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XCMG’s XCA4000 Crane Sets New Standards in Wind Farm Installation

by Anna

In a remarkable feat of engineering prowess, the XCA4000 crane from XCMG recently achieved a significant milestone during its maiden operation at a 200 MW wind farm in Jing County, Hengshui, China. The crane, renowned for its unparalleled lifting capacity, successfully completed its inaugural lift, underscoring XCMG’s dedication to innovation and excellence in heavy machinery.

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During the operation, the XCA4000 crane effortlessly hoisted a range of components crucial for wind turbine assembly, including a hefty 130-ton wind turbine nacelle, a 40-ton wheel hub, and three colossal 95-meter-long blades, each weighing 28 tons. Elevating these components to a towering height of 162 meters for assembly on the tower, the crane demonstrated its exceptional capabilities, marking the seventh instance where XCMG surpassed its own world record since 2010.

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The XCA4000 crane, delivered to Hebei Rongcheng Technology, boasts an unprecedented 4000-ton lifting capacity, positioning it as the go-to solution for the installation of wind turbines exceeding 10MW. With the ability to hoist an impressive 230 tons at a remarkable height of 170 meters, the XCA4000 sets a new benchmark for wheeled cranes in terms of lifting capacity and height. This achievement holds particular significance amidst the trend in global wind power equipment manufacturing towards larger and heavier models, necessitating lifting and installation equipment that can meet increasingly demanding requirements.

One of the standout features of the XCA4000 crane is its advanced flexible boom technology, designed to overcome common challenges encountered during wind turbine installation. This innovative technology ensures optimal performance even at high altitudes and in confined spaces beneath turbine lifting hooks, resulting in a notable 20-30% reduction in installation time and significantly enhancing efficiency in wind power construction projects.

Safety remains paramount in XCMG’s design philosophy, and the XCA4000 crane is no exception. Equipped with a self-developed control system and active safety technology featuring over a dozen sensors distributed along the boom, the crane can detect and mitigate potential safety hazards in real-time, ensuring utmost safety during construction operations.

In addition to its impressive lifting capabilities, the XCA4000 crane excels in heavy component transportation, with the capacity to transport main boom and outrigger components weighing up to 400 tons. Its impressive gradeability of 16% further enhances its effectiveness in heavy-load transfer operations, reaffirming its status as a versatile and indispensable asset in the field of heavy machinery.

XCMG’s XCA4000 crane represents a paradigm shift in wind farm installation technology, setting new standards of performance, efficiency, and safety in the renewable energy sector. As the demand for larger and more powerful wind turbines continues to rise, the XCA4000 stands ready to meet the evolving needs of the industry, ushering in a new era of sustainable energy production.

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