Air Canada - Landing gear shop completes initiative to enhance air quality - Case Study
Canada's national carrier, Air Canada, based in Montreal asked DiversiTech to find a solution to their dust problem in the landing gear maintenance area. Dust from exotic metals were flying all over the shop and creating an unsafe environment for employees and computer systems.
DiversiTech installed articulating capture arms and downdraft tables to capture the dust at the source and eliminate the problem. Air Canada recently published an article on this project in their internal newspaper 'The Leading Edge' on August 8, 2005. A Health & Safety initiative to enhance the air quality in the Landing Gear Shop's 'Blend Room' - the location used to grind, blend and polish landing gear and mechanical unit parts - has been completed, thanks to the determined efforts of shop employees.
Shop Health and Safety Representative Michel Courteau, had researched various suppliers to come up with equipment that would fit the bill. 'Interestingly enough, the equipment that was most economical also turned out to be the best for our purposes,' Courteau told Leading Edge.
Several Landing Gear Shop employees were involved in acquiring equipment to enhance the air quality in their 'blend room', including, from left: Nicolas Hoppenkamps, Jozsef Tornyos, Robert Lacombe, Michel Courteau, Richard Camus, Raymond Lowe, Satnam Bimrah, Dave Buchanan and Bala Menon.
Following a detailed analysis of Courteau's proposal, corporate approval to proceed with the $100,000 expenditure, and the selection of the equipment from a company called 'DiversiTech', Engineer Rami Hanna and Coop Engineer Nicolas Hoppenkamps took charge to ensure all installation details and specifications were carried out.
A stationary downdraft table and equipment with mobile rotating 'arms' that employees can move close to any work area in the Blend Room, sucks up both minute and larger particles in the atmosphere, and sends them through the filtration system located on an upper floor.
Renovations to install the unit began last May, with the equipment becoming functional on July 28. Final touch-ups to the unit were expected to be complete in the middle of August. 'Michel, Rami and Nicolas really took charge of this project and they are to be congratulated,' said Team Leader Les McCartney.