Tower Cranes Overcome Strict Logistical Restraints
The construction of a new shopping center in Montabaur, Germany, came with a tough schedule – just 12 months to build the huge new 14,000 m² Westerwald Fashion Outlet Center. Four Potain tower cranes were specifically chosen to meet the project’s strict deadline.
The main contractor on the job, Fritz Mayer, called in four Potain topless tower cranes to assist in the €17.5 m project: A 10 t capacity Potain MDT 218A J10, two 8 t capacity MDT 178 cranes and a 6 t capacity MDT 128.
The topless cranes were selected for their size – as time was of the essence, fitting four topless cranes on the job site were more efficient than if the work was done with fewer cranes.
Mario Engelen, site manager said the shopping center project was a logistical challenge:
We work with a wide variety of building materials and often with prefabricated components. During the entire construction cycle, crane capacities have to match these tasks and every individual lift process.
Nauheim-based Hack rented the tower cranes to Fritz Meyer. Each crane lifted an average load of 22 t per day, and at peak times up to 66 t.
Reinforced foundations were created where needed to support the cranes. The rigging phase was achieved with support from Potain riggers, the proven K mast system, masts in mono block design and with strapping utilizing the TIRAX system.
Tandem Working Increases Productivity
A fleet of Volvos are hard at work in Ghana helping the vertically integrated Justmoh Group in its mining, construction and road building activities.
The Volvo machines work in tandem, increasing productivity on the job site.
The Justmoh Group is one of the leading construction companies with experience in road construction, general construction, mining, dam building and quarrying. It also manufactures concrete and carries out cement distribution.
The company uses a fleet of 12 Volvo machines, including seven articulated haulers – two A40F-Series and five A35F-Series models – and four excavators, including EC460, EC700 and EC480 BLC models. It also has one L220G-Series wheel loader to work on its toughest projects.
Joseph Titus Glover, CEO of the Justmoh Group said:
Our machines perform like new, thanks to the fact that we service them on schedule. They also meet our cost per ton targets, which is making a lot of difference. We chose the Volvo brand because we like to have the best in order to do a good job.
Justmoh purchased its Volvo equipment through SMT Ghana – the region’s authorized dealer.