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General Drive Technology: Denley Hydraulics

The Falkirk Wheel, a rotating boat lift

The Falkirk Wheel, a rotating boat lift in the shape of a contemporary sculpture

The Falkirk Wheel rotating boat lift in Scotland connects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal and is named after the nearby town Falkirk, Scotland. The wheel raises boats by 24 metres (79 ft), but the Union Canal is still 11 metres (36 ft) higher than the aqueduct which meets the wheel. Boats must also pass through a pair of locks between the top of the wheel and the Union Canal. The Falkirk Wheel is the only rotating boat lift of its kind in the world, and one of two working boat lifts in the United Kingdom, the other being the Anderton boat lift.

Scottish canals, Denley Hydraulics and KTR
Owner Scottish Canals commissioned Denley Hydraulics to join the Falkirk Wheels project. The experience and knowledge has gained Denley recognition in the marketplace for the bespoke design and manufacture of electro hydraulic engineering to exacting specifications. Denley, based in West Yorkshire UK, made contact with KTR UK and was looking for the best solutions and products for this challenging project.
KTR fulfilled the requirement with a supply of ROTEX® flexible jaw couplings, alongside an array of hydraulic components including bellhousings and damping elements.