Bladelifter: the BladeMAX 650

Stronger than all the others! The newly developed blade lifter with the product name BladeMAX is the strongest of its kind on the market.

With a load capacity of 650 mT, it can move the latest mega wind turbine blades in such a way that they can be transported safely and efficiently in wooded or built-up areas, in narrow streets or in mountainous regions.

A flexible operating principle

Rotor blades can be picked up, raised up to an angle of almost 90°, swivelled and rotated by 360° around their own axis using this adapter, which is mounted on a self-propelled vehicle or between modular axle lines. A third vertical rotary axis can even be integrated as an option, additionally enabling a lateral swivel angle of 20°. This option is frequently selected for use in built-up areas.

A unique feature of the BladeMAX is its patented tilt kinematics. Thanks to this sophisticated levering device, the position of the centre of gravity remains considerably more stable than with conventional devices when the blade is moved from the vertical to the horizontal position. In addition, the overall height of the construction remains quite low due to this method.

Stable structure, safe handling

Greater handling stability is guaranteed by the similarly patented stability control system. The data from diverse sensors are collected and sent to the central control unit, which processes them. All safety-relevant information is constantly monitored. The operator receives a signal as soon as critical values are approached. The tolerance is, however, larger than with previously known systems.

The interaction of electronics, hydraulics and visualisation increases the safety during the shift of the centre of gravity when moving the blades. Thus the BladeMAX avoids counterweights adding on several tonnes of weight.

The Faymonville Group has pushed forward into a new dimension in wind turbine blade transport with the development of this blade lifter.

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