Precision framing by Rachbauer
17 November 2015
Rachbauer, a rental company based in Strasswalchen, Austria, supplied Inocom Construction with a Genie ZX-135/70 articulating boom lift for a high precision task at a cement, plaster and mortar plant near Salzburg.
Operated in conjunction with a 220 tonne crane on a site in full activity, the machine proved instrumental in completing the installation of a giant steel framework covering a 43m high drying tower facility within a tight three and a half week deadline. The construction of the frame was part of a process aiming to preserve the facility from the elements, prior to an overlay of protective cladding.
The choice of the Genie ZX-135/70 boom lift came following an on-site visit and an accurate job plan established with the help of the latest planning software.
According the Genie, the boom was chosen for its 43 m maximum working height that the job required, a maximum horizontal outreach of 18.3 m, a 96 second lift speed to full working height and its platform load capacity of 272 kg. The machine also offers a maximum 23.01 m up-and-over clearance, plus a 3.66 to 6.10 m Jib-Extend extension and110°vertical jib
Rachbauer GmbH & Co KG owner Christian Rachbauer, said, “When it is necessary to move the machine, instead of retracting the boom, the machine’s full height drive function enables operators to drive the machine directly to its next position with the boom fully raised. This worked out as a great time-saver for Inocom, and subsequently reduced costs for its customer.”
As the crane hoisted each huge element of the frame separately to the required height, equipped with electric power drills, the two-man team progressed rapidly. The entire job was completed without a hitch a couple of days ahead of schedule.
Out of the 100 aerial work platforms and scissor lifts that Rachbauer owns, 75% of its fleet are Genie units, said the manufacturer.