19 september 2008

40-metre bridge crane travels to new steel company under police escort

On Wednesday evening, a huge bridge crane is being moved from Houthalen to Bree. The overhead travelling crane, designed and built by Timmers Cranes and Steelworks (TCS), has a 40 metre span. It can lift 40 tons, making it the most powerful overhead travelling crane ever built by TCS. A police escort will accompany the crane while it is transported to the North Canal in Bree. Once there, the massive bridge crane will be installed in the new Limburgs Staalservice Center (LSC) warehouse. 

LSC is a brand new steel processing company that will start operations in October and create 100 new jobs. TCS is the site’s principal contractor and is currently finalizing construction works there. The huge overhead travelling crane will serve the entire 165m x 40m warehouse and will move rolls of steel plate weighing up to 40 tons. It is equipped with an electronic drive and specific software to keep the loads stable, as well as a semi-automatic laser positioning system. 

Police will escort the transport caravan on its 25 kilometer journey. The move is set for Wednesday at 9.00 p.m. The journey begins at the TCS factory located along the Europarklaan in Houthalen and will run along the Kazernelaan and the Meeuwen-Gruitrode to the Canal Zone in Bree. A second trip is planned for Thursday of the following week.

Limburgs Staalservice Center (LSC) is being realized by German steel trader Vosta GmbH. It processes steel rolls into steel plates of up to 20mm thickness.

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