Horizontal movement in limited spaces
(Tool deployed : Skidding System)
A rapid increase can be observed in the demand for the movement of industrial objects and installations of exceptional sizes and weights. In view of the limited space in which these objects, such as generators, transformers and medical equipment, are generally positioned, the use of a crane is not one of the standard options.
At the request of our customer we designed and produced a complete skidding system. The essence of a skidding system is that relatively little force is required to move a heavy load horizontally. A double-acting hydraulic cylinder was intergrated within the push/pull unit of this specific skidding set. This cylinder has a capacity of 26 tons and is able to move a maximum load of 200 tons. The load slides on the skid beam with the aid of ultra-smooth PTFE pads over tracks that are laid out in advance. The push/pull unit of the skidding set is reversible without having to lift it off the track. This makes our configurable skidding system ideally suited for extremely varied, client-specific applications.
With this customer-specific solution, besides the usual vertically oriented applications such as hoisting and lifting, Holmatro is concentrating on the horizontal movement of these type of heavy loads. Reducing hassle for clients by taking care of the overall project management is a core element in all of this.