Meticulous installation planning for a new replacement BMU for Rockefeller Center

Meticulous installation planning for a new replacement BMU for Rockefeller Center

1271 Avenue of the Americas, previously known as the Time & Life Building, is an important historic part of the American built environment. In 1959 it became the first of four new towers which expanded the iconic Rockefeller Center. Reaching 587 feet (179 metres) and 48 floors, the green glass facade remains a vibrant part of New York City life to this day.

When it became clear a modern new facade access system was required to protect this jewel in the Manhattan cityscape, CoxGomyl were entrusted with developing and executing a carefully considered building access solution appropriate to the special requirements of installation on an existing structure, and all within a tight time frame. This type of BMU replacement project brings with it specific challenges which together the CoxGomyl and Alimak Service team (the installers) are well experienced in navigating.

Drawing on a range of installation methods and pre-planned strategies, Alimak Service were able to deliver an improved facade access solution with prompt and smooth delivery. The comprehensive facade access system for 1271 Avenue of the Americas encompasses two CoxGomyl Building Maintenance Units which were selected and adapted for the parameters of the building throughout design, manufacture and installation.

The first BMU is located at the eighth-floor terrace. A compact design was a critical requirement due to an existing garage structure which the BMU would be housed within when in parked position. Throughout the process, the garage dimensions were considered to ensure the BMU could be practically stored. The compact design also allowed for smooth installation with the use of an 80-ton street crane.

The second Building Maintenance Unit is situated at roof level. In order to achieve the required functionality, precise planning was required to transport the BMU to its permanent position. All components were calculated in size and weight to be transported through the building using the existing elevators, bringing them as far as a loading dock one level below the roof itself. From there, most components were lifted through a roof hatch utilising an aluminium gantry and an electric hoist.

The expertise in pre-planning, logistics and practical know-how allowed for this challenging project to be completed in just three weeks. Alimak Service together with CoxGomyl coordinated transport of the equipment to the site, unloading and lifting into position, all the way through to installation. Every inch of the route was meticulously planned, taking into account the dimensions of every door and roof hatch opening, elevator sizes and weight capacities, all working in conjunction with a qualified and experienced rigger to ensure there was no damage to the building or the BMU components.

Comprehensive service and support solutions for Avanti products

Comprehensive service and support solutions for Avanti products

Avanti is one of the global leaders in safe work in wind turbines. Through high-quality safety products and solutions for wind turbine towers, Avanti helps customers make wind energy cost competitive. With a comprehensive range of vertical access solutions all geared around maximizing safety, Avanti service lifts meet the varied and changing needs of customers in the renewable energy industry.

Alimak Service is the brand used by Avanti and Alimak Group’s other brands as the preferred service provider. Alimak Service is uniquely positioned to deliver unrivalled after sales support.

Service Solutions

Whatever the needs of an Avanti customer, Alimak Service is able to provide a service solution. The comprehensive range of services available can vary from ad hoc repairs to comprehensive regular service plans for maintenance, designed to keep Avanti equipment in optimal working condition throughout its entire life. Alimak Service’s expertise extends across the entire range of Avanti products including, wind turbine service lifts, fall protection systems, ladders and climb assistance.

An Alimak Service package ensures full compliance to industry standards as tasks are being completed by highly qualified and educated specialist technicians following Avanti’s manufacturer’s specifications. This provides for minimal downtime and increased productivity, with all-important certifications supplied on completion.

Genuine Spare Parts

It is vital that genuine Avanti spare parts are used in any work carried out on the Avanti service lifts. Not only does this keep the equipment to standard according to certification and warranty requirements, but it is also a critical safety concern.

Classroom and online training solutions

Alimak Service’s product-specific expertise in Avanti products and wealth of experience in the vertical access industry provides comprehensive training solutions that contribute to safer working in the wind industry across operation, personal safety and technical training. Effective training provides certification and helps Avanti owners and operators to ensure compliance with relevant regulations. Online, remote learning and classroom formats are available.

