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12-ton load moved by wheeled vehicle in a feat of engineering

Hartlepool, England -- The moving of one of the largest loads ever carried by a wheeled vehicle took place recently...


Hartlepool, England — The moving of one of the largest loads ever carried by a wheeled vehicle took place recently.

A fully assembled and equipped oil and gas production facility — weighing 1.5 times the Eiffel Tower or 55 times the Statue of Liberty–was transported by the specialist transport company Abnormal Load Engineering (ALE) of Great Britain. The facility tipped the scales at 12,430 tons, or 11,300 metric tons.

The facility was moved about five-eighths of a mile (about one kilometre) from its production site to a load-out wharf located in Hartlepool, England, for transfer to a barge.

The transport required the use of hundreds of modular transporters, 224 of which were supplied by Scheuerle Fahrzeugfabrik GmbH. The wheel sets of those transporters were equipped with Timken tapered roller bearings to ensure that the heavy load reached its destination smoothly and reliably.

“With our knowledge of friction management and experience of heavy-load applications, we were able to support Scheuerle in accomplishing this major technical feat,” said Mike Connors, Timken’s vice-president for industrial equipment.

The Timken bearings were manufactured from case-hardened roller bearing steel and matched to this specific transport operation.

The transporters built by Scheuerle are recognized around the world for their advanced technology and product quality. Reliability in daily use, high load capacity and a long service life make the vehicles a very important component of modern logistical operations. Scheuerle is based in Pfedelbach, Germany, and belongs to the group of companies owned by Heilbronn industrialist Otto Rettenmaier. Within the group, the heavy hauler division is the global market leader.

Abnormal Load Engineering is part of the ALE Group of Companies, combining a number of companies and trading divisions operating worldwide, providing heavy transport, lifting, engineering and project management services.

Timken supplies highly engineered bearings, alloy steels and related products and services and has operations in 27 countries and 27,000 employees.