Continuous operation for Terex® RT 90 rough terrain crane at the Cadarache nuclear research center in the south of France
1 November 2018
Use on construction site for thermonuclear research reactor requires highest precision and sensitivity
For two and a half years now, the French branch of the Italian crane service provider Vernazza Autogru has been working on the construction site of the international research project for the generation of electricity from fusion energy, ITER. The Terex® RT 90 rough terrain crane was chosen as part of the working equipment and has been in service there for months. During this time it has been reliable with no downtime.
The high reliability of the Terex RT 90 was one of the main reasons for using this crane in Cadarache. "In addition, the RT 90 with its width of only three meters is the most compact crane of this type on the market. This, too, made it our first choice for this construction site. It also has the intuitive IC-1 control system, which ensures precise crane movements, and has an innovative diagnostic function," states Paolo Delfino, General Director France for Vernazza Autogru, as further reasons for using this crane.
The setup of the crane was without parallel; in just 20 minutes, two Vernazza employees made the RT 90 ready for operation with the maximum boom length of 47 m and fully extended outriggers.
Continuous operation without downtime
The Terex crane has now been in continuous operation on the construction site for the last 8 months - and proves its worth every day: “During the entire period of operation we have not had a single defect and therefore no downtime. The RT 90 has thus also proven to be an extremely robust and reliable tool on this construction site", says Daniele Fanello, Site Manager for Vernazza Autogru, in praise of the crane. Especially since the RT 90 is required to lift loads weighing up to 60 t at radii of 12 to 35 m. During the course of the project, the RT 90 has proved itself as being a precise crane that is sensitive in operation, and can safely handle all lifts - regardless of whether the loads were attached directly to the hook or to spreaders.
“Fantastic crane for intensive use on construction sites”
So far, the results of using the Terex crane have thus been positive: "The RT 90 is a fantastic crane for intensive use on construction sites. It is characterized by high quality and reliability and also impresses with an excellent price-performance ratio", says Daniele Fanello, expressing his satisfaction with the crane. And Paolo Delfino, adds: "With the RT 90 we are proving that Vernazza Autogru can meet the highest standards of safety and precision.” Salvatore de Gregorio, a crane operator for Vernazza Autogru concludes: “I have always been absolutely confident when working with the RT 90. You can rely one hundred percent on the RT 90 at all times - and likewise on the service of Terex Cranes because it is very responsive and just as reliable as the crane itself!"
Source: Terex Cranes