GES Engineering Meets the Specific Needs of Industry through Innovative Solutions

13 Mayıs 2019
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GES Engineering responds to the particular needs of land systems with such solutions as Automatic Vehicle Leveling Systems, Shelter Leveling Systems, Shelter and Mobile Platform Lifting and Transportation Systems, Track Adjusters, Fans and Smoke Grenade Launchers. All of these solutions can be considered critical components, enhancing the overall performance of different platforms in different projects.

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A 40-ton Platform can be Automatically Levelled in Less than 4 Minutes

Using vehicle-integrated systems such as radars and launchers when on sloping terrain can be difficult. The four deployable legs of the GES Engineering Automatic Vehicle and Platform Leveling System can level vehicles rapidly and with high precision, allowing the systems to fulfil their tasks to maximum effect.

To date, most vehicle-levelling systems have made use of hydraulic solutions, which come with particular disadvantages. For example, changes in ambient temperature can cause leaks in hydraulic systems, and such leaks can, over the course of hours, days or weeks, gradually affect the levelling of a vehicle installed with such a system. Repairing these hydraulic systems in the field is all but impossible.

Electromechanical solutions, among which can be counted GES Engineering’s Automatic Vehicle and Platform Leveling System, activates a break mechanism in each leg after the vehicle has been levelled, ensuring that the vehicle stays level for the duration of its mission.

Shelter Leveling System, seen (while loading shelter to a vehicle.

Shelter Leveling System, seen (while loading shelter to a vehicle.

 

The system is fully automatic, which allows the leveling processes to be completed within a much shorter period of time. The Automatic Vehicle and Platform Leveling System can level a vehicle of 40 tons in less than four minutes, with a precision of 0.2 degrees. In non-automatic systems, the time required for the crew of the vehicle to complete this task using a water/spirit level depends on their level of skill, and can take around an hour.

Unlike with forklifts, the Shelter Mobile Lifting and Transportation System does not require the shelters to be placed on wedges or slides. The system can also lift shelters that are in contact with the ground.

Unlike with forklifts, the Shelter Mobile Lifting and Transportation System does not require the shelters to be placed on wedges or slides. The system can also lift shelters that are in contact with the ground.

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GES Engineering’s Automatic Vehicle and Platform Leveling System comes with numerous innovative features:

  • Automatic levelling performed within a minimum amount of time
  • Level maintained throughout the mission duration, with zero loss of angle
  • Minimum maintenance requirements and ability to be repaired and maintained in the field
  • Side-deployed legs
  • Four metre spacing between legs that enables easy use of payloads such as radars
  • Remote controllable

GES Engineering’s Automatic Vehicle and Platform Leveling System is attached to a vehicle via an additional chassis that carries both the payload and the system. Thanks to this interface, there is no need to make changes to the vehicle when attaching the system, and the system also remains independent of the vehicle. The additional chassis can be either prepared by the customer or designed and produced by GES Engineering.

The system can be adapted for vehicles weighing above or below 40 tons, and can thus be used with a broad spectrum of vehicles, ranging from 4×4 vehicles to large vehicles such as missile launchers.

GES Engineering launched works on the Automatic Vehicle and Platform Leveling System in the last quarter of 2016 after receiving a purchase order from ASELSAN. Following the analysis and design works, the system started undergoing functional tests in the last quarter of 2017. Qualification of the system was completed in the last quarter of 2018, and the system is now ready for deliveries.

 

A Solution Needed for Shelter Levelling

Installing a shelter on sloping terrain is now possible with GES Engineering’s Shelter Leveling System. With outriggers fitted on all four corners, the system can level a shelter rapidly and with great precision, thereby enabling the effective use of shelters in the field.

Without a Shelter Leveling System, the site on which the shelter is to be placed would need to be prepared in advance. The Shelter Leveling System effectively eliminates such a requirement, providing a solution to a common problem concerning deployment in the field. Using this system, shelters of up to 10 tons can be automatically levelled within 7 minutes.

Occasionally, leveling may even be required in facilities such as factories due to uneven ground. The system, which can also be used in places other than terrain conditions, also responds to such needs.

Without requiring additional equipment, the Shelter Leveling System can also be used to load and unload shelters from vehicles. In such a scenario of use, the vehicle first approaches the point at which the shelter is to be placed, after which the Shelter Leveling System deploys its outriggers and lifts the shelter in a levelled manner. The vehicle then moves away from the position, and the system lowers the shelter to the desired height.

