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CASE machines tackle Italian airport upgrade

Case 821G wheel loader

More than 100 CASE wheel loaders and excavators renovate runway at Milan Linate Airpor

SINCE late July 2019, more than 100 CASE Construction Equipment crawler excavators and wheel loaders from Italian company Vitali Spa’s fleet have been in operation during ongoing upgrades to Milan Linate Airport.

The machines are being used to upgrade Linate’s 2.5km long runway, allowing the airport to handle much larger passenger numbers in the coming years.

Vitali Spa, who are headquartered next to the airport, specialize in large-scale infrastructure projects and have previous airport upgrade experience, making them well suited to the runway renovation work.

As part of the airport upgrades, the entire runway is being rebuilt. This involves demolishing the existing reinforced concrete surface, a task where the CASE excavators have come to the fore.

‘Demolishing the old runway in a relatively short amount of time requires precise power. The CASE excavators in operation have consistently delivered this, helping to keep this large project on time and on budget,’ said Luca Vitali, owner of Vitali Spa.

‘As well as this, the new asphalt surface is being laid at 3,000 tonnes every 24 hours, a task in which the manoeuvrability of the CASE excavators has been perfectly matched by the power of the wheel loaders.’

To meet the project’s strict deadline, work has taken place under a tight schedule and with machines in operating almost 24 hours a day. Reliability is therefore essential, as Mr Vitali explained: ‘Our machines must always be available, so we are very attentive to factors such as robustness and the ease of maintenance.

‘The CASE crawler excavators and wheel loaders are highly appreciated not only for their performance, but also their reliability and low fuel consumption. Operator feedback on machines is also crucial for us, and they have all remarked on the comfort the CASE machines deliver in what can be testing working conditions.’

The CASE machines at work on this key project consist of: 821G wheel loaders and CX145D, CX300D, CX350D, CX370D, CX490D and CX800B excavators, the largest of which features a demolition boom.

All resulting debris from the demolition work is being treated, recycled and reused as foundations for the new runway. In total, this will require 63,000 cubic metres of material, which is currently recycled at a rate of 3,000 cubic metres every 24 hours.

‘We are all delighted to see CASE machines performing at such a high level on a demanding job site,’ said Nicola D’Arpino, vice-president of sales and marketing at CASE Construction Equipment Europe.

‘They are playing a key role in developments that will greatly improve what Milan’s city airport can offer, and it is great to hear such glowing operator feedback.’

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