Efficient installation of a unique tunnel hoist

Efficient installation of a unique tunnel hoist

As an indispensable partner in the construction of a major city tunnel project, Alimak Service played a key role in ensuring the custom engineered vertical access solution from Alimak was efficiently installed.

This extensive public infrastructure work in Brisbane, Australia includes digging twin tunnels of 5.9 kilometres beneath the river and the Central Business District. Alimak were entrusted with designing and manufacturing a unique Alimak SC 65-32 hoist for access which was specifically engineered for the requirements of this tunnelling project.

The Alimak Service team, worked with together with Alimak’s project managers and engineers to overcome a range of challenges throughout every stage from initial consultation to installation.

Alimak Service brought with them unrivalled expertise which was invaluable in the completion of a complex installation, especially for a bespoke hoist unit.

The project called for a top to bottom vertical access solution for tunnel workers travelling 40 metres with two landings, all of which would need to operate in a remarkably limited space. The parameters also dictated that the mast would have to run along the wall, making twin door access to the hoist particularly difficult to achieve. An access platform was locally designed, fabricated and installed by the Alimak Service team to provide access for the Alimak hoist. The platform is temporarily installed for this rental project.

Alimak manufactured a SC 65-32 hoist which met these requirements with specialist fabrication, testing and certification completed in Melbourne. The hoist was then transported to Brisbane as an oversized load and lifted on to the site by crane for the Alimak Service team to undertake an equally unique installation. The extremely limited space available made installation challenging. Due to Alimak Service’s specific expertise and special working relationships with the leading names in the access industry, the on-site team were able to complete the complex installation of the unique
hoist successfully and within tight timelines.

The custom hoist and platform will now remain in place over a two-year rental arrangement, providing reliable and efficient access to workers throughout this major urban tunnelling project while also contributing to safer working practices.

       

How often should vertical access equipment undergo maintenance?

How often should vertical access equipment undergo maintenance?

On many sites around the world, vertical access equipment is key to the flow of profitable and efficient operations. Construction hoists, industrial elevators, building maintenance units and wind turbine service lifts all provide vital access during construction or for inspections and maintenance on critical facilities.

As the service provider for Alimak Group’s range of vertical access products, Alimak Service delivers a comprehensive range of service and support solutions designed to minimise downtime and extend the operational life of vertical access equipment. Alimak Service promotes regular servicing and maintenance to help owners and operators remain compliant with local and industry regulations and maintain high levels of safety at all times.

Here’s a guide to how often construction hoists, industrial elevators, building maintenance units and wind turbine service lifts should undergo preventative maintenance.

 

Alimak construction hoists and industrial elevators

 To minimise the risk of inconvenient downtime, owners and operators of Alimak construction hoists and industrial elevators should ensure that scheduled maintenance work is carried out regularly and at the recommended time intervals in accordance with the manual of each model. It is also prudent to check local regulations which may vary from information recommended in equipment manuals.

Any adjustments or part replacements that take place as a result of inspections should be carried out by a skilled technician trained to service Alimak’s products. Additionally, only genuine Alimak spare parts should be used to ensure optimal system performance and preserve the validity of the warranty.

The Alimak Safety Device, gearbox, counter roller, switches, emergency stop mechanism, brake lining, brakes, life cables and electric motor should be inspected every 3 months or 40 operating hours to allow for necessary maintenance.

The rack and pinion, emergency lighting, emergency lowering, and enclosures should undergo inspections and or preventative maintenance every 120 operating hours or every 6 months.

Every year or every 1000 operating hours, inspections should take place for corrosion, damage and wear including the mast, guide rail, cable guides and control panels. The hydraulic systems should also be inspected and undergo maintenance or refurbishment if necessary.

As one of the most essential Alimak parts, the Alimak Safety Device should be completely replaced either four years from the first documented drop test on-site or after the date stamped on the device.

 

Manntech and CoxGomyl building maintenance units

Alimak Service provides a comprehensive range of service and support solutions for Manntech and CoxGomyl building maintenance units designed to optimise performance and support greater longevity for the equipment. Owners and operators of BMU systems should follow the guidelines from the original equipment manufacturer to preserve the safety and performance of the equipment.

