Self-proclaimed ”transport innovator”, Scheuerle, part of heavy load transport conglomerate Tii, has developed a fully electric version of its Light series self propelled modular transporter (SPMT). It is designed to move payloads of up to 86 tonnes in near silence with the benefit of zero emissions. According to Scheuerle, this payload capability is an increase of almost a third compared to competing systems.
Scheuerle said loading is carried out by either driving under the load and lifting the hydraulically-supported vehicle or with the help of industrial and site cranes. The SPMT Light’s platform dimensions are compact, coming in at 6,000 x 2,438 mm, and it has four pendulum axles. Scheuerle said this provides optimum flexibility for smaller transport tasks in space-restricted areas, such as production halls, although it can also be used outdoors.
Scheuerle is keen to point out that the SPMT Light retains key features of its established Scheuerle SPMT product line, such as robust bogie units, electronic multi-directional steering, and steering programmes. According to Scheuerle, this means that the vehicle can be steered and positioned extremely accurately. It also has a lift of 700 mm, which Scheuerle said also ensures sufficient space for lifting and positioning loads in a vertical direction.
The electric SPMT Light has been trialled by global engineering and technology services company Siemens at its Mülheim plant in Germany. Scheuerle said Siemens drew a positive conclusion from the testing.