A350 Side shell transportation fixture

This was an 8-month long project undertaken with the objective to deliver transportation fixtures for the Airbus Beluga XL aircraft. The project called for design of the fixture, as well as crafting of special base tools for its serial manufacturing.

The scope was a build to print transportation fixture to carry 2 A350-900 wings on the new Beluga XL transportation aircraft. The structure was to be a steel fabrication with ancillary equipment and machined components assembled on to the structure. The project scope would be a 26 wk lead time. B&H Precision managed the complete build in house, with OUR  highly skilled Project management and Engineering teams, managing the supply chain on bought out items such as heat treatments, surface treatments and specialist ancillary equipment.   

All the welding and non destructive testing (NDT) on the structure was fabricated in house at our facility in Greater Manchester with experienced, coded welders. There were numerous items which required machining, again our skilled in house programming and machining personnel carried out these tasks using Catia V5 with 3 & 5 axis machining technology. All detail parts were inspected using Faro inspection arms with the final assembly being inspected using laser tracking inspection equipment.  

The project was delivered on time on cost with excellent feedback from our customer. Throughout the build our excellent Project management team were able to manage the project throughout, identifying the critical path challenges  and putting the measures in place to remedy them whether they would be supply chain or capacity constraints .At B&H Precision we pride ourselves on our high levels of quality & delivery with our customer service teams ensuring our customer is kept  up to date with any movement in the program  with plans to correct the program if slipped  thus ensuring we manage all stakeholders involved in the project .    

 B&H Precision tooling have the ability to provide both design for manufacture packages (DFM) and Build to Print packages. We pride ourselves on our quality and  delivery whilst maintaining our competitiveness in the global Aero Tooling supply chain for Transportation and handling media, assembly fixtures , mould tooling and other jig and fixture work.