Inspections, Safety and Compliance

As part of a core commitment to safety in vertical access, Alimak Service offers a range of programs covering Avanti product inspections and compliance certification for equipment.  An inspection carried out by an expert Alimak Service technician allows owners and operators to work with the best possible safe working practices in place.

Refurbishment Solutions

Where Avanti products are reaching the end of their natural life cycle, refurbishment in conjunction with the expert Alimak Service team may be an attractive option. When undertaken by appropriately qualified experts, refurbishment can effectively and economically extend the operational life of a service lift and improve performance of an aging system with a partial or complete overhaul. Refurbishment includes a full inspection and report on the Avanti system currently in place encompassing the structural, mechanical and safety systems. From there, a detailed proposal will assist customers in making informed choices on the benefits of specific refurbishment and upgrade work and how this can deliver updated technical and safety features for enhanced performance.

For more information on Alimak Service’s service and support solutions for Avanti products please contact info@alimakservice.com

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.

       

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.

Refurbishment solutions ensure ongoing optimal performance of building maintenance units

Refurbishment solutions ensure ongoing optimal performance of building maintenance units

Renowned for their durable and robust qualities, CoxGomyl and Manntech building maintenance units (BMUs) are designed to provide efficient and reliable façade access for buildings over an operational life spanning decades. Over time, however, parts and components of BMUs can become worn, outdated or obsolete which may compromise the performance of the BMU itself. In such an event, Alimak Service is on-hand to deliver high-quality refurbishment solutions designed to restore the integrity of building maintenance units.

Alimak Service offers a range of refurbishment solutions including complete and partial overhauls of the safety, hydraulic, structural and mechanical systems of building maintenance units. Utilising a global support network, Alimak Service delivers high-quality support carried out by specialist building maintenance unit technicians all over the world.

The complete service and support solutions available from Alimak Service are designed to add value throughout the operational life of a BMU. Refurbishment often provides an attractive alternative to the costly and lengthy process of replacing a building maintenance unit altogether. A dedicated Alimak Service technician will conduct a full inspection of the building maintenance unit before submitting a proposal detailing the most cost-effective refurbishment solution and managing the process through to the refurbishment itself and the re-certification of the machine.

Benefits of BMU refurbishment solutions:

Extend operational life
The refurbishment solutions available from Alimak Service are designed to restore the condition of building maintenance units to factory-standard for greater longevity.

Restore performance
Upgrade solutions enhance the performance of building maintenance units through structural, hydraulic and mechanical overhauls which allow for more efficient operations.

Upgraded safety features
All refurbishment BMUs are fitted with up to date safety features for added peace of mind.

Greater uptime
Minimise the risk of downtime with refurbishment solutions that restore the performance and condition of a BMU. Alimak Service is able to deliver support quickly for a fast turnaround that allows for maximum uptime.

Cost-effective
Refurbishment solutions often focus on the restoration of systems or key components of a building maintenance unit making it more cost-effective than the design and installation process of a new BMU.

Visit the Refurbishment Solutions page or get in touch with the team at Alimak Service to learn more about the refurbishment solutions available for building maintenance units from Alimak Service.

Service and support solutions protect the facade access system at International Place, Boston

Service and support solutions protect the facade access system at International Place, Boston

Alimak Service is uniquely placed to offer specialised refurbishment solutions and maintenance services for façade access solutions for Manntech, one of the leading providers in façade access solutions. The experienced team at Alimak Service were able to deliver a comprehensive service and support solution including genuine spare parts for the highly engineered façade access systems at International Place, Boston.

The two-tower complex reaches 180 metres and has become a prominent icon on the Boston city skyline since its completion in 1987. After over three decades of maintaining the building, technology has inevitably developed and in order to protect this landmark of the city’s financial district for years to come, various providers were invited to evaluate and bid on a project to refurbish the electrical systems for the towers’ two existing Manntech building maintenance units.

As the service provider for Manntech’s products as part of the Alimak Group of companies who lead the wayin vertical access, Alimak Service was the natural choice to carry out the refurbishment solution. The comprehensive refurbishment project covered all electrical systems including the replacement of all components and platform controls on both BMUs across the two towers. All electrical components were also modernised with the benefit of Verta software technology which is world-renowned as a cutting-edge, data-driven operations tool. In addition to the electrical modifications, the refurbishment project also contributed to safer working practices with the replacement of all wire ropes and extensive test drops.

