Over 50 years as a trusted partner for providing innovative, rugged, and reliable motion solutions that keep America flying.
Experienced Design Support & Rigorous Process Control
As an American Manufacturer with 50+ years of experience, Nook continues to serve the Aerospace market as a trusted and responsive partner. We deliver innovative linear motion systems that perform with confidence when everything is on the line. Our highly experienced and accessible linear motion design experts support your mission critical projects from concept through deployment.
All Nook operations are co-located in one U.S. based facility allowing us to quickly adapt while maintaining rigorous process control over our entire supply chain. Our tightly controlled process integrity includes Lean Manufacturing, 5S, and Six Sigma. Our Quality systems emphasize continuous improvement, statistical methods and ongoing training.
Key Certifications include:
- ISO:9001 Certified
- 9100:16 Certified
- ITAR Registered
Government Contract Specialists
At Nook, we have dedicated engineering resources that specialize in supporting government contracts. These highly experienced engineers have extensive experience in managing government Aerospace & Defense projects. We can help you navigate this challenging process.
Maintenance & Assembly Platforms
Nook electric linear actuators and ball screws offer the ideal combination of efficiency, low power requirements, and cost.
Nook has proven experience in the development of sophisticated maintenance stands required for annual aircraft maintenance and aircraft assembly lines. Maintenance platforms in the aerospace industry are the workhorse of the MRO industry. They are depended on to position very large, heavy (and cumbersome) components and work crews safely with precision positioning accuracy. Several types of motion control systems are used on these platforms to enhance safety, improve ergonomics, and increase productivity.
Motion control systems are used in the manufacturing, repair and maintenance (MRO) of commercial, military, and private aircraft. They are designed to minimize the the risk of human error by accurately lifting and positioning aircraft components. While aircraft manufacturing is typically associated with large parts, assemblers also need to position light-weight and sensitive components as well.
- Increased safety
- Long vertical travel under heavy loads
- Fast acceleration and de-docking time
- Engine lifts & hoists
- Assembly platforms
- Maintenance platforms
- Positioning & control equipment
Maintenance Docking Case Study
Yearly overhauls require sophisticated equipment to provide maintenance workers with safe, ready access to every part of the plane.
Ground Support & Boarding
Ground support equipment (GSE) is the support equipment found at an airport, usually on the apron, the servicing area by the terminal. This equipment is used to service the aircraft while it is on the ground (between flights). The role of this equipment generally involves ground power operations, aircraft mobility, and cargo/passenger loading operations.
Speed, efficiency, and accuracy are important in ground handling services in order to minimize the turnaround time (the time during which the aircraft remains parked at the gate).
Electro-mechanical devices can control bridge movements with ease and accuracy, without compromising safety. The equipment used to make this experience more efficient and enjoyable for passengers is just as important as the airplane itself. Passengers must securely board a variety of aircraft designs (and door heights) indoors away from the outside elements.
Nook's innovative ball screw designs are ideal for this application due to their integral safety ball nut that. In the event of a ball nut failure prevents the structure from falling in an inadvertent failure. Nook ball screws provide a high efficiency, low torque solution with high repeatability and outstanding positioning accuracy.
- Aircraft jack lifts
- Cargo scissor lifts (ULD)
- Passenger walkways
- Airport aprons
- Aircraft pallet loaders
Aircraft Boarding Case Study
The flexibility, functionality and reliability of the Jetway boarding bridge make it the industry's best solution for linking aircraft to air terminals.
Aircraft systems require zero failure and rapid, responsive and precise manipulation of their sub systems. They also require compact, lightweight, and highly efficient components to perform complex motions within limited spaces (in extreme environments). The reliability of these systems is extremely crucial. You can count on our broad range of motion solutions to deliver the performance you need every time you need it.
Nook's broad range of mechanical components have been trusted in countless aerospace application for over 50 years. They are ideal for aircraft sub-system components due to their ability to run on any power source. In addition, they eliminate the need for extraneous hardware such as pumps, hoses, filters, piping, etc...
- Low power consumption
- Smaller drive train components
- Weight savings
- Minimized wear
- Low maintenance
- Fail-safe operation
Wing Flap Actuation - Nook ball screws provide high efficiency to allow for smaller components by minimizing power needed for full flap extension. Safety is also a key factor as they can be reverse driven when the wing flap is overloaded (preventing wing damage).
Flight Simulators - The ease of synchronization with a single drive motor, high repeatability, and predictable life make Nook ball screws the ideal solution for flight simulators.
- Canopy Actuators
Aircraft Systems Case Study
A customer application required a system that would serve two critical functions during the attachment of airplane wings to the main body of the aircraft.
Spacecraft and Launch Systems
Reduce Pre-launch Preparation Times
A launch pad is an above-ground facility from which a rocket-powered missile or space vehicle is vertically launched. It can include the central launch platform (mobile launcher platform), or the entire complex (launch complex). Equipment can include a launch mount or launch platform (supports the vehicle), a service structure, and the infrastructure required to provide propellants, fluids, electrical power, communications, telemetry, payload processing, and storage facilities.
Tactical launching applications for spacecraft demand complete reliability under all possible operating conditions. This equipment must raise multi-ton equipment into firing position smoothly, safely, and shock free.
Why are Nook ball screws ideal for these applications?
- Reliability. The inherent screw principles designed into our screws has proven itself on several successful missions spanning several decades.
- Efficiency. Low friction facilitates >90% allows for extremely smooth operation in remote launch sites under the most demanding conditions such as subzero frozen wastelands, blazing desert heat, or 100% jungle humidity.
- Simplicity. Can rely on manual operation in case of power failure.