TRANS-LIFT built 15 electric vehicles for the renowned research center CERN which lies on the border between Switzerland and France.
Special requirements and dual functionality
CERN’s electric vehicles function as carriers for personnel who need to service the pipes every day. Additionally, they are used to pull trailers up to and down from the surface and into the tunnel. This means that they must be both easy to handle and powerful.
CERN had very special requirements for the vehicles due to the limited space inside the tunnels. The enclosure’s narrowness and low-hanging pipes made it impossible for two manned vehicles to pass each other. A vehicle could be parked to the side under the fixed pipelines, but the pipes were positioned at a level too low for a person to sit on the vehicle while maneuvering it into this only free space.
Six months later, TRANS-LIFT delivered 15 fully customized electric vehicles to CERN – all built exactly according to CERN’s original specifications plus their modifications along the way.
TRANS-LIFT designs a driverless solution
Therefore, CERN needed vehicles with a special feature that enabled them to be maneuvered easily using a remote control. With this feature, a vehicle could be driven “driverless” to a space under the pipes where the free height is only 90 cm. And, in this way, vehicles could be maneuvered out of the way, and two vehicles could pass each other when necessary. Complying with CERN’s wish for simple operation, TRANS-LIFT developed a handy “joystick” operating solution, so that anyone could easily control the vehicles in all directions and required situations.
Close collaboration with the customer ensures the best results
TRANS-LIFT worked directly with CERN’s experienced personnel who followed the whole process from design to production. CERN sent two representatives to review and approve the initial prototype – thereby giving CERN the chance to suggest adjustments and to influence the final design. Close collaboration and TRANS-LIFT’s unique flexibility ensured that CERN received the exact solution they needed, despite the complex requirements involved.
Later CERN ordered 6 more vehicles with the same specs, except for a different type of wheels.
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