Hydratec are committed to continuously developing engineersâ€™ 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 â€“ 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 LEIAâ€™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 wasnâ€™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 â€“ 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.
The Hydratec office in Hampshire will soon be home to our new, refurbished training room for trainee lift engineers and mates, further enhancing our current training programme. With the final touches being made to our fully functioning hydraulic training lift, the refurbishments are almost complete, ready to be used alongside our other classroom facilities. Whilst these final touches are underway, Hydratec have been working on other aspects of the facility, to ensure that every edge of space is being used to its fullest capacity.
Aside from the training lift itself, we identified that we required an area for trainees to work with different hydraulic components and equipment in an un-cramped and organised environment. This led us to the idea of a work area which could also be combined with storage for the hydraulic components and other training equipment in use. However, with the training lift and lift controls requiring a good deal of space, we needed to come up with a solution that would maintain a spacious environment.
We decided that a corner workstation would be ideal, leaving plenty of room in the centre of the facility for trainees to watch demonstrations with the training lift, and work with the lift and lift controls themselves. Therefore, after looking over our choices, we carefully selected a workstation which could fulfill these requirements.
Our compact workstation encompasses a sturdy workbench with lockable cabinets and a variety of drawers for storing all training equipment and parts. Not only does this clever storage keep everything close to hand, it also keeps it separate from our main parts storage area, maintaining an organised working environment. As well as being a necessity for our trainees to work with, it is also an aesthetic enhancement to our overall training facility, with a sleek, metallic black exterior and red accent. We look forward to seeing and making use of the final outcome in the very near future.