For precision gripping and depositing of breakwaters to protect coastal infrastructure, ACIMEX designs reliable mechanical handling equipment that works even in the aggressive marine environment.
Breakwaters: origin and purpose
For a long time, rough rocks or concrete blocks were used to resist the heavy weather of the sea and thus limit the erosion of coasts. However, this protection did not resist the immense force of waves and eventually broke because of its unsuitable shapes. The appearance of the tetrapod, designed by the Laboratoire Dauphinois d'Hydraulique, is a concrete block with four limbs and a curved profile. This innovation has helped to minimize the impact of waves.
Improved in the 1980s by this same company (that has since become Sogreah) and renamed breakwater, this concrete block is the precursor of many other products such as the Xbloc, the ACCROPODE, the A-jack, the Xbase, the ECOPODE and the CORE-LOC. They all have the same purpose: to reduce the force of waves as much as possible to protect coastal infrastructures.
Flexible handling with the ACIMEX breakwater grab
Breakwater grabs custom designed by ACIMEX ensure accurate positioning of breakwaters by means of their various inclination and rotation functions. They also serve for gripping blocks when moving them by overhead travelling crane, crane, stacker or forklift truck from the production building to the storage area.
The breakwater grab meets all the technical specifications necessary for the precise positioning of breakwaters according to a pre-established layout. Evidence of this is provided by VINCI and CLI, who work in the construction and consolidation of dykes in port areas using ACIMEX machines.
ACIMEX, the expert in heavy handling, can work with you on your projects. Please contact us or ask us for a quote.