State of the art technology meets tradition in the Pinzgau by Leitner

State of the art technology meets tradition in the Pinzgau bt Leitner :State of the art technology meets tradition in the Pinzgau LEITNER ropeways renovates the Schmittenhöhebahn in Zell am See.

One of the best known and beloved ropeways in Austria underwent a comprehensive renovation and update last autumn. Within a period of only three months, LEITNER ropeways replaced many old components as well as the electrical and electronic systems. These measures allow the ropeway to operate more comfortably, efficiently and reliably.

The Schmittenhöhe is one of the most popular summits in the Eastern Alps. Zell am See’s 1,965 meter high mountain in the Pinzgau, Salzburg, offers spectacular views of lake Zeller See, the Kitzsteinhorn and many peaks of the Hohe Tauern, including more than 30 which tower over three thousand meters. In winter, the Schmittenhöhe is a popular ski area, while during the summer it attracts numerous hikers. A ropeway, the first one in the Salzburg region, was first built here in 1927. The Schmittenhöhebahn developed into one of the most sought-after and significant tourist attractions in the region, most recently thanks to the new cabins which were introduced in 2009 and designed by the Porsche Design Studio. The Schmittenhöhebahn climbs 1,010 meters over an inclined length of 2,757 meters. With a 300 kW DC motor, the ropeway achieves a passenger capacity of 325 people per hour. The ride takes 6 and a half minutes. Thanks to its limited maintenance requirements, the ropeway offers optimal conditions for successful and safe operation all year long.

Ropeway expert improves the Schmittenhöhebahn In 2013, Schmittenhöhebahn AG decided to undertake extensive modifications to the aerial ropeway with two large cabins, each offering space for 43 + 1 people. LEITNER ropeways was selected for the project. The company is capable of carrying out mechanical, electrical and electronic modifications, tailoring its services to the individual wishes of the client. The conversion was begun in September 2013. Once work on the structures along the path of the ropeway had begun, LEITNER ropeways replaced most of the electrical equipment.

The drive system was also partially replaced and laid-out for a maximum traveling speed of 10 m/s. Numerous other components were also replaced by new identical or similar parts.

New braking concept, new drive and four different drive programs
The braking concept was fundamentally changed.Three pneumatic safety brakes were replaced by a single hydraulically-controlled safety brake and three pneumatic service brakes were replaced by two electrically-controlled service brakes. After the modification it is now possible to switch between four different drive programs for various operation demands which is a further major advantage. The Performance program allows maximum transport capacity with a maximum traveling speed of 8.5 m/s, without any reduction in traveling speed when the vehicles cross over the towers. The Comfort program reduces the traveling speed over the towers, which significantly reduces the dynamic effects of the ropeway. Using the Economy program, the ropeway travels at 7 m/s with reduced deceleration and acceleration. The Tower program is used to carry out maintenance work on the towers. A further characteristic of the project is the Ward-Leonard drive. The inclusion of this existing drive into the new control system was particularly challenging from a technical perspective. Using this additional drive via mains power replacement, it is possible to ensure continuing operation of the ropeway at a maximum speed of 5 m/s in the event of failure or blackout of the
power grid.

The conversion work was completed on time and the modernized ropeway entered into operation as planned at the beginning of the 2013/14 winter season.


State of the art technology meets tradition in the Pinzgau bt Leitner


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