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04/16/2020

Reaching into its bag of tricks –

Kübler transports a 215-tonne turbine through Munich

Imagine it's the Easter holiday period, an ongoing coronavirus crisis and you are sitting at home because of the restrictions in place on going outside. Then we have a TV programme tip for all fans of heavy-duty commercial vehicles and exceptional heavy-load transport assignments.

In the clip, the Rundschau TV magazine from broadcaster BR24 shows how Kübler Spedition transported a 5 m high and 5 m wide, 215-tonne gas turbine across the city of Munich in mid-March to its final destination at the Heizkraftwerk Süd using 34 SCHEUERLE InterCombi axle lines. Part of the team: the well-known heavy-load expert and driver for Kübler Spedition, Frieder Saam.

The power plant component was part of one complete order consisting of two of these turbines as well as two generators with each of them weighing 177 tonnes. In order to deliver the turbine to the power plant, the Kübler team had to dig deep into its bag of tricks as downtown Munich is an area that has cellars underneath it almost everywhere and the numerous bridges along the route are in poor condition. As a result, the load had to be distributed over numerous axles. A step-by-step approach was actually required to push the axle loads also under twelve tonnes.
According to Kübler, planning the tour took several months. The heavy haulage specialists had to inspect 50 bridges, underground garages, subway stations and underground shopping arcades for their load-bearing capacity. Because of this, even industry experts had initially judged that the assignment would be impossible to carry out. It's good to have a partner like Pfedelbach-based SCHEUERLE Fahrzeugfabrik at your side in this sort of situation. Kübler used 34 InterCombi axle lines from SCHEUERLE for the transport. However, due to the combined vehicle length of up to 90 metres along with a width of 6.4 metres, the production facility in Pfedelbach had to lengthen the beams of the boiler deck in order to be able to continue slewing when cornering while, at the same time, use a second deck in the company´s fleet which Kübler had in the meantime also purchased due to the exceptional "Made in Pfedelbach" product quality - and then carry out the complete assignment whilst under immense time pressure.

It only took ten weeks from the idea regarding the design and manufacture of the beams to the actual transport itself. Once again, a record-breaking achievement by the special vehicle experts from SCHEUERLE. This is also confirmed by Felix Mangold, Technical Manager at Kübler Spedition: "This working method is indeed something very special". Furthermore, Mangold also praised the manoeuvrability of the InterCombi transport platforms: "With the dimensions of this transport, we have reached the absolute limit while the weight is also near the maximum possible." "We have problems in the city centre with the length of the transport, the width as well as the weight - actually with everything," confirmed Frieder Saam to the TV reporter. But not with SCHEUERLE!


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