DOES THE ABILITY TO TRANSPORT HEAVIER LOADS ENCOURAGE INDUSTRIES TO PRODUCE BIGGER PRODUCTS? OR IS THE SITUATION IN REVERSE, WHERE LARGER CONSTRUCTIONS DEMAND SUITABLE METHODS OF MOVEMENT TO BE DEVELOPED? JOHN CHALLEN INVESTIGATES
The world of heavy haulage is fraught with hurdles to be overcome, and troubles with the UK’s road network – and the planning and organisation of routes – comes near the top of the list. The problems may not be new, but they certainly continue to challenge hauliers and specialist freight movement companies. If anything, the conundrums are becoming more difficult to solve, as the size of the parts that are being moved are growing, along with the vehicles that move them.
In the past few months, the industry has seen major investments by major operators in equipment from a number of manufacturers, such as Goldhofer and Scheuerle, which illustrates the direction the market is travelling in. However, one look at the history of self-propelled modular transporters (SPMTs) produced by TII Group confirms just how much the systems have evolved - and why they have needed to.
“In the 1950s-1970s, there wasn’t a great deal of modular construction, but we did have problems with conventional construction, specifically in the petrochemicals industry, and with plant construction. There were issues locating craftsmen in remote areas, long schedules and design times, and problems with quality and safety,” explains Bernd Schwengsbier, President of TII Sales (Sales organization of the TII Group). “The SPMT changed things, as there was a huge demand to move fabricated modules, but it wasn’t possible with the solutions that were then on offer.”