Giving London’s Tower Bridge a lift
Bosch Rexroth technology is quite literally the driving force behind one of London’s greatest sights – the opening of Tower Bridge.
Red telephone boxes, black taxis, and the Union Jack flag are just some of the iconic images of London. Another of its most iconic symbols, famous the world over, is Tower Bridge. Its two towers sit proudly on the River Thames, connected by upper walkways and lower bascules. These lift upwards and outwards so that ships can pass through on their way to the port.
Tower Bridge was completed in 1894 after eight years of construction. Bosch Rexroth technology has been at its core since 1975, when they replaced the steam hydraulic system which operated the bascule pivots – allowing the two halves of the bridge to rise – with a new electro-hydraulic mechanism. The world’s most famous drawbridge has continued to serve London commuters to its own detriment. The ever-increasing traffic flow on the bridge has taken its toll on the mechanics and in 2002, Bosch Rexroth were tasked with modernizing the system once again. They did this by checking, maintaining, and replacing components, thus ensuring smooth operation for each of its 1,000 openings per year!
Did you know?
Old lady fit again within 40 days!
1. Bosch Rexroth Ltd. modernized the entire Tower Bridge control system within 39 days!
2. 60 associates, working in two shifts around the clock, successfully ensured that the old bridge's joints were set in record time.