June 27, 2014
Terex Material Handling, part of Terex Corp. in Westport, Conn., has been awarded a contract by Airbus to supply Demag crane installations for its new assembly facility in Mobile, Ala.
The company will deliver 10 process cranes for the final assembly of the A320 family aircraft in three production hangars. Measuring up to 218 ft. long and offering maximum load capacities of 27.5 tons, the process cranes feature up to four suspensions.
Process cranes will operate in a series of three assembly zones in the 836.6-ft.-long final assembly line hangar. In zone 1, three cranes will transport 13-ft.-dia. fuselage sections for assembly. In zone 2, two wing-handling cranes will provide lifting motions during the wing assembly process. In zone 3, an assembly crane with a traveling hoist unit will be used for the assembly of the tail units and handling other components.
Two identical process cranes of single-girder design also will be used in the final phase hangar. These cranes feature multiple suspensions, and each operates on four crane runways that are arranged parallel to each other. In the transshipment hangar, two single-girder suspension cranes will work as stand-alone units and in tandem mode for handling incoming aircraft components.