Laying empty pipes | Machines for environmentally friendly and cost-effective empty pipe laying

The FOECK laying system makes trenchless pipe laying of up to 10,000 metres per day possible! The specially developed cable plough systems work in an environmentally friendly and efficient manner and are ideal for laying empty pipes.

The mobile winches have an enormous pulling force - up to 180 tonnes!

The FOECK system is ideal for laying empty conduits. Due to the particularly high tractive force of the mobile winches of up to 180 tons, our system is able to lay any type of flexible empty pipe up to a diameter of 630mm and a depth of 2.5m. Several systems can be laid simultaneously in one operation: Masking tapes, earthing wire, warning tapes and fibre optic cables could thus be laid directly with the main line. This rational method of working saves a lot of time and effort when laying the pipes.

Conventional trench or ploughing methods usually reach their performance limits above a certain laying depth, pipe diameters and the laying of systems, as these machines lack the necessary inherent power to be able to move forward continuously. This is not a problem for the FOECK-system: due to the enormous pulling forces of our mobile winches, we can achieve optimal results in terms of laying speed, depth and reliability when laying empty pipes even in heavy soil conditions.

Sustainable laying of empty conduits

Another advantage of laying empty conduits with FOECK machines is the environmentally friendly method. With great force but minimal damage to the soil structure and vegetation, numerous empty conduits can be laid economically in a short time. The machines adapt optimally to the terrain to be worked. This is made possible by a special design of the hydraulically adjustable wheel arms on the plough. The laying shaft, which is attached to the end of the plough, also adapts ideally to the terrain during the laying work.

Preliminary work that is harmful to nature, for example the removal of topsoil, shrubs and trees, is not necessary when using FOECK technology. Laying empty pipes with the FOECK system has little to no effect on the soil structure.

Another ecological and economic advantage: For a construction project, the FOECK system consumes only 10% - 20% of the diesel fuel compared to conventional methods and thus also causes significantly less CO2 emissions.

Laying empty conduits - saving time and money

Conventional working methods for laying empty conduits are carried out with rotary tillers or heavy drilling and excavating equipment. This process is not only laborious, but also very time-consuming and costly. In contrast, FOECK machines work much more efficiently and economically. When laying empty pipes with the FOECK system, the laying speed is 10 - 20 times faster than with conventional laying work.

Ground changes, water courses etc. are no problem for our machines. The FOECK laying system easily works its way through the most diverse ground conditions. The hydraulically adjustable sword shoe continuously maintains the desired depth even in difficult soil conditions. There is no need for costly reworking or interruptions. It is also possible to lay the empty conduits at a small distance from buildings, walls, road signs or other structures.

References: an excerpt of successfully completed empty pipe laying projects


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Would you like to learn more about the FOECK laying system? Then we look forward to hearing from you by phone, e-mail or via our contact form. You are also welcome to arrange a consultation with us in which we present technical details of our products.

Walter Föckersperger, Managing Director
Phone: +49(0) 8742 43897-0


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Frequently asked questions about laying empty pipes

Why are empty pipes laid?

Empty pipes are laid to create supply lines. Under the ground, the empty pipes are safe from environmental influences such as flooding, storms or simple vandalism. The effects that an above-ground supply of telecommunications and electricity can have become clear, for example, during natural disasters in the USA: the supply lines that are largely laid above ground there are regularly interrupted during natural disasters and have to be restored at great expense for days.

How are empty conduits laid?

In practice, empty conduits are often laid using an open cut method, where excavating or milling is the order of the day. HDD drilling equipment and trencher also offer possibilities for laying empty conduits. However, all these methods are associated with a considerable environmental impact and a long construction period. With FOECK's installation system, the environmental impact is minimised and the installation time is up to 10-20 times faster.

What has to be considered when laying empty pipes?

When laying empty pipes, different regulations apply with regard to the minimum depth. Depending on the type of utility (water, gas, electricity or telecommunication lines), different construction regulations must be observed. Existing lines that are in the route area must be located prior to the work and can be easily crossed with our equipment.

How to pull a power cable through the empty conduit?

Power cables are pulled into already laid empty conduits with so-called cable pulling winches.

At what point is it worthwhile using FOECK machines to lay empty conduits?

From an economic and ecological point of view, it is always worthwhile to use our system for laying empty conduits. Due to the high tractive force of up to 180 tonnes, the FOECK machine works 10 to 20 times faster than other laying methods when laying underground cables.

At what depth must empty conduits be laid?

This is specified by the network operators. With the FOECK machines, a laying depth of up to 2.5 metres can be achieved.