Aerospace Technology

Zero-error tolerance also true on ground

An unspoken zero-error tolerance applies to everything related to aerospace technology. This golden rule applies not only in the air, but on the ground too – namely for all trades involved in aerospace technology. Business removals firm HARDER logistics is well-versed in these strict requirements thanks to countless projects. The client list of the system provider from Neu-Ulm includes well-known international firms from the aerospace industry, such as MTU, EADS Astrium and Wittenstein (producer of fly-by-wire technology). As a contractual partner of Diehl Aviation, the aircraft interiors supplier, HARDER logistics has been handling removals for years.

Well-versed in documentation

Thus, our own personnel, who receive individual training for this sector, leave nothing to chance. The staff we use understand the high documentation requirements. Everything that is moved can be tracked transparently. In addition, clear arrangements are in place before we start, detailing which of our staff are permitted to access the relevant areas on site. We also define the necessary access regulations with the customer and ensure that the names of our staff are provided to the plant manager.

Increased vigilance and best equipment

Besides care, which is at the centre of our service, we believe it is of the utmost importance that our equipment meets the highest quality standards. This starts with pens, which are produced from one piece, extends to protective clothing and special shoes, and ends with explosion-protected tools and equipment. Investments in transportation aids and tools quickly add up to 6-figure sums.

User report about Diehl Aviation

What does a project for aerospace technology actually entail?

The example project

Aircraft supplier Diehl Aviation is setting up a new production site for plane interiors in Hamburg, bundling its previous locations in the Hanseatic City. The removal logistics lasted a year from the first planning to transportation of the last box.

Key data

Almost 300 workstations were relocated, 8,500 m2 of space was restored to its original state, and a total of 40 lorry loads were transported, including a milling machine that is more than 10 m long.

Relocation in two stages

After preliminary planning lasting six months, the first partial move was effected. The actual relocation comprised 150 workstations. HARDER logistics also took care of servicing the machines, as well as professional dismantling and construction. Once the hall was cleared, the team from HARDER logistics restored the 5,000-m² space to its original state and handed it over broom clean. This also included disposing of old machinery, moving walls and removing shelving and paternosters. The second partial move included 120 workstations and the clearance of the site with an area of 3,500 m2.

The challenge

The goods to be relocated included a milling machine 10.20 m long x 4 m wide. Before it could be transported, it had to be broken down to the transport size of 3.50 m. The preparatory work alone took three days and included the creation of cabling plans and interface photo documentation. A low loader brought the project cargo to the new location.

Team and equipment

In total, eleven staff from the Neu-Ulm logistics service provider were needed on site, including electricians and mechanical engineers. The firm’s own equipment filled three vehicles, which are used with special structures specifically designed for relocation projects.


Thanks to the well-planned stages of the move, there was minimal impact on production. Sufficient pre-production, the collaboration of all involved and an excellent process all played a part in ensuring that our business partners hardly noticed the feat being accomplished around them.

The moment of setting down the milling machine requires the highest concentration. The 70-t crane lowers the 10-metre-long project cargo millimetre by millimetre.
It took around three hours for the milling machine to be properly installed in the leakage pan at its new location on Genter Ufer.

Photos: HARDER logistics / C. Brinkmann
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