11 Jun

Care Home in Lincolnshire: Hydratec smart™ Hydraulic Lift Installation


Having an unreliable lift in any building is an inconvenience for all of its residents and visitors and, for a care home, it has the potential of being more than just inconvenient.

This was the case for a care home in Lincolnshire that had been experiencing ongoing problems with their long-serving hydraulic lift. The reliability issues were causing concerns for both the care home management and the residents, which resulted in the lift being taken out of service.

Hydratec was approached by the care home’s lift service provider to discuss options for a Hydratec smart™ hydraulic modernisation. The hydraulic system proposed was the Hydratec smart™ modular solution utilising a Bucher hydraulic valve and a Lester Controls custom-built Almega II control system.

Budget costs were agreed and Hydratec commenced urgently with the Hydratec smart™ manufacturing process. With all of the Hydratec smart™ modules having been manufactured and the main unit assembled, onsite work commenced. Hydratec engineers completed, tested and reinstated the lift to full service all within a week, receiving compliments from both the care home’s management and the residents.

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07 Jun

Superstore Distribution Centre, Doncaster: Hydratec smart™ Hydraulic Lift Modernisation


When thinking about lifts in distribution centres, the probability is that most of us would initially think of goods lifts. But what about the lifts that convey staff when moving floor-to-floor?

These still have to be reliable and safe in operation and comply with the needs of the Equality Act 2010 for those with limited mobility. Additionally, in some large distribution centres, the lift is often not adjacent to the building’s stairs.

So, with distribution centres like that in Doncaster, maintaining reliable and safe staff transport of the centre’s lifts is essential for people movement within the building.

In this instance, along with their lift and escalator service provider, we had identified the need to upgrade and refurbish the hydraulic system that powers the passenger lift in the distribution centre. As a result, Hydratec was asked to estimate for a full modernisation
of the hydraulic machinery and equipment of the distribution centre’s passenger lift.

After consultation with our client, the decision was made to modernise with a Hydratec smart™ solution, utilising a Blain EV valve fitted with a Blain A3 compliant pressure lock and tank. In this instance, the lift controller – designed and manufactured by Lester Controls specifically for the Hydratec smart™ range – was programmed to interface with the Blain valve.

Working to a tight programme, Hydratec completed the modernisation within the five day period allocated for the project.

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