Hydraulic Drive System for Las Vegas Observation Wheel

Enerpac and Schwager Davis provided the Mechanization System, a hydraulic drive system that provides the propulsion and normal braking force for the system in normal use, to rotate the wheel.
Enerpac Hydraulic Rotating Mechanism (HRM), attached to a 45-ton rim section, was used to grip, hold and turn the rim during construction.
The hydraulic drive system consists of a total of eight drive units, each of which has four large tires that provide the traction force to rotate the wheel.
The Las Vegas High Roller includes 28 observation cabins. Each cabin is 20 feet in diameter and weighs 25 tons. Cabins accommodate up to 40 people each, and are outfitted with HVAC systems and in-cabin entertainment systems.
Customer: 
Caesars Entertainment
Location: 
Las Vegas, Nevada


Problem: Erecting the Las Vegas High Roller Observation Wheel included installing the 28 passenger cabins. To ensure accurate and safe installation, a hydraulic drive system was needed to turn the wheel for correct positioning and placement. The drive system would also be critical in the overall rotation of the wheel, which would serve as the permanent operating system. Enerpac and Schwager Davis Inc., a specialty contractor, worked together to supply a reliable system solution.

Solution: Enerpac and Schwager Davis provided the Mechanization System, a hydraulic drive system that provides the propulsion and normal braking force for the system in normal use, to rotate the wheel. The system consists of a total of eight drive units, each of which has four large tires that provide the traction force to rotate the wheel. One full revolution of the wheel takes approximately 30 minutes. The system is capable of rotating the wheel in both directions.

In addition to rotating the wheel, the drive system was also used for several weeks during construction to rotate the wheel in order to install the large 25 ton passenger cabins.

Products: Custom hydraulic drive system

Year: 
2014
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