Big, bigger, biggest. Although weight is always relative, when moving ships or ship parts, the limits of known and proven moving methods are often sought. Weights of millions of pounds are common in this industry and others. Whether it concerns moving a ship or yacht for maintenance or in production, positioning an azipod or moving the ship’s engines, safety is always paramount with such weights.
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Safe. Controlled, gradual and slow displacement, especially with large weights.
High capacity. Air casters can move extreme weights. The principle is scalable without limit, even up to 10,000 tons.
Low floor load. The weight pressure is limited by spreading the weight over the surface of the caster.
Accurate movement and positioning. You are not limited with fixed paths, such as with rails. Omni-directional movement offers more positioning freedom than any other technique.
Cost-effective. Less expensive than other ways of moving these types of weights. Budget-friendly in purchase, maintenance and use.
Air casters ensure a safe and controlled way of moving even with weights up to 10.000.000 kg. In motion, your ship or ship component can be moved and positioned very accurately. If desired, you can rotate your ship on the spot which is impossible with other techniques such as cranes, wheels or rails.
When moving these weights, the load-bearing capacity of the floor is an important component. Where with wheels or rails an enormous point- or line load is created, with Air casters the weight is evenly distributed over the surface of the casters. The casters have a maximum working pressure of 4 bar, so the floor is never loaded higher than 4 kg per square inch.
When moving large weights in shipbuilding, it can be interesting to consider Aqua Casters. This reduces the required volume to 5% compared to air. This can have a significant energy advantage as well as significantly reduce operational costs.
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Aerofilm Systems designs, develops and produces Air casters and Air caster transport systems. This form of internal transport is the ideal solution for moving and positioning light to very heavy objects in a safe, ergonomic and cost-effective way. It is also ideal for sensitive and therefore often expensive objects, because Air casters do not cause vibrations during movement.
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