Hydroelectric power plants are often built in extremely isolated areas, but this wasn’t a problem for this UNIC mini spider crane which travelled to a height of 1600 metres to reach a site in the Italian Dolomites mountain range.
In the province of South Tyrol in northern Italy, a 0.995 tonne capacity UNIC URW-095 spider crane was used to replace an 800kg valve on a pipeline at the hydropower station which was originally built in the 1900s.
Selected for its small footprint, flexible outriggers and practical radio remote control, this UNIC mini crane was able to work in an awkward spot next to a staircase to lift out the old valve. The lightweight machine was carried up the mountain’s steep slopes to the lifting location in a railway cart. This UNIC mini crane was supplied to this lifting company by Levo, our official UNIC crane dealers in Italy.
This isn’t the first time that UNIC mini cranes have taken up mountaineering to get to a particularly hard to reach site, read more about how spider cranes climbed Sněžka Mountain in the Czech Republic and Mount Jungfraujoch in Switzerland.