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Hydraulic specialists dedicated to supporting clients in the lift industry

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Hydratec are a specialist company founded and managed by experienced hydraulic engineers and system designers to provide a comprehensive design and sub-contractor service to support businesses dedicated to the lift industry.

Our specialist services include; design, installation, maintenance, repair, refurbishment and upgrades. We also provide a consultative and advisory service to help with project specification and hydraulic technology.

Hydratec’s on-site hydraulic repair service includes a 12 month guarantee on all the work we undertake, including emergency repairs and maintenance (subject to condition of equipment).

Hydratec stock a wide range of high quality hydraulic spares and consumables ready to deliver to site when you need them.

Recent Lift Refurbishment – Algi VVVF MRL Unit

Posted on: May 5th, 2015 by admin

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Hydratec recognise how important it is to understand customers’ 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 Hydratec’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.

Hydratec’s Refurbished Training Facility – Part Two – Hydraulic Training Lift

Posted on: April 9th, 2015 by admin

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Hydratec are committed to continuously developing engineers’ skills and knowledge in all things hydraulic, whether it be working with trainees to achieve their NVQ3 levels and beyond, to talk through new procedures or to introduce new hydraulic components. Our training facility incorporates our classroom and refurbished training room with sizeable workstation, working lift controllers and now – our fully functioning ground to first floor hydraulic training lift.

The lift in question is a two stop Algi Hydraulic Lift, which was originally used as a demonstration unit at LEIA’s 2013 Liftex exhibition. It was dismantled and then moved to Hydratec headquarters in Yateley, Hampshire once the exhibition was over. Despite the lift being moved to our Hampshire premises soon after, there were several factors that needed to be taken into account before it could properly be used for training purposes.

The first factor we had to deal with was how we incorporated a training lift into the facility to provide access to all areas of the lift and its components for demonstration and practice. There wasn’t enough space in the current layout, so the Mezzanine floor needed to be extended to encompass the lift and provide easy access from all angles. Not only this, but the lift obviously needed to be compliant with health and safety regulations – particularly in the region of fire safety. As part of this process Hydratec had to ensure that the lift shaft was fully enclosed with the appropriate amount of heat/flame resistant glass panelling for viewing.

Now that the training facility has been fully refurbished, we are able to use our hydraulic lift to its full capacity, using it for a range of training days, demonstrations and fatality prevention audits. Together with our new workstation, we are extremely proud of the final refurbished outcome.

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