When the City of Wolverhampton College decided to renovate their Polymer Training & Innovation Centre (PTIC), Pelloby were commissioned to design and manufacture three new overhead cranes and the supporting gantry steelwork.
Polymer Training & Innovation Centre
Located at the college’s Telford campus, the PTIC is a leading technical training and consultancy business specialising in injection moulding, blow moulding and extrusion training. The courses they offer combine a mix of theoretical and hands-on learning using various pieces of equipment from different plastic processing industries.
A decision was taken that the PTIC site would be renovated to keep the organisation at the forefront of plastics training – this not only meant new machinery was required but also that a new crane system would be needed to help lift tools in and out of these machines.
Pelloby overhead cranes on gantry steelwork
In the end PTIC opted for the installation of three new Pelloby overhead cranes supported by two 12m bays of free standing gantry steelwork.
Two of the overhead crane beams ran on the same bay and were made to identical specifications with a 3.68m lift height and 4.2m span. The third crane, on the second bay, was slightly wider at 5m but provided the same height of lift. As an additional safety feature an anti-collision system was fitted on the two cranes running on the same gantry which shutdown their movement in the event of them nearly coming into contact with one another.
Between them these cranes offered lifting access to each piece of plastic processing machinery in the facility and each was fitted with a remotely operated Yale chain hoist. The safe working load lifting capacity of each crane was two tonnes.
The installation of this overhead crane system represented a major step forward for PTIC, as they had previously been using forklift trucks to operate the machinery on site. Their new Pelloby cranes were not only quicker and easier to use, but also a much safer lifting solution.
An experienced crane supplier for the plastic industry
Pelloby’s Managing Director Glen Hickman explained that the company were delighted to be selected to supply the PTIC cranes as they had a great deal of experience of working within the plastic sector.
“As a business that ships cranes all over the country and even further afield on a weekly basis, it’s always nice to take on projects closer to home but as this was a lifting application relating to plastic processing equipment, we were particularly pleased to have been chosen for the job.
“Over the years we’ve delivered countless cranes designed for tool changes for plastic processing machinery such as injection moulding machines, and were more than confident we could provide a tailored overhead crane solution to meet PTIC’s requirements. This was exactly what ended up happening with our team also taking care of delivery, installation and final commissioning.”
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