Working with us

Over the past 20+ years, we've developed hundreds of elegant access systems that help innovators get where they need to go without compromising on safety and ergonomics.

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i the spika design process

From a napkin sketch to a fully developed scope, our design process paves the way for our team to become an extension of yours to ensure you get the system you need.

Click through our design process below.



Our account managers reach out for an initial conversation to learn about the project scope, budget, and delivery needs. This information will determine if the project requires a commercial design, modified base model design, or custom design.

Design Consultation

Design Consultation

If a technical scope is not already established, we host a design consultation for comprehensive development of the scope of the project, including critical access points, system conformance requirements for contoured tool interfacing, automation needs, safety interlocks and compliance, environmental or spatial restrictions, and contractual compliance. NDAs may be exchanged to ensure proper care is taken with intellectual property.

Concept Development

Concept Development

A sales engineer prepares a 3D concept in SolidWorks specific to the project scope. As applicable, CAD models are shared between parties to ensure proper fit around the tool or equipment during this development stage.



A complete proposal is issued with a project-specific concept drawing and pricing that is valid for 90 days. A lead time estimate is issued based upon the current schedule.

Order Placed

Order Placed

Once an order is placed, the delivery schedule is locked in and the project moves into engineering completion for production.

Concept Finalization

Concept Finalization

Interim stage Preliminary Design Reviews, Critical Design Reviews, and Final Design Reviews may take place for projects with more involved engineering requirements or processes. Any modifications to the scope at this point are navigated through change orders. Once the concept fully satisfies all requirements and is approved, the project moves into production readiness development and reviews.



The project begins fabrication. Our NSF-certified AS9100D / ISO 9001:2015 quality management system guarantees the product meets all project requirements from first cut to shipment and provides the structure for high standards of quality, safety, and user experience.

Assembly & Testing

Assembly & Factory Acceptance Testing

The system is fully assembled, tested, and quality inspected onsite to ensure 100% compliance with the project scope. You are welcome to come onsite for Factory Acceptance Testing. Supporting data packages for the product may include load test reports, material certs, nonconformance reports, risk assessments, FEAs, and FOD control data.



Upon quality approval, the system is palletized for shipment. Systems ship as whole as possible to eliminate setup time once they arrive onsite. Every system is provided with a custom users’ manual with operational, safety, and maintenance information, as well as a detailed parts manual.

Onsite Setup
& Training

Onsite Setup & Training

For larger or more complex systems, the Spika team provides onsite setup and training of the access system. This can be added to any project as requested.

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i Spika Compliance

Each product we make is designed to fulfill the most rigorous compliance, safety, and OSHA standards for the industry it’s intended for. Our entire facility utilizes strong FOD controls to further ensure the safety of our equipment.

  • We've been certified by NSF-ISR as AS9100D and ISO 9001:2015 compliant for the design and manufacturing of aluminum platforms and support equipment.
  • Our quality program adheres to, among many others, standards for design reviews, weld inspection, load and stability tests, and customer buy offs.
  • Supporting data packages may include load test reports, material certs, non-conformance reports, risk assessments, FEAs, and FOD control data. 
  • PMBOK Compliant Project Management
  • CMMC - Medium Level Assurance
  • DPAS Ratings
  • OSHA, ANSI, and other safety compliance
  • 3D CAD (SW 2021+, STEPS, IGS)
  • ASCE 7-compliant analysis
  • ASME drawings
  • SolidWorks Finite Element Analysis
  • Human factors engineering
    PE Stamps

    *Some provided by default. Others must be requested.
  • Cutting, machining, welding, powder coating, wiring, assembling, plumbing, testing, packaging, and onsite installation.
  • Structural Welding of Aluminum per AWS D1.2/D1.2M
  • Structural Welding of Steel per AWS D1.1
  • NFPA 79
  • FOD Control Program
  • Cleanroom compliance – multiple classes
  • Chem Coating: Type I, Type II, Class 1A, and Class 3 per MIL-DTL-5541
  • Anodization
  • Hazardous outdoor conditions, including saltwater submersion
  • ESD Control
  • Hazardous location wiring to Class I Division 2 Compliance
Key Company Data
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i project management

Ensuring that everything is running smoothly and nothing gets missed is essential. Spika employs PMBOK-compliant project management processes and offers Microsoft Project scheduling and risk analyses. Our organizational structure also provides the ability to rapidly implement changes to any project.

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i Experience

We’ve been leading our industry for two decades. Our team consists of experienced, creative people driven by a desire to find solutions to any challenge.

Years of experience
Successful projects
In-house engineers
Satisfied clients
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i warranty

The majority of Spika’s products come with a limited warranty—the longest in the industry—and are backed by our commitment to satisfy each and every client.

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