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Handling equipment from ABUS Crane Systems is playing a major role in an aero engineering facility at Rolls-Royce, Derby.

The Aero Repair and Overhaul facility brings under one roof repair and overhaul capabilities previously shared between two older buildings.

ABUS supplied 57 single and twin-hoist overhead cranes, eight jib cranes and 29 monorail hoists.

The overhead units provide spans of up to 19,400mm and safe working loads (SWL) up to 4,000kg (the huge jet engines are broken into sections for overhaul and repair work to be carried out), while the jib cranes – both underbraced and overbraced floor-mounted types – offer SWL up to 1,000kg and jib arm lengths up to 3,500mm.

Some overhead cranes have been equipped with a pair of chain hoists – a Load Indication System allows aero components of the same weight as the crane SWL to be picked up by either of the hoists acting independently, or by both hoists acting in tandem.

This arrangement makes life much easier for maintenance personnel during component turning manoeuvres and the lifting of larger objects without the need for any elaborate lifting attachments.

In addition, ABUS also provided straight and looped monorail systems with SWL up to 4,000kg and either pendant or radio remote control.

ABUS and Rolls-Royce collaborated in the development of a complex system of gantry steelwork that had to provide maximum working flexibility for the cranes, yet create the minimum amount of obstruction to personnel and vehicles on the plant floor.

Despite tight deadlines, it underwent extensive reassessment and integration exercises during construction to ensure that the factory floor would be clear of unnecessary obstacles.

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