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PSG 1790 – Working in a Big Way for the Future.

The energy transition and the departure from nuclear power have a significant aspect which is generally not publicly perceived or discussed: The decommissioning of the nuclear power plants is a technical and logistical challenge of mega-proportions. With special attention to radiation protection and work safety, very large machine parts must be disassembled at the site and transported away with proper protection.

Commissioning of the machine in our assembly hall.

For a part of this work, Weisser-Bärwinkel GmbH plays a role. Or in other words you could also say: „We work in a really big way for the future here in Maulburg.“ At present we have constructed the largest band saw ever built: With a cutting width of 4130 and cutting height of 4200 mm and a building-high total height of 9.4 meters, it will be used at the nuclear plant in Gundremmingen mainly in the disassembly of large components such as the turbine shaft with a weight of 204 tons.

The saw itself, including accessories, weighs 85 tons and is equipped with all kinds of technical features: electrically moveable work tables and a tilting device; the hydraulically adjustable band guides or the electrically moveable gantry saw enable a smooth process in cutting the giant metal components. Of course Weisser-Bärwinkel also built all accessories such as protective fencing and the setup areas outside the work area. The construction time for this mega-project was only 13 months from the time of order until customer acceptance.

Once again we could put to use all of our experience and expertise, as well as the reliability of our company, and will continue to do so for our customer, RWE Nuclear GmbH, in maintenance work in the coming years. For this is our central product promise – competence from one source.

Do you have a particular need or challenge in special machine construction?

Then contact us. You will see – we build very, very special machines – because we can.

When small people build big things.

Quick hands, quick end! In our hall we are setting up for commissioning the next large band saw for the dismantling of decommissioned nuclear power plants. Now you can follow in the complete time-lapse recording how one of the so-called “small medium-sized companies” does big things.