Hoist UK were approached by one of the UK’s leading Dairy food processing plants based in the South of England. The company required a bespoke pulling frame to lift the lids of large vessels during maintenance periods, as their existing method of operation required significant resources.
Prior to design and build, Hoist UK carried out a technical site survey to assess the customers lifting and handling requirements. The area of the plant where the lifting and handling requirement was needed was situated at a high level inside the building and was a hot working environment.
In a food processing plant, this carried several restrictions on materials that could be used in our final solution to their requirements due to hygiene and contamination risks. The pulling frame was to be installed at high level within the plant with a lot of duct work and containment obstructions which would make access to the roof space difficult.
Following the site survey, the team provided the customer with a complete design and technical package for the system, consisting of arrangement drawings and imposed loadings on the existing building infrastructure for the client to review and approve prior to manufacture bespoke equipment
As the working location was a food processing plant, developing a solution that was suitable for use in a hygienic environment was of key importance to all. Hoist UK designed and supplied a bespoke lifting and pulling frame with a safe working load of 500kg.
The finish selected for the structure was a perfect solution for the working environment as it was non shedding so would prevent any potential chips or flakes of paint contaminating the dairy produce when the vessel lids were opened for cleaning and maintenance. The lifting and pulling structure was designed to be suspended from the customers existing steelwork, and was supplied with three rigging points for the use of manual chain hoists.
Due to the high temperatures and humid environment where the equipment was being installed, Hoist UK opted for a corrosion resistant Yale 360 hand chain hoist as the application required the load to be pulled at an angle; these were the perfect solution as they allow for operation from almost any orientation.
Following a safe and successful installation by Hoist UK’s skilled team of lifting equipment engineers, a system familiarity training session was delivered for the customers operators on the safe use of the equipment installed, and the feedback from the client was extremely positive in addressing their lifting and handling requirements.
"This project is a great example of the versatile world of lifting applications that we get involved with and demonstrates that if there isn’t an ‘off the shelf’ solution that meets the customers requirements, Hoist UK are able to design and manufacture bespoke and tailored solutions that perfectly meets the needs of the client and the working environment"