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Aerospace Packaging: Custom Part Handling Carts

Valley Box specializes in helping manufacturers in diverse industries solve their material handling and crating challenges. From the defense industry's MIL-SPEC crating requirements,  steel & wood trade show crate solutions , to the highly-technical requirements of the Aerospace packaging industry.

Below we walk you through a detailed example of one of these unique types of challenges, and how we designed a specialized solution for our customer.

aerospace packaging cartChallenge

In this case the customer wanted an aerospace packaging cart to use throughout the assembly process for their carbon fiber rocket nozzles.

These nozzles sit on top of space probes to protect the spacecraft's body from high temperatures and impacts from hyper-velocity dust particles.

To ensure perfection the customer has a complex manufacturing process which requires several in-depth steps including layout, trimming, drilling, and part handling.

Custom Solution

The aerospace packaging cart solution developed by Valley Box will not only be used as a build-stand but also an assembly fixture, a transport cart, and for storage in between assembly processes.

These custom designed carts help to facilitate the health of the overall supply chain for the aerospace program by reinforcing a lean manufacturing process which eliminates wasted motion by manufacturing personnel.

Removable Panels 

aerospace packaging nose cone handling cart

To ensure operators easy access to any side of the rocket nozzle, the aerospace packaging cart was designed with removable panels on the sides and ends.

The customer does not intend to secure or tie down the rocket nozzle. Normally, this method would be used to protect the part from damage. Instead, our engineers lined the inside surfaces with 1/4" foam padding and carpet to prevent abrasion to the carbon fiber.

Prevent Loss of Removable Parts

aerospace packaging nose cone handling cart

Parts can often go missing in a manufacturing environment. The resources required to locate or replace those parts cost the Company and it's staff time and money. To prevent the loss of the removable panels Valley Box designed a clever hanging-storage location for employees to use when accessing the part. 

Protective Coating

aerospace packaging nose cone handling cart powder coat

Steel will corrode with rust over time, not only will rust degrade the strength of the steel but can contaminate aerospace assembly line environments. 

To increase the life and to reduce contamination to the assembly line the aerospace packaging cart's steel components were sandblaster & powder coated. Additionally, any exposed wood was painted. 


Our customer received a custom aerospace packaging solution that not only met all their needs but exceeded their expectations.

It's important that every project Valley Box takes on is efficient, space saving, long lasting and easily maneuvered by the products end user.

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Written by Valley Box Company

Valley Box demonstrates what is possible beyond just the typical wooden crate. This specialty crating manufacturer works with a wide variety of materials from wood to plastic, corrugated, metals and more. Discover how to take specialty crating to the next level.