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Hoist UK appoints new Engineering Manager

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Leading lifting equipment manufacturer and supplier Hoist UK announces the appointment of new Engineering Manager Chris Rodgers with immediate effect.

The Engineering Manager position is newly created and Chris will hold a key role in the continued growth and development of the company whilst working closely with John Ball, General Manager, to grow the business within new and existing markets, as well as assisting with new product development.

In this hands-on, practical role Chris will lead our multi-skilled fabrication, installation and servicing teams with a focus on streamlining operational practices, maintaining a high standard of quality control and liaising with all teams within the business for effective management.

John Ball, General Manager said “Chris brings over 10 years of experience within the lifting industry gained worldwide and we are delighted to welcome him to the team. His industry experience and leadership abilities position him well within the business to contribute to achieving our growth objectives”.

Chris added “Hoist UK are a successful, growing business with an established name within the lifting industry and I’m happy to be a part of a forward thinking, customer focused team. I’m ready for the challenge and I’m looking forward to working with Tony, Paul and John to deliver on their development plans for the business”.

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

Monday, 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

Thursday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Friday, 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.

 

Adapting the Verlinde Eurosystem for a low headroom installation

Monday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Thursday, 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

Friday, 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.

A Day in the Life of…James Jordan

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Position at Hoist UK?
Interestingly enough my role at Hoist UK changes depending on what we need. I suppose the official title would be Sales & Marketing Representative.

I do sales, marketing and occasionally get my hands dirty in the workshop which is no replacement for putting on a suit and a pair of English shoes to go out and about seeing new and existing customers.


How Long in This Role?
When I initially started working for Hoist UK 2 years ago, I was brought in as an office junior/designer. My role mainly involved making drinks and designing flyers, advertisements and general marketing materials.
Since those days, I’ve come a long way… I can quote for near enough any industrial or entertainment requirement and I’m looking forward to learning about our sister company’s key product (truss). I can process orders and generate stickers for the equipment that goes out of our doors whilst generally maintaining the image of Hoist and Truss UK both digitally and in print.
I’ve just passed my first LEEA exam (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association) and I can’t wait to undertake all of the others, gaining knowledge and experience from colleagues and customers along the way.

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How Did You First Hear About Hoist UK?
In a previous entry for ‘a day in the life of’ you may have heard Tony mention Paul Jordan? Well the clue is in the last name. Paul is my Dad, now I know what you’re thinking, ‘Director Hands His Son a Job’ but I can assure you this is far from the case. For starters my Dad works in a completely different department of our offices therefore my contact with him is limited. Being brought in as an office junior meant that I had to work my way up from the very bottom, taking any opportunities that presented themselves to better myself for the good of the company. Since 2014 I have worked my way from an office junior who worked 2 days a week to working 40 hours + in the job role mentioned above.


What Does A Typical Day At Hoist UK Look Like To You?
I wanted to try and take a different approach to answering this question as the day changes so often depending on what is required.
5:30 am
Rather than being woken up to the smell of cooked bacon, the sound of birds tweeting and sunshine in my eyes. I get the overwhelming pleasure of listening to 2 cats crying at the front door wanting to go out and start their day. Once they’ve been booted out, I go back to bed before starting my day.
6:30 am
Okay, so now it’s time to get up and start the day. But wait, even though I’m sat up and my eyes are open this does not actually mean I’m awake. I usually sit in bed for a further 10-15 minutes in a trance like state before continuing on to getting ready.
8:10 am
So, after a pleasant trip down the M53 we arrive at work ready to start a productive day, but not before being sorted with a hot drink (fuel) to function for the day. Tea, milk, 1 sugar and most importantly brewed in a metal tea pot.
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
As I’ve mentioned prior to this paragraph it is very difficult to sum up my usual day in such a short space, most recently I have been sat at my desk design flipping between sales and design mode. Our catalogue gets worked on and I’ve been dealing with some of the sales enquiries as they come in through phone calls and product enquiries on our website. Any products manufactured in our Moreton workshop get stickers designed for them and marketing materials are designed and printed when required. We have a weekly sales meeting which determines what will be worked on the following week. Our 10 year anniversary is coming up so we’re starting to get all the final pieces in place for when it comes around.
5:00 pm +
I’m usually here until I get kicked out, which is usually be any time before 7 pm. I’m no stranger to helping out in the workshop with priority jobs that need to be finished for a customer specified delivery date. I love being here, it’s like a second home!


What Has Been Your Favourite Project/What Is Your Favourite Part of the Job?
If you’ve actually read down to this point then you should be aware that I am responsible for the image of Hoist and Truss UK. We have been currently undergoing a re-brand project for the last year and are coming close to the end. I have especially enjoyed working on our new product catalogues which progress onto the re-design our existing website.


What’s Your Favourite Book?
I don’t have one.


What is Your Favourite Film?
I love my 80’s movies; Back to the Future, Indianan Jones, Star Wars and a personal favourite overall is Ferris
Bueller’s Day Off.


What Was the First Single You Bought?
I’m way too young to be answering this question…When this form was given to me to be completed I believe my exact words were ‘What’s a single?’ I think it’s probably best I pass on this question.


What Do You Like to Do in Your Spare Time?
If you were paying attention, you may have noticed that I made a point of talking about English shoes earlier? During my spare time away from Hoist UK I work for the English shoe manufacturer Church’s. Although the idea of working 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year can be a bit daunting, it’s actually quite enjoyable… Not to mention the additional pennies in my piggy bank.


Finally If You Were Stuck on a Desert Island, What 3 Things Would You Want?
1. A Knife
From my experience of being trapped on deserted islands (mainly obtained from watching Bear Grylls) a knife seems to be key for survival.
2. My iPhone
I know my reception would not be very good when stranded, it’s not even good here… but the reason why I would want my phone is for the WikiHow app. It has a built in survival guide with scenarios ranging from First Aid to Surviving a Shark Attack. All of this works without the need for an internet connection.
3. My Girlfriend
She’s been trying to get me to take a day of work for a while now, so I guess a desert island getawaywould do the trick.