorsky worked directly with Spika designers throughout the design and review process. The resulting product met the requirement for a lightweight, easy to move system with retained rigidity in specific locations by employing a combination of aluminum and steel components. The platform utilized an electronic solenoid locking slider system and contained extensive multi-circuit electric service both above and below deck. Warning lights allowed personnel to known when hydraulic pressure or electric power were on. A large jib arm allowed runs of hose and cable to bridge above the aircraft rather than running along the floor.