Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Apollo brings Akkerman to a broader market

World-Renowned Systems

Established in 2018, Apollo Techno International FZCO is solely responsible for the marketing, distribution and creation of dealerships, agents and reseller networks globally, for products manufactured by ApolloTechno Industries Pvt Ltd.

The company’s product line has to date included the R Series of HDD rigs which was launched onto the international market with successful penetration in UAE, Oman, KSA, Russia and Egypt. Apollo also holds a large warehouse with parts availability at Dubai UAE, as well as a team of qualified and trained technicians to meet any challenges and keep these rigs productive for clients.

In 2020 the company launched its new comprehensive website www.apollotechnoint.com and now in 2021 it is to introduce to the Middle East, African and Indian markets a full range of Akkerman tunnelling and auger boring equipment. Apollo Techno International FZCO will be solely responsible for Sales, Marketing, Service and Parts for the Akkerman product range.

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WORLD-RENOWNED SYSTEMS

Akkerman’s product range includes Guided Boring Machines, Microtunnelling Systems, Tunnel Boring Machines, Excavator Boring Shields and Earth Pressure Balance (EPB) Systems.

The Guided Boring Machine (GBM) systems are a leading solution for accurate and extended drive lengths in soft ground to rock geology for 4 to 48 in (100 to 1,200 mm) o.d. pipe and larger diameters with the guided auger boring application. GBM jacking frames connect with a host of pipes, tooling, skid extensions and shaft adapters for versatility on a multitude of pilot tube projects. The GBM systems are comprehensive and feature robust and intelligent design, adaptable functionality and sensible ease of use features.

Microtunnel Boring Machines (MTBMs) generally install gravity flow pipelines or carrier pipes that require precise line and grade in poor soil. Microtunnelling is a remote controlled, continuously supported pipe jacking method. Standard centre drive and face access, periphery drive MTBMs are sized in the 30 to 114 in (760 to 2,900 mm) o.d. range. Microtunnelling operations are managed by an operator in an above ground control container alongside of the shaft and a complete slurry microtunnelling system commonly comprises a pipe specific MTBM, control container, guidance system, remote hydraulic power pack, keyhole jacking frame, a series of pumps, water cooling tank, slurry and additional lines, and a slurry separation plant. The launch shaft is outfitted with a pit seal to prevent shaft flooding and a project specific thrust block to distribute jacking forces.

Akkerman’s Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) are used to install 48 to 96 in (1,200 to 2,400 mm) o.d. jacking pipe and are controlled from within the TBM by an operator. TBMs excavate soil at the face of the bore using hydraulic motors to rotate the inner drum, the cutter head excavates and soil is transported via conveyor and haul unit for disposal from the launch shaft. A pipe laser in the launch shaft projects a laser point on the cutter face for the operator to monitor and make steering corrections as necessary. For extended length drives, the AZ100 Total Guidance System is used for tunnel navigation.

The all-in-one Tunnel Boring System easily adapts to any jacking pipe with an appropriately sized TBM, yoke and skid sections. A complete Tunnel Boring System is comprised of a TBM, pump unit, yoke, skid, haul unit, conveyor, pipe laser and often a bentonite pump. The company’s Excavator Boring Shields (EBSs) and EX-50 Excavators are used for 100 to 168 in (2,500 to 4,300 mm) o.d. pipe jacking, and liner plate and ring beam lagging tunnelling applications. EBSs perform best in sand, medium to stiff clay, dry or dewatered soil, and weathered rock in regions without ground water. The EX-50 Excavator is positioned in a slide mount to the interior top of the EBS and is interchangeable between EBS models.

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