Last weekend, Saturday the 27th of June, Hydratec took part in the 23rd annual Lift Industry Kart Challenge. Every year, the challenge sees renowned lift & escalator companies and suppliers come together to compete in a purely fun, (albeit tough) 4 hour endurance race with a team of at least 4 drivers.
Held at Buckmore Park Circuit, the Hydratec team were able to experience the twists and turns of tarmac once driven around by the likes of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton. With a capability to reach 80mph and a Honda 390cc engine, the karts were by no means slow, and feeling competitive, we took the challenge seriously, getting in plenty of practice before the main race.
Hydratec entered two teams for the race, and after a strenuous, exhilarating 4 hours of racing, pit stops and driver changes, our teams came in at a respectable 9th and 17th place. It was a fantastic day, and a great way to bring together all those from the lift industry.
Hydratec recognise how important it is to understand customersâ€™ refurbishment needs, tailoring our services and products to individual requirements, compatibility and availability. Therefore, when an unreliable hydraulic lift required attention in a private residential apartment block, the specialist hydraulic engineers from Hydratecâ€™s Northern region were on hand to advise and propose a suitable, cost-effective upgrade that incorporated enhanced, modern technology.
There were some unique problems to overcome. The existing power unit had a very small footprint within the lift well – we had to look for a manufacturer who could produce a vertical power unit. We knew ALGI had a product that would suit. Clearance for the power unit and inverter were checked and a very compact controller had to be manufactured. The modernisation required Hydratec to replace the existing problematic MRL hydraulic control and drive system with the eco-friendly Algi VVVF MRL unit, a new open protocol lift controller inside the architrave, and a complete rewire along with some aesthetic upgrades to the car and landings.
The refurbished hydraulic lift is due for completion during early May 2015. The modernisation will provide reliability, smoother operation, lowered noise levels and reduced energy consumption.
This is the first time a lift of this type has been modernised in the UK using the ALGI VVVF Tower MRL power unit. If you would like more information, please contact us.