Heavy Lift Helicopter Manufacturing Line Platforms



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.

/ 01

i case study

Client Need:

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.

Technical Information:

  • The ability to move and reposition the stands with minimal effort
  • The ability for an aircraft to enter and exit position without repositioning the work stand
  • An electric, positive locking function on movable features, with locking status visible to workers on top of and below the platform
  • Cable and hose routing from stand to stand
  • Full system powder coat
/ 02

i proJECT gallery

No items found.
/ 03

i what our clients have to say

No items found.
Man with dark hair in the workshop using a welder
/ 03

i Video

i start your custom project today

What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.