General Manager Opportunity

June 15th, 2017

Hoist UK is a leading supplier and manufacturer of lifting equipment based on the Wirral Peninsular, Merseyside and are currently seeking an experienced Sales / General Manager to be based in our Wirral offices.

The ideal candidate must have previous experience within the crane / lifting equipment industry and will be LEEA (or equivalent) trained, be fully conversant with LOLER and PUWER regulations and must hold a current full, clean UK driving license, CSCS card an advantage but not essential.

The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to effectively communicate at all levels with both colleagues and customers. Will work directly for the Directors of the company and will be responsible for the overall management of and coordination of the company.

Your duties will include managing the sales and marketing team, preparation of technical quotations using our CRM system, assisting the digital marketeer in developing new business, working closely with and delegating to the design, production and installation teams and overseeing the same to ensure growth, meet production and installation deadlines and ensure consistent quality across the board whilst keeping to strict budgetary requirements.

To complete the above duties you should;

  • Possess and apply intellect, judgement, and management skills to achieve required results.
  • Must provide effective management of subordinates to achieve desired results. Attributes necessary to meet this need may include communications, motivation, team building, employee involvement, diplomacy, delegating, etc. skills as well as confidence and enthusiasm.
  • Must possess thorough and relevant product knowledge and have experience in the crane and lifting equipment industry.
  • Ability to handle responsibilities with effective interpersonal skills and to effectively interface with others inside and outside the company.
  • Be able to coordinate the execution of engineering and manufacturing schedules based on sales requirements and production capacity.
  • Review and approve all technical quotations and work closely with production to ensure delivery of high quality products and services.
  • Control quality, cost of production, warehousing, receiving and shipping of raw materials through appropriate subordinates.
  • Participate in and assist in the development of long-range plans for the growth and security of the company.
  • Review and approve recommendations and requests of subordinates in matters of personnel and safety.
  • Have direct contact with customers on quotations, technical, production or service matters.
  • Apply intellect, creativity, adaptability, judgement, and management skills to achieve required results.
  • Ensure duties and company projects are accomplished in an efficient and cost effective manner.
  • Support peers and management with internal and external projects.
  • Adhere to company policies.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Hours will be 8:30am to 5:00pm 5 days per week Monday to Friday (40 hour working week on an annual salary); Flexibility in working hours will be essential to the successful implementation of this role.

This is a permanent position (following a trial period) and salary is negotiable dependent upon experience and skills.

This position is an immediate requirement; applications are invited from qualified individuals by email to jobs@hoistuk.com, including CV, with copies of any relevant certificates, a covering letter, a statement of availability, salary expectations and references. All references will be taken up and incomplete applications will not be considered.

General Manager Louise Dickson Pursues New Opportunities

June 6th, 2017

It is with a mixture of sadness and gratitude that the Directors of Hoist UK announce Louise Dickson, General Manager, is leaving the business effective 30th June 2017 to pursue new opportunities closer to her south of England home.

Louise relocated to Surrey in 2016 after accepting a marriage proposal from her fiancé and has been dividing her time between her office at home and Hoist UK’s office in Wirral. As Louise’s wedding date approaches we understand that her travelling schedule is inevitably having an impact but although we’re saddened by Louise’s decision we are nonetheless supportive.

Louise joined Hoist UK in the business’s early years and her 9-year tenure has seen her progress through the business from an administrator, to holding sales and marketing positions and progressing to her position as General Manager working underneath Director’s Paul Jordan and Tony Dickson. Louise has played a pivotal role in the development and success of the business and while the team at Hoist UK will miss Louise, we wish her the very best in her next role and thank her for her 9 years of dedicated service which saw many accomplishments including:

  • Overseeing the businesses expansion and move from their Bromborough office to new premises in Moreton, Wirral’s Tarran Way Industrial Estate in 2015.
  • Developing and managing the Hoist UK Sales and Marketing teams to continue the businesses successful growth.
  • Achieving 5 LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association) qualifications.
  • Trained to NQA standards, Louise has been the businesses ISO auditor helping the business to achieve ISO 9001:2015 accreditation status.
  • SMSTS trained and CITB Site Safety Plus certified.

“It is with great sadness that I have decided to leave Hoist UK, and it is not a decision that has been made with ease. However, living in the south and working in the north has put a lot of pressure on me, and I’m extremely grateful for Paul and Tony’s understanding and for supporting my decision,’ comments Louise. “Paul and Tony have been a pleasure to work for over the past 9 years, and I wish them the best of luck and a successful future with the interesting and exciting projects at Hoist UK.”

We will now begin our search to recruit a new General Manager, we’re looking for a knowledgeable individual with strong industry experience to oversee both our sales and marketing teams, full details of the role are available here.

