Bespoke Handling Applications

In addition to its standard ranges of equipment, Leidos Security Detection & Automation also undertakes many bespoke handling applications.

We have recently designed a new solution for the installation of batteries for a new type of hybrid vehicle. This system is now fully installed and working at one of our major customers' automotive assembly plants.

In five locations in Saudi Arabia, Leidos Security Detection & Automation designed 80-tonne vehicle assemblies for high throughput cargo scanners. The operation scans vehicles using X-ray equipment and requires trucks to be automatically conveyed through the scanning chamber.

Each lift can raise or lower a fully-loaded vehicle (nominally 60 tonnes) complete with platen (nominally 20 tonnes) for X-ray motion scanning. The motion system consists of a rectangular rail track layout, with a lowerator/elevator in each corner.

Five platens are driven around the track via friction drives, with lowerators/elevators at each corner to change the direction of the platens through 90 degrees.

  • Bespoke Handling Applications for a major UK nuclear plant, comprising conveyors and winches to transport 13-tonne cargo containers.
  • A tooling store for a major aerospace organization, including a vacuum facility throughout the various handling operations to ensure that the product is maintained in its exact position during the transport process
  • A captive pallet (farman-type) conveyor system for a major UK automotive manufacturer
  • An in-cave, below ground shuttle system for a major UK nuclear plant handling containers of radioactive waste
  • An aircraft nose landing gear test rig for a major aerospace organization, designed to simulate the forces applied to aircraft landing gear during take-off and landing
  • A skip handling conveyor system in South Africa comprising conveyors and a shuttle car complete with a turnover for emptying 10 tonne skips of scrap metal


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