Quattro ‘engineering wizardry’ helps give machine new lease of life

A Quattro engineering team has transformed an excavator road rail vehicle into a Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP) following an innovative refurbishment project.

The in-house R&D department went to work to refurb and refit a Mecalac 14MBX base machine. They removed the excavator digging boom and replaced it with a MEWP boom and basket.

As well as a horizontal reach of 10M, the MEWP now boasts 360 degree turn of the platform for better manoeuvrability in hard-to-reach places.

The machine has a safe working load of 400kg in the basket and is currently working to help maintain and repair the Croydon Tramlink infrastructure.

John Murphy, Quattro MD, said, “The new 360 MEWP is working well in Croydon, helping with the maintenance of the overhead lines. There’s no other RRV like it in the country; it was made bespoke.

“It’s a fantastic and versatile machine, now working wonders for London’s 23-year-old tram system across 17 miles of track. We’re delighted with the engineering wizardry of our R&D department who were able to visualise and implement exactly what was needed for this job.”

The initiative forms part of the Quattro Group social responsibility and SBTi charter to revisit, upcycle and, where possible, reuse elements of machinery to enable effective working rebuilds, as part of the company’s commitment to halve emissions by 2030.