Again, we cannot thank Louise enough for the dedication, passion, enthusiasm and motivation she has given to all at Hoist UK and she will be greatly missed by the team, directors and clients alike. We look forward to following the success of her career and hope for the opportunity to work with Louise again in the future as she embarks on her new position within the entertainment sector.

Project Partnership

June 2nd, 2017

We offer technically correct products, which are fit for purpose. Our vast knowledge and experience gained working with the industrial and entertainment sectors is what makes Hoist UK the chosen partner for delivering lifting solutions to customers, architects and contractors across the UK and internationally.

We use the latest 3D solid modelling software to design, manufacture and install robust lifting systems for any purpose, whether it’s a chandelier hoist needed for a lighting feature, a lifting system in a veterinary facility or an overhead lifting and handling solution for a manufacturing cell, we’ll provide a solution that specifically meets the projects requirements for safety, purpose and ease of use.

We believe that working together from the early stages of the planning process will contribute to the success of your project. Using BIM capable software we model the lifting / handling system in a 3D virtual environment to prove the suitability of the planned lifting solution and provide you with the drawings, models and the technical specifications you require to build the lifting solution into your plans at the earliest opportunity helping to control costs and reducing time from inception to project completion.

As a full service provider and proud British manufacturing company we offer a variety of services that can include; design, manufacture, supply, installation, examination, testing, commissioning and training,  We will can also offer advice and look at future pre-planned maintenance activities and inspections required by law on the equipment, once it has been put into service to give your client peace of mind, support and continuity from a market leading lifting and handling equipment specialist.

BIM (Building Information Modelling) is an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure.

To discuss your project with one of our design team please email us at projects@hoistuk.com or call 0151 334 7682.

 

Stagemaker SR: The new generation

May 24th, 2017

STAGEMAKER SR: New generation of VERLINDE electric chain hoists for the entertainment industry. Boasting an entirely new ergonomic design, STAGEMAKER SR is the only model available on the market fitted with double lifting brake, retractable handgrips and protective rubber pads. STAGEMAKER SR fits in well with all types of installation offering best-in-class safety and productivity.

STAGEMAKER SR is marketed in two models, SR2 for loads of up to 250kg, and SR5 for loads of up to 500kg, each available with hoist speeds of 4m/min, 8m/mim or 16m/min. The two models are marketed in versions A and B. The version A refers to motors with direct voltage control for rental and general rigging purposes. The version B refers to motors with low voltage control for fixed installations. Its new ergonomic design, black in colour, enables it to fit in well with its environment especially with grid lighting systems. Its handgrips prevent any risk of injury during assembly while offering optimum compactness when retracted. Protective rubber pads also offer shock protection during handling.

Keeping to the VERLINDE STAGEMAKER tradition, STAGEMAKER SR is fitted with the best possible safety features. As standard delivery the new STAGEMAKER SR model is equipped with double lifting brake, in order to render this unit directly compatible with D8 and D8+ (with new setting of the torque limiter to divide by 2 nominal capacity), this lifting unit will also became the first and alone product on the market with such safety level. The standard version is fitted with a new hoist load wheel concept with intermediate teeth for the drive chain, a Start/Stop palm button on the control box, a torque limiter, a hoist disc brake, low control voltage (48V), a variable speed travel motor and an electric safety limit switch for high and low positions. With the new torque limiter, the positioning of the clutch system in the gear box ensures the load is securely held by the brake whatever the operating conditions of the equipment. Fitted with an electric stop function as standard equipment on the version B, the safety of maximum upper and lower positioning of the hook is ensured by these electric limit switches and the switches themselves activated in turn by two rope slack stops. Lubricated for life to reduce maintenance, the gear reducer was designed for very long durations of operation of up to 3200 hours. Maintenance operations are now simpler, faster and more economical: easy access to brake adjustments, torque limiter settings, fuses, etc. High precision machining on the gear trains, moreover, ensures a very low noise pollution level of only 70dBA. The clutch system is easy of access for occasional maintenance operations and its location in the gear box ensures the load is securely held by the brake whatever the operating conditions of the equipment.

The recently patented « Perfect Push ®», 5-pocket hoist load wheel concept has 5 intermediate teeth for absolute grip of the hoisting chain providing a better chain guide and reducing the polygon effect. The “CHAINFlux MKII” high strength aluminium guide system also ensures fluid movement of chain on horizontal output from the hoist load wheel facilitating passage of the chain on ejection. The system prevents the “polygon effect” due to twisting of the chain and optimizes chain input to the chain bucket. The safety of maximum upper and lower positions of the hook is moreover ensured by electric limit switches located under the chain guide system. The switches are activated in turn by the upper cone of the hoist hook and the slack rope stop.

