Liebherr’s First Unplugged Piling Rig LRH 100.1 on Jobsite in Sweden

A building complex with flats, offices and shops on the ground floor is being built in Karlstad, Sweden. In order to transfer the load of the building into load-bearing soil layers, the company, Hercules Grundläggning AB, is driving piles into the ground with the LRH 100.1 unplugged. “We are installing about 284 concrete piles in sizes of 270 x 270 millimetres and lengths between 15 and 20 metres and are very satisfied with the first performance,” informs Mats Andersson who operates the piling rig LRH 100.1 unplugged on the jobsite in Karlstad. He is pleased to avoid the exhaust and noise emissions and vibrations with it. It is the first application and endurance test for the battery-powered piling rig from Liebherr.

Flexible for all piling conditions

the battery-powered piling rig from LiebherrThe LRH 100.1 unplugged is installs piles with the H 6 hammer in Karlstad.
Piling rig LRH 100.1. unplugged is one of the latest models in the electrically driven unplugged series from Liebherr; it comes fitted with a new-gen hammer H 6. The LRH 100.1 unplugged excels with its large working range. A radius of up to 8.7 metres has the advantage that the machine does not have to be constantly moved. The design of the leader enables inclinations of up to 18° in all directions. Furthermore, it is also possible to raise or lower the leader by 4 metres (e.g., when working in a foundation pit), which makes the machine even more flexible.

For the piling work, Hercules Grundläggning AB has equipped the LRH 100.1 unplugged with a Liebherr hammer type H 6. The hammer is modular and can be used with drop weights of between 3,000 and 6,000 kg, depending on the requirements. At the jobsite, Andersson drives the piles into the soil with a 5,000-kg weight from a drop height of 40 centimetres.

“Here, we are using a free-fall hammer, i.e., it is not accelerated. We only compensate for the power loss with the cylinders. This has the advantage, especially when driving concrete piles, that these are not damaged so much as when using accelerated hammers,” explains Liebherr’s Product Manager Michael Rajek.

Depending on the length of the pile, between 800 and 1,500 strokes of the hammer are necessary for each one. In only 10 to 20 minutes, Mats Andersson can lift the pile and drive it into the soil. “The control system is designed in such a way that the operator can now adjust the pile-driving energy and the number of strokes independently of each other, and thus ideally adapt to the conditions.”

The hammer used by Hercules belongs to the latest generation in the series. “We have, more or less, changed the whole architecture of the existing H 6 hammer. The new steel construction is specially designed for stiffness, longevity and for reliability.” The noise reduction on the jobsite due to the battery-powered piling rig was also continued with the new hammer. “We have a soundproofed pile helmet and pile helmet guide.” Due to the redesign of the hammer, the noise emission has been reduced by about 35 per cent.

Performance, safety and zero emission

The electro-hydraulic drive of the LRH 100.1 unplugged has the same performance specifications as the conventional version. Both are operated in the same way, which is especially convenient for machine operators if they have to often switch between machines.

The Ground Pressure Visualization of the new piling rig calculates the current ground pressure in real time and compares it with the specified safety limits of the relevant jobsite. The ground pressure is displayed in the operator’s cabin, which means that the operator is always aware of whether the machine is situated in or is approaching a critical area.

One exceptional feature of the electric drive concept is the Zero Emission. The unplugged machines of this series do not produce any exhaust fumes and are extremely quiet. This strikes the right note especially in noise-sensitive regions.

The battery is charged using a conventional jobsite electric supply and operation can continue as normal while charging. In order to change to battery operation, you just need to pull out the plug (therefore: Unplugged). Whether attached to the electric supply or not, the performance and range of application remains unchanged.

75 years of moving forward

This year marks the 75th Anniversary of Liebherr Group - a family-run technology company founded by Hans Liebherr in 1949. Today, it is positioned as one of the largest manufacturers of construction equipment in the world with a diversified product portfolio of high-quality, user-oriented products and services, and over 150 companies across all continents. The Group is constantly pursuing its goal of achieving technological innovations and bringing industry-leading solutions to its customers.
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