Al Faris Group relies on Enerpac’s low-height skidding system to move large ceramic presses

The Middle Eastern heavy lift and transport specialist Al Faris Group has used Enepac’s LH-400 low-height skidding system to complete the move of large ceramic presses from RAK Ceramics.

The ceramic presses were located in a pit in a workshop. Once the Al Faris team had jacked up each press, they had to be skidded out of the production building. As the presses had to be manoeuvred around other plant equipment, the company could not use its in-house skidding system. “We needed a fresh approach and selected Enerpac’s LH-400 low-height skidding system,” said Mr. Kieve Pinto, executive director of Al Faris. “We were pleasantly surprised by the speed with which we could move the presses along the skid track and quickly dismantle and re-arrange the track in different directions to move the presses out of the shed.”

According to the constructor, the LH-Series Low-Height skid beams can fit in tight spaces, as small as 92mm, while still offering up to 400 ton skidding capacity with two push-pull units. The modular design comprises a series of skid beams allowing quick setup. Loads are moved by hydraulic push-pull units, travelling over special PTFE-coated pads placed on the skid tracks to reduce friction. The skidding system’s push-pull cylinders are powered by a standard Enerpac split flow pump, that also allows bi-directional operation. The LH-Series skidding system has several options for controlling, including manual control and wireless control allowing the operator to view the skidding operation.