Posts Tagged ‘electric wire rope hoist’

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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Crane fitted with electric wire rope hoist offers safe working load

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

An electric wire rope hoist from VERLINDE has been integrated with a new 360° power slewing jib crane. It was at Yarmouth Harbour on the Isle of Wight, UK that EUROBLOC VT2 electric wire ropes hoist was fitted. Designed, manufactured and installed by UK distributor, Pelloby, the crane/hoist offers a safe working load of five tonne.

 As a vital tool for a busy dock, the new crane provides dockside access for the various boats using the harbour on a daily basis. Thanks to its 360° rotation, seven meter height and use of a VERLINDE EUROBLOC VT electric wire rope hoist, the crane can be used for loading and unloading goods and equipment, or for lifting vessels out of the water for maintenance purposes.

A EUROBLOC VT2 04115 CRP4 hoist was specified. This short headroom trolley version offers nine metres height of lift, 8+1.3m/min hoisting speed, 3-20m/min travel speed and M5 duty classification. Deemed ideal for the 838x292x176kg universal beam, the hoist will be expected to perform with complete reliability in this exposed, salt-rich marine environment.

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”.

Clean Room Point Hoist

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.”

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When does your hoist need an general overhaul or be replaced ?

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Well that’s an interesting question… all hoists currently operating within the UK and European marketplace should be designed and manufactured in accordance with the Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC) and have an EC Declaration of Conformity by the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).

Hoists are manufactured with 10 years of serviceable life before a major overhaul or replacement is required. The ten year service life may not necessarily be a physical ten years of operation, but may be used up more quickly or slowly based on how the machine is being operated during its working life.

In order to help evaluate the working life of a hoist you need to be able to calculate how much of the original manufacturers Safe Working Period exists after your lifting operations have occurred.

All hoists start off life with a 100% SWP and as they are used the percentage will reduce until its reaches 0%, whereby a General Overhaul (GO) is normally carried out by the manufacturer or their representative. If a general overhaul is not possible or financially viable then the unit should be replaced as the serviceable life has been exceeded.

When you are buying a new hoist you need to careful select a unit which has the correct duty rating for your particular lifting operations, so that you will have a machine which does not use its SWP too quickly and require replacement.

Safe and reliable load handling are a primary concern to ensuring and maintaining safety during all lifting operations. Wear and tear due to normal use can easily result in potential problems, if they are not addressed in good time, so  knowing your remaining SWP can help with early detection of hazards caused by material fatigue, can help with predictive maintenance and also give early notification of a required general overhaul or when replacement of the hoist should occur.

All users of hoists should be aware of the remaining SWP on all the hoists in their possession and it is recommended that a log book detailing all lifting operations is kept for each unit.

Keeping a log of all lifting operations is not something I have seen done by users of hoists in the past, but there are other methods available to help give an awareness of running / operating time on each of the hoist units.

Hours in service meters fitted to your hoist do help you to evaluate how long the hoist has been operating, but these types of devices only log the amount of time the mains contactor in the hoist has been energised and not how long the electric motor has been actually running to lift and lower the load.

Predictive maintenance devices which monitor all lifting operations and weigh the load lifted, running times and lots of other hoist parameters can be used and these are probably the most accurate way to understand the hoist status, as they constantly recalculate the remaining SWP. These devices are not normally fitted to equipment and could be a costly addition to your existing hoists or any new ones you are purchasing, plus its only normally electric wire rope hoists that have predictive maintenance devices fitted to them, so are not generally available for electric chain hoists.

In order to help a user evaluate their remaining Safe Working Period (SWP), we have developed SWP calculator utility which will help you try to predict when a hoist is at the end of its working / serviceable life and should undergo a General Overhaul (GO) or be replaced.

The utility is been produced specifically for users who do not have a log book of lifting operations available for the unit in question and there are no other methods of evaluating the SWP.

You also need to bear in mind that during the hoists serviceable lifetime, the unit should still undergo regular servicing in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations and also be thoroughly inspected on a regular based by a competent person under the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER), in the United Kingdom.

Our SWP calculation utility can also be used to check if a hoist is suitable for particular application as buying an M3 / 1Bm duty rated hoist for an application which always lifts the maximum load or runs for a prolonged period may not be the best decision as the SWP will be used up quicker.

In order to check if a hoist is suitable, key in data of how you would like to use the machine in the future and adjust the duty factor variable to see the effect on the machine operating at that level for the period of time you want it to operate. From that output data you will know if the machine is suitable or not. If you haven’t already purchased the hoist, you will know the duty of the hoist you need to purchase do your lifting operations.

The SWP calculation utility has been designed to output a PDF document via email that can be printed for each hoist in your possession and updated periodically during the hoists lifetime to help predict your remaining SWP.

