Archive for December, 2016

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 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

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.

Before and After

Ipswich Theatres 2


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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