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Hoist helps Workshop to Manoeuvre Canal Gates

Monday, 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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White Light Supplies Ipswich Theatres with Brand-New Motor Rigging System

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Built in the 1880‘s, the Corn Exchange is one of Ipswich’s premiere entertainment complexes. Featuring stunning Victorian architecture, the venue regularly houses theatre productions and a variety of entertainment shows. A short walk from the Corn Exchange is the Regent Theatre, which is East Anglia’s largest theatre and has an auditorium that holds 1,500 people. To facilitate the various productions in each building, both venues decided to invest in a new motor rigging system. As the technical solution specialist, White Light was called upon to oversee the entire installation.

The project was led by WL’s Engineering Manager Patrick Lockwood. He comments: “We won the tender to provide new motors to Ipswich’s Corn Exchange and the Regent Theatre. We have worked on similar projects in the past, such as the LoadGuard Motors we installed in the Great Hall at Central Hall Westminster, so are fully aware of what various spaces require and what to do in order to achieve this”.

The previous motors were the non VBG 8+ type so needed secondary lock-offs which both venues found were no longer practical and did not fulfil their health and safety standards. These needed replacing with something that was not only suitable but complied to the venues’ regulations and came within budget.

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Patrick states: “There were three areas in which we worked. These were the stage truss grid and auditorium in the Corn Exchange along with the stage in the Regent Theatre. For the auditorium, this had a very old static lighting structure directly above it meaning that any time additional equipment needed to be added this would require a cherry picker, which obviously wasn’t very practical”.

Patrick visited the site and, after speaking with Steve Bridgeman, the venues’ Building Services Engineer, decided that the Stagemaker BGV D8+ and wall mounted controllers supplied by Hoist UK were the ideal solution.

Patrick adds: “The Stagemaker SR has what is known as a ‘Perfect Push’, which is five pocket load wheels fitted with five intermediate teeth. This innovation means improved chain guiding and chain flow, reducing the risk of chain jamming. Similarly, they have double brake as standard which means they are extremely safe and comply with VBG 8+ regulations and all hoist motors have integral thermal protection to prevent overheating. They are also very reasonably priced and easy-to-use meaning they were perfect for both theatres”.

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Foundry Crane Features Rope Hoist

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

A turntable crane system has been installed at the Hereford, UK foundry of superalloy manufacturer, Special Metals Wiggin (SMWL), which features a pair of EUROBLOC VT3 series electric wire rope hoist manufactured by VERLINDE. Sitting either side of the crab unit, the hoists support loads up to a combined total of 16 tonnes. The bespoke crane system was designed and implemented by Pelloby, which has been working as a UK distributor of VERLINDE products for several decades.

SMWL’s products, which include Inconel, Nimonic, Udimet and Monel, are engineered to offer a combination of heat resistance, corrosion resistance, strength and toughness in some of today’s industries and applications.

The company produces nickel alloys in all standard forms, from large ingots and billets to plate, sheet, tube, bar and extruded section. Naturally, some of the alloy goods are large and heavy, which means the application of a capable crane system in the foundry is a prerequisite.

SMWL regularly looks to invest in new foundry machinery and equipment in order to streamline ongoing operations, and the thinking behind this latest crane was to offer a way of quickly rotating lengthy or cumbersome goods and materials when moving them between various workstation or storage positions.

Having ordered several overhead, jib and portal cranes from PELLOBY in the past, the company was well aware of the scalable nature of the UK crane manufacturer´s design and production process. Indeed, this proved to be a big part of the reasoning behind the selection of PELLOBY for this specific project.

The system solution supplied to Special Metals incorporates a special turntable crane which utilises a 360° slewing crab unit that can traverse freely along two double-girder overhead beams. Spanning 23,470mm the crane´s girders are supported by existing gantry steelwork within the building. A handheld radio control is used to operate the longitudinal motion of the beam, the crab movement and the turntable´s rotation.

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Eilon Engineering Celebrates 40 Years of Keeping People Safe

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Eilon Engineering has grown to become a world leader in the development and manufacture of load monitoring systems. Its popular product line includes Ron Crane Scales™, dynamometers and load cells for force and load measurement, as well as Ron StageMaster™ load monitoring and overload prevention systems based on latest generation wireless technologies. The company’s list of repeat clients includes prestigious institutions like NASA and the US Air Force along with corporate giants Lockheed Martin, Boeing, GE, Siemens and Vestas, amongst others. Some of the world’s best known brands in entertainment like Cirque du Soleil, the MTV Video Music Awards and Blue Man Group, along with a host of other renowned artists and productions, turn to products from Eilon Engineering for load safety. The company also counts numerous convention centres, theatres and arenas throughout the USA, Europe and the Far East among its list of clients.

 Although Eilon Engineering can be proud of its achievements, Eitan Eilon makes it clear that the company does not rest on its laurels. “We continually look to the future,” he said. “We embrace new technologies and constantly fine-tune and enhance our existing aerospace-quality products while our brilliant R&D team is tirelessly at work innovating new ones.” An excellent example is Elion’s recent launch of Bluetooth hand-held PRRs (Portable Radio Receivers), for which an app is simply downloaded to a smartphone or tablet. The systems enable long range monitoring, have an extremely short response time, and monitor up to 200 load cells per second. Unique battery life provides up to 5,000 hours of continuous monitoring and transmission range can reach several kilometers.

