Hoist UK Appoint New General Manager

August 2nd, 2017

Hoist UK announces appointment of new General Manager

Leading lifting equipment manufacturer and supplier Hoist UK announces the appointment of new General Manager John Ball with immediate effect.

John will manage the business’s sales and marketing teams, contribute to overall business strategy and lead business development activities which include delivery of Hoist UK’s sales, commercial and customer strategies.

With over 25 years in the lifting equipment industry, John is recognised throughout the market and a welcome addition to the growing Hoist UK team. Commenting on the new appointment Paul Jordan, said “having known John professionally for many years I’m delighted to welcome him to the role of General Manager and have every confidence that he will contribute effectively to our growth and development”.

John added “It’s exciting to join a growing business with such a strong established position with the lifting equipment market both in the UK and internationally. I look forward to further expanding Hoist UK’s business and build on the existing strengths of the sales and marketing teams.”

In addition to John’s appointment Hoist UK are also recruiting for an Engineering Manager to oversee our multi-skilled engineering team.

 

Engineering Manager Opportunity

July 26th, 2017

We have an exciting opportunity for an Engineering Manager to join our team based in Wirral, Merseyside.

Hoist UK are one of the country’s leading lifting equipment and materials handling company and operate throughout the UK.

The Engineering Manager will hold a key role for the growth and development of the company, and will be leading a multi skilled fabrication, installation and servicing team, ensuring adherence to our quality, environmental and health and safety policies, working towards a BS EN 1090 accreditation and assisting the General Manager in the identification of growth of sustainable markets for the products and services supplied by Hoist UK Ltd, the role is a hands-on and practical role.

Key Responsibilities of our Engineering Manager:

  • To lead the engineering personnel through their day to day operations in an efficient, cost effective, safe and environmentally considerate manner ensuring that all aspects of the our operations in house and on site comply with our ISO 9001, ISO 14001 & OSHA 18001 status and policies.
  • To lead the engineering team, and to develop and maintain a team based approach to achieving the performance objectives of the business, managing the streamlining of operational practices with a strong emphasis on optimising operational cost.
  • To lead and encourage all members of staff to embrace a positive, active and involved health and safety culture throughout the business.
  • To audit, maintain and develop our existing ISO 9001, ISO 14001 & OSHA 18001 accreditation and policies.
  • To work towards a BS EN 1090 accreditation for Hoist UK & Truss UK.
  • To be responsible for quality control for finished products and Installation.
  • To liaise directly with the design and sales departments and be an interface between these and the production and installation departments.
  • To monitor and maintain good housekeeping within the stores/ workshop/ fabrication areas.
  • To plan fabrication and installation works to ensure delivery of products and services within an agreed programme.
  • To produce and adapt suitable Risk Assessment and Method Statements for on site projects.
  • To visit site prior to and during installation offering support and advice to design and installation teams and ensuring that RAMS, environmental, quality and H&S requirements are completed in accordance with company policies and in a safe manner.
  • To ensure that all materials and equipment for manufacture and installation projects is ordered and received in time and within budget.
  • To deliver training and coaching to our engineering staff, nurturing them and helping them develop in their roles.
  • To occasionally be involved physically within the production or installation process as production or scheduling demands.
  • To work with the Directors in the development of new products and services offered through the company.

The key skills that are needed within this role are:

  • IOSH / NEBOSH diploma or equivalent
  • LEEA qualifications / Team card – preferred
  • Experience in managing and auditing ISO9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 – preferred.
  • Electro mechanical background / qualification.
  • Strong knowledge of current and emerging UK and EU regulatory requirements for lifting equipment and lifting operations.
  • Previous experience in management or supervision within an engineering / lifting equipment company.
  • Excellent IT & communication skills.

Candidate must be experienced, tenacious, focused, solution driven and organised with high levels of energy, commitment and sense of urgency required in an ever-changing production environment and not be afraid to get their hands dirty on occasion.

In return the candidate will be rewarded with a salaried permanent position that comes with company vehicle (van), company phone, company laptop and software, workplace pension, company health scheme and inclusion into an annual company sales/productivity bonus scheme.

All applications should be made here.

