Benefits of a Hydraulic Skidding System
One of the biggest challenges within the construction industry is moving and positioning heavy structures. This challenge becomes even more apparent in confined spaces or restricted environments. Cranes and the like are often the machine of choice when it comes to these daunting tasks. But cranes are big, and they are expensive to rent or buy.
For projects where both budget and space constraints are serious concerns, making use of a hydraulic skidding system with hydraulic jacks is a good alternative. Moving heavy loads using skidding techniques have been used for centuries, but not until the last couple of years has it become the preferred choice of many construction companies.
In this article we’ll cover two topics:
- The advantages of using a hydraulic skidding system
- The advantages of a hydraulic system
The advantages of a hydraulic skidding system
The main advantage hydraulic jacks and hydraulic skidding systems have over cranes is the significantly lower requirements in terms of cost, space, set-up and maintenance. Cranes need a lot of space for set-up and overhead clearance.
If there’s insufficient headroom for a crane where winches and tackle systems are not enough to lift the load vertically, you may need to erect an inclined plane to roll or skid the load up. Since many construction sites often involve confined spaces and different obstructions, the workers will have a hard time maneuvering the crane around those areas which increases the risk of accidents and causes the work process to become much slower since they need to take extra precaution.
In comparison, a hydraulic skidding system is relatively less dangerous due to the strategically low profile of the tracks. The load being carried will never be suspended freely and the hydraulic skidding system doesn’t require any holdback, winches or any other kind of external force or restraint.
The hydraulic system advantages
The advantage of hydraulics extends past hydraulic jacks and hydraulic skidding systems though. While every system has its own merits and demerits, hydraulics has quickly become one of the most appreciated types of techniques due to its flexible and agile nature. Here are a few advantages of hydraulic systems:
- Easy to control and very precise. The system operator can easily start, stop, accelerate and slow down the system using simple levers and push-buttons.
- Easy to maintain due to fewer moving parts.
- Can deliver constant torque or force regardless of speed changes.
- Easy to spot leakages of a hydraulic system.
- Centralized lubrication systems that automatically lubricates and protects vital points.
- Large amounts of power can be transmitted using small, flexible hoses and tubes.
- Does not cause any sparks, which means they are safe to use in chemical plants and mines.
- Can maintain its viscosity of airworthiness, its density and the temperature of the fluid in hot environments.
- Hydraulic power can be transmitted through flexible, varying lines.
- Hydraulic system components allow for micrometric speed variations.
- A hydraulic system minimizes undesirable noises.
- Easy to repair.
Bygging-Uddemanns hydraulic skidding system
For many tasks, a skidding system is a much safer and more effective solution for moving complex objects compared to cranes. Our track system is developed for repeated movement of heavy loads. The system is distinguished from others by being extremely robust (can handle loads up to 20,000 tons) and consists of two main components; skidway beams and steel track.
Read more about our hydraulic skidding system or contact us for more information.
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