Tucson Rolling Shutters, Caid Industries, and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope recently completed a massive windgate project together. The project was to install rolling shutters and motorized louver systems on their 3.6 meter optical/infrared telescope. The observatory is located at 13,800 feet at the top of Mauna Kea a dormant volcano on the island of Hawaii.
Caid Industries provided the frame for us to mount our 12 motorized rolling shutters and 36 motorized louver systems. Each of the 12 openings are 5 feet wide and 20 feet tall and has 1 shutter and 3 louvers.
This part of the TRS manufacturing team that helped cut, powder, assemble and install the shutters and louvers. Behind the crew in this picture are three of the shutters and 9 louvers upright up for cycle testing before going on the boat to Hawaii.
The rolling shutters were cycle tested to 5 years of use without a single failure.
The louvers were cycle tested to 7 years of use without any failures. Both cycle tests exceeded the standards required by the project and were discontinued without reaching failure.
Here the rolling shutters can be seen on the front and the louvers behind during cycle testing.
This was the first shutter/louver system installed as test to make sure this would work as planned by the engineers. It worked so well the 11 other systems were installed and we received a follow up status report from the project manager.
Messages From the Customer
The following are two emails from the Director of Operations at CFHT: