The Society of Operations Engineers (SOE) kindly invited Collett & Sons Ltd to be guest speakers at their January Continuing Professional Development presentation.
35 members and guests were in attendance as David Collett stepped up to present Collett & Sons past present and future. Starting with the origins of the company, David took the audience through our founding in 1928 as a local transport company delivering milk to the dairies to the specialist multi modal heavy lift company we see today.
Focussing on the trailer technology for Wind Turbine Transportation, David explained that the constantly evolving dimensions involved in the design of turbines is due to designers striving to gain maximum efficiency from them, which in turn provides a challenge in their transportation. David showcased Collett's knowledge and expertise within the industry and outlined the entire process from planning the move, assessing the suitability of the route, unloading the components, storage and the eventual transport to pad site ready for construction.
David also showed the audience pictures of earlier wind farm technology which was primarily focussed on platform trailers with and without steerable axles. As a result in the increase in blade sizes currently being manufactured (which can be up to 58 metres long) this equipment has since been superseded by the use of steerable bogies, lift adaptors, clamp trailers and finger and float systems.
An informative question and answer session rounded off the presentation and a vote of thanks was given on behalf of the centre by committee member Brian Irvine.
An added bonus to the evening was the display of Collett & Sons models by David Weston and Gordon Sharp, two of the organisers of the Heavy Equipment Model Show which takes place in Accrington each October.
(left to right) Northern Centre Chair Scott Howard, David Collett, Brian Irvine.