Having worked together since 1984, the Scholpp and Mächler teams have completed many a job together. Thus, working together to fabricate, shift and lift the 5-tonne, 16.5m long, 2.3m wide and 3m high steel pedestrian bridge was business as usual for the German duo.
Employees from both camps inspected the construction site before any choices were made about which machine to use and how to transport the bridge to Bad Rotenfels. Because of the close quarters the teams knew they would be operating in, the choice was made to go with the Tadano AC4.080-1, according to Scholpp field team member Kai Schwartz.
“With its compact dimensions and its stepless Flex Base outrigger system, it was the right choice for the on-site conditions,” he said.
Concurring with his team member, regional manager Jan Meißner labelled Tadano’s all-terrain crane as the “gold standard for all four-axle cranes on the market today”.
“It’s compact, it’s equipped with IC-1 Plus and 360° Surround View cameras, it features a boom length of 60 meters, and then there’s the optional boom head camera system,” he said. “In a textbook lift (at Bad Rotenfels), our crane operator used the AC 4.080-1 to hoist the bridge safely and accurately into position on his first attempt.”
Speaking on the details of the lift, crane operator Martin Zimmermann was nothing but complimentary of the manner in which the FlexBase system spared Scholpp from needing the resources of an additional transport vehicle for the crane.
“We configured it as a taxi crane, with a partial counterweight of 9.3 tonnes,” he said. “That was enough for this job because the Flex Base outrigger system meant that the AC 4.080-1 didn’t require any more counterweight, despite the heavy 5-tonne load.”
The Tadano AC4.080-1’s performance was that convincing for the team at Scholpp that they decided to purchase a further three machines, taking the company’s total to 19 Tadano cranes in its fleet.