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Mammoet Weighs and Loads Cianbro Furnace Modules

Jan. 29, 2020 — Mammoet recently completed weighing and loading 60 huge furnace modules that Cianbro manufactured at its Brewer, Maine, facility.

The modules are destined for major petrochemical plants in the United States.

For the project, Mammoet proposed a new wireless weighing technology that provided the most cost-effective and efficient approach for the size of the modules. The method’s efficiency benefitted the overall project schedule.

For weighing 60 modules one by one, wireless load cells proved efficient, reduced site congestion, and improved safety. Having no wires saved setup time and also improved safety by reducing the number of obstacles and potential hazards on site.

Before the project started, Mammoet worked with the wireless weighing technology fabricator to slightly modify and customize their design in order to meet Mammoet requirements and ensure safety.

The furnace modules each weighed between 30 and 175 metric tons. The heaviest was 105’ x 53’ x 30’ and weighed 384,000 lbs.

Over the entirety of the project, Mammoet used 72 axle lines of SPMT to transport the weighed modules onto barges. Modules were divided into 18 barge shipments loaded over 10 months.

Up to 16’ of difference between high and low tide allowed only one module to be loaded per day. Despite the tide and frequently uncooperative weather, Mammoet completed the project a week ahead of schedule, on budget, and incident free.

“Cianbro’s expertise and professionalism is evident in the work they do at their pristine and impressive module manufacturing facility,” said Sam Quisenberry, business development director for Mammoet USA South. “Mammoet is pleased to have partnered with Cianbro for the execution of this project, where we were able to employ a combination of our heavy transport and weighing equipment, and our expertise, to overcome logistical obstacles and bottlenecks.”


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