ABUS cranes at Rosenbauer International AG in Austria
Fire brigades go as far back as Roman times. Even then attempts were made to fight fires in a kind of organised way. However, it has been a long journey to reach the present form of fire brigades, whether professional or voluntary, we are all so familiar with. The first ever professional fire brigade is considered to have been founded in Vienna in 1686. Whereas fires were painstakingly tackled using early fire fighting pumps as recently as the begin of last century, nowadays fire brigades dispose of state-of-the-art sophisticated trucks specialised for the application. These kinds of trucks are built by the company Rosenbauer International AG.
The company Rosenbauer (www.rosenbauer.com) is an international group and a reliable partner of fire brigades the world over. Rosenbauer develops and produces vehicles, fire fighting systems, equipment, and telematic solutions for all professional and voluntary fire brigades, for fire brigades owned by companies, and for works fire brigades. Rosenbauer also make systems for the operational fire protection. All important world standards are covered thanks to products being produced in Europe, in the US, and in Asia. The Rosenbauer group has service and sales networks in well over one hundred countries.
Being the internationally leading producer of fire fighting solutions that Rosenbauer is, the company drives forward the technical development in the fire service through their innovations. About 3,000 staff work zealously and competently on products characterised by high functionality and modern design.
The Rosenbauer group is the largest fire brigade equipping company worldwide with an annual turnover of 785 million Euros. The listed family company is trading in the sixth generation and has been serving fire brigades for more than 145 years. Customer focus, innovation, and reliability are the core strengths of Rosenbauer.
Product characteristics important to Rosenbauer such as functionality and reliability were also decisive factors when it came to installing factory cranes in the existing buildings at Leonding in Austria. This plant produces in series fire engines of the Panther type for airports. During the on-site consultation with the Austrian ABUS partner, the company Ing. Klaus Schneider GmbH (www.abuskrane.at), it became quickly apparent that the desired lifting height could only be achieved by one ABUS crane type in these fairly low buildings: it had to be the EOT crane type ELS. This particular crane features a so-called side-mounted trolley type S distinguished by the hook being positioned beside the crane girder. Thus it is possible to reach an optimised lifting height in the capacity range of between one and ten tonnes. Rosenbauer had a total of 15 ELS cranes installed. Eleven of them have load capacities of five tonnes and spans between 10.91 and 16.54 metres. Eight of these cranes feature lifting beams in order to securely fasten the loads. Another four ELS cranes have spans of 14.53 metres and load capacities of one tonne. These cranes are used for the transport of large vehicle components within the factory. In addition to the EOT cranes there are three work station cranes: pillar jib cranes of the LS type with SWL of 500 kg and spans of five metres. Smaller components weighing up to 250 kg are transported by eight HB systems of the ZHB type. These ZHB cranes are also characterised by favourable lifting heights thanks to the chain hoists being placed between the crane girders.