Archive for July, 2017

Engineering Manager Opportunity

Wednesday, 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

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.