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SPOTLIGHT | TRANSPORT ENGINEERING


“In 1983 we supplied the first SPMTs – we never thought we were


going to set such a milestone. We thought maybe that it will be 100 lines or, if we’re being enthusiastic, maybe 200 lines.”


Bernd Schwengsbier, TII Sales


steel wire for heavy lift projects. Back in 2010, HLPFI reported that


Samson had completed extensive testing on its synthetic rope slings. Since then, we have seen various crane manufacturers use synthetic ropes for the first time; the launch of the synthetic chain - Tycan - by Load Solutions; and other product launches. While the installation of heavy lift


around the island. Under the jib equipment – including


spreader bars and beams, shackles, slings and ropes – has also evolved during the past decade. In the July/August 2013 edition, we


wrote of below the hook equipment: “Burgeoning lift weights and dimensions, and challenging offshore or polar environments, along with evolving safety legislation and innovations in synthetic materials and radio frequency identification (RFID) tagging, ensure developments continue apace.” In the lifting and spreader beam


arena, Modulift has led the field in terms of new product developments, offering equipment with lift capacities pf up to 5,000 tonnes. January 2017 saw the manufacturer launch its largest ever spreader beam (pictured above), which can lift a staggering 1,500 tonnes at a span of 20 m. According to Sarah Spivey, managing


director of Modulift, one of the driving forces behind the company’s growth is the increasing demand for customised products rather than off-the-shelf items. Te past ten years have also seen a


movement away from traditional chains and wire rope, with new developments in synthetic fibre. With easier handling and weight savings, fibre rope slings are reported to have various advantages over


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equipment has been supported by a plethora of new products, the transport of oversize modules has not been without its fair share of innovative launches over the past ten years.


Modular trailers Self-propelled modular transporters (SPMTs) have been a mainstay of the heavy transport engineering sector since Mammoet and Scheuerle jointly launched the first unit in 1983. Speaking with HLPFI in mid-2017,


Bernd Schwengsbier, president at TII Sales, said: “Te SPMT had been developed in 1982, right at the time when I was coming into my own in the industry. In 1983 we supplied the first SPMTs – we never thought we were going to set such a milestone. We thought maybe that it will be 100 lines or, if we’re being enthusiastic, maybe 200 lines.


“Mammoet had that big vision that mobilisation and demobilisation of transport equipment must be reasonable. Tey had the idea, but you have to make that idea a reality. We brought that idea to life with the SPMT and really changed the way the transport industry works. We hit the target and moved the world.” Today, more than 20,000 axle lines of SPMTs are available on the market. TII – which comprises the Scheuerle,


Nicolas, Kamag and Tiiger brands – has released numerous product innovations over the past ten years, including a specialised ship-section transporter, reel carrier and bespoke girder deck. 2010 saw the unveiling of the Scheuerle- Kamag K25 platform trailer, while in 2016 Scheuerle unveiled its SPMT widening adaptor. January 2016 saw Mammoet and


Scheuerle begin development of an innovative heavy transport solution - Trailer Power Assist (TPA). Based on the Scheuerle K25 trailer, one TPA is intended to replace at least two trucks in conventional heavy transport. Te emergence of modular trailer


systems has enabled operators to re- configure units for various applications. “In the past, many operators had a lot of different trailers for a whole range of


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