GES Engineering’s Shelter Leveling System comes with several innovative features:

  • Automatic leveling performed within a minimum amount of time
  • Level maintained throughout the mission duration, with zero loss of angle
  • Minimum maintenance requirements and ability to be repaired and maintained in the field
  • Leg height of up to 2 metres
  • Ability to load/unload a shelter onto/from the vehicle and to then prepare it for use, with no other equipment requirement
  • Useable together with GES Engineering’s Shelter Transportation System.

GES Engineering’s Shelter Leveling System is compatible with standard ISO containers. The system can also be adjusted to different weight requirements.

GES Engineering initiated its works on the Shelter Leveling System in the last quarter of 2016. Having successfully completed functional tests, the system is now expected to complete its qualification tests within a short period of time.

Automatic Vehicle Leveling System

Automatic Vehicle Leveling System

The Easiest Way to Transport a Shelter

With the Shelter and Mobile Platform Lifting and Transportation System, GES Engineering brings an effective solution to the transportation of shelters and platforms from one point to another. The system can, with legs mounted on all four corners, lift shelters and mobile platforms from the ground, allowing them to be moved by a towing vehicle.

In the absence of a specially-designed solution, shelters need to be hoisted from the ground by crane or forklift, and transported on special-purpose trucks and trailers. Should a shelter need to be lifted from the ground by crane, sufficient space is required to ensure the safe operation of the crane. Lifting a shelter with a forklift also requires a wide area, and in such cases, there should be enough space between the shelter and the ground to accommodate the forks. These are the requirements for ideal conditions. However, under combat conditions or at rapidly established military bases, for example, shelters may be placed directly on the ground.

Moving a shelter from one point to another can, under different circumstances, become a significant hindrance.

  • A shelter might be placed in such a manner that there is no space between the shelter and the ground.
  • The location of the shelter may also prohibit the use of a crane or forklift. For example, the headroom inside a building may be insufficient.
  • The location in which the shelter is to be placed may also be too restricted to permit transportation by vehicle. In such cases, the vehicle might not have enough room to manoeuvre to the desired spot and lower the shelter.

The Shelter and Mobile Platform Lifting and Transportation System provides a solution to all of these impeding scenarios by enabling the easy transport of shelters.

GES Engineering’s indigenous Track Adjuster is a reliable solution with high strength and sealing. Poised to begin the serial production of the Track Adjuster, which has now passed all tests, GES Engineering has already received the first order for approximately 300 units.

GES Engineering’s indigenous Track Adjuster is a reliable solution with high strength and sealing. Poised to begin the serial production of the Track Adjuster, which has now passed all tests, GES Engineering has already received the first order for approximately 300 units.

Similarly, the Shelter and Mobile Platform Lifting and Transportation System can also transport large and heavy items, such as the chassis of vehicles, from one point to another in production lines. In this scenario of use, the system is integrated onto a platform, and the large and heavy items in question are moved along the production line via this platform.

GES Engineering’s Shelter and Mobile Platform Lifting and Transportation System comes with numerous innovative features:

  • Provides an alternative to the cranes and forklifts used for the transportation of shelters and mobile platforms at 1/10 of the cost.
  • Requires no external power supply, being operated by means of manually-driven hydraulic pumps located on each leg.
  • Can be installed by a single person. If two personnel are available, it takes only five minutes to connect the four legs, to lift the shelter or platform to the maximum height and to make it ready to move.
  • It can lift shelters and platforms of up to 30 tons to a height of 50 cm from the ground.
  • The system can carry a shelter or platform at a maximum speed of 15 km/h.

GES Engineering’s Shelter and Mobile Platform Lifting and Transportation System is compatible with standard ISO containers. If required, a battery unit and an electric pump can be installed on each leg to enable the system to be operated with electric power.

GES Engineering completed the development and testing of the Shelter and Mobile Platform Lifting and Transportation System in 2018. During a demonstration performed for ASELSAN, the system successfully carried a container to an area that was too restricted for a crane or forklift, resulting in a first sales order from ASELSAN.

 

Right Address for Track Adjustment System

Used for adjusting track tension on tracked vehicles, the Track Adjuster is a critical component that needs to be highly reliable to ensure mission success. GES Engineering’s indigenous Track Adjuster is a reliable solution with high strength and sealing.

To fulfil its role in a highly reliable manner, the Track Adjuster is required to have excellent sealing. As a hydraulic system, the Track Adjuster is subjected to four to five times the pressure sustained by standard hydraulic systems during the movement of a tracked vehicle over rough terrain. With its specially-designed seals and the sensitive manufacturing it carries out within very strict tolerance levels, GES Engineering has succeeded in developing a highly reliable Track Adjuster that functions flawlessly, even under high pressure conditions.

