From enormous pieces of equipment with unconventional shapes, to extremely delicate detector parts, the careful handling and transportation of components is essential at CERN. The Handling Engineering (HE) Group prepares, organizes and coordinates all transport and handling operations for the CERN accelerators and experiments as well as the transport of thousands of conventional items, chemical and radioactive products per year.
The Group is specialized in the design, integration and feasibility studies related to the transport and handling operations. Both standard industrial and custom-built transport and handling equipment is being procured, installed and commissioned.
The Group manages and maintains all the industrial transport, handling and lifting equipment to ensure the perfect performance all along its lifecycle.
With the accelerator complex deep underground and about 700 buildings on surface, both passenger and goods lifts are very important. The HE Group is responsible for the purchase, installation and maintenance of all of them, regularly checking their performance.
The complete park under the responsibility of the Group comprises hundreds of equipment that includes, amongst others, 119 lifts, 358 EOT cranes, 85 forklifts and 52 customized transport and handling equipment for the use in the accelerator complex.