Goldhofer launch pushes the boundaries

By Euan Youdale24 July 2012

More than 200 customers gathered to witness the official unveiling of Goldhofer's Factor 5 at its Me

More than 200 customers gathered to witness the official unveiling of Goldhofer's Factor 5 at its Memmingen, Germany headquarters

Goldhofer officially launched its range-topping Faktor 5 high girder bridge during a customer event at its Memmingen, Germany factory on 20 July.

Faktor 5 is so called because it can handle loads weighing five times its own deadweight of 100 tonnes, giving it a capacity of 500 tonnes, which can be raised to 650 tonnes.

Load lengths of 11 to 17 metres are made possible through the modular girder system, with axle configurations from 2 x 12 to 2 x 20. Easy mobilisation and shipment in containers are other key features, added the company.

Handling and safe operation is based on Goldhofer's tried and tested system. The suspension stroke in the load bearing area is about 1.80 m. Load width is adjustable between 3 and 6.75 m.

"The new high girder bridge really comes into its own wherever extremely heavy loads, transformers, generators, heavy industrial components and so on, need to be moved," said Stefan Fuchs, CEO at Goldhofer Aktiengesellschaft.

"It is the ideal solution for transport operations in difficult situations, e.g. across bridges and other load-sensitive structures and surfaces, without any danger for man, machine or the load," added Fuchs.

Goldhofer's patented side stabilisation system, maximum 250 bar hydraulics and intelligent cross-bracing system combine to provide maximum transport safety and protection for valuable loads, added the company.

The first Faktor 5 unit has already been sold to Silamas Transport, based in Thailand, which will immediately use it to transport turbines and generators for Siemens and Nippon power plants.

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