Teleplatform (Aircraft Manufacturing & Maintenance and Aircraft Painting)


From the inventor to the market leader – CTI Teleplatforms

First introduced and launched on the market, the teleplatform patented for CTI Systems in 1974 ushered in a new era in access technology for aircraft manufacturing and maintenance.

From that moment on, the CTI Systems teleplatform made it possible to access the latest generation of aircraft with their larger dimensions quickly and safely, especially in elevated working areas.

The ability to operate in all crane covered hangar areas, while also carrying tools for the intended work onboard, resulted in enormous time gains and quality improvements.

Teleplatforms travel within the bridges of the crane system and can also cross over into adjacent crane bridges to extend the radius of action. Optionally, the teleplatform can be exchanged for a crane trolley within the crane bridges if required, or parked in an assigned, fixed location in the hangar when not in use or during maintenance work.

Since the teleplatform can be used universally and quickly for any type and size of aircraft and independently of the parking position in the hangar, it is often used in line maintenance.

Here in particular, the parking scenario in the hangar cannot be planned, so that the flexible teleplatforms make it possible to carry out these small interventions or inspections in the shortest possible time without jeopardizing the flight schedule.

Precisely these advantageshave ultimately led to teleplatforms being the number one tool in aircraft painting today:
Whether it is preparatory work such as sanding, cleaning or masking: At all times, as in the subsequent painting process, the work equipment required in each case is carried on the platform and is always “on hand”.

These are provided in different modules so that they can be quickly prepared and changed on ground, which further optimizes workflows.

The intuitive, user-friendly Relative Motion Control enables fast yet perfectly controlled movements, and allow the coaters to concentrate on the process.

Additional benefits are also offered during the painting process:
– The teleplatforms’ ability to move freely along the aircraft enables “wet-in-wet” painting, without interruptions, thus significantly improving paint quality.
– Unhindered access to the work areas and the absence of ramp constructions ensure a faster workflow.
– Permanently installed supply lines for electrics, compressed air, breathing air, cleaning fluids, etc. are also always present at the workplace and quickly accessible.
– The smaller projected platform area compared to docks allowsbetter airflow along the aircraft surface being painted, which significantly improves both paint quality and air quality in the hangar.
– In addition, the work area is more brightly illuminated because there is no shadow effect from dock structures above.
– Contamination of already processed surfaces by dripping paint build up, which often occurs with fixed dock structures, is prevented.

Teleplatforms can be used in combination with CTI Systems’ advanced distance control technologies – Block Shape Control and Twin Scan Control. These intelligent solutions are designed to avoid any physical contact between the platform and the aircraft.

Teleplatforms can be fitted with any necessary equipment and media according to individual needs including:

  • Hot and cold water supply
  • Compressed and breathing air
  • Electrical sockets and lighting with various technical data
  • Additional jib cranes
  • Safety ropes for fall protection
  • Emergency descent devices
  • Particularly in case of aircraft painting applications, each installation is equipped with the necessary explosion protection.