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Construction new data center Facebook with VIAVAC vacuum lifters

Currently, the construction of the new Facebook data center is underway in Odense, Denmark. This data center will be one of the most advanced and energy-efficient buildings of its kind. The Dutch construction company TSV is participating in this project and using VIAVAC’s vacuum lifters.

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For the construction of the enormous roof of the Facebook data center, several parties are using a variety of VIAVAC’s vacuum lifters. Specifically for this project, TSV purchased two new CladBoy CB4s, which are being used to install steel roof panels in this building.

Facebook’s decision to build the center in Odense was made because of the favorable climate. The company will save money on air-conditioning that would otherwise have wasted energy. With a surface area of 56,000 square meters, this is Facebook’s third data center outside the US. The servers in the data center will store pictures, videos and other information.

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The CladBoy CB4 is used in this project.

New CladMaster installs sandwich panels under grandstand

The new CladMaster was successfully deployed at the Geusselt stadium in the Dutch town of Maastricht. Kempen Cladding hired this vacuum lifter and installed sandwich panels with a core material of stone wool on the underside of the grandstand.

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The MVV Maastricht football stadium was extended with a sports hall, for which a part of the space below the grandstand was used. To apply insulation to this space, approximately 300 insulation panels weighing 200 kilograms each were installed at an angle of 36° and up to a height of 14 meters on the underside of the grandstand.

The CladMaster is most convenient for this type of job; installed using a forklift, the panels can be transported and installed in an efficient and safe way.

Thanks to six hydraulically powered movements, the panels can be placed with millimeter-level accuracy. The movements can be proportionally operated at two speeds by radiographic remote control.

Thanks to the VIAVAC CladMaster, this job was finished on schedule and executed in compliance with all health and safety standards.

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The CladMaster is used in this project.

Moscow’s Highest skyscraper in Europe

In the middle of Moscow’s business center stands Europe’s highest skyscraper, the Federation Tower. During construction, the VIAVAC compact GB-750 was used to install glass panels. The construction of the 373.7-meter, ninety-five-floor tower, was completed in 2016.

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Assembling the glass roof construction of the upper floors was particularly daunting, as the highly experienced specialized assembly team was faced with high winds, snow and temperatures down to −20° C, as well as the complicated positioning of the glass.

The roof construction’s glass elements were installed with the help of the VIAVAC compact GB-750. In order to accomplish this, the tilting function of the vacuum lifter was used to place the glass in the correct position.

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The VIAVAC compact GB-750 is used in this project.

Installing curved glass at the Atrium Tower Amsterdam

A considerable effort is currently under way to renovate the famous Atrium office building in Amsterdam. In addition to the renovation of the current premises, two further towers are being built to expand the office complex. In order to alternate between workplaces and light, open spaces, the company Octatube from Delft is integrating seven winter gardens into in the corners of the towers.

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The corners of the winter gardens consist of large, warm, curved glass elements. Octatube hired the VIAVAC compact Curved glass lifter to install these elements. This machine is designed specifically for placing curved glass elements, and can be adjusted to accommodate different radii. In addition, with the VIAVAC compact Curved, the elements can easily be rotated (360°) and tilted (90°) from their transport position.

For this project, Octatube is also using the VIAVAC GBX for the installation of flat glass elements. This glass lifter is suitable for lifting elements up to a weight of 800 kilograms.

Both glass lifters feature two independent vacuum circuits, eliminating the need for safety straps and allowing efficient operation. In addition to the option to rent, VIAVAC also offers the vacuum lifting tools for sale.

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The VIAVAC compact Curved is used in this project.

Copenhagen’s new arena

In 2016, a lot of hard work was put into building Denmark’s largest stadium, the Royal Arena, a multi-functional indoor stadium in the Ørestad South urban area of Copenhagen. VIAVAC supplied Danish company HS Hansen with the CladBoy compact GB-750 vacuum lifter to assemble the sandwich cladding panels.

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The vacuum lifter is suitable for lifting panels up to a weight of 750 kilograms, is very compact and easy to transport, and efficiently handles a variety of assembly jobs.

The arena meets the highest international standards with respect to comfort, acoustics and functionality. The Arena opened in early 2017 and has a capacity of 12,500 spectators for sporting events and up to 16,000 for concerts.

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The CladBoy compact GB-750 is used in this project.

Installation of roof and wall panels for a cold store

For the installation of sandwich roof and wall panels of the cold store building, different VIAVAC vacuum lifters were used. CladBoy CB4 was used for the roofing, and CladBoy compact for the wall panels. The installation work was done by KIM Nederland, leading specialist in modular insulated construction.

The cold store is composed of a 40 m high steel structure with sandwich panels for the roof. The façade has a thickness of 20 cm and panels up to a length of 19 m.

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Strict safety requirements on the construction site

For this project, very strict requirements were set concerning safety on the construction site and the working conditions for the employees. The use of VIAVAC vacuum lifters, among other things, made it possible to install the very long and heavy sandwich panels in a safe and efficient way.

The cold store has more than 21,000 pallet places and a fully automated logistics throughput system at an operating temperature of -17 degrees.

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The CladBoy CB4 is used in this project.

Facade installation for Henkel’s central warehouse

For the facade installation for the new central warehouse of Henkel, the CladBoy compact GB2-375 was used successfully. The central warehouse is the world’s largest fully automated storage centre with a total floor area of 16,000 m² with 10 floors and a capacity of 90,000 pallet places.

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Minimum effort required
The facades are constructed of sandwich panels with a rock wool core, delivered and installed by the firm Brucha. This compact vacuum lifter is fitted with a dual vacuum system, so that secondary safety devices are not necessary. Because of this, the heavy sandwich panels (circa 300 kg and a length of circa 12 m) could be installed quickly, with minimal utilization of personnel, in an efficient way.

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The CladBoy compact GB2-375 is used in this project.

Glass installation in office building ‘The Edge’

The most sustainable office building in the world is found in Amsterdam. With more than 13,000 m² of glass on the facade, the building is a real eye-catcher for travellers on the A10 motorway. For the installation of the facade,  the firm Rollecate was searching for a multifunctional vacuum lifting tool for installing the glass elements of different shapes and dimensions on an incline. The solution they selected was the VIAVAC GBX.

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Radio remote control
The radio remote control saved a great deal of time as well as the use of extra aerial platforms. Upon conclusion of the project, the head contractor Henk Hakman expressed his satisfaction: ‘The VIAVAC GBX was the right solution for this project and fully met our expectations.’

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The VIAVAC GBX2 is used in this project.

Installation of curved glass at hospital Enschede

A new, modern hospital is built in the centre of the city Enschede (Netherlands). A VIAVAC glass lifter was used at this building project: the VIAVAC compact Curved. With this vacuum device it is possible to mount curved glass elements simply and easily.

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The front of this modern building has a large wall of glass, with rounded corners. The VIAVAC compact Curved was succesfully used for a quick and safe installation of the curved glass elements.

The VIAVAC compact Curved contains a special suction pad frame, which makes it adjustable for different radii. It is possible to lift glass with a minimum radius of 1000mm and a maximum weight of 300kg. The glass lifter can lift glass on the convex or the concave side.

Aside from sales, we also offer this device for rent.

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The VIAVAC compact Curved is used in this project.

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