Moving without cranes at Herrenknecht

white Cometto SPMT carrying part of a Herrenknecht tunnel boring machine Cometto Eco1000 self propelled transport module. Photo Cometto

Tunnelling system specialist Herrenknecht is using self propelled modular transporter to transport its equipment without needing cranes to load and unload it.

A new Eco1000 SPMT from Cometto has joined the fleet to carry out in-plant transport of individual parts for tunnel boring machines. It is a 6 axle vehicle that is driven under the load, lifted and then, after it has moved the load to its new location, lowers the load and drives out from underneath it. In doing so it makes full use of the transporter’s 700 mm suspension stroke.

Stephan Göggel, technical manager of the component factory at Herrenknecht, said, “With the Eco1000 we are ideally equipped for the in-plant movement of individual components weighing up to 200 tonnes for our tunnel boring machines.

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“The payload of 260 tonnes, coupled with the fully electronic steering, speaks for itself. It allows the concept of transport without cranes to be implemented perfectly,” Göggel continued.

To help with running the transporter a remote maintenance system is incorporated into the control cabinet on the Cometto power pack. Operating parameters can be retrieved “over the air” at any time and allow Cometto to offer customer support in the event of a malfunction.

Cometto Eco1000 shows its minimal loading height Cometto Eco1000 SPMT making use of its 700 mm suspension travel to reduce its running height and get under the load. Photo Cometto

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