By Maria Hadlow05 August 2008
The Demonstration Hall at Alimak Hek, Middelbeers, Netherlands is used as both a sales aid and for training. The company has used the space to demonstrate the various ways that components can be put together to create different mast climbing solutions.
With relatively few basic components it is possible to assemble a number of very different machines. Using the same drive unit, mast and three adaptors a wide range of mast climbing work platforms and transport platforms can be configured.
The three ranges are HEK L-350, M-450 and H-650. The L series has mast climber capacities from 540 kg to 2960 kg and platform lengths up to 30.1 m, and transport platforms with capacities up to 2000 kg; the M series mast climbers has capacities up to 4650 kg and transport platforms to 4000 kg; and the largest H line will have mast climbers with "significantly higher" capacities and up to 6000 kg transport platforms.
The system is designed for lower cost of ownership, higher payload capacities and with masts that can be used for both mast climbing work platforms and transport platforms.
An important feature of the modular system is the use of "adapter" drive units that fit onto the standard drive unit and which allow platforms to be connected in a variety of configurations and to incorporate transport platforms. All the elements come with standard frequency controlled drives.