GES Engineering’s Track Adjuster brings numerous innovative features:

  • High sealing and reliability
  • High resistance to saltwater and corrosion, allowing its use in amphibious vehicles
  • Ability to be used on a wide range of vehicles, including the ACV-15, M113, M60 and KAPLAN-10
  • Ability to change seals with basic hand tools while in the field

GES Engineering’s Track Adjuster is a passive system. If requested, it can also be adapted to vehicles with active systems.

GES Engineering has completed all design and qualification works for its Track Adjuster, and has now started deliveries. Having covered a distance of some 15,000 km on a KAPLAN-10 vehicle, developed by FNSS for the Anti-Tank Vehicles project, and having passed many challenging tests together with the vehicle, the Track Adjuster has already proven its reliability in the field.

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With the family of fan products it develops, GES Engineering conveys its experience with analysis and production technologies to the fans used in the defence and aerospace sector.

 

New Generation of Fans

With the family of fan products it has developed, GES Engineering conveys its capabilities in analysis and production technologies to the fans required by the defence and aerospace sector. GES Engineering develops products with lower power requirements but with a stronger flow. The company’s fan product family currently includes blower and cooling fans.

In defence and aerospace, fans used for cooling, air-conditioning or exhaust must satisfy a plethora of challenging and equally conflicting requirements, such as low volume, low power consumption and high flow rate. Under these circumstances, the optimal solution can only be found through the use of modern analysis tools and production techniques. Offering an optimal solution through innovative analysis and production approaches, GES Engineering’s blower fans ensure 10 percent more flow with 25 percent less power consumption when compared to equivalent fans on the market.

GES Engineering’s fan solutions incorporate a number of innovative features:

  • Greater flow with lower power consumption thanks to their blade design and production techniques
  • Low cost
  • Lower noise level

GES Engineering can design fans with dimensions, power consumption levels and flow rates that match user requirements.

GES Engineering’s blower fans have proven themselves in functional tests observed by FNSS officials. The tests were carried out using modern testing equipment that was also designed by GES Engineering. Qualification works for the fans are currently underway.

By adding a smart box to the grenade launcher system, GES Engineering has come up with a system that constantly informs the user of the ammunition status of the launcher, and whether it is ready to fire.

By adding a smart box to the grenade launcher system, GES Engineering has come up with a system that constantly informs the user of the ammunition status of the launcher, and whether it is ready to fire.

 

Smoke Grenade Launchers Get Smarter

GES Engineering also brings a breath of fresh air to the field of smoke grenade launchers, which are often the last line of defence aboard land vehicles, and whose design has changed little over the years. The company’s smoke grenade launcher prioritises reliability, constantly informing the user of the launcher’s munition status and fire readiness.

Smoke Grenade launchers are used in threat situations, and often in a race against time. For this reason, the timing of when the smoke grenades are launched is of critical importance. Having been designed as purely mechanical devices for many years, conventional smoke grenade launchers require visual inspection to know whether or not they contain munitions.

By adding a smart box to the grenade launcher system, GES Engineering has come up with a system that constantly informs the user the ammunition status of the launcher, and whether or not it is ready to fire. The user is thus aware that when she/he activates the launcher, it will indeed fire a smoke grenade.

GES Engineering’s smoke grenade launchers come with numerous innovative features:

  • Displays to the user whether the launchers contain munitions
  • Displays to the user whether the munitions in the launchers can be fired
  • Integration of smoke grenade launchers with other digital systems

GES Engineering’s smoke grenade launchers can be integrated into every type of military vehicle.

After launching development efforts for the smoke grenade launcher in 2018, GES Engineering successfully completed functional tests of the developed launchers.

 

Setting High Goals

GES Engineering continues its efforts in line with its goal to develop and manufacture indigenous products that are not yet produced in Turkey. GES Engineering approaches such projects with the goal of developing an indigenous solution that can replace existing products after understanding customer requirements, rather than developing an alternative to an existing product.

Serhat Demir, one of the founding partners of GES Engineering, describes their approach as follows: “We will mark our sixth anniversary in July. When we founded GES Engineering, outsourced production constituted a significant part of our operations, partly due to sustainability concerns. Our primary goal since day one, however, was to become an engineering firm manufacturing its own products. Through the products that we offered in the intervening period, we determined that we were on the right track. We will move forward by diversifying our products in the upcoming period.”

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