Space Launch System Work Platform

LOCATION: KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL, USA

YEAR: 2016

PRODUCT: 150-XY MODIFIED ROLLERS WITH ACCU-ROLL GUIDANCE

NASA’s Space Launch System rocket required a large high bay with moving platforms to provide access for testing and processing of the most powerful rocket in the world.

The Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) High Bay 3 will contain 10 levels of platforms, each containing two separated halves. The 20 total platforms, at about 38 feet long by 62 feet wide, each contain four Hilman Rollers on each side. Each roller is rated at 150 metric ton capacity.

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Each platform will provide access to different areas of the Orion spacecraft.

 

The roller application is moving each platform segment into position on the X and Y axis. Two of the modified rollers are bolted together as an upper and lower unit. The upper rollers are used along an I-beam where uplift is used to move. The lower rollers run along a channel similar to how a kitchen drawer works. 

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This design allows for an omni-directional swivel movement.

These custom-made rollers featured Accu-Roll Guidance to maintain positive alignment, radial keyed rolls to improve the life of the chain’s strength and keep the load plate on track, stainless steel wipers to sweep debris out of the path of the rollers requiring less maintenance, a double wide chain which features two rolls on one pin for higher capacity and a shorter footprint, and hot-dip galvanized frames to protect against corrosion from exposure to the elements.

Hilman provided these rollers to G & C Equipment, who worked along with Hensel Phelps Construction, who was the general contractor of the project.