Provide a heavy-capacity lift handling system with omni-directional movement capabilities, incremental positioning accuracy, and reliability in a coastal marine environment.
A fleet with 8 self-loading Wheelift transporters that together provide flexibility and capacity to aid dry-dock, yard, and machine shop applications in the naval shipyard.
Each Wheelift transporter undergoes a rigorous series of testing before deployment.
Wheelift transporters allows the Navy to accurately position and place large, heavy parts for assembly.
A truck delivering Navy hardware to the Wheelift facility in Waterloo, Iowa.
The Navy uses multiple Wheelift transporters in tandem to place long shafts on vessels.
The entire Wheelift team takes great pride in every transporter we make.
Omni-directional travel, even in multi-mode, allows transport flexibility.
The United States Navy uses Wheelift transporters to assemble Navy vessels.
With vertical lift, Wheelift transporters can self-load by driving under the loaded pallets.
The Naval Sea Systems Command employs Wheelift transporters to lift, transport, and process major propulsor and shaft components, as well as other large components within the shipyards.
Transporters in the fleet can work individually or in multi-mode as part of a system of transporters that act as a single higher-capacity transporter. When operating concurrently, a single operator using a single controller operates multiple transporters.
The transporters have the capability to precisely and accurately lift, transport, and control a load possessing a high degree of maneuverability. They automatically control a load’s position by adjusting to variations in the surface over which it rolls, while imparting low contact pressures to those underlying surfaces. Wheelift technology enables effortless travel over 6-degree slopes and climbs through a wide variety of obstructions or depressions.
The Wheelift transporters at the coastal shipyard operate in a very hostile environment, including dirt/grit, high humidity, salt spray, wind velocities of 25 MPH, and air temperatures ranging from -20°F (-29°C) to +110°F (43°C).
The shipyard saw the following benefits:
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