Lowest platform height

29 July 2016

Hubtex has developed a new freely manoeuvrable platform truck with a platform height of 457mm and load capacity of up to 35 tons or 70 tons in its coupled operating mode.

This feature makes the heavy-duty transporter particularly suitable for the shipbuilding and automotive industry, the aircraft industry and mechanical engineering. For the first time, Hubtex designed all vehicle components to function based entirely on electrical concepts and abandoned the idea of a hydraulic system.

Assistance systems are said to be easy to implement. The first user in the aircraft industry benefits from this design and uses the SFB to transport entire aircraft fuselage parts and working platforms to the place of installation.

The platform transporter SFB is a self-propelled vehicle, and a remote control system is used to steer the truck. The vehicle uses an undercarriage with a multidirectional steering system. This design allows moving heavy and bulky segments of an aircraft in the tightest spaces. Due to the electronic control system of the steering, driving and lifting functions, the SFB offers better automation options than the hydraulic design. 

Customised equipment

Due to its modular design, the platform truck can be customised to suit various customer-specific requirements. Based on the vehicle’s modular principle, the customer can combine specific equipment and assistance systems. For the first-time user in the aircraft industry, this vehicle uses a stroke of 203mm to raise and transport working platforms. For the transport, the operator places the platform in front of the load. Then the assistance system is used to position the load precisely, semi-automatically, and within millimetres: The vehicle uses sensors to determine its position and, based on this data, computes the optimum steering geometry for the specific manoeuvre.

The exact positioning takes place fully automatically. Furthermore, numerous safety systems are available for the SFB series, e.g. personnel safety systems or protective strips.

70 tons in coupled mode

Another feature of the platform transporter is the option to use two vehicles in a coupled operating mode. For this, a payload – during its first use it is an aircraft segment – is carried by both vehicles simultaneously. The trucks move underneath the working platforms to which the loads are attached and link to each other using a Bluetooth control system. This creates a solid transportation system with a load capacity of 70 tons. During the transport, both platforms remain in constant communication and the remote control can be used to manoeuvre the vehicles.

Due to the electrical design of the vehicle, the energy consumption of the truck has been reduced significantly. This is based on the higher efficiency of the all-electric vehicle components as compared to hydraulic equipment. This design makes it easier to use the truck in oil-free environments, e.g. painting booths and explosion-proof areas. Another benefit of the all-electric vehicle design is the reduction of the vehicle's noise emission to a minimum.

Technical data

Type: SFB

Load-carrying capacity: up to 35,000 kg

Dimensions: individually adjustable

Construction height, retracted: 457mm

Construction height, extended: 660mm

Lift: 203mm