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.
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.
VIAVAC has developed a special vacuum lifter for the company Neptunus, headquartered in Kessel. Neptunus is the specialist in the design, rental and construction of tents for events, as well as disassemblable buildings. From 10 m² to 20,000 m² or even more, from basic to luxurious. For the quick and safe installation of curved panels, Neptunus was searching for a special vacuum lifter.
They needed a vacuum lifter with which long sandwich roof panels up to a maximum length of 24 metres could be mounted in a single operation. The vacuum lifter needed to be quick and easy to adjust to the length of the sandwich panels. An extra requirement was that the panels had to be able to be installed both straight and curved.
For the design, VIAVAC – in consultation with Hans Eijlers, director of Neptunus – developed a vacuum lifter with a telescopic traverse for adjusting the suction cup distance to the different panel lengths.
In order to be able to mount the panel on an arch, a height-adjustable suspension of the suction cups was developed to be positioned at the end of the device. This permits the curve of the panel to be determined and set per length.
For ease of operation, the device is fitted with a dual vacuum system, whereby the use of extra safety straps is not necessary and the controls have a wireless remote control.
For transporting the vacuum lifter, a special frame is provided with extra support for the long traverse, so that the machine can be transported easily from one project to another.