Holmatro Group

Skidding system, mastered & powered by Holmatro


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With the recent delivery of a double-acting skidding system, the industrial section of Holmatro is focusing on the development and production of complete, client-specific solutions in the field of heavy transport. With this, besides the usual vertically oriented applications such as hoisting and lifting, Holmatro is concentrating on the horizontal movement of heavy loads. Reducing hassle for clients by taking care of the overall project management is a core element in all of this.

The Antwerp-based company Heavy Lifting & Handling (hereafter: Heavy) is observing a rapid increase in the demand for the movement of industrial objects and installations of exceptional sizes and weights. In view of the limited space in which these objects, such as generators, transformers and medical equipment, are generally placed, the use of a crane is not one of the standard options. Heavy was already familiar with skidding technologies and the hydraulic tools produced by Holmatro, which was approached through the Belgian supplier Vanas to design and produce a complete skidding system.

A double-acting hydraulic cylinder was built into the push/pull unit of the skidding set for Heavy. This cylinder has capacity of 26 tons and is able to move a maximum load of 200 tons. The load slides on the skid beam with the aid of ultra-smooth PTFE pads over tracks that are laid out in advance. When pushing from one side is no longer possible, the push/pull unit of the skidding set can be turned around without having to lift it off the track. Holmatro’s configurable skidding system is suitable for extremely varied, client-specific applications. 

The Holmatro Group is an international company with production facilities in the Netherlands and the US and sales offices in the UK, China and Poland. Holmatro designs, produces and supplies innovative and high quality hydraulic products for its three business units: Rescue equipment, Industrial equipment and Marine equipment. It is Holmatro’s ambition to develop its product range appropriately to the philosophy that the company stands for: Mastering Power. Strategy, products and service are geared to helping clients with the successful deployment of the power that they need.

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