How We Moved A Rocket – Hovair In History

Last Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. To commemorate this achievement in human events, we wanted to revisit our own contributions to space exploration. In this article we will see how our air handling dolly aided NASA in the Space Shuttle program.

Hovair Systems prides itself on providing heavy load moving solutions, and what better challenge to test that ability than with rocket assembly? In 1978 we designed a Rocket Motor Case Handling Dolly, which was used in the assembly of solid rocket motors.

This dolly had a 12 ft diameter, and a weight capacity of 70,000 lbs. Despite the mass of the fuel containment vessel, it is nearly weightless when cradled in the dolly. This effect is due to our air bearing systems, which use compressed air to lift a heavy object away from a surface. Underneath the vessel are a series of rubber pads that allow free movement of the rocket. The dolly itself rests on a set of air bearings, which allowed engineers to float the entire rig across the factory floor.

In this photograph you can see the record-shaped rubber pads on the air bearings. This is where compressed air escapes and creates an air-film seal between an object and a surface. The same technique is also applied beneath this dolly so it can move to other locations. This transporter was 13×36 feet, and could move Rocket Motor Case Segments weighing 360,000lbs.

Here we see multiple units coming together in the assembly process. With machines this big there is no room for error. Hovair assembly equipment allowed for six degrees of freedom and provided movement within a few thousandths of an inch. This is just one example of the many industries we have helped throughout history. If you enjoyed this article, please leave a comment or share it with a friend. Remember to stay in touch for more news from Hovair Systems.

How do Air Casters Work?

In a nutshell, air casters are pneumatic tools that make it easy to move large and heavy equipment and machines without damaging the floor. Traditionally, facilities and warehouses have made use of roller equipment, lift trucks, and cranes to move heavy equipment. Not only are such measures impractical, but prove costly for the business and dangerous for nearby employees. Continue reading “How do Air Casters Work?”

The Importance of Maintenance for Heavy Equipment

It is difficult to overstate the importance of maintenance for heavy machinery especially in industries such as mining, agriculture, and construction. For businesses operating in these industries, large equipment is the backbone of their operations and its optimal performance is necessary to ensure maximum efficiency. Any breakdowns or malfunctions with such equipment would result in significant financial losses and also put workers at risk of injury.

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Understanding the Challenges of Transporting Heavy Equipment

Transporting heavy equipment from one point to another is a serious challenge in industrial environments throughout the world. According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were an estimated 2,077 fatalities in 2017 due to transportation-related incidents with more than 100 killed each year due to mobile heavy equipment. Such equipment includes mobile cranes, loaders, backhoes, and other types of machinery. Continue reading “Understanding the Challenges of Transporting Heavy Equipment”

A Brief History of Pneumatics

Pneumatics refers to the science of using compressed air to transmit energy and force. A basic example of utilizing pressurized air for the desired function is something as simple as blowing air into a balloon and then letting it zoom around the room. Pneumatic tools are essential components behind things such as drilling machines, machinery that transports heavy objects, and even jet engines! Continue reading “A Brief History of Pneumatics”

3 Reasons to Retire Your Current Material Handling Equipment

Material handling equipment help reduce strain on your staff and provide numerous ergonomic benefits. However, even with regular inspection and maintenance, the performance of these equipment can deteriorate over time, as daily usage takes a toll on every equipment’s health. Continue reading “3 Reasons to Retire Your Current Material Handling Equipment”

4 Industrial Equipment You Need In Your Warehouse

Warehouses are typically used to store large volumes of manufactured goods, the management of which isn’t possible without specialized industrial equipment. Whether you’ve recently acquired a warehouse or constructed one from scratch, you’ll need certain tools to get it up and running. Continue reading “4 Industrial Equipment You Need In Your Warehouse”

Is Your Warehouse Staff At The Risk Of These Injuries?

Despite recent improvements in workplace safety, the material handling industry still remains a dangerous place to work in. According to the Bureau of Labor of Statistics, 2017 saw 5,147 deaths in the workplace, with the warehouse industry experiencing five injuries per 100 employees. Fortunately, almost all of these injuries are easily preventable by implementing a few safety measures that don’t require considerable amounts of investment.

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Your Guide To Simplifying Heavy Machinery Transportation [Infographic]

Heavy machinery transporation has always been a tough task. Here’s an infographic on how to simplify the process of moving heavy machinery Continue reading “Your Guide To Simplifying Heavy Machinery Transportation [Infographic]”

Dangers Of Heavy Equipment – The Most Common Types Of Heavy Equipment Accidents

There are always risks involved when working in the vicinity of heavy machinery and equipment. A small malfunction caused by lack of maintenance, human error or any other reason could have potentially fatal consequences.

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5 Tools that Make Moving Heavy Machinery Simple

Perhaps the most daunting aspect of relocation is moving large vehicles and heavy equipment from one place to another. Such movements require in-depth planning as any wrong move involving heavy machinery has the potential to cause life threatening accidents or serious financial damages.Tools for heavy machinery Continue reading “5 Tools that Make Moving Heavy Machinery Simple”

5 Tips to Choosing Material Handling Equipment

material handling equipmentMaterial handling operations are an essential part of all manufacturing industries. These jobs often require excessive physical labor and repetitive tasks that wear out workers. It also puts workers at a high risk of various musculoskeletal health disorders which negatively affects the overall workplace ergonomics. But with the right tools, such tasks can become significantly easier. Continue reading “5 Tips to Choosing Material Handling Equipment”

Lifting and Material Handling – Health & Safety Issues

When it comes to workplaces, health and safety of workers should always be among the top concerns.

According to a research conducted by Bureau of Labor Statistics – United States Department of Labor, a total of 5,190 workers died from fatal work-related injuries in 2016 in the U.S.. While there are multiple threats to the health and safety of employees at work, incorrect lifting and handling of material is perhaps among the leading causes of workplace-related accidents.Scaffolding

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