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Technology

A number of technological investments enable us to service wheel components quicker and to higher tolerances than many of our competitors, saving our clients both time and expense.

  1. Dedicated Bead Breaker machine that speeds up wheel teardown allowing us to get more wheels through than if it was done by hand.  The adjustable arms present on the machine allow it to work on a large variety of wheel sizes. 
  2. Our pair of dedicated, high-pressure wheel washing machine cleans deeper into recesses, removing corrosive carbon dust build-up from aircraft brake pads, often without the need to disassemble parts. Saving this disassembly time can significantly speed up the shop timeline. Not only does the wheel washer accomplish the same component cleaning task without the disassembly time, it eliminates the time and inconvenience (and burden!) of having our technicians don a great deal of protective clothing. And it allows technicians to multitask while wheel cleaning is underway. The wheel washing machine far exceeds the standards of cleanliness required for inspection. Better cleaning allows for better inspection of re-certifiable parts once brake and tire residue has been removed.
  3. Two in house Media Blasters sized to accommodate any wheel half size, that can quickly and safely remove the paint from any component that needs to be overhauled or sent off for a more in depth inspection.
  4. Using an automated Eddy Current tester, we have improved the turn around time for wheels going into NDT, alongside a dedicated Eddy Current bolt tester to further improve turn around time.  We also Eddy current all wheels, every visit, which makes it easier to catch problems earlier, and before they cause component failures.
  5. A dedicated Magnetic Particle Inspection bench that uses the continuous wet method to check for imperfections in the material, this is alongside a hand held yoke aerosol magnaflux for inspection of specific areas.
  6. Specialized Liquid Penetrant Inspection room that houses custom built equipment to perform and LPI, including black lights, tanks that can service large items and a crane system to easily move items between stations.  The use of a electrostatic gun saves on time and penetrant compared to a submerging tank.  Emulsifier that is non-time sensitive and hydrophobic.  Use of an hot water developer to both draw out any remaining penetrant while drying itself to save time without sacrificing the ability to inspect the item.
  7. Two build machines using torque wrenches to quickly and accurately assemble wheel assemblies with tires at two to three times the speed it would take to do by hand.  The use of a rotation mechanism allows a single technician to quickly move the wheel from horizontal to upright and vice versa.  A holder for the bolts and inboard half as part of the machine means that only a single technician is needed to build a wheel no matter how large.
  8. A pair of dedicated inflation cabinets, that monitor tire pressure as they are inflated removing the need for a technician to continually monitor them.  The second cabinet also cuts down on the time needed to inflate a large number of tires further speeding production.
  9. Stencil gun allows for the quick application of required stencils onto wheels while delivering a sharper image at a reduced cost.
  10. Pneumatic bearing greasing bench that is set up to accommodate multiple bearings at the same time and is five times faster than doing the job by hand.

All of these examples demonstrate our technology enabling us to significantly reduce turn around time while still being more accurate than manufacturer specifications dictate.  Which in turn allows us to catch problems earlier than they would otherwise have been.