07 Dec

Hydratec’s Festive Opening Hours

Hydratec would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We would like to thank all of our customers for the continued partnership throughout 2021, and we look forward to working with you again in the coming year.

Here are our opening hours during the Christmas holiday period:

For further information on our services, please don’t hesitate to call either of our offices, located in Yateley, Hampshire and Heywood, near Manchester.

The Hydratec Team

22 Nov

Something to consider with controller replacements?

With the improvements in hydraulic drive technology, it is always worthwhile exploring the options you have during partial modernisation of your hydraulic lift.

When considering a controller upgrade it is most likely due to age or unreliability. If the controller is 30 years old, for example, so is the rest of the equipment. The power unit is often overlooked or just given an overhaul. What is sometimes not considered is the benefits of combining that new controller with a new power unit.

A new power unit can give you improved ride comfort through closed-loop control, more efficient drive, reduced energy consumption, and improved starts per hour. It will also replace the 30 year old pump, motor and valve with the resulting guarantees on the new equipment.

12 Nov

Direct Acting Borehole Cylinder Replacement

There are many hydraulic lifts where the ram connects under the car frame and the cylinder sits in the ground; this arrangement is generally known as a borehole system.

A borehole, typically between 500 and 750mm diameter, is drilled into the ground. A steel liner is then lowered into the borehole, which is capped at the bottom with either with a steel plate or with a concrete plug. The liner is plumbed and then backfilled between the borehole and the outside of the liner with concrete. Steelwork is then added above the liner, to provide a fixing point for the suspension plate which is attached to the cylinder. The cylinder is then lowered into the borehole, with appropriate protection being applied as it lowered down.

Over the years, the steel liner or concrete plug can deteriorate and allow water into the liner. Well applied cylinder protection will protect the cylinder from corrosion, but it has to be applied correctly. Where the integrity of the liner is breached, water will enter the liner. In a lot of cases, this is mistaken for oil, the reason being that oil floats on water. Looking down into a borehole, you will see any residual oil on the surface, and it is often assumed that the borehole must be full of oil. In 99.9% of cases it is a few litres of oil floating on top of a large quantity of water. You will often find the level of the fluid in the borehole rising and falling; this is caused by the rising and falling of the water table, rather than any inherent problem with the cylinder.

It is always advisable to confirm the source of any unidentified fluid, and it is vitally important to monitor any unexpected oil loss from the tank. Where a cylinder is suspected of leaking oil out of the casing, a simple test is to isolate the control valve and monitor the lift movement, always taking into account any loss from the ram seals and unexposed hose runs. If there is further cause for concern, or as a precaution, a CCTV inspection of the borehole and cylinder can be carried out prior to a two-times pressure test being implemented. The CCTV inspection is used to determine the integrity of the cylinder protection before pressure testing.

Our team of engineers have carried out many successful inspections and pressure tests, including our recent test of a Bucher BZG320 cylinder to 80bar, which simulated a load of just shy of 65,000kg.

We are also able to reline your existing borehole to prevent further water ingress subject to clearances. This involves the removal of the cylinder (usually replaced at the same time) with a new polyurethane liner sunk into the existing borehole. The annulus between the old and new liner is then filled with ‘Bentonite Clay’ pellets which react with the water to hold the new liner in place.

If you’d like to find out more about the process, and need some specialist advice, please contact us.

28 Oct

Email Fishing Scams

Most of us will be aware of the volume of email phishing scams now in circulation.

As a result, should you receive an email purporting to be from Hydratec, detailing a change of bank details and requesting payment, this is fraudulent and should be ignored, forwarded to report@phishing.gov.uk and then deleted immediately.

Any questions at all, please contact us. Thank you.

29 Sep

Full Modernisation on One of UK’s Busiest Railway Stations

Hydratec has recently completed a full lift modernisation for one of the UK’s busiest railway stations outside London, which has been subject to substantial investment by Network Rail over the past two years.

Located in the short-stay car park, the modernisation project for this 4-floor, 8-person hydraulic car park lift included the supply and installation of a specified Hydroware® Hydroelite Vidi system package. Now successfully complete, the project was delivered on time and within the budget applied by our client.

18 Aug

Two Passenger/Goods Lifts Refurbishment for a Well-known Furniture Retail Company in Newcastle

Orders have now arrived to refurbish two existing passenger/goods lifts for a well-known furniture retail company’s shop in Newcastle.

Dealing with reliability issues, Hydratec will be supplying and installing a specified Hydroware Hydroelite Vidi system package, a well-known integrated control and drive system, to cater for these 2.5 and 6 Tonne hydraulic lifts.

For this large project, all done whilst the building is in full use, we’ll also install new landing entrances and fix some of the existing reliability upgrades. The works are due to be complete for the ‘Back to School’ season in September.

04 Aug

Lift Modernisation for a Keswick Care Home Now Complete

We’ve just completed another successful Hydratec smart™ hydraulic lift modernisation in a care home in Keswick, combined with a Bucher Softstart hydraulic iValve and Lester Controls ALMEGA II control system.

29 Jul

Modernisation of a 2-Stop, 500kg Bullion Lift

Hydratec has just modernised a 2-stop, 500kg bullion lift for a well-known bank at one of its premium branch locations in London. Done as part of the bank’s strategic refurbishment of a number of its UK branches, the modernisation of bullion lifts is essential for safety when moving weighty coins or bars between floors.

Due to the typical location of these lifts, the confined spaces, and their reduced shaft sizes, the equipment manoeuvrability can often be challenging. On completion, we undertook full safety testing and handed over the new bullion lift to the Bank’s staff.
With the overall project continuing, our next task is to modernise another of the Bank’s hydraulic bullion lifts, this time it’s a 1000kg lift.

14 Jul

Large Goods Lift Full Modernisation in Sewage Treatment Plant

Working on behalf of a long-standing client, Hydratec will begin a major goods lift modernisation project at one of the largest sewage treatment plants in the UK.

Located in East London and covering an area of 55 hectares, the plant’s existing 2-tonne, 5-storey goods lift was in need of a full modernisation. Hydratec will be supplying and installing all the new equipment including a Saturn Alpha Bucher power unit, a Lester Controls ALMEGA II controller system, completely new car, car doors, landing pushes and indicators.

The 12-week project will be a challenging one for the Hydratec team to undertake. The engineers will be required to adhere to the very stringent Health and Safety protocols on site and undertake additional training prior to starting the works.

14 Jun

Premium London Residential Building Modernisation with Hydratec smart™

Working for one of our industry customers, Hydratec has undertaken the Hydratec smart™ modernisation of a four-person lift, in a premium 4-storey, London residential building.

Not only was the building in full use whilst the modernisation was being undertaken, but there was also limited space to work in. The machine room and the lift shaft were very small, making it a rather detail-oriented process. The smart was configured with a Bucher Saturn Beta iValve with soft start, Lester Controls ALMEGA II controller and new car and landing entrances which were particularly challenging given the very tight shaft.