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

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

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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

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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A Day in the Life of…James Jordan

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.

Eilon Engineering Celebrates 40 Years of Keeping People Safe

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.

 

A Day in the Life of…Colin Jones

September 12th, 2016

Position at HUK?

Well there’s a question I don’t know to be honest as I have not officially been given one but I suppose I would call myself Technical Sales Engineer.

I have been in this industry for almost 25 years having started my career at Chester Chain having a temporary contract for only 2 months due to the full time fitter being on long term sickness, I was repairing all types of lifting gear. I then sat my entry level LEEA’S in them days it was in 2 parts.

I passed both of those and I was offered a full time position due to the chap I was covering was not coming back.

To cut a long story short I became Site test Engineer, Site Charge Hand, Site Foreman, Site Manager and finished there as General Manager.

How Long At This Roll?

I only joined HUK in March of this year, I have personally known Paul, Tony & Louise for many years

And also other members of staff like Phil, Lynn and Kerry so my first day was totally un-nerving and very much relaxing.

Working at HUK is like having an extension of my family we all work closely and everyone gets on.

I must say I’ve been very welcomed.

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How did you first hear about Hoist UK?

Firstly through hoist enquiries etc. in our trade there are not that many companies left out there and we are a specialised industry.

I have seen HUK grow over the years I first visited them at their small unit in the Croft, Bromborough.

And many times when they moved to Wrynose road.

When they moved into the present site here at Moreton I got invited to have a look round and was given a guided tour by Paul never in my wildest dreams did I ever expect to now be working here.

I must admit it’s one of the better decisions I’ve ever made.

What’s a typical day at Hoist UK look like to you?

To be honest very typical of the environment I’m used to, but more up to date with much better facilities and systems in place.

Also a much happier place to work after some of the characters I used to work alongside (we’ll leave that one there I think!!). I enjoy being busy and some of the projects and jobs I get involved in are very interesting.

What has been your favourite project/What is your favourite part of the job?

Well I haven’t been here long enough yet to be able to comment on this, as previous authors

‘Of this A day in the life of’ feature but I try to get involved in most projects and jobs.

I suppose the job to date would be a large production facility in the north west. I initially carried out a site visit, from there a quotation and got the job I then assisted on the installation with the lads on site.

I get a real buzz from every order I get whatever its value and I think the day that buzz goes it’s time to pack in.

What’s your favourite book?

I would like to say the Kama sutra I always said it would be my ambition to try every position in the book!

BUT I still haven’t finished page one yet!!! You never know I may get to finish the book or certainly page one!! (dream dream dream).

But seriously not a big reader never seem to have the time.

What’s your favourite Film

Please don’t laugh but it’s got to be Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory with the late Gene Wilder, I have my own DVD of it even though it’s shown on TV regularly, brilliant film.

I also enjoy Netflix box sets and have recently watched ‘Prison Break’ and ‘Breaking Bad ’

I do like to watch old black & white films especially the British made ones I have a great collection of my own.

What was the first single you bought?

Gilbert O’sullivan ‘Alone Again’

I do have quite a reserved taste in music (Just an old fashioned Lad at heart)

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Well as most people who know me will tell you Car Rallying it tend s to take up a lot of my spare time, preparing the car, repairs etc.

Hoist UK have been one of my sponsors on the car and van for the last 7 years so even through my hobby there has been a connection. We just finish New Brighton Promenade Stages last weekend and finished 45th O/A out of 98 cars and won trophies for ‘ Best Presented Car ‘

This was the first time out in this car having sold the Peugeot 306 and first time out since my Heart attack back in November.

Finally if you were stuck on a dessert island what 3 things would you want?

  1. Luxury Log Cabin with all amenities.
  2. Wi-Fi.
  3. A Nymphomaniac who’s Dad owns a Pub 🙂

STAGEMAKER Motors Operated by AED Studios

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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Hoist UK Design, Manufacture & Install Bespoke Crane System

September 1st, 2016

Hoist UK are a manufacturer and supplier of lifting and handling equipment for the industrial and entertainment market sectors and have recently designed, supplied, installed & commissioned a bespoke overhead crane system at a large manufacturing plant in the North West.

A simple task one would have thought for one of the country’s leading suppliers and installers of industrial lifting equipment until the client explains that the facility is already finished, jam packed with machinery, ducting and conveyor equipment and in full production. The area is also in a highly sensitive / secretive production facility that also requires a heightened state of cleanliness throughout installation and during use. Oh, and finally the installation has to be completed within a very tight schedule so as not to disrupt production, then the simple just became a little more difficult.

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No stranger to the extraordinary (one look at their website will confirm this), the Hoist UK team set about a design that would weave its way through a maze of duct and pipework and was both simple & practical to install and above all met the timescale and specification from the client.

Hoist UK Technical Sales Engineer, Colin Jones says: “The crane system has a safe working load of 500kg, runway length of 19.5m, and 3.5m span supported by four separate goal post structures, which were mounted avoiding all the site obstructions and pipework, which could not be moved. The system was installed for maintenance of machines which are running 24/7 and the system was successfully installed during in a tight shutdown and maintenance schedule on site.

“Whilst we are unable to divulge who the customer was, they were very happy with the crane system which was installed and commissioned over a three day installation period on their site” comments Hoist UK Technical Director Paul Jordan. “The crane system is a variable speed powered bridge crane fitted with a Verlinde VR electric chain hoist with radio control function” he adds.

