Industrial transports by Scheuerle

By Euan Youdale12 April 2011

The two Scheuerle industrial transporters were lifted onto a pontoon at the heavy load quay in Heilb

The two Scheuerle industrial transporters were lifted onto a pontoon at the heavy load quay in Heilbronn, Germany during their transport to Taiwan

Scheuerle has built and delivered two industrial transporters (SHT) for Taiwanese ship builder, CSBC China Shipbuilding Corporation. Kaohsiung-based CSBC already has a number of these vehicles.

Both Scheuerle SHTs are 18 m long, 7.5 m wide and 1.5 m high and are designed to move ship sections weighing up to 500 tonnes. The vehicles have 8-axle lines with two quadruple-tyred pendulum axles, meaning loads are transported on 64 wheels.

The hydrostatic drive guarantees jerk-free setting off and continuously variable acceleration, says the manufacturer. "The precise steering response of the pendulum axle technology allows millimetre-exact positioning of the ship sections," says a company spokesman.

In addition, the functional axle compensation automatically offers a uniform distribution of load on all wheels when travelling on uneven surfaces, says Scheuerle.

The steering angle of +/- 165° and the selectable steering programmes, such as regular, transverse, diagonal and circle, provide the vehicles with excellent manoeuvrability, adds the company. The 104 tonne vehicle is steered via a high-tech driver's cab equipped with monitors.

In a nighttime transport, the two SHTs were transferred from the Pfedelbach plant in Germany to the heavy-load port in Heilbronn. This was not, however, done with low bed trailers as is usually the case.

The transporters were driven 30 km to their destination. After a 4.5 hour trip, they reached the heavy load quay at Heilbronn where they were lifted onto a pontoon designed to handle extremely heavy loads.

They were shipped along the Neckar river, then along the Rhine and Schelde to Rotterdam. After being reloaded onto a seagoing vessel, the one-month voyage to Kaohsiung in Taiwan began in the North Sea and via the Suez Canal in Egypt.

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