We are constantly striving to outfit our facility with the latest specialized equipment, helping speed workflow and customer turnaround times while achieving tolerances beyond manufacturer or regulatory specifications. Continual investment in better tools and diagnostic equipment saves time, saves money, and allows our technicians to do their jobs more accurately with more consistent results. We are proud to be the only facility in Canada using technology of this caliber, passing the benefits of our investment on to our customers.
We are the only overhaul facility in Canada using the Aeroscan machine – a highly specialized computer-controlled measuring rig that accurately records measurements in the three dimensions across the full length and width of a propeller blade. Using the Aeroscan eliminates a workflow blockage that often backs up overhaul jobs at this very time-consuming stage in the process. In less than ten minutes, the Aeroscan can record measurements that would have taken nearly two hours to complete by hand and generates a computer record of the results. The benefits of this incredible speed and accuracy are passed directly on to our clients, as blades pass quickly to the next stages of calibration and repair.
Five In-house Shot Peening Machines
Shot peening is an important service Hope Aero offers in the overhaul and repair of propellers. We maintain four independent shot peening machines (with a fifth arriving shortly), allowing us to now complete more than 80% of the shot peening in house. Having this equipment in our facility allows us to maintain a consistently high level of workmanship, while saving up to two weeks’ vendor processing time that often comes with having to outsource this critical process.
Mart Stainless Steel High-Pressure Aqueous Power Wash System
Our dedicated, high-pressure wheel washing machine cleans tire rubber beads and mastic, bearing grease, and embedded brake pad carbon dust and silica build-up from aircraft wheels, often without the need to disassemble parts. Saving disassembly time can significantly speed up the overhaul timeline. The wheel cleaning machine cleans without brushes or other mechanical devices that are subject to wear and require replacement, and without expensive and environmentally hazardous solvents. 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.
Andec Aircraft Wheel Tester
The Andec eddy current wheel testing machine uses interacting electromagnetic fields to uncover flaws in wheel components by monitoring the way these fields change as a testing probe is moved over the surface of a part. This $100,000 fully automated system uses a computer-controlled probe to inspect inner and outer areas of the tube well and flange, completing the job in about 10% the time normally taken to perform an eddy current inspection by hand. The unit then generates and stores a complete report of the test results. Better accuracy gives greater confidence in the continued serviceability of parts, while quicker turnaround at this critical inspection stage reduces backlogs that affect critical timelines.
Bauer Howden Wheel Build Machine and Georges Renault
The electric torque wrench in the Bauer Howden wheel build machine is four times more accurate than a standard click-type torque wrench – another example of our technology enabling us to be significantly more accurate than manufacturer specifications dictate. As a key component of the Bauer Howden wheel build machine, this allows us to reduce handling of wheel components during assembly while improving tolerance accuracy. It all translates into giving our clients greater confidence in the dependability of their overhauled parts.