Portsmouth, UK-based Rapid Response Solutions (RRS) has taken delivery of a 300t hydraulic skidding system, the only one of its kind in Europe, from Canadian manufacturer Hydra-Slide.
Lifting, transport and storage specialist RRS will initially put the product to use for installation of transformers at electrical substations, but Paul Barber, managing director, foresees its widespread use on a variety of projects.
He said: "We had quoted for the electrical substation job, for which we knew the Hydra-Slide system was best suited, so in the short-term it made sense to proceed with the order upon award of the contract. Additional electrical substations, large machinery manufacturers and shipping firms will be future targets for the product, while I expect it to open doors to joint venture projects with our tier one partners."
The HT300 hydraulically powered heavy track skidding system, like its 500t capacity big brother, is one of the most cost-effective and accurate tools for moving, loading or unloading all types of heavy loads. It is frequently used to move transformers, generators, compressors, pressure vessels and machines where a rigid, load carrying track is required.
Barber said: "We looked at all the models, including the HT500, but felt the 300t system was the most versatile. We are hoping that moving forward we will have a requirement for a second, larger system but we will probably choose the 1,000t unit [the HT1000 Tri-Rail], capable of pushing 1,000t."
Company: Rapid Response Solutions