Megadoor lowers costs in cold climates
Bombardier Aerospace is a world leader in the design, manufacturing and support of aircraft for the business, commercial, specialized and amphibious markets. They are headquartered in Montréal, Canada and employ over 30,000 people in a global manufacturing base. Bombardier has the most comprehensive aircraft portfolio and holds the number one position in business and regional aircraft. Since 1997, Bombardier Aerospace has installed over 80 Megadoor hangar doors at five different manufacturing centers around the world.
Megadoor’s first project with Bombardier was in Wichita, Kansas at the Lear Jet facility. In 1997, Lear Jet planned to build a new preparation, paint facility and delivery center, utilizing a design/build process. The design/ build team along with the local Megadoor distributor investigated utilizing the vertical lifting Megadoor to reduce the size of the facility. They quickly realized that by installing the Megadoor system they could eliminate the space consuming sliding doors pockets, greatly reducing the building footprint, which translated into substantial capital investment savings. In addition, the design/ build team was impressed by the excellent seals of the Megadoor. They found that the low air infiltration seals allowed the HVAC systems in the prep and paint booths to work more efficiently; furthermore, the seals minimized the introduction in the paint process of particulates that could require costly rework.
Shortly after the installation of the Megadoor system in Wichita, Megadoor personnel were introduced to the Manager of Bombardier’s facilities in Montréal. He was actively searching for alternative hangar door systems that would work reliably in the Montréal winters. The Facility Manager liked the Megadoor concept, but was somewhat skeptical about the door technology and wanted to visit a nearby installation. So the Facility Manager and a team of engineers visited the Megadoor system installed at an Air National Guard. After seeing the door in action and listening to the base civil engineer describe how pleased they were with the Megadoor performance in the cold, snowy winters, they decided to specify Megadoor for a project. Bombardier was so impressed that they decided to install nine Megadoor systems on their new Completion and Delivery Center in Dorval where customers receive their new Challenger or Global Express jets.
As Bombardier’s production facilities in Dorval expanded, they continued to specify Megadoor. The facility designers were eager to take advantage of the more compact and efficient designs that the vertical lifting Megadoor makes possible. The operations managers were extremely happy with the energy efficiency and reliability of the Megadoor during the cold winter months. Therefore, the next facility expansion in 1999 for the production of Challenger Aircraft in Dorval incorporated 19 Megadoor systems. In 2000, Bombardier constructed the Mirabel facility for production of their commercial regional jets. This facility incorporated twenty six 3-part Megadoor systems for all aspects of production.
Megadoor continues to be a proud supplier of large door systems at Bombardier’s manufacturing facilities around the world.
|Dorval, Québec, Canada|
|1997||7||2-part||102’ x 27’||31 x 8.3||Completion Center|
|1997||2||3-part||102’ x 24’6/27’||31 x 7.5/8.3||Completion Center|
|1999||19||Single||87’ x 27’||26.5 x 8.3||Bldg 316|
|2000||2||Single||87’ x 27’||26.5 x 8.3||Bldg 306 East|
|2001||2||Single||80’ x 27’||24.4 x 8.3||Bldg 318 Paint|
|2011||2||Single||87’ x 27’||26.5 x 8.3||Bldg 318 Paint|
|2001||1||3-part||150’ x 27’||46 x 8.3||Bldg 310 delivery center (retrofit)|
|2006||1||Single||87’ x 27’||26.5 x 8.3||Bldg 306 South|
|2008||1||2-part||177’ x 30’/27’||54 x 9/8.3||Bldg 306 West|
|2011||3||2-part||115’ x27’/29’||35 x 8.3/8.9||Global Delivery Center|
|Mariabel, Québec, Canada|
|2000||24||3-part||112’ x 27’/40’||34.4 x 8.3/12.2||FTP Hangar, Paint, Fuel|
|2000||2||3-part||112’ x 27’/29’6”||34.4 x 8.3/9||Assembly|
|2002||3||3-part||112’ x 27’/40’||34.4 x 8.3/12.2||Paint|
|2011||4||3-part||131 x 27/40||34.4 x 8.3/12.2||C-Series Retrofit of FTP Megadoors|
|Wichita, Kansas, USA|
|1997||8||Single||64’ x 24’||19.5 x 7.3||Paint & Preparation|
|2000||1||Single||54’ x 24’||16.4 x 7.3||Paint & Preparation|
|2011||2||Single||24’ x 25’||7.31 x 7.62||Lear 85 Assembly|
|2011||1||3-part||80’ x 18’/25’||24.4 x 5.5/7.6||Lear 85 Assembly|
|2010||1||Single||79’ x 25’||24 x 7.5||Lear 85 Assembly|
|2010||2||Single||72’ x 16’||22 x 5||Wing production|