Nowadays air film-based moving equipment is used by most of the world’s transformer manufacturers, and air film technology is considered ideal for handling transformers weighing several hundred tonnes quickly and smoothly through production and test facilities.
The air film mover consists of a rigid steel construction incorporating both air bearings and wheels, drive units, a control system and in some cases also a hose reel for the air supply. Usually one single operator manoeuvres the system from a portable radio transmitter.
Electrical drive units and integrated batteries improve the flexibility of the mover, and allow it to be operated without load free of any trailing cables or air hoses; these are connected only when a loaded steel pallet is to be moved.
BEST A.S. in Turkey and ABB in Poland are examples of transformer manufacturers benefiting from this new Solving concept.