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London bus operator buys four Stertil Koni vehicle lifts

Published:  27 September, 2017

Four sets of wireless, mobile, column Stertil Koni vehicle lifts have been bought by Abellio London for one of its newly-extended bus workshops.

The ST1075FWA-4 lifts will operate at the Battersea depot from where 241 vehicles, including the latest Routemasters (Boris Buses) and a variety of hybrid buses, operate.

The depot operates 24 hours-a-day to support the bus fleet. Each week, at least 84 buses undergo a range of workshop operations including scheduled inspections, servicing, mechanical and body repairs plus general maintenance.

‘Both myself and our engineering director had previous experience of Stertil Koni vehicle lifts so we were aware of their superior build quality and performance,’ says Mike Harvey, engineering manager at Battersea.

‘We wanted lifts that would be safe to operate and robust enough to cope with our relentless and demanding requirements. Of course, we were already confident about the reliability of the Stertil Koni lifts and, because the lifts are completely wireless, we have also eliminated any worries about our workshop engineers tripping over trailing wires and cables.’

Each of the Stertil Koni ST1075FWA-4 lifts provides a lifting capacity of 7.5 tonnes so, when used as a set of four, the combined capacity is 30 tonnes to ensure safe, smooth and controlled lifting.

The ST1075FWA-4 provides an impressive maximum lifting height of 1.85m which is reached in just 75 seconds, making it one of the fastest commercial vehicle lifts available. Also, each column is fitted with the eBright smart control system which enables workshop staff to operate the columns individually, in pairs or in any other configuration from a single location.

Incorporating wireless mesh network connectivity and full-colour touch screen consoles, the eBright smart control system has been designed and developed to simplify operation by providing maximum visual information about every lifting operation - all at the fingertips of the technician.

For added safety and performance, the eBright smart control system also shows how many columns in the set are being used, the battery status of each column and when the independent mechanical locking system is engaged.

Long-life deep cycle batteries will power the lifts for at least a week on average before recharging is necessary. The batteries can then be charged overnight via a 230v single phase supply.

With no cables on the workshop floor, the risk of tripping is removed, providing valuable health and safety benefits and, with no power supply necessary, the system can be used safely inside or outdoors.

The absence of power and communication cables means that set-up time is drastically reduced thereby making the system fully operational much more quickly. Significantly, the lift’s unique synchronisation system ensures a smooth lifting and lowering cycle, even in the event of extremely uneven load distribution.

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