Work Platforms for an Aircraft Assembly Facility



KUKA Systems Aerospace Group needed several custom work platform systems for use in a new Bell 525 Relentless assembly line. Rather than tie up their resources designing and building it themselves, they contracted the project to Spika. Working closely with the KUKA team, Spika provided 30 work platform systems for the project, which were based on 15 unique designs. The project was comprised of over 90 modules.

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Client Need:

KUKA Systems Aerospace Group needed several custom work platform systems for a new Bell 525 Relentless assembly line. Each platform needed to interface precisely with the helicopter and tooling at various stages of production and required features beyond the readily available platforms in the market.


Spika built 30 custom work platform solutions over the course of 3 years. The finalized products satisfied the client’s specific requirements of mobility, light weight, significant height adjustability, and complete onboard air and electric supply.

Technical Information:

  • Electrically controlled, dual-stage actuation for significant height adjustability
  • Decks with trap doors which allowed the aircraft to pass through the platform when it was raised or lowered; the decks were equipped with sensors and limits to ensure the platform could not be lowered past a specific point with the trap decks down
  • Work platform sections that could be removed and reattached to larger sections for different configurations during assembly
  • Removable railings that could be used in multiple platform configurations
  • Electric and electric over hydraulic floor locks to remove the working load from the casters
  • Extensive air and electric supplies plumbed throughout
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