“Hoist UK are not only able to provide standard equipment to suit our customer’s needs, but we are also able to supply specialist and bespoke products manufactured here in the United Kingdom using our own in house design and manufacturing facilities. We are UKAS accredited to ISO9001, ISO18001 & ISO14001, and to give the customers additional peace of mind we are also Achilles registered and are SMAS approved installers, our company motto Safety Above All says it all” added General Manager Louise Dickson

Hoist UK is a full member of LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association).

LEEA is 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

For further information visit: www.hoistuk.com or contact: info@hoistuk.com

Cranes and hoists to save the day after warehouse fire

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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A Day In The Life of…..Louise Dickson

July 14th, 2016

We would like you to get to know our team here at Hoist UK…We will be running a series of

‘A Day in the Life of…’

through our news page & social media accounts. Next under the spotlight is our General Manager, Louise Dickson

Position at HUK?

General Manager – I unintentionally followed in my fathers footsteps. I was 18 and didn’t take to the university lifestyle, I’d never thought about a career in the lifting industry (My DADS industry…!) I guess I saw it as a male-oriented profession.”  I was at a point where the job I was doing was boring and mundane, and having known of past projects that my dad had been involved in, I thought lets give this a go. At first, it was tough, I never expected to still be here 8 years later but here I am —and I’ve not looked back.

How long in this role?

Well I have been working for the company for 8 years, starting off by just answering the phone and taking the simple enquiries, (oh and making cups of tea for my dad & Paul) My dad had me trained well…I’ve been making his tea since I could boil the kettle 🙂

Having taken a keen interest into the business, over the years I’ve learned a great deal about the industries that we work in, and I have in the last two years passed five on my LEEA examinations.

My official title is now General Manager, but we all do whatever it takes here to get the job done, from quoting projects, doing site visits, driving the fork lift truck, and packing boxes.

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How did you first hear about Hoist UK?

As discussed above, it’s my dads business with his partner Paul. I was aware of what he did, and as a 16 year old teenie bopper, I had a keen interest in some of the projects he worked on. He would come home and tell us about the equipment Tomcat had supplied for all the major tours and big artists at the time. We would watch TV and I would point out all the clever stuff my dad had been involved in making to all my friends.
I can remember him pointing proudly at the TV when the BRITs were televised in 2002, telling us all about the lifting and rigging equipment. For the record, it was the year Shaggy took home the International Male Solo Artist award, and ‘performed’ Me Julie on a flying gold bed 🙂

What does a typical day at Hoist UK look like to you?

My day is different every day here at Hoist UK. I can spend days at a time working on big tender projects, or a few minutes working on a spare parts quote. Other days I will travel around the country visiting clients, or attending site visits and measuring up for jobs. There really isn’t a day that is ever the same. Some days I have my accounts hat on, other days I have my sales hat on. But it keeps the job interesting having such a varied workload.

What has been your favourite project / What is your favourite part of the job?

I don’t actually remember specific details of a project, but I do find the entertainment industry more interesting, and I love hearing about the venues that our equipment is being installed in. From a small lighting bar in a school, to a full performer flying system for the likes of Boyzone or other top celebrities. The industrial side of the business is also very interesting, visiting big food processing plants, and factories seeing how things are manufactured etc. It’s certainly an interest I never thought I would have back when I was in school.

What is your favourite book?

This is a difficult question, as I don’t read as much as an adult as I did as a child. But I’d say, going back to my childhood the BFG was one of my favourites, and I’m excited about the new film that is due out at the end of this month. Although they never do capture everything your imagination has to offer from reading a book.

What Is your favourite film?

OK, so this is a bit stereotypical and cringe worthy, but it has to be Dirty Dancing. I remember having the VHS as a child, my dad had recorded it off the telly, and it had the adverts running between various parts of the film. Even when I watch it now, I remember the parts of the film when the adverts would start…and I know pretty much all the words…not so much all the moves with my two left feet 🙂

What was the first single you bought?

Hmmm…the first single I remember knowing all the words to was by Donnie and Marie Osmond, the morning side of the mountain. My mum had it on one of them small records, before tapes & CD’s, we used to sing into our hairbrushes, and put the handle back on the start of the record over and over again. But the first single I actually remember buying, must have been a Take That album. Quite possibly still a guilty pleasure of mine!!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Well, I love to keep fit. Running and Yoga are my favourite things to do after work to unwind from the busy days. I recently completed a half marathon for charity and raised over £1500.00 for a hospice that is close to my heart. But spending time with my family & friends is what I enjoy most.

Finally, if you were stuck on a desert island, what three things would you want?

Does a lifetime supply of fine red wine count as one? If so, I’ll take the wine supply, along with a cheese and biscuits supply, and my boyfriend <3

Eurochain VR12 Phase 2

July 14th, 2016

From now all EUROCHAIN VR12 will be the EUROCHAIN VR phase 2.

Technical characteristics:

  • Range update with addition of new 2-fall products VR2 (500 kg) and VR5 (1000 kg).
  • Better integration of current options (lighting, radio, klaxon,…)
  • New options (IP 66 protection, Short headroom trolley,…)
  • Product improvements : tilted position of the hoist and size of body reduced by 30% on VR12
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