10.04.2017 | Safe and efficient transport of heavy cable drums, spools and Co.
Special-purpose vehicles manufactured by Hubtex
Ensuring the safety of people and materials is the top priority when companies transport heavy spools, cable drums and reels on their premises. To ensure companies also benefit from efficient transport processes, special-purpose vehicle manufacturer Hubtex supplies tailored solutions to meet its customers’ needs. Regardless of whether conventional cable drums or heavy spools for pipes need transporting – Hubtex’ vehicles ensure the safe and swift handling of loads weighing up to 60 tonnes.
Special handling is required when companies transport heavy high-voltage cables or spools for piping on their premises. Despite aisleways being extremely narrow, cable and pipe systems need to be in position as soon as possible. In addition, the route they take often involves outdoor sections. Transporting loads weighing between 10 and 60 tonnes also poses another challenge to companies that manufacture vehicles to transport drums. Only a small part of the drums’ sides are in contact with the surface on which they are being transported, putting major strain on these points. To overcome this issue and ensure the optimum transportation of a wide range of drum sizes, Hubtex has developed various vehicle variants to safely bear these loads. The special-purpose vehicle manufacturer adopts a modular approach, enabling it to deliver the right solution for specific warehousing needs in line with its customers’ requirements.
A variety of load-carrying solutions
The primary difference between the various vehicle variants is their loading design. The drums can be loaded onto the vehicles either lengthways or sideways relative to the sides of the drum. For the lengthways approach, Hubtex has designed a robust and swivel-mounted crossbar: Two wire cables are attached to the flange using pins, enabling the drum to then be pulled onto the ramp. The special-purpose vehicle manufacturer also offers an alternative variant for the lengthways approach that involves the use of chucks for loading. In this approach, the transport vehicle initially goes around the drum. The loading chucks are then inserted into the hub bores on the sides of the drum, before lifting the drum for transport. Hubtex can also install a winding mechanism on this variant if required by the customer. The transport specialist has also devised a sure-fire way of loading heavy and bulky goods onto the vehicle sideways, deploying a V-block system. The system goes around drum, which is positioned in the middle, and the support arms go underneath the drum. The load is then simultaneously hoisted 30 centimetres in the air by an integrated lifting system.
Special-purpose vehicles offer maximum flexibility
The major appeal of Hubtex’ special-purpose vehicles is the versatility they offer. The company offers adjustments options to accommodate different width requirements. All drum transport vehicles are suitable for combined indoor and outdoor operation thanks to the range of tyre variants available. The environmentally friendly electric vehicles can transport loads measuring up to 5 metres in diameter and weighing up to 60 tonnes.