Beyond the refurbishment and modification work, the stakeholders also took advantage of the benefits provided by an ongoing maintenance agreement with Alimak Service. Ensuring they will continue to benefit from the team’s experience and expertise through a comprehensive range of service and support solutions designed to ensure their renewed building maintenance unit continues to function at optimum capacity long into the future.

Alimak Service delivers refurbishment solutions to extend the operational life of vertical access equipment

Alimak Service delivers refurbishment solutions to extend the operational life of vertical access equipment

Alimak Service delivers complete service and support solutions around the world for owners of vertical access equipment. Offering a range of service and maintenance programs, repairs, inspections genuine spare parts, training and refurbishments, Alimak Service draws on a global support network to add customer value through operator safety and greater product uptime.

The refurbishment solutions available from Alimak Service extend the operational life of vertical access equipment by optimising safety features and restoring performance. Refurbishments increase uptime for vertical access equipment as well as enhancing efficiency and productivity and reducing the risk of unscheduled downtime. Refurbishments can include either a partial or complete overhaul of safety, hydraulic, mechanical and structural systems to upgrade features. It can be necessary to refurbish equipment to optimise its performance and improve the safety of operations. Candidates for refurbishments include vertical access equipment that has been subjected to continual use over long periods of time and equipment that has regularly been exposed to harsh or corrosive environments over its lifetime.

Refurbishment operations can focus on one or many components of vertical access equipment to restore its overall performance. Highly-trained Alimak Service technicians always conduct a full evaluation and provide a report on the status of equipment to determine the level of overhaul required. Refurbishments provide a cost-effective alternative to fully replacing equipment. Following an evaluation, Alimak Service technicians provide a detailed refurbishment proposal to enable customers to make a decision regarding the benefits of a refurbishment over a full replacement. All refurbishment works are carried out by specialist Alimak Service technicians and are fully warranted for 12 months.

There are a number of benefits associated with the refurbishment solutions available from Alimak Service:

  • Refurbishments extend the operational life of vertical access equipment, reducing the need for further repair work and lowering the total cost of ownership.
  • Refurbishment operations maximise equipment uptime and reduce the risk of costly unscheduled downtime allowing owners to enhance their efficiency and profitability.
  • Partial or complete overhauls are more cost-effective than purchasing replacement equipment.
  • Genuine spare parts are sourced and delivered quickly thanks to Alimak Service’s global support network.
  • Refurbishment works upgrade the componentry and features of vertical access equipment for up to date equipment that operates at peak performance.

 

Upgrades can also be carried out on equipment when a small number of components are worn beyond repair, outdated or obsolete. Upgrades can restore the performance and functionality of vertical access equipment and modernise safety features to increase the safety of operations for owners and operators.

Alimak Service only uses genuine spare parts when carrying out refurbishment and upgrade operations. As the chosen service provider for Alimak Group vertical access equipment, Alimak Service is in a unique position to source genuine spare parts to refurbish equipment without compromising on safety or quality.

Get in touch with the Alimak Service team to discuss the complete range of service and support solutions including refurbishments and upgrades.

 

 

Alimak Service delivers complete service and support solutions for the Shanghai World Financial Center, China

Alimak Service delivers complete service and support solutions for the Shanghai World Financial Center, China

The iconic Shanghai World Financial Center was named as the winner of the coveted 2018 CTBUH (Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) 10 Year Award which celebrates achievement in the continuing value and success of tall buildings over the long term. The award recognises the contributions of architects, developers and engineers, as well as the indispensable role played by the providers of building maintenance units. It is also vital to remember the importance of appropriate servicing, maintenance and training for any facade access system and the role this plays in ensuring that it continues to perform at optimum levels. Appropriate maintenance is indispensable in achieving safety and reliability and delivering the essential cleaning and maintenance tasks for the best possible upkeep of the building over a period of decades.