The indicative calculation of remaining serviceable life of the hoist can then be  held with the EC Declaration of Conformity, service reports, LOLER inspection reports and any other relevant health and safety documentation for the unit.

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Verlinde at the Height of Sculpture Restoration

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Tollis, integrated in the Lebèvre group, is involved in all heritage restoration activities. It was founded in Normandy in 1944. When WW2 was over, a great deal of work had to be done after bombing had damaged numerous towns. The group was gradually structured by integrating or creating units to cater for various activities including: stone cutting, masonry, wooden structures, joinery, reinforcement of buildings, restoration of ornamental parts and sculptures. Implementing innovative techniques for each activity used side by side with more traditional techniques.

Tollis focuses on the restoration of buildings/monuments and sculptures, whether they involve works in stone, metal or bronze. For stone sculptures it is frequently necessary initially to make a mould of the original that will be used as a basis for the restoration. Guillaume Montagné, who followed a project on Nevers Cathedral points out: “For instance, on this cathedral we recently had to carry out a restoration operation of statues encircling the top of the steeple. The original sculptures were removed and taken to our workshop. On the copies we made, following the moulding operation, we carried out a restoration operation that consisted of restoring significant elements that were missing, like a finger, a hand, a beard, a sceptre, etc. Based on the copies, our sculptors were able to carve new stone sculptures that were then put in place around the steeple. The original sculptures are now conserved and are on display to the public in a gallery devoted to such works.”

A Verlinde suspended crane is at the service of sculpture Guillaume Montagné, he says, “Tollis has been based at Chevilly Larue in the Paris region for the last almost fifty years and our 900sqm workshop with a floor to ceiling height of 25m can handle the most impressive sculptures and statues. The first suspended crane was installed in 1968 for a stone cutting enterprise in the group working in these premises and it has proved its utility with assiduity until very recently.

“The time had come to look again at the installation for reasons of compliance, safety, reliability and ease of operation. Suspended crane travel now benefits from new, more economical motorisations and a Verlinde hoist with the capacity of lifting 10t loads has been installed on the double girder crane that travels on the existing metal structure. The new hoist has meant, for instance, that oil leaks and a lack of travel precision are now a thing of the past.

The Verlinde wire rope hoist installed was selected from the Eurobloc VT range. It actuates the lifting hook block by means of a 4-fall rope lead-off enabling totally centred vertical lifting. The hoist motors for vertical travel and the travel/long travel motors for horizontal movement provide variable speed offering the operator several benefits such as jolt-free travel, no oscillation, good flexibility of movement and significant precision for offloading loads.

As the sculpture workshop environment is very dusty, all components have an IP66 dust protection rating. The system incorporates various safety features: a highly efficient lifting brake, protection against overloads and travel limit switches for the hoist and suspended crane. As each lifted load has its particularities, general control of the crane is provided by a button radio-control system enabling the operator handling any sculpture to place himself in the best possible position to carry out the manoeuvre.

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Cranes and hoists to save the day after warehouse fire

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

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.

The two lighter duty Pelloby cranes feature two Verlinde Eurochain VR12 power travel electric chain hoists with 1 tonne safe working load, 5.5m lift height and a trolley to suit a 356x171mmx67kg UB (Universal Beam). Also supplied for use on the lighter duty cranes were six Verlinde Eurochain VR5 power travel electric chain hoists with 500kg safe working load, 5.5m lift height and a trolley to suit a 305x165mmx46kg UB.

Verlinde hoist gives flight to giant heron

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Verlinde has seemed up with fellow French firm Sere Maintenance to give flight to a giant heron carrying visitors to “the Machines de L’île,” a cultural and entertainment project in Nantes.

A heron with an 8-metre wing span carrying passengers flies over the great model of the Heron Tree set in the middle of the gallery. The public are invited to fly over the Heron Tree under its wings. The exhibit is lifted by a 5-metric ton capacity Verlinde Eurobloc VT4 drum-equipped electric wire rope hoist.

A special feature of the machine is that it is fixed to a rotating ring gear that is itself fixed under the suspended crane to perform the circular heron flights while integrating a pantograph lifting mechanism. The heron and consequently the hoist and crane are radio controlled by an operator.

Any moving object accessible to the public is subject to extremely rigorous European standards with very strict safety rules which apply to the whole kinematic chain, especially when applied to flights for the public.

While the combined weight of the machine and persons is less than 1.5 metric tons, a hoist with a 20 metric ton capacity had to be used. The Verlinde VT4, installed by Sere Maintenance, is ideal for the job because it integrates numerous safety features, including load limiter, double safety brake and overspeed detection system.

It also integrates a position-enabling slave encoder which in time will allow the Heron to be fully automated. The two reeving winches are mounted in the pantograph mechanism for visual reasons and to enhance amplitude of movement.

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