Shuttlelift on the Dreamliner

19 March 2008

US crane manufacturer Shuttlelift has delivered one of its mobile gantry cranes to Boeing Corp near Seattle for use in the assembly of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner commercial passenger aircraft.

The 63.5 tonne capacity ISL70 operates inside the plant so its 8.1 litre GM engine runs on propane for less harmful emissions. Another modification is that the four hoist drums can be operated independently. This improves payload positioning, especially when handling irregular components, for example, wing sections.

Steering modes include four wheel drive and four wheel steering. In crab steer mode the machine can be steered 90° without changing position.

The 45 foot (14 m) high ISL70 is dwarfed by its work place - the 472 million ft3 (13 million m3) building.

Port company HPC Ukraina has added another Liebherr post panamax container crane to expand the handling capacity at the Port of Odessa. Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd in Ireland supplied the ship to shore crane to the subsidiary company of HPC Hamburg Port Consulting GmbH at the port on the Black Sea in the Ukraine.

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