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Dunlop – Placement of an Autoclave

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The project was to change a boiler for Vuka Commondale Treated Timber in Paulpietersburg. This consisted of transporting, the cranage and rigging.

On project commencement, Reef Rigging would need to change out 2 x BS2970 461 model stripped JT boilers; 5t steaming 22t dry mass and all accessories; steam, feedwater and blowdown piping modifications at Vuka Commondale Treated Timber in Paulpietersburg by collaboration of Reef Rigging and Boiler Industrial Plant.

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How Reef Rigging helped

The slow, manual hand rigging of the autoclave was done on heavy duty skates pushed from behind by crane trucks until the operating radius of the crane trucks was exhausted, following which a forklift was used. Entry into the 750mm cavity was achieved by a system of jack ‘n slide hydraulic jack power packs on railway lines.

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The outcome

From 07h00 to 00h35, ie 17.5hrs, with the dedication of a double rigging crew working continuously until completion, the project was completed on schedule and the client was able to move on with operations.

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