 Eitan concludes by acknowledging the Eilon team and its company partners around the world. “I especially wish to thank every member of our Eilon Engineering family for their non-stop dedication, and to our international network of distributors for having helped us reach the point where we are today.”

 It may be Eilon Engineering’s birthday but it’s Eilon customers that will be receiving the gifts. In celebration of its 40th Anniversary, the company has prepared a generous program of luxury incentives. These will initially be offered at upcoming trade shows, including PLASA 2016 in London 18-20 September (Stand E12), and 21-23 October at LDI in Las Vegas (Stand 714), and will continue throughout the anniversary year.

 

STAGEMAKER Motors Operated by AED Studios

Monday, September 12th, 2016

AED’s audio-visual studios were recently equipped with 100 VERLINDE STAGEMAKER SR10 motors, for its ceiling grid equipment, to simplify assembly and disassembly operations for shows.

Catering the needs of international players in the audio-visual sector and the realm of live performances, the AED group achieves these both by renting out and selling standardised products embracing the techniques of sound, lighting, image projection and the lifting of stage equipment and by the letting of a complex of fully operational studios for cinema, television and event productions.

A studio complex in the heart of Belgium AED at Lint, near Antwerp, runs one of Europe´s largest audio-visual production complexes. Covering a surface area of 25,000m², the company rents out 16,000m² of studios, 4,000m² of offices and can supply any postproduction equipment or facilities required by cinema or TV teams.

The company is very attached to its industrial heritage. In the entrance hall, for the benefit of customers and visitors, are exhibited audio-visual and stage equipment tracing the history of techniques in the industry. Using museography it displays lamps, cameras, microphones, mixing desks, image projectors and for the lifting section, the display of Verlinde motors used by AED over many decades, like the first manual screw hoist (1858), the first L104 motor, the LITACHAIN LI5, the STAGEMAKER SM10 range and finally the latest generation of the STAGEMAKER SR line with the SR10.

Filip Van Vlem, AED Communication Director, declared: “Energy economy is a major concern for us and the integration of photovoltaic panels in our studios´ roof structures goes hand in hand with the use of STAGEMAKER hoist motors for ceiling grids. They replace energy consuming lifting trucks while providing flexibility, efficacy and time savings for our customers.”

Van Vlem added: “When a TV programme or film is being produced, studios equipped with these motors enable all equipment mounted on arched supports to be rapidly put in place. STAGEMAKER motors lower the beam on which lighting, microphones, cameras or video projectors used for the performance will be fixed to place them at the right height when required. Using this equipment, adjustments or modifications are fast and easy. Lastly, disassembly by the technical team after performances is very much faster resulting in improved profits for the producer.”

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Cranes and hoists to save the day after warehouse fire

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

A reconstruction process at a busy warehouse that was severely damaged by a fire has started with a selection of Verlinde Eurobloc electric wire rope hoists and Eurochain power travel electric chain hoists that have been installed in conjunction with a series of Pelloby cranes.  

The site in Fareham which is owned by Kelvion, a leading manufacturer of heat transfer products such as plate heat exchangers, shell and tube heat exchangers, finned-tube heat exchangers, modular cooling towers, and refrigeration heat exchangers, became engulfed in a huge blaze overnight during March 2014.

As a result, a fifth of the company´s facility was rendered completely unusable. However, the factory is now up and running again thanks to large-scale rebuilding work that has included the installation of several Verlinde hoists mounted to single girder travelling cranes designed, produced and supplied by UK manufacturer, Pelloby.

In total, five overhead cranes were supplied, all spanning the factory width of 12,543mm. The three highest load capacity cranes all feature Verlinde electric wire rope hoists. Two Eurobloc VT3 models offering 10 tonne safe working load, 320mm wide flange settings and 6m lift height were joined by six Eurobloc VT2 low headroom models with 5 tonne safe working load, 320mm wide flange settings and 9m lift height.

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Hoist UK Welcome New Starter to Their Sales Team

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Hoist UK are proud to announce and welcome Colin Jones to their sales team as Technical Sales Engineer. Colin has been in the lifting industry for almost 25 years, having been previously employed by Chester Chain Co. where he started off on a temporary contract as a lifting equipment engineer, working his way through the ranks in various roles including site supervisor, & works manager, until he became General Manager in 2013. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience of standard & specialised lifting equipment, along with his formal LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association) qualifications.

“Having Colin join our team is a major asset for the company, as it is always difficult to employ a technical engineer with a proven track record in the industry” commented Hoist UK Director Paul Jordan. “Colin has a vast knowledge of the lifting equipment sector, and he will be a real advantage to us as the company grows, especially assisting with specialist projects that we are working on” he adds.

