Strong silent type

TF10 Piano: High output — low noise

The TF10 Piano combines the efficient performance and throwing range of the TF10 with even lower noise emission. This is made possible by special sound insulation cladding on the turbine, a soundproof cover and special air filters on the compressor. The TF10 Piano can be operated at partial load thanks to a frequency converter integrated in the electric switchboard. The motor speed is reduced in this case, enabling snowmaking operations to be carried out at a lower volume.

Low noise level

Large throwing range

High snow output

Low noise level

With sound-insulating cladding on the turbine and compressor as well as a frequency converter, the TF10 Piano lets the snow fall quietly — ideal for noise-sensitive areas.

Large throwing range

The fan gun's throwing range combined with the automatic swivel feature ensures that the snow is distributed evenly and extensively over the slope.

High snow output

With 24 Quadrijet nozzles and eight nucleators, the TF10 Piano is one of TechnoAlpin's most powerful snow guns.

High output despite how quiet it is

TF10 Piano features manual height adjustment and a motorized swivel function. Access can be gained to the swing release, height adjustment and valve block on the same side of the snow gun, and the user interface comes with color monitor and LED-backlit keys. This facilitates the job of producing snow, even in adverse weather conditions. Bluetooth® remote control is available as an option for even greater flexibility and comfort.

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Nozzle ring

With 24 Quadrijet-type nozzles and eight nucleators, the TF10 is one of the most powerful machines on the market. TechnoAlpin fan guns are fitted with hard-wearing Quadrijet nozzles with ceramic inserts. The ceramic inserts guarantee a high level of durability and resistance even when used with aggressive water. The four-jet technology is used to optimize and equalize the spray action and therefore to guarantee top snow quality. TechnoAlpin has been using this advanced technology since 1992 and the heating system in the nozzle ring operates selectively, resulting in reduced energy consumption.

Valve technology and water filter

Nozzles can be turned on and off on all TechnoAlpin snow guns depending on the temperature. This keeps the quality of the snow consistently high. This regulation can be a simple and infinitely adjustable process thanks to the valve block. The WEDGE WIRE water filter cartridge, which is made of high-quality nickel chromium steel, is also integrated in the valve block to save space. It has no weld seams and is therefore extremely durable.

Oil-free compressor

The snow guns produced by TechnoAlpin are fitted with an aluminum oil-free piston compressor with integrated cooling circuit. This system has been in use since 1999, allowing the snow guns to be positioned at any angle. The oil-free compressors made by Kaeser are also very environmentally friendly and ensure that no oil escapes into the environment through the snowproduction process. They operate at the same flow rate and yet they use less energy and do not need to be serviced annually. With no oil filters, trap cartridges, oil level monitors and stationary heating installations, this all adds up to a reduction in the annual running costs of a snowmaking system. The oil-free compressor in the TF10 Piano also has special air filters and a sealed soundproof cover which provides additional noise insulation.

Turbine

A turbine with internal motor running at 1,460 rpm (1,170 rpm at partial load) makes the machine insensitive to vibrations and significantly reduces the noise emissions. Sound insulation cladding on the TF10 Piano also absorbs the noise of the turbine rotating. With a turbine diameter of 90 cm, the TF10 and the TF10 Piano outperform all previous TechnoAlpin fan guns, boasting excellent energy consumption levels at 18.5 kW fan output and 4 kW compressor power.

Frequency converter

The TF10 Piano can be operated at partial load thanks to a frequency converter integrated in the electric switchboard. The motor speed is reduced in this case from 1,460 rpm to 1,170 rpm. Snow production can therefore be guaranteed in noise-sensitive areas.

Meteo station

Up-to-date weather information is needed so that the snow gun parameters can be adjusted to the prevailing conditions for optimum performance. The current air temperature and relative humidity are therefore always measured and processed in the meteo station. It is also possible to install sensors to measure the wind direction, wind speed and snow depth.

