Perhaps we are faced with the most curious announcement of Inteland it is that the company has taken charge that its new factory of Arizona began to have an important member for its manufacture, and we refer to theThe largest conventional crawler crane in the world.
According to the company, it weighs no less than 3,000 tonsthe equivalent of approximately 428 large elephants, and is capable of lifting enormous amounts of weight at a maximum height of 236 metersmore than twice the height of the Statue of Liberty in New York.
This crane is approx. Model LR 13000 from Liebherr’s Buckner HeavyLift Cranes, which has been assembled and tested, and is now ready to work at Intel’s Ocotillo campus in Chandler, Arizona. The LR 13000 has a great particularity, it is the use of twin diesel engines, so even if one fails at an inopportune moment, a second can still keep the crane operational. This crane will be used to create the superstructure of Intel’s new Fab 52 using 36 steel trusses each weighing 150 tons (21 elephants).
The $30 million LR 13000 that’s helping Intel at Ocotillo is one of six available on Earth. After being manufactured in Germany, it was disassembled and transported on a dedicated ship that crossed the Atlantic Ocean and through the Panama Canal to Los Angeles, then loaded on board 170 flatbed trucks for the trip east to Arizona. Assembling all the parts took about a month.
Once the heavy loads for Fab 52 are complete, the LR 13000 will crawl to the nearby Fab 62 site to begin work there. With a maximum of 1.3km/hourmoves at a fraction of the walking speed of an adult.
Intel’s new twin factories in Arizona, with a total investment of around $20 billion, are expected to begin chip production in 2024.
At the Chandler Traditional Academy, less than a mile from LR 13000, children can see the crane through their classroom windows. The school recently held a “Name the Crane” contest, with the winning third-grade student nicknaming the big machine “Skyreacher.”
When Intel is done with Skyreacher, the yellow and red juggernaut will be disassembled, put back on flatbed trucks and shipped, to parts yet to be seen, for its next mega build job.