South African company Vanguard has purchased six rotor blade transport systems from German manufacturer TII Scheuerle.
The heavy-load logistics provider Vanguard will use the six rotor blade transport systems to shift over 230 blades, each 83m long, over a distance of 500 kilometres to their respective operation sites. According to Vanguard’s Director Bryan Hodgkinson, the results of demonstrations on the rotor blade transport system (RBTS) was the key selling point for the international logistics company.
“The tests have shown that the RBTS is even better than we expected,” he said. “Everything has gone very smoothly so far.”
TII Scheuerle’s RBTS consists of a two-axle jeep dolly together with a free-turning device and a four-axle trailing unit. Keeping the turbines at least two metres off the ground to account for surface unevenness and bumps in the road, the trailing unit also offers manoeuvrability and safe driving performances over long distances. For Scheuerle’s Area Sales Manager Lars Schoedt, the manufacturer was “very pleased” the performance of the RBTS convinced Vanguard to invest in six machines.
“In our discussions, it became clear that we could provide Vanguard with the best transport solution for meeting their challenges,” he said, “in terms of flexibility, cost-effectiveness, safety and easy handling.”
According to the German manufacturer, one of the key points of difference with its RBTS is the reduction in transporting time because of its ability to negotiate bends that cannot otherwise be negotiated without having to remove infrastructure such as crash barriers. For the team at Vanguard, the RBTS has simplified the manner in which it transports its blades.
“The Scheuerle RBTS has fully met our requirements,” said Hodgkinson. “The company’s good reputation in the industry also spoke in favour of TII Scheuerle.”
Scheuerle’s products are distributed in Australia by WA-based plant and equipment dealer Ronco.
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