Enerpac Skidding Speeds Up Move
The ability to quickly lay and relay the Enerpac LH-400 low-height skidding system in different directions has allowed leading Middle Eastern heavy lifting company, Al Faris Group, to complete the move of large ceramic presses in record time.
RAK Ceramics, one of the largest ceramics’ brands in the world, produces over 110 million square metres of tiles and 5 million pieces of sanitary ware per year at 16 state-of-the-art plants across the United Arab Emirates (UAE), India, Bangladesh and Iran. When the UAE facility wished to move three 85 ton ceramic presses to a new factory it contacted the Al Faris Group to complete the project as soon as possible.
The ceramic presses were located in a pit in a workshop. Once the Al Faris team had jacked up each press, the presses had to be skidded out of the production building. The company would normally have used its in-house skidding system, but the presses had to be manoeuvred around other plant equipment. “We needed a fresh approach and selected Enerpac’s LH-400 low-height skidding system,” says Mr. Kieve Pinto, executive director, Al Faris. “We were pleasantly surprised by the speed with which we could move the presses along the skid track and quickly dismantle and re-arrange the track in different directions to move the presses out of the shed.”
Part of the Enerpac HSK-Series Skidding Systems range, the LH-Series Low-Height skid beams can fit in tight spaces, as small as 92mm, while still offering up to 400 ton skidding capacity with two push-pull units. The modular design comprises a series of skid beams allowing quick setup. Loads are moved by hydraulic push-pull units, travelling over special PTFE-coated pads placed on the skid tracks to reduce friction.
The skidding system’s push-pull cylinders are powered by a standard Enerpac split flow pump to ensure each skid beam travels synchronously. It also allows bi-directional operation – at full capacity, avoiding the need to reposition cylinders when switching skidding direction.
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