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Eilon Engineering to Launch New Bluetooth-compatible Ron Crane Scales at CeMAT 2016

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

New Ron Crane Scales PRR features Bluetooth compatibility with iPhones / iPads (no WiFi required)

Eilon Engineering announces launch of the new Ron Crane Scales PRR (Portable Radio Receiver), a compact and highly portable Bluetooth-compatible crane scale system for either single or multiple point load monitoring. The user-friendly crane scale system can be used from the convenience of an iPad or iPhone using the Ron Crane Scales App.

Visitors to the upcoming CeMAT trade show in Hannover can get a closer look at the Ron Crane Scales PRR from May 31-June 3 at Eilon Stand E66/1 Hall 27.

Single Point Load Monitoring:

With the Ron Crane Scales PRR users can view measurements from a single crane or hoist from a smartphone or tablet. The load cell transmits measurements over RF to the portable receiver, which transmits them via Bluetooth to the smartphone / tablet.

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Ron Crane Scales – single-point lifting:  System Advantages

  • Bluetooth compatibility with smartphones / tablets (no Wi-Fi required)

  • 0.1% accuracy

  • Light weight and portable

  • Heavy duty designs with shock absorbing mechanisms

  • Exclusive use of high-grade aerospace steel for load cell bodies

  • Shackle holes offset 90 degrees to reduce external moment for increased safety and accuracy

  • Battery life of up to 2000 hours on common disposable batteries (optional: up to 4000 hours)

  • Small size ensures minimal headroom loss

  • Short delivery time – in most cases 48-72 hours

  • Fatigue-rated load cells

Dual Point Load Monitoring

The Ron Crane Scales PRR allows measurements to be viewed from two points individually – as well as the sum of their loads – from a smartphone or tablet. Loads can then be displayed as a real-time load map

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Hoist UK Welcome New Starter to Their Sales Team

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Hoist UK are proud to announce and welcome Colin Jones to their sales team as Technical Sales Engineer. Colin has been in the lifting industry for almost 25 years, having been previously employed by Chester Chain Co. where he started off on a temporary contract as a lifting equipment engineer, working his way through the ranks in various roles including site supervisor, & works manager, until he became General Manager in 2013. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience of standard & specialised lifting equipment, along with his formal LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association) qualifications.

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“Having Colin join our team is a major asset for the company, as it is always difficult to employ a technical engineer with a proven track record in the industry” commented Hoist UK Director Paul Jordan. “Colin has a vast knowledge of the lifting equipment sector, and he will be a real advantage to us as the company grows, especially assisting with specialist projects that we are working on” he adds.

Colin Jones comments “I have known Paul & the team for many years and I was happy to be given the opportunity to work for such a dynamic and growing company. Their technical approach to project based work and their depth of product knowledge that allows them to attract such high profile projects excites me. I am really looking forward to the fresh challenge, and particularly working on projects like ISO rated clean room systems, ATEX applications and to be working more within the entertainment industry”.

Louise Dickson, General Manager of Hoist UK adds “We are pleased to welcome Colin to the Hoist UK family; he has got a great personality and will be a real asset both on site advising clients and in the office mentoring some of our other staff that are new to the industry”.

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Remember: Safety Above All

Hoist UK Help the Mars Rover

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Hoist UK are a manufacturer and supplier of lifting and handling equipment for the industrial and entertainment market sectors and have recently supplied a bespoke monorail hoisting solution latest generation of Mars Rover units at a facility based at Airbus UK in Stevenage in the United Kingdom.

Working directly for Bouygues Energies and Services, Hoist UK provided a hoist from their hygienic and clean room range which had some unique features for this very unique application,

Hoist UK Director Paul Jordan says: “The hoist was a 1.6 tonne SWL unit with 5.8 metres height of lift and all external surfaces of the hoist were polished stainless steel 316 with minimal horizontal surfaces to help maintain the cleanliness level of the room for the application and the unit was fitted with an infra-red remote control system”.

Paul Jordan adds: “The lifting medium in the hoist was a dyneema belt which is a non-metallic and natural fibre which does not require any additional lubrication, so is perfect for this type of application where cleanliness is a key feature of the required design. Normally electric chain hoists and electric wire rope hoists are used for this type of application but these types of hoists all need lubrication on the chain or wire rope, which is not desirable or permitted in order to keep the very strict cleanliness levels in some of these ISO rated clean rooms. Our hoisting solutions give the customers the very highest levels of cleanliness with equipment that is fit for purpose and manufactured to British and European standards”.

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Hoist UK Director Tony Dickson comments: “Our customer and their end user were very happy with lifting system which was installed and commissioned over a two day installation period on Airbus UK site in Stevenage after successful testing in our works.”

Paul Jordan adds: “Hoist UK are not only able to provide standard equipment to suit our customer needs, but are also able to supply specialist and bespoke products manufactured here in the United Kingdom like for this application using our own in house design and manufacturing facilities.

Hoist UK is a full member of LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association) with UKAS accreditation to ISO9001 (Quality), ISO14001 (Environment) and OSHA 18001 (Health & Safety) to give the customer peace of mind under their company motto of Safety Above All.”

LEEA are established across the globe as the respected and authoritative representative body for all those involved in the lifting industry worldwide.

For more information on our specialist range of lifting structures and appliances, please contact: sales@hoistuk.com

Remember: Safety Above All