Hydratec’s return to operational services under strict COVID 19 guidelines.

As of Monday 11th May 2020, Hydratec will be returning to fully operational services from both our Yateley and Heywood facilities.

We continue to remain partly operational until 11th May, to support requests relating to the NHS and other of the UK’s front-line essential services for on-site support and for the dispatch of critical stock parts when required.

Key personnel can still be contacted directly via their mobile phones, (numbers provided to existing customers).

To protect our staff, we will be following the distancing and hygiene standards as recommended by the Government relating to Covid-19. Returning to work, repair and modernisation engineers will all be correctly equipped with face masks, gloves, visors and goggles and thoroughly briefed on COVID 19 distancing and safety procedures prior to visiting any work site.

Our Senior Managers will be prioritising all jobs and projects that were already in progress or due to start prior to the lockdown. We are happy to discuss timelines for any new jobs or projects and appreciate your understanding whilst we clear the backlog of work.

Technical support is available through the usual channels and by emailing sales@hydratec-lifts.co.uk we will do our utmost to respond as soon as possible.

Thank you for your understanding.

Rob Keane


Modern Scenic Lifts in Sheffield: Hydraulic Duplex Lift Modernisation

In recent years, the Government, along with local councils, has been combining various services into new or recently built facilities designed to better serve the local community. However, in some cases, particularly those constructed over ten years ago, the facilities have been in regular and constant use and an upgrade of the buildings machinery infrastructure is now required.

This was exactly the case for a public building in Sheffield that was originally constructed over ten years ago. At the time, the four-storey building had two modern scenic lifts that were beginning to show signs of their constant usage.

To address the reliability issues, and working with the lift service provider, the decision was made to modernise and upgrade the hydraulic equipment, including replacement of the two rams and lift controllers.


Hydratec was awarded the contract to undertake a complete Hydratec smart™ modernisation, including the two bore hole rams. The two, 3-stop scenic lifts were designed and work as a duplex pair so the Hydratec smart™ was configured in the same way. In this instance, the Hydratec smart™ solution utilised Bucher hydraulic iValves and Lester Controls custom-built Almega II control systems. To assist with accurate floor levelling, Hydratec also installed APS (CEDES) Absolute Positioning Systems in the lift shafts.

Now completed and fully working, the Hydratec smart™ will not only improve reliability and travel smoothness but also, importantly, reduce energy consumption.

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