Lifting solutions for precast concrete tunnel segments in the TBM industry

Do you work in the TBM industry and are you searching for handling solutions for the production or transport of precast concrete segments for tunnel walls? Then Aerolift is the partner you are looking for! We offer complete lifting solutions for the handling process of precast concrete tunnel segments and tunnel lining segments. From production to positioning the concrete segments inside the tunnel wall. All our lifting equipment is able to handle precast concrete tunnel segments, keystones and lining segments.

Production of concrete tunnel segments

Handling at the production factory using a vacuum lifter goes easily and quickly. To demould, lift or turn, no embeds are needed. Moreover, due to the equal pressure distribution of the vacüum pad, it is possible to demould after 8 to 10 hours. If you demould by embeds the hardening time will at least be 24 hours!

The precast concrete tunnel segments are produced with the convex side facing upwards (extrados). To meet the requirements of the tunnel boring machine (TBM), the concrete tunnel segments need to be rotated 180 degrees. This rotational movement can be done by a standalone tilting device or by a vacuum lifter with a built-in function to demould, lift and tilt.

Also applicable for other concrete parts

Next to the production of concrete tunnel segments, Aerolift vacuum lifters can be used for handling all kinds of concrete parts. Learn more about the handling process elements in a concrete production factory, and check out the case of one of our clients!

Transport of concrete tunnel segments

We designed a clamp lifting device to handle a stack of concrete segments. The clamp is able to load a stack of concrete tunnel segments from and onto a truck, or down the tunnel shaft into the TBM area.

Handling in the TBM: segment handling by vacuum lifters

To handle concrete segments in the TBM, we developed two separate vacuum lifting systems. The first vacuum lifter moves the tunnel lining segments and keystones to the erector. During handling the suction pad is rotated 90 degrees to match with the erector’s position.

The second vacuum lifter operates as part of the erector and positions the concrete tunnel segments inside the tunnel wall. To meet all required positions the device is able to turn 360 degrees.

Custom made handling solutions for the TBM industry

With our years of experience, we are able to design custom made lifting equipment for your specific situation. Handling concrete tunnel segments with Aerolift technology is safe and easy. Would you like to know more about handling in TBM industry? Please contact us for more information. We are glad to advise you about our concrete tunnel lifting solutions.

Complete lifting solutions for other industries

Next to heavy tunnel/tbm segments, the Aerolift vacuum technology can lift all kinds of heavy materials for a huge variety of industries.

Big, bigger, Aerolift! The world’s largest vacuum lifter is made by Aerolift and lifts steel plates up to 85 tons!

We are looking forward to help you!

Are you interested to know more about the Aerolift technology for the TBM industry? Do you want an easy and safe solution to handle precast concrete tunnel segments? Do you have specific questions about the application of our vacuum lifters for concrete segments in the TBM? Then please feel free to contact us, we are looking forward to answering all your questions!