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Addressing the need for more efficient aircraft maintenance

Addressing the need for more efficient aircraft maintenance

MiniTec workstations help provide quality and consistency for aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul provider MAEL.


MiniTec UK Ltd has recently completed the design and supply of modular workstations for Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited (MAEL) for use at its recently opened multi-million pound maintenance hangar at Birmingham Airport as well as existing facilities at London Luton, Gatwick and Manchester airports. The workstations, situated in close proximity to the aircraft, are an integral part of a highly efficient zonal station operational system MAEL has developed where aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul teams are assigned their numerous tasks and allocated tools and equipment via the Wi-Fi connected stations - which are equipped with computers, data displays and printers.

Built to MAEL's exacting specifications as mother and extension stations for seated and standing use, the four design types utilise MiniTec's Profile System aluminium framing system to the full with a complement of standard modular components as well as third-party electronic equipment that is easily integrated into the assembly with standard MiniTec adapters. A generous 2 m x 1.2 m inclined working surface is finished in a durable high-density plastic sheet material from TRESPA which is impervious to the chemicals and compounds encountered in the aircraft industry. Each workstation supplied includes a power inlet and multi-way distribution boards, a Wi-Fi router, brackets for 32" and/or 24" data displays, and document holders. The fully portable units use lockable swivel castors and the metal end and rear panels are finished with Monarch's corporate livery and logos for a smart and aesthetic appearance that perfectly blends with the exceptionally clean MAEL work areas.

The new 110,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility at Birmingham, which can accommodate almost every type of aircraft, supports the continuing growth of MAEL's high quality aircraft engineering activities with the hangar large enough to accommodate two Boeing 777-300ER aircraft or 10 narrow body aircraft. 150 new jobs have been created in its making with a potential to add a further 150 posts including several new apprentice positions as part of MAEL's highly regarded apprentice scheme, which is now in its 42nd year. With some 60% of the world's airlines outsourcing heavy maintenance work, MAEL is set to service a greater share of the market and plans a 40% increase in turnover over the next two years.

The MiniTec modular Profile System is available in a wide choice of extruded aluminium rail sections with a comprehensive range of components and accessory elements that suit use for complete workstations as well as machine frames, guards, assembly & test equipment, conveying & handling systems and almost any modular frame system that needs to be built quickly and efficiently. Profile System assemblies may be user designed with the aid of the free of charge iCAD Assembler software - available for standalone use with no CAD knowledge required, or used as an integral part of the users preferred CAD software. MinITec UK also offer a design and build service which can include site assembly if required. A wide range of standard accessories enable cost effective workstations designs from simple benches, tables and desks to complete functionally designed production cells with tool holders, component storage, lighting systems, automated work height adjustment and all components necessary for user-friendly and highly efficient process lines.
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