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Safely stored

In the 257-metre-long Poloidal Field Coils Winding Facility, the newly installed tools occupy only half of the building's length. This leaves a lot of free space that can be used for other purposes, such as storing four 155-tonne, 47-metre long girders for the Assembly Hall overhead cranes.

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Manoeuvring such long and heavy pieces of steel into storage is a slow and delicate process. Every movement of the 32-wheel modular trailer that carries each beam must be carefully planned and executed with utmost precision.

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Twice last week, the operation was performed to perfection: the two girders that were delivered on 18 and 25 March are now safely stored inside the winding facility; two more will join them in April.

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The storage will be of relatively short duration, however, as the girders and their trolleys will be installed in the Assembly Hall in June.


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