Back in December 2009, the Multilift Group commissioned special vehicle manufacturer SCHEUERLE with the development of a side girder deck of unrivalled dimensions. For the transportation of increasingly larger generators and transformers, the world´s biggest side girder deck offering a payload of up to 620 t was designed and built within a very short period.
Late last year, the Multilift Group performed its first big transportation with the STB 1000 – the transport of the biggest transformer ever built by Siemens from Nuremberg to Wilhelmshaven, in Germany. With combination weight of 870 t, this was the largest major heavy transportation ever performed in Wilhelmshaven.
The Multilift Group carried out the first assignment with the STB 1000 on November 12, 2010. The transportation began at the Siemens transformer plant in Nuremberg. The 495 t Siemens TRPM9056 transformer destined to the Tractebel engineering company, a subsidiary of the GDF SUEZ Group, was carried on 2 x 14-axles InterCombi trailer. Due to limited space, the transportation out of the Siemens production hall was only made possible by using the additional coupled InterCombi PowerBooster units. By using the PowerBooster technology, there was no need to use a pushing vehicle.
As planned, at 22:00, the over 100 m long combination drove along the heavy load route to the Nuremberg port. The next morning, the 13 m long, 4,3 m wide and 5,1 m high load “rolled on” to the waiting pontoon.
An encounter of a special kind in Wilhelmshaven
Technical details of STB 1000
The SCHEUERLE STB 1000 is compatible with the SCHEUERLE InterCombi series as well as the self-propelled modular vehicles (SPMT). Depending on requirements, these can be coupled together for up to 2 x 20 axle lines and in 2, 3, and 4-file line ups respectively. In addition, the deployed platform vehicle combinations can be equipped with 2 x 4-axle InterCombi power boosters in order to be able to reduce the number of towing and pushing vehicles required for uphill gradients – both in-plant and on public roads. Optionally, the drive for the total combination can also be achieved via the InterCombi power booster units so that the overall weight of the combination is reduced which is an advantage, for example, when crossing bridges.
In order to guarantee a safe transport process, the operating personnel have two heated high tech driver´s cabs at their disposal – each designed to accommodate a crew of two. The generously-sized cabs feature screens which are used to permanently monitor the status of the load during transportation by means of camera mounted on the two main beams. The widest position of the total combination is thus constantly in the direct field of vision.
SCHEUERLE Fahrzeugfabrik will be exhibiting at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011.
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