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Laurini introduces pipelaying machines

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World Pipelines,

Laurini Officine Meccaniche (Laurini) has announced the successful launch of its Laurini laying system (LLS) – a new generation of machinery for automatic pipelaying.

The LLS was presented during the Novel Construction Initiative at the spring plenary session of IPLOCA, between 5 - 6 April. This event provided an opportunity to hear about the new developments announced by IPLOCA members.

Laurini is focused on the use of ‘intelligent power’ to develop efficient machinery. Its new LLS pipelaying equipment is being designed to overcome the difficulties with traditional pipelaying machines, starting from safety on the job.

Over the last ten years, there have been hundreds of fatal accidents in this sector. Laurini hopes that LLS will eliminate the risk of overturning due to an unprecedented structure equipped with two separate crawlers, one that works in the excavation and one on the track, to ensure greater stability of the machine. This removes the mechanical arm and cables that tend to be required to raise projecting suspended loads.

The LLS has been designed with the aim of being a safer laying system that will also simplify bureaucratic and safety certification procedures. It is also helping Laurini take a significant step forward also when it comes to environmental ecosustainability. The system works closer to the excavation, reducing the workspace by at least 3 m, consequently reducing the size of the area to be cleared and replanted. It is also effective in limiting CO2 emissions.

Another advantage is the LLS’ ease of transportation. Since the system is modular, it can be disassembled and reassembled at the site, with a considerable reduction of logistic costs and shipment (by about 70% for overland transport and 90% for ocean freight).

Paolo Garbi, Sales Director of Laurini Officine Meccaniche commnted: “The introduction of the LLS will not cause the complete abandonment of traditional sideboom machines, as these are essential for certain particular projects involving, for example, steep slopes. However, we are firmly convinced that the LLS can offer a more economic, more efficient and definitely safer method than the current pipelayers.”

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