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Heavydrive develops innovative assembly solution for prefabricated façade elements

Heavydrive counterweight beam with fork mount
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In a construction project in HafenCity in Hamburg, prefabricated façade elements weighing 1,000 kg had to be installed on seven floors. Because the façade elements, measuring 6 by 2.8 metres, consisted of timber with windows and frames already installed, assembly using suction plates was not an option.

 

Heavydrive was therefore commissioned by Anton Ambros GmbH, timber construction specialist, to develop a custom assembly solution. An oversized fork with a tine depth of just 400 millimetres was attached to the VSG 2000 Konter counterweight beam. It was possible to introduce the tines into the prepared opening in the façade element from above or below. This meant that the elements could be lined up vertically and precisely inserted into the assembly opening through the portico, just 1.5 metres wide, without a problem. There was little room to manoeuvre – 200 millimetres above and only 30 below.

 

Whether glass, wood or stone, we aim to find the best possible solution for any job site scenario, no matter how complex. Especially with prefabricated façade elements, it is important to adapt our assembly systems so they are able to handle the dissimilar materials”>, explains Heavydrive Managing Director Günter Übelacker.

The Heavydrive counterweight beam with fork mount is remotely controlled by radio. The system's battery can run for three to four days before it has to be recharged. The counterweight beam is available for hire or to buy from the main warehouse in Tapfheim.

Heavydrive counterweight beam with fork mount
Image rights: Heavydrive.com

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