Specialist transport group, the Adams Group – which has locations in Luxembourg, Belgium and Germany – has added to its capabilities with the purchase of three new FSH 10 wind turbine blade tip lifting devices and an FTV 500 blade transporter from manufacturer Goldhofer.

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Goldhofer’s director of international sales Rainer Auerbacher and area sales manager Günther Vogel handing over the first FSH and the FTV 500 to Peter Adams and his son Stefan

According to Goldhofer, the FSH 10 blade tip lifting device can handle all standard rotor blades with a length of up to 75 m. It has a payload capacity of up to 10 tonnes and a height of 10 metres. It is designed as an autonomous system, with an integrated power unit which makes it independent of the vehicle’s hydraulic and electrical systems, Goldhofer said. In order to negotiate difficult bends, the semitrailer can be retracted as the FSH is mounted on rails on the deck. The FSH has a stroke of 7,000 mm.

The FTV 500 blade transporter holds the turbine blade at the hub connection, enabling them to be hydraulically raised to an angle of up to 60 degrees. Goldhofer said this enables rotor blades to be transported to locations that are inaccessible with normal semitrailers.

Peter Adams, founder and general manager of the Adams Group, commented, “For us, rotor blades for the wind power industry are an everyday cargo. The FSH gives us a transport solution that puts us one step ahead of the competition and enables us to offer rotor blade transport services with much shorter transport times on a highly cost-effective basis. With the three FSHs and the FTV 500 we have raised our transport capacities for the wind power industry to a new level and thus offer our customers decisive transport advantages. We are now in a position to quickly transport a large number of blades and also offer reliable delivery to sites with poor access.”

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