Enerpac gantry installs Belgium’s first proton therapy units

Industrial installation company, Lifthing NV, has recently completed the installation of proton therapy units at the University Hospitals Leuven (UZ Leuven), Belgium’s first proton therapy center. Due to the space restrictions at UZ Leuven’s Gasthuisberg campus, Lifthing decided to use its Enerpac SBL500 gantry to install two 57-ton synchrocyclotrons and a 75-ton therapy unit. They were first skidded along the gantry’s skid tracks and then lowered into the research bunker and clinical treatment bunker respectively.

“Gentle and accurate handling was essential when handling the synchrocyclotrons and therapy unit,” said Pieterjan Van Iseghem, Managing Director of Lifthing NV. “The Enerpac SBL500 gantry, equipped with header beam, powered side shifts and wireless control, gave us the lifting capability and precise positioning we needed for this important project.”

The proton therapy center is scheduled to begin treating patients in the second half of 2019.