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Aertssen Kranen commits full force to NMBS

The fact that our cranes are indispensable has been proven again at the new traction workshop that NMBS is building in Melle (Belgium). Our crawler cranes assisted by easily hoisting concrete girders weighing 52 tons and were 24 m in length.

Cranes
NMBS
Melle
2015

The fact that our cranes are indispensable has been proven again at the new traction workshop that NMBS is building in Melle (Belgium). Our crawler cranes assisted by easily hoisting concrete girders weighing 52 tons and were 24 m in length.

The new NMBS workshop will be located at what used to be the shunting yard between the Akkerstraat and the Vijverwegel in Melle. This replaces the old traction workshop Gentbrugge and Merelbeke. The main contractor relied on Aertssen Kranen to prepare the new location. We got the contract to install the heavy concrete girders and columns, which will support the roof of the new train shed.

Precision work
Aertssen Kranen relied on its two Hitachi Sumitomo SCX- 2800-2 crawler cranes (maximum capacity of 280 tons) to hoist and install the various concrete (cross) girders and columns. A clever choice, since these crawler cranes are exceptional due to their reliability and precise operation. Our operators needed all their skill and experience to precisely place these heavy concrete elements to within milimeter accuracy. Utalizing the two Hitachi Sumitomo SCX-2800-2 crawler cranes Aertssen Kranen was able to deliver this objective.

Rapid build-up and tear-down
Although these are indeed two impressive pieces of hoisting equipment, the SCX-2800-2 crawler cranes are easily assembled and disassembled again at the job site. This can be achieved even without the help of an additional crane as a hydraulic cylinder does all the work. It all contributed to our performing this job not only precisely, but also very quickly. We started in June and the assignment was successfully completed in November.