The sky’s the limit for Felbermayr.
Felbermayr, the international specialist in abnormal transport and lifting operations, is reaching further with the help of Scania. The Austrian company successfully uses the staggering Ruthmann Sky performance platform, mounted on a standard Scania 5-axle P 450 truck, to obtain a working height of 90 metres and an outstanding lateral reach of up to 42 metres.
Lean approval process
For these applications, special vehicles are commonly employed but the advantages of this combination are obvious: the Scania P 450 is a road-approved truck already so it does not need a separate approval process, and Scania offers European-wide vehicle services and support.
“We already have about 2,600 work platforms in our fleet, but we were still looking for a solution with a higher lateral reach,” says Thomas Daxelmüller, Head of Felbermayr Operations in Lanzendorf, Austria. “With the Ruthmann telescopic boom, it is not only possible to achieve better rigidity, but to also save weight.”
He adds, “This is the first time that a platform with a similar performance has been mounted on a vehicle with a 48-tonne maximum gross weight. With Scania, we have found the right partner as it is the only manufacturer of a five-axle chassis delivered directly from the factory.”
Praise for the P 450
With its extraordinary reach, the truck-mounted platform has been used in various assignments over the past few weeks, ranging from maintenance and repair of wind turbines to servicing petrochemical plants.
Felbermayr driver Stephan Lux is already enthusiastic and says that “the first impressions of the vehicle are absolutely positive, and the driving characteristics of the Scania P 450 are also great.”