Service intervals for BMUs are determined by the number of operating hours or time thresholds, usually whichever is reached first. Many standard BMUs should undergo servicing after 40 operating hours or 6 months depending on the frequency of cycles and the machine type.
Owners and operators of Manntech and CoxGomyl BMU systems should consult their local Alimak Service office to determine the required servicing schedule.

Owners should ensure that only genuine spare parts are used during any servicing work so as not to compromise the warranty of the equipment manufacturer. Depending on the condition of the equipment, additional maintenance work may also be required to replace or refurbish some components or systems.

 

Avanti wind turbine service lifts

The Service inspection of Avanti Service lifts and safety equipment is performed in accordance with Avanti Wind systems and local working regulations. All Avanti wind turbine lifts, ladders and fall protection systems must be inspected at least once a year.

It is the responsibility of the wind turbine owner to carry out this inspection.  Alimak Service is the brand used by Avanti to provide the authorized services, parts and upgrades. A service agreement with Alimak Service guarantee the safety and uptime of the Avanti safety products.

 

Get in touch with the Alimak Service team to find out more about the required maintenance schedules for Alimak Group’s vertical access equipment.

Alimak Service operator training courses now available through IPAF

Alimak Service operator training courses now available through IPAF

Alimak Service offers high-quality, competence-based training designed to support best practice operation for owners and operators of vertical access equipment. Offered both online and in the classroom, the training courses available from Alimak Service focus on a range of topics including safety training, technical training and operator training, and are accessible around the world.

Alimak Service partners with leading organisations within the vertical access industry to provide in-depth training that meets local and industry requirements. One such organisation is the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), an internationally recognised industry body committed to the promotion of the ‘safe and effective use of powered access equipment in the widest sense’. The IPAF association aids owners and operators of vertical access equipment to remain compliant through the provision of technical advice, training programs and safety initiatives. Two training courses run by IPAF on behalf of Alimak Service are now available globally, which are the IPAF hoist operator and IPAF mast climbing work platform (MCWP) training courses.

IPAF hoist operator training
Suitable for completion in just one day, the IPAF hoist operator training course provides the knowledge and instructions required for participants to become qualified operators of a specified construction hoist whilst undergoing training on hazard management, safe working practices and construction hoist parts. Upon successful completion of the course, the participants will be awarded an IPAF Hoist Operator licence for the specified equipment type and the issue of an IPAF card.

Suitable for 2-4 students at a time, the IPAF hoist operator training course covers:

  • Relevant health and safety frameworks and requirements as well as guidance for the design, supply, use and management of construction hoists
  • How to safely and competently operate the specified construction hoist
  • Best practice emergency procedures in an event of an emergency for construction hoists and how to deploy them effectively
  • Daily inspections and construction hoist parts

IPAF MCWP operator training
This course offers operators training that is specific to the various types of mast climbing work platforms and is completed over a minimum of four hours. The IPAF MCWP operator training course promotes safe working practices and provides participants with knowledge of the correct procedures during emergencies or when hazards arise. When the course has been successfully completed, the participant will receive an IPAF Operator Licence and be issued an IPAF card.

The IPAF MCWP operator training course is available for 2-4 participants at a time and covers:

  • Health and safety frameworks and regulations and how to use and manage MCWPS
  • Safe and competent work practices for the operation of mast climbing work platforms
  • The correct emergency procedures and systems of a MCWP to enable its safe operation in an emergency
  • Pre-use and daily inspections of mast climbing work platforms

Get in touch with the team at Alimak Service for more information on the IPAF courses available or to enrol in a course.

 

Tailored service solutions for vertical access systems at Landmark Pinnacle, London

Tailored service solutions for vertical access systems at Landmark Pinnacle, London

The comprehensive service and support solutions provided by Alimak Service have played a key role in the construction of Landmark Pinnacle residential skyscraper in the heart of London’s Docklands. The 239-metre tower will become the tallest residential building in Europe and at 75 storeys, will also have more habitable floors than any other residential building on the continent. A construction project of this scale requires a range of appropriate vertical access solutions and the expertise and excellence in servicing to keep the vertical access equipment operating reliably and efficiently.

