Tata Steel commissions Qualter Hall for Skip Car Winch

Tata Steel has commissioned Qualter Hall to build an upgraded replacement Skip Car Winch for Port Talbot steelworks.

Qualter Hall is to supply a replacement 2 x 1250kW Skip Car Winch, designed for single- and double-motor operation, for the 2012 re-build and upgrade of No 4 Blast Furnace. Its function is to hoist fully laden skips to load the furnace. 

This is to be the largest Skip Car Winch in the UK, so defined because it will carry the heaviest loads at the fastest speeds. The existing Skip Car Winch to be replaced, was supplied new by Needham Brothers, now a Qualter Hall Company, in 1992 and will