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

July 10th, 2017

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

PARKER HANNIFIN has a global turnover of 13 billion Dollars and is a world leader in motion and control technologies. The company designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of hydraulic, pneumatic and electromechanical systems and components. The Breton factory in Muzillac, which employs 130 people, is located 25 km from Vannes and specializes in the plastic injection of products from the FSCE division and the automatic assembly of instant fittings. The factory is certified to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO TS, and the injection mold maintenance workshop has been equipped with three EUROPONT rolling cranes, each supporting two VERLINDE hoists.

The molding workshop.
The molding workshop is at the heart of the production of the Muzillac site. Twenty-two injection molding machines from Engel, Fanuc and Ferromatik are supplied by a rolling crane equipped with a 3-ton VERLINDE EUROCHAIN ​​VR Vario chain hoist for mold changing operations. These presses are used for the molding of connectors for small air pipes and fittings for air networks in industrial buildings. For the automotive industry, five presses are dedicated to the production of fittings for the fuel distribution systems that Parker Autolive integrates into its manufacture. Mickael Le Pon, production manager of the injection unit: “We carry out between 300 and 350 changes of parts series per month, Which involves as many changes of injection molds. In order for this molding workshop to run at full speed, it is first and foremost essential that the molds are in perfect condition and that their handling can only be carried out with the rolling crane, Reliability. 

Maintenance of molds, a determining factor in production.
Mickael Lepon: “If our business is complex, we must understand that it revolves essentially around the two basic equipments that are plastic injection molding machines and molds. To guarantee volume and quality of production in line with our objectives, it is imperative to ensure regular inspection and maintenance of the molds, as they are the major part of guaranteeing the productivity and quality of our products. ”

A specific workshop for mold maintenance.
The 500 m² workshop dedicated to the maintenance of molds includes three square work stations of 10 m sides. After a certain number of cycles of use, the mold is dismantled, cleaned by ultrasound and the toolmaker can be made to redo spindles by electro erosion or to replace any defective parts.

Installation of cranes and hoists VERLINDE EUROCHAIN ​​VR.
Prior to the installation of the EUROPONT traveling cranes, a single girder served the three work stations. Like the handling of metal molds weighing between 50 and 1500 kg and requiring multiple precautions, toolmakers frequently had down time, waiting for the availability of the stem. It was therefore decided to make each station autonomous, with its own crane equipped with two VERLINDE hoists of 1.6 T payload. The three EUROPONT bridges move on the same metal structure and in order to avoid accidental collisions, end-of-travel sensors guarantee the safety of the movements. With this new organization, which makes each workstation stand alone, The productivity of the mold maintenance workshop increased by 25%. Since the molds are in two parts of different sizes and weights, each bridge has been equipped with two VERLINDE EUROCHAIN ​​VR Vario hoists to facilitate their safe handling. 

The VERLINDE EUROCHAIN ​​VR Vario hoists that have been retained are equipped with two-speed motors for lifting and a variable speed motor for transverse displacement. Thus, the load is perfectly controlled in its two axes of displacement, without swinging effect. The daisy-chain power supply is conventional and the control boxes are cable-wired. This solution has been preferred to wireless remote controls for safety.

VERLINDE, a partner History of PARKER HANNIFIN Muzillac.
Mickael Lepon: “We have very old relationships of trust with the company SERE Maintenance and therefore, naturally, we turned to them for the reorganization of our mold maintenance workshop. They delivered and installed the bridges and hoists and together we received the equipment and tested the resistance of the metal structure. Our experience with different Verlinde equipment has convinced us to set up EUROCHAIN ​​VR Vario hoists, whose reliability meets our requirements with a very high cost / quality ratio. Added to this is the geographical proximity of SERE Maintenance and the preventive maintenance service they provide. In the medium / long term, We plan to install a second crane in the molding workshop, another Verlinde hoist will find its place there. 

SERE Maintenance, led by Ludovic Mathis is a partner of Verlinde, and a member of its network of EUROPONT overhead crane manufacturers for more than forty years. Fifteen people are involved in the various activities of the company: lifting, which accounts for 80% of turnover, as well as the cathodic protection of metals, mainly for water, gas and air networks in industry . A variety of customer services are also offered, such as the maintenance of lifting and handling equipment.

 

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…

Download the full case study here

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”.

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

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