Numerous options are available: gear limit switch (2 or 4 steps), motor mounted with a lug to replace the top hook, automatic closing of lifting hook, controllers range and flight cases range.

Read the full press release here

Adapting the Verlinde Eurosystem for a low headroom installation

May 8th, 2017

Hoist UK recently supplied and installed a steel Verlinde Eurosystem to Lancaster-based manufacturer A House of Stone to facilitate the safe and easy movement of stone within their workshop.

For this project the customer required an overhead handling system that could safely manoeuvre heavy stone in a reduced headroom operation. The Eurosystem ST steel hollow profile overhead handling system was designed with UKA 40 profile beams and suspended double girder crane which is an application ideal for a low headroom solution.

The workshop’s unique ceiling structure meant that our team needed to design and manufacture a bespoke bracket to accommodate very tight headroom issues. Our engineering team installed the system to a very tight tolerance with just 12mm of clearance between the top of the crane and the underside of the precast concrete ceiling…

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Our New Digital Marketing Executive

May 2nd, 2017

Hoist UK are delighted to announce the appointment a new Digital Marketing Executive as the business continues to undergo further growth.

Eve Pybis has been appointed to the newly created role to provide support to the busy sales team and manage the businesses marketing function. Eve brings with her a wealth of experience in marketing planning, communications and campaign management across online channels and is a valuable addition to the Hoist UK team.

Tony Dickson, Director at Hoist UK said “We are delighted that Eve has joined our expanding team, her wealth of marketing experience will further strengthen the business and contribute to further driving the business forward”

Eve Pybis, Digital Marketing Executive at Hoist UK added “I am delighted to have joined Hoist UK at such an exciting time for the company. Their excellent reputation for technical knowledge and expertise combined with their continuous reinvestment in the business puts them in a strong position in the market, and I’m looking forward to helping drive further growth in our target sectors”.

Three cranes and six Verlinde hoists in the injection mould maintenance workshop at Parker Hannifin

March 1st, 2017

PARKER HANNIFIN with its global turnover of Euros 11.5bn is a world leader in movement and control technologies. The company designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of hydraulic, pneumatic and electromechanical components. The Muzillac factory in Brittany employing 130, located 25 km from Vannes, is a plastics injection specialist for products of the FSCE division and for the automatic assembly of instant fittings The factory is ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO TS certified and the injection mould maintenance workshop very recently installed three EUROPONT overhead cranes on each one of which is fitted two VERLINDE hoists.

 

The moulding workshop.
The moulding workshop is the core production activity at the Muzillac plant. Twenty-two Engel, Fanuc or Ferromatik injection presses are served by a overhead crane fitted with a 3-tonne VERLINDE EUROCHAIN VR Vario electric chain hoist for mould changing operations. These presses are used for the moulding of connectors for small pneumatic hoses and for compressed air system couplings in industrial buildings. For the car industry, five presses are dedicated to the production of motor fuel distribution circuits integrated by Parker Autolive in its manufacturing facilities. Mickael Le Pon, injection facility production manager, explains.“We carry out between 300 and 350 parts series changes per month involving just as many injection mould changes. To ensure the moulding workshop works at full capacity it is first of all vital that the moulds are in perfect condition and as their manipulation can only be carried out with the crane, the latter must be totally available and reliable.”

 

Mould routine maintenance, a decisive production factor.
Mickael Lepon: “Even if our activity is complex, it has to be understood that it is based in the main on two basic equipment units – plastic injection presses and moulds. To ensure production quantity and quality in phase with our targets, we have to ensure without fail regular inspections and routine maintenance of the moulds because we depend to a large extent on them to guarantee the productivity and the manufacturing quality of our products.”

 

A special workshop for mould routine maintenance.
The 500 m² workshop dedicated to mould routine maintenance consists of three successive square 10 m x 10 m work stations. After a certain number of duty cycles, the mould is removed, cleaned ultrasonically and the toolmaker is sometimes required to recondition the spindles by electro erosion or replace possible faulty parts.

 

Installation of suspended cranes and VERLINDE EUROCHAIN VR Vario hoists.
Before the EUROPONT cranes were installed, a single jib crane served the three work stations. As the manipulation of metallic moulds whose weight varies between 50 and 1,500 kg necessitates taking numerous precautions, the toolmakers frequently had their work interrupted while awaiting the availability of the jib crane. It was therefore decided to make each station autonomous with its own crane fitted with two VERLINDE hoists of a lifting capacity of 1.6 tonnes. The three EUROPONT cranes travel on the same metallic structure and to avoid accidental collisions, limit switches guarantee travel safety.
Following this new work organization making each work station autonomous, the productivity of the mould routine maintenance shop has risen by 25%. As moulds are made of two parts whose sizes and weights vary, each crane is fitted with two VERLINDE EUROCHAIN VR Vario hoists in order to facilitate their manipulation in complete safety.
The selected VERLINDE EUROCHAIN VR Vario hoists are fitted with 2-speed motors for lifting and a variable speed motor for horizontal travel. In this way the load is totally controlled horizontally and vertically without any rocking effect. The daisy-chain type power supply is conventional and the control boxes are wired. This solution was in fact preferred to a wireless system for reasons of safety, in order to avoid any possible confusion between the control boxes of the three work stations

