Automation Siemens Technology Gives World’s Largest Ferris Wheel a Spin
German engineering for the world's largest transportable Ferris wheel: The R80XL, a giant rising 80 meters in height, is completely equipped with automation technology from Siemens....
Munich/Germany – At the beginning of January, the world’s largest transportable Ferris wheel wheel was erected in Munich and is shortly due to be shipped by sea to its destination in Mexico. The R80XL, a giant rising 80 meters in height, is completely equipped with automation technology from Siemens.
The scope of delivery includes Simatic-S7 control technology, drive technology including motors and low-voltage power distribution. The steel giant weighs in at 750 tons and will accommodate a total of 432 passengers rotating in 8-seater or 16-seater cabins. Siemens supplies drive and control technology solutions designed specifically to be used in these types of rides for traveling carnivals or “Fliegende Bauten” as they are known in German.
Setting Up the World's Largest Ferris Wheel Takes Weeks
As the rigging and derigging process takes several weeks, its future use will not focus on deployment in permanent fairgrounds. Its main application will be as an observation wheel in large metropolises around the world, where it will be set up for a number of months at a time as a tourist attraction. The giant wheel was developed and designed by the company Bussink Design. Responsible for production of the giant wheel, which is available in two different versions, is Munich-based Maurer German Wheels.
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