Four high-functioning Alimak construction hoists were purchased, with a fifth hired later in the project, all of which shared a common tower. This helped save space on an already congested ground floor podium area and along with a staggered hoist strategy, also helped to minimise costs and maximise efficiency. In conjunction with the 75 storey 5mtr x 5mtr Common Tower; the project included the supply of a high speed Alimak Scando 650 FCS XL (2mtr wide hoist) with a travel speed of 100m/min. Amongst the other passenger goods hoists supplied, was a large specialist twin mast TM Mammoth hoist with a capacity of 5,500kg and a volume of 45m³.

Two CoxGomyl building maintenance units (BMUs) mounted on a central twin track were also supplied for ongoing facade maintenance, facade cleaning and emergency glass replacement. These machines will be used by the client for routine cleaning and building maintenance requirements for many years to come.

The comprehensive package provided by Alimak Service initially began with the installation of the common tower and construction hoists. The Common Tower installation (which is normally installed by hand) was assisted on this project by the tower crane, with the construction hoists being erected in a sequence that maintained vertical access for personnel and material throughout the project with minimal downtime. The program required the installation to keep up with the concrete frame installation of constructing one floor per week.

Beyond the initial installation and training of operators, Alimak Service provided ongoing support to ensure optimal performance through a comprehensive Service package. This encompassed proactive project management and regular preventive maintenance visits on all of the products to ensure productivity was being maintained safely at the highest level.

The project benefited from a locally based service team and access to genuine spare parts for the quickest possible response and minimum downtime. Alimak Service also helped to facilitate the expanded use of the common tower to complete facade infill work to two thirds of the building, requiring tie removal and reinstallation sequencing to be executed whilst vertical material and personnel movements continued. The complete dismantle of the common tower and hoists was completed on time, on budget and safely.

Following the installation of the BMUs, Alimak Service completed extensive testing and certification. Alimak Service will also be providing peace of mind with ongoing protection of this investment in facade access with a service maintenance agreement. The BMU service package is completed with operator and duty holder training.

View the full case study or get in touch with Alimak Service to discuss the comprehensive range of service and support solutions available.

Alimak Service offers expert inspections and parts exchange programs to maintain performance and safety

Alimak Service offers expert inspections and parts exchange programs to maintain performance and safety

Alimak Service is uniquely qualified to deliver the best possible service for the leading brand names across the vertical access industry. This includes fast and convenient access to genuine Avanti parts for wind turbine service lifts, genuine spare parts for building maintenance units from Manntech and CoxGomyl and an extensive range of genuine spare parts, for a range of vertical access systems from Alimak from constructions hoists to industrial elevators.

Beyond the peace of mind provided by genuine spare parts from the original equipment manufacturers, Alimak Service is also unrivalled when it comes to the expertise and specific product knowledge necessary to protect the investment in vertical access solutions and contribute to safer working practices. Specifically, Alimak Service is able to offer several unique service offerings encompassing expert inspection programs and exchange or replacement programs for key components.

The close relationship with the leading providers across the industry means Alimak Service technicians are uniquely qualified to carry out safety inspections with the highest level of familiarity whilst meeting every requirement for best practice on safety systems and protocols. Just one example are annual inspections including the specialised Avanti runner. Alimak Service’s highly qualified technicians ensure compliance with the manufacturer’s guidelines and wider industry standards. The inspection process utilises an extensive global network of service centres to return each Avanti runner ‘as new’ using genuine Avanti parts where replacement is required with certification for a 12-month period.

The patented Alimak safety device is a well regarded innovation which revolutionised safety in the vertical access industry, deploying automatically in response to excessive speed to bring the car to a smooth stop while also cutting power to the drive unit. Appropriate inspection, maintenance and replacement of this vital Alimak part is clearly a critical safety issue. The Alimak safety device exchange program, available from Alimak Service, takes all uncertainty out of the equation with a lifetime warranty on the Alimak safety device. Replacement devices are remanufactured to the highest standards and rigorously tested, while also being brought up to date with the most recent design to deliver a remanufactured unit equal to a new model.

When it comes to building maintenance units, wire ropes are a key part in effective operation and safety. Often subject to general wear and tear, as well as factors specific to the individual system or environment, wire ropes should be inspected annually and replaced at least every four to five years to avoid compromised performance, damage to other components and, most importantly, compromised safety. Again, Alimak Service’s close relationship with industry leaders provides peace of mind across a full range of services with routine inspections including wire rope testing and, where necessary, a replacement package which covers testing and warranty for optimal performance.

Contact us to find out more about Alimak Service’s inspection and exchange programs.