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Space…The Final Frontier

January 12th, 2017

Truss UK is one of the few remaining British manufacturers of load- bearing aluminium trussing products; they design and manufacture structural aluminium products for the entertainment industry as well as other specialist industry sectors worldwide.

Having recently launched their new aluminium space frame product, Truss UK are pleased to announce that they have supplied the National Theatre (NT) with a large OBLIK system.

OBLIK is a modular space frame system consisting of only three main component types, the largest of weighing in at less than 16kg. The system is lightweight, compact for transport and storage and simple to erect using conventional fixings (nuts and bolts) to create complex aluminium structures that are extremely strong.

Truss UK director Paul Jordan says “The OBLIK space frame system was deployed in the grid of the NT’s Lyttelton theatre and is suspended from the underside of the existing infra structure of the building, fitted in the void between the grid and the roof.”

Paul Jordan adds “Each of the OBLIK frames measures fourteen (14) metres long by three (3) metres wide and weighs only 1,380kg, with all the members in the top and bottom plane of the structure having a load-bearing capacity. After installation each of the OBLIK frames were tested with 9.9 tonnes of live load and performed as it was intended.”

Steve Colley, Head of Automation and Rigging at the NT said “we chose OBLIK for the Lyttleton theatre as this system gives us the flexibility to rig new shows quickly, rigging directly from the OBLIK space frame without having to bridle from the roof structure or move grid stands and point hoists round on the grid for the show setup.”

Paul Jordan added “Rather than show loads being supported by the conventional theatre grid they are now supported fully by the roof structure with the space frame distributing and spreading the loads throughout the system and back to the whole building structure rather than imposing larger point loads on it.”

Truss UK director Tony Dickson said “OBLIK can be used for so much more than lightweight mother grids like at the NT. We also have decking and hand railing components to create suspended walkways, platforms, stages, lighting rigs, ground- supported roof systems and even high load columns.”

Tony Dickson adds “OBLIK has recently been used on the external façade of a building in a central Manchester to support a fourteen (14) metre x eight (8) metre video wall. Conventional steelwork support solutions would have imposed in excess of nine (9) tonnes of additional load to the external face of the building, the OBLIK system only imposed around three (3) tonnes of load, which was more acceptable to the checking engineer”.

For more information on our specialist range of structures and fabrication, please contact: sales@trussuk.com

For further information visit: www.trussuk.com or contact: info@trussuk.com

Christmas Shut Down

December 23rd, 2016

Our offices are currently closed for Christmas. From midday on Friday 23rd December, until 08.30am on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

Please feel free to contact us on sales@hoistuk.com as we will be checking emails periodically, however we will respond to non-urgent enquiries on our return in 2017.

Thank you for your continued support over the years, and we look forward to working with you in 2017.

The Hoist UK Team.

Hoist helps Workshop to Manoeuvre Canal Gates

December 19th, 2016

Helping the Canal & River Trust to lift and manoeuvre wooden lock gates for canals is the VERLINDE EUROBLOC VT3 electric wire rope hoist. The ten tonne hoist is part of a crab unit that was selected for its ability to offer dual speeds and high levels of operator control.

Pelloby, a company which has been working as a UK distributor of VERLINDE products for several decades, designed, manufactured and implemented the double girder crane system.

The Canal & River Trust has been producing lock gates for the UK´s waterways since 1963. This investment in the 10 tonne double girder crane is designed to further enhance capability at the organisation´s Bradley Workshop in Bilston, West Midlands where around 180 lock gates are produced every year.

With over 1,500 locks on UK canals, building new lock gates is a year-round job at the Canal & River Trust. An average lock gate lasts for about 25 years. Towards the end of their working life they will get a visit from the Trust´s carpenters, who measure it up, ready to be rebuilt back at the workshop. Usually it takes a couple of carpenters two weeks to build a pair of lock gates, but for the biggest gates it can take over a month. Every single lock gate is unique and made in the traditional way using sustainable oak.

Heavy design and construction is needed so that the gate holds up to the pressure of the canal water and continual wear and tear from boats that pass through the lock. This weight means that suitable cranage capacity is required to lift and transfer lock gates between workstations.

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