Ground Handling with Goldhofer: combining sustainability and economics

During the Saudi Airport Exhibition which will be held from November 7-8th, Goldhofer will inform about their latest solutions for emission-free ground handling with their electrically powered new »PHOENIX« E towbarless tractors, »SHERPA« E cargo tractors and »BISON« E conventional aircraft tractors and the Goldhofer »LINK« IoT platform. Together with their partners, Bombelli S.r.l., Guinault and Saudi Scales and Equipment Co.LTD., Goldhofer will be taking advantage of the Saudi Airport Exhibition to underscore their claim as a full service provider for electric ground handling. Goldhofer will also present in the show its well known and highly reliable Diesel driven GSE products, pushbacks and cargo tractors.

“The future at airports worldwide is electric and our intelligent, broad-based portfolio, along with that of our partners, provides mature capabilities for trouble-free operations,” says Lothar Holder, Head of Airport Technology at Goldhofer. The new »PHOENIX« E, is the most powerful vehicle in its electrically powered ground handling fleet: The towbarless aircraft tractor offers zero-emission handling of 70 percent of all passenger and cargo aircraft on the market today up to a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 352 t.

»PHOENIX« E in operation in Frankfurt (photo: ABB-Goldhofer)

The »SHERPA« E is ideal for a wide range of operations on the apron. With its impressive performance, the model is a convincing alternative to a diesel cargo tow tractor. With up to 8 tons of ballast as required in the individual case, the e-cargo tractor has the traction needed to tow heavy loads up to 80 t, and also to handle pushbacks with smaller aircraft with up to 50 t take-off weight.

Cargo tractor »SHERPA«

The »BISON« E 620 can handle up to 250 t. It features an intelligent cockpit designed for easy operation and is engineered with robust, durable components. All Goldhofer e-vehicles operate with the proven »IonMaster« technology. It employs extremely efficient lithium-ion battery systems and high-voltage technology with 400 or 700 V plus an active thermal management system (TMS) for significantly longer battery life under even the most grueling operating and environmental conditions including extremes of heat and cold. “Our solutions for switching to all-electric operation combine the same high standards of performance with fast intermediate charging and zero-emission working,” says Lothar Holder.

Conventional tractor »BISON« 620 D

Intelligent vehicle performance management

Goldhofer will also inform about the second package of its »LINK« tele-metric system. The IoT platform was unveiled at GSE Expo 2021 in Las Vegas. The system is designed to provide digital mapping for all product and maintenance functionalities. This makes Goldhofer’s »LINK« the perfect tool for intelligent vehicle performance management.

Further Information
GOLDHOFER Aktiengesellschaft, Erich Traub
Donaustr. 95, 87700 Memmingen
Tel. +49 8331 15 225
Fax +49 8331 15 70 225

The Goldhofer Group
Goldhofer is a globally operating company headquartered in Memmingen, Germa-ny, which continues to strengthen its leading position as a manufacturer of heavy and specialized transport vehicles. The Group combines a high and consistent standard of quality for its transport solutions with maximum proximity to customers. With its growing, tightly knit global sales, service and production network, the com-pany guarantees the local availability of new vehicles, vehicle parts and services at all times. Further added value is provided in the form of additional, mostly software tools for support with axle-load, stability and bend analysis as well as innovative sensor technology and data analysis. Goldhofer is committed to working in partner-ship with customers so as to be equipped to meet every logistical challenge

Transport Technology
The Transport Technology division delivers strictly user-oriented heavy-haulage solutions and a full range of dedicated accessories for on- and off-road operations with payloads of up to 15,000 tons and more. The broad-based product portfolio is tailored to the requirements and infrastructures of the various regional markets. This is the keep to full flexibility, even for exceptional operations. In addition to trailers and semi-trailers for the construction and haulage industries, Goldhofer supplies transport systems for the wind power industry and a range of heavy-duty combina-tions with and without hydrostatic drive for transporting oversized and ultra-heavy cargos.

Airport Technology
The Airport Technology division has a focus on the specific requirements of air-port logistics. The wide range of conventional and towbarless aircraft tow tractors, aircraft recovery systems, and cargo and baggage tractors in all size classes are reliable performers for continuous operations in ground support at airports world-wide. Goldhofer is also the solution for sustainable ground handling thanks to its highly efficient 400/700 V lithium-ion technology by the name of »IonMaster«. In addition, the new »LINK« IoT platform supports a wide range of telemetry functions, including monitoring und condition-based maintenance for efficient fleet manage-ment.