May 9, 2014  CEE

Crane Rental Corporation handles Heavy Nacelle for Siemens Energy Training Facility

Crane Rental Corporation, member to the Cargo Equipment Experts CEE network in the USA, received a nacelle, wind turbine rotor hub, and support frame at a rail spur and transported it to Siemens Energy’s new state-of-the-art wind energy training facility in central Florida. Crane Rental Corporation loaded the 197,000 lb. nacelle and 77,000 lb. hub onto Goldhofer trailers using a 550-ton capacity Grove GMK-7550 truck crane. The transportation route was approximately ten miles through Orlando.

Once at the training facility, Crane Rental Corporation offloaded the nacelle and hub to a staging platform. The components were assembled and slid into position inside a building. The team also assembled a second nacelle and stand, and slid them into the building. The nacelles will be used to train Siemens Energy employees for access, egress, emergency response, lifting, maintenance, and service.

Getting the components into the building was accomplished using Crane Rental Corporation’s proprietary jack-n-slide system with 300 feet of total track. The team navigated the challenge while protecting the customer’s 6” non-reinforced concrete slab. The entire assembly weighed 314,000 pounds.

Crane Rental Corporation’s crew included a supervisor, four riggers, two operators, and truck drivers. In addition to their proprietary jack-n-slide system the team used a 550-ton capacity Grove GMK 7550 truck crane, 240-ton capacity Grove GMK 5240 truck crane, stools, oak mats, barge ramps, and steel plates.

Assembly being loaded into storage


Lifting the assembly


Lifting the hub

Source: Cargo Equipment Experts, CEE

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