MPC Group is rolling out new technology as it rolls out cabling in the Surat Basin.
The track-mounted Cable Crawler is a hybrid, modular unit designed to fit upon its fleet of winches for efficient installation of high voltage and fibre optic cabling,.
MPC Group electrical superintendent Garry Muldowney describes the machine as 21st Century thinking.
“Our R&D team put in extensive effort in the machine’s design phase to collaborate closely with our cable install crews to ensure this purpose-built machine provided them with a much safer and far more effective machine to work with,” Mr Muldowney said.
“It has undergone extensive field testing over the past 12 months to allow our fabrication team the opportunity to ‘engineer out’ any operational risks and ‘engineer in’ unique safety features and efficiency gains.
“This is next-generation thinking and I’m confident we’ve got the design right, and the proof of that is the machine is already delivering `best-for-project’ outcomes for our clients right across the Surat Basin.”
MPC Group says the innovative machine should soon become commonplace within the industry – with speed among its operational advantages.
The Cable Crawler boast 5km per hour installation speeds for cable diameters up to 110mm.
Being track mounted provided increased stability on any terrain and the Cable Crawler has an innovative swing arm assembly to ensure accurate cable guidance into trenches.
MPC Group says it is also more cost effective, with only two crew members and one machine required to install cable, compared to three crew and three machines using conventional methods.
A unique re-spooling mechanism also enables road and rail crossings to be performed without the need cable for joints or excavation of bell holes.
The machine’s purpose-built, remote-controlled hydraulic arm system can lift cable drums safely into place – avoiding manual handling risks.
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