If you work closely with lifting equipment and hoists you maybe aware of the Kito brand, having become more established in the UK market over the last few years Kito are well respected on a global scale for producing some of the most robust and technologically advanced hoists with favoured Japanese engineering.
The construction of Kito’s ER2 series of hoists is impeccable, offering as standard their aluminium die cast body designed with both strength and stability in mind while also remaining lightweight and tough, many hoist makers out there now are using plastic covers which will certainly not standup to the work that the Kito ER2 can. The Nickel-plated load chain offers an alternative to the traditional Zinc-plated version that many alternative brands offer, ideal for demanding environments.
A huge feature of the Kito ER2 is the thermal motor protection device which prevents the operator from using the hoist beyond its capability and burning out the motor (a common occurrence with poorly trained operators) A sensor in the hoist cuts the power to the motor in any case of overheating, when activated with a load suspended the load will remain securely braked in place while the motor cools down, once cool the operator can begin using the hoist again and safely lower or raise the load suspended, this feature can save you from having to replace the most expensive component in the hoist, a huge investment as standard!
Not only does the hoist protect the operator from burning out the motor (and having their boss to answer to when he has a broken hoist motor) but also protects the user from overloading the hoist, the Kito ER2 features a unique friction clutch developed by Kito as an overload protection which cuts the transmission power from the motor in the case of overload.
A feature that few other hoists offer (especially as standard) is Kito’s CH meter with integrated inverter which neatly displays the number of operation hours the hoist has encountered, ideal when it comes to servicing and especially in the case of warranty claims, this also helps control inspection and maintenance intervals and shows the true usage of the hoist. Standard upper and lower limit switches protect the operator from human error when controlling the hoist, limits can be set to prevent the hook from travelling too high or too low, these limits are extremely precise.
Offshore Rigging can be a really exciting but also challenging job, however with some rewarding prospects such as high salaries with long holiday periods (but also intense working periods). Although living in the middle of the ocean on a windy oil rig is not the most beautiful of places one can still live with plenty of luxury, accommodation is thought to be somewhat as good as that of a five star hotel, bar the room service and beach! If you get seasickness- this ones not for you!
Many offshore riggers only pursue their career for a short period of time, this is most likely because they have either earnt enough money to be comfortable and enjoy life or they felt enough was enough and its time to do something else. Often I see ex riggers becoming rigging equipment salespersons or persons who are involved less directly and not actually out on the rigs miles out at sea away from their families and friends for extended periods.
The excitement of playing what is practically real life Meccano does look like something that would make any boy in to a man, that satisfaction you get from Meccano times by a million as you play it on a huge scale, that right there is every young boys dream! We’ll never grow up…
I don’t think I will ever get to experience life on deck Offshore simply because I love my home comforts too much- however I would take the opportunity for the weekend to be an Offshore Rigger and live life on the edge, I think it would be rather thrilling, what do you think??
Electric Chain Hoists are rather expensive items and when it comes to purchasing one you want to be sure that you have the lowest price without compromising quality. Many of the top brands import their hoists from the far east; well established, Yale offer German manufactured Electric Chain Hoists at new super competitive prices!
Cranes-UK are distributors of the Yale CPV and CPE models which are both very robust and manufactured to perform to the optimum. As a brand- need I say anymore? The CPV range features upper and lower limit switches and overload protection as standard and can be fitted with a lug, hook or trolley of your choice. Usually in 400v 3phase both models can be requested in alternative voltages. Up to 20% can be saved right now on all CPV models.
Contact the sales team who will be happy to assist with your requirements.
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Lifting Shackles are designed for connecting and securing components together for use in a lifting, pulling or tensioning application. Each shackle is rated to a particular safe working load (maximum capacity) this should never be exceeded.
To connect a component using a lifting shackle firstly you will need to open the jaws of the shackle by removing the screw collar pin, the screw collar pin may also in some cases be protected by a safety pin and safety bolt, most of the time it is a simple case of turning the screw collar pin anti clockwise and it is released. Should this not be the case then remove the safety clip, unscrew the safety nut then remove the screw collar pin.
The second stage is to connect the components together and secure them by replacing the screw collar pin and if applicable; safety nut and clip. A Lifting Shackle is supposed to be used in a straight pull however they are rated to be used up to 90 degrees however one should be aware that when side pulling with a Lifting Shackle the safe working load is reduced by 50%. The screw collar pin should also never be mounted in a way that it could be unscrewed unintentionally.
It usually goes without saying but one should also never use a damaged or worn shackle as this could risk a serious injury and always use fully certified CE Lifting Shackles.