Industrial Technology - Linked-in Industrial Technology - Twitter Industrial Technology - News Feed
Latest Issue
Diary and Events

Virtual Panel Event about Industrial Connectivity

Virtual event


This 60-minute virtual panel discussion between industry experts will explore the intersection of connectivity (more)

UKIVA Machine Vision Conference



Join us on 15 July 2021 on the MVC Technology Presentation Hub and explore eight online seminar theatres. (more)

PPMA Show 2021

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

28/09/2021 - 30/09/2021

PPMA Show 2021 will be the UK’s largest ever event dedicated to state-of-the-art processing and (more)

Southern Manufacturing

Farnborough, Hants(GU14 6TQ)

06/10/2021 - 07/10/2021

Southern Manufacturing and Electronics is the most comprehensive annual industrial exhibition in the (more)

Advanced Engineering 2021

NEC Birmingham(B40 1NT)

03/11/2021 - 04/11/2021

Join us in our 12th and most important edition to date, as we invite engineers and management from all (more)

Specialised support rig for radar assembly and test

Specialised support rig for radar assembly and test

The Portsmouth based division of Airbus Defence and Space designs, builds and tests highly advanced payloads and scientific equipment for telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation and scientific satellites. As part of its manufacturing programme for cutting-edge space-borne radars, it commissioned LG Motion to supply a custom designed 'antenna turnover rig' to provide mounting and free access for assembly and test of large antennae panel assemblies that measure approximately 3x1x0.2m with a mass of 115 kg.

The customer's specification called for manual operation with built-in safety measures to firmly secure and position the large panels with complete 360 degree rotation and height adjustment. Furthermore the complete rig would allow mobilisation around the assembly area using heavy duty castors with brake fixings on the main frame assembly whilst the rotatable handling frame should be removable with provision for crane lifting.

Using its own in-house design and build service, LG Motion employed Profile System aluminium machine framing components and Linear System power transmission components - both from its close associate MiniTec UK. The assembly design and build was made easy with a combination of 45x90mm and 45x45mm sectional profiles and standard MiniTec components including the braked wheels, hand wheels, M12 eye-bolts and many interfacing brackets.

To facilitate the manual rotation of the handling frame, a third party 24:1 bevel reduction gearbox and a secondary transfer box were used in combination with pillow blocks and other MiniTec Linear System power transmission components. The design included a special detente pin safety mechanism to restrict the rotating frame from moving when in its fixed position.

The complete assembly was proof load tested and CE marked at Basingstoke then transferred and assembled on-site, and supplied with user instructions covering the safe operation and use of the Antenna Turnover Rig. LG Motion has supplied several manual and motion control automated support rigs to Airbus Defence and Space's facility at Portsmouth.

Download pdf

Other News from LG Motion

LG Motion invests in new plant at Basingstoke HQ

Latest news about Machine Building

Additional Information
Text styles