In order to achieve this aim, Alimak Service has continued a close relationship with Shanghai World Financial Center since the completion of the construction project in 2008, providing a comprehensive range of services which have played a significant role in the building’s global recognition as a leading example of sustained excellence.

In this instance, CoxGomyl, part of Alimak Group, developed a complex building maintenance solution to meet the challenging requirements of Shanghai World Financial Center. Among the key issues was the sheer scale of the building at 492 metres in height, the irregular form including curved and sloping facade surfaces, and the requirement that the building maintenance units should deliver comprehensive facade access without negatively impacting the architectural vision of this landmark tower. The complete building access system encompassing 20 BMUs achieves 100% coverage while also providing the functionality of retracting itself within the building to be concealed from view in their parked positions.

It is clear that a precision engineered system of highly specialised machines such as this will also require expert servicing and maintenance provisions in order to protect the investment and keep the building in pristine condition. The comprehensive suite of services provided by Alimak Service includes two dedicated teams of highly qualified experts based on-site. This allows us to deliver continuing oversight of the whole building access system, involving regular maintenance checks on each BMU at least once a month. The Alimak Service team also manage an on-site storage facility to stock commonly used, genuine spare parts from the original equipment manufacturers. Not only does this make for quick, convenient access to necessary replacement parts but the electronic inventory system also provides the building owners with detailed reports for each part stored and used, assisting with their annual reporting and budget management. Beyond maintenance tasks, the dedicated on-site team also provide daily operation of the BMU systems by our own highly experienced staff. This includes essential functions such as extensive cleaning of all facade surfaces and LED features. Regular training for the operators is organised on a monthly basis to encourage optimum standards of safety. Regular emergency rescue drills also ensure the highest standards of emergency management responses. These are also attended by key building stakeholders to provide peace of mind for all parties and increase collaborative working.

The tailored long-term maintenance program ensures absolute stability and continuity for the operation for all building maintenance units, minimising downtime and maximising safety standards. Our expert team provides the best product-specific knowledge of the highly complex building access system and immediate access to genuine spare parts of the highest quality.

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

Complete service support for Alimak’s world leading vertical access solutions

Complete service support for Alimak’s world leading vertical access solutions

Alimak are unrivalled world leaders with experience of developing high-value, precision-engineered vertical access solutions for the toughest working environments all over the world. With a history stretching back more than 70 years, customers in industries from construction, mining and metal processing to power, shipping and warehouses rely on Alimak’s robust construction hoists and industrial elevator products to get the job done safely and efficiently. Your relationship with Alimak Group, however, doesn’t end with installation.

Alimak Service can offer a uniquely attractive range of services through a combination of expert Alimak product knowledge and experience, access to genuine spare parts and a network of service centres and partners in over 100 worldwide locations. This allows owners and users of Alimak vertical access equipment to protect their investment and the safety of their people over the long term, keeping a system of construction hoists or an industrial elevator performing to the highest possible level over the entire lifecycle.

Our customisable service solutions are designed to achieve these aims for a wide range of customers operating in diverse environments with varying needs. Our expert team can consult with you on your specific requirements and guide you through the options that best suit you. We can provide flexible maintenance arrangements on a pay as needed structure, basic service packages which satisfy Alimak’s OEM maintenance schedule or more comprehensive maintenance and asset management agreements. All of our work is fully warranted and carried out by highly trained technicians using only genuine replacement parts to ensure the ongoing performance and safety of all Alimak products. We also provide easy, convenient and cost-effective exchange programmes for key components such as the celebrated Alimak safety device found on your Alimak industrial elevator or construction hoists.

Alimak owners and users can also benefit from the expertise and experience of the Alimak Service team in other areas. Our safety inspection and compliance services can provide peace of mind in the continued health of your vertical access equipment and the confidence to continue working knowing you have met the requirements of all relevant regulations. Our expertise is also shared through a wide range of training opportunities from personal safety to operator and technical training delivered both in the classroom and online to suit your needs. Alimak Service training empowers customers to establish their own learning pathways with records of completed units, updates, and any necessary re-certification.

Whatever the nature of your business, Alimak Service can help you to achieve the maximum productivity from your team and your vertical access equipment.