Robust electronics

The electrical equipment of the snow guns complies with all the applicable regulations in the relevant countries. The function and service life of some components could be adversely affected by frost therefore all such components are heated. The graphical user interface with color monitor displays all the snow gun data clearly, and the electronic control unit ensures failure-free operation and optimum regulation.

Technical data

ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES

Nominal voltage 400V
Nominal frequency 50 Hz
Nominal current 38* A
Connecting plug 5x63 A
Nominal power - largest motor (turbine) 18.5 kW
Compressor 4 kW
Heating 0.5 ÷ 1.9 kW

DIMENSIONS

Snow gun length 1840 mm
Snow gun width 1510 mm
Snow gun height 2150 mm
Undercarriage height 350 mm
Total height 2500 mm
Length [max.] 3000 mm
Length [excluding drawbar] 2700 mm
Length [excluding front jack] 2350 mm
Width [max.] 2350 mm
Track gauge [wheels] 2000 mm

WEIGHTS

Snow guns 755 kg
Transport frame with jacks 165 kg
Yoke 13 kg
KIT for mobile undercarriage (GRPT0013) 75 kg
KIT for mobile undercarriage (GRPT0056) 60 kg

VARIOUS

Operating temperature -12.5°C
(Rotational) speed 1460 rpm
Number of revolutions in quiet mode 1170 rpm
Turbine inclination 45°
Horizontal rotation 360°
Swinging (automatic) 180°

WATER

Operating water pressure 8 - 40 bar
Water filter 250 microns
Water connection - Camlock 2 in

NOZZLE CONFIGURATION

Nucleator 8
Fixed nozzles - Quadrijet type 8
Switchable nozzles - Quadrijet type 16

NB: Subject to technical modifications.

Data are subject to change depending on the type of plant and/or the country of installation (please always refer to the wiring diagrams).

*Measurements at nominal voltage at 1500 m above sea level and at a temperature of 0°C.

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Mobile structure

The maneuverability and balance of the snow gun are optimized. The main units, such as the motor, compressor, electric switchboard and valve block, are cleverly arranged around the center line, and the center of gravity has been lowered, therefore despite its size the machine is only slightly heavier than other fan guns.

Two-part transport frame with jacks

The structure and the optional two-part undercarriage allow a simple conversion of mobile units to a fixed lift-mounted installation. The front section of the undercarriage can be removed from the snowcat blade with a few hand movements and the machine can be linked up and attached directly to the lift carriage. The jacks and rear section of the undercarriage can then be dismantled.

Tower-mounted installation

Fixed tower-mounted snow gun installations are typically used for slope sections which are difficult to access and require large amounts of snow. The elevated position of the snow gun improves the snow output. The tower consists of a steel column which is 1.6 m high, and the mounting base has a height of 20 cm. The installation process is simplified by the low self-weight. Covering mats also come as standard, as does a service platform.

Lift-mounted installation

In the case of lift-mounted installations, the snow gun is mounted on a steel column which is 3.5 m or 4.5 m high and has an ascending and descending machine platform. This has a centering device to ease initial installation or to enable air installations. The snow gun is operated by Bluetooth® remote control or from the ground by means of an optionally available additional keyboard at ground level.
Lifts are available in manual version, with HIT-TRAC 8 or with hydraulic systems. Maintenance work can be carried out with the aid of various systems. Snow guns mounted on manual lifts can be lowered by means of a jack-hoist mechanism. The HIT-TRAC 8 lift can be operated with the HIT-TRAC 8 motor-driven rope pulling device. The pull rope runs through the pulley assembly at the top of the lift and a return pulley on the carriage, thereby raising and lowering the snow gun complete with carriage. With the hydraulic lift, the snow gun is raised or lowered using an electric pump and hydraulic cylinder inside the lift column.

Arm-mounted installation

Snow guns can be mounted on a support arm measuring 12 m in length. This arrangement is typically used on wide sections which receive very little snow and where wind conditions require that the snow gun will need to be located well into the slope layout. The snow guns are operated by Bluetooth® remote control or by means of an additional keyboard at ground level.

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