Panalpina Energy and Project Solutions has transported an industrial mill and a hydraulic press from Genoa, Italy to Paranagua, Brazil on behalf of one of Brazil's leading ceramics manufacturer.
The move included ocean and overland transportation of the equipment and installation of both machines in Tijucas, Santa Catarina.
Made in Italy by Sacmi the 176-ton (159.6-tonne) hydraulic press was dismantled into two components for the transport.
The main unit of the press, which will be used for the forming of ceramics powder, measured 7.63 m x 3.89 m x 2.59 m and weighed 120 tons (108.9 tonnes), while its press motion system measured 3.17 m x 2.66 m x 0.9 m and weighed 56 tons (50.8 tonnes).
The second machine was a fully assembled 32-ton (29-tonne) Sacmi MTD drum mill, measuring 8 m x 3.62 m x 3.67 m, designed for the wet grinding of ceramic clays and glaze frits.
"Although the parts had a long way to go, the main challenge was to navigate the last few corners inside the warehouse at project site," said Anderson Antonio, Panalpina's country head of Energy and Project Solutions, Brazil.
"The narrow doors, warehouse columns, internal structures, and machines surrounding the points required a very detailed analysis and complex execution. The handling required several manoeuvres to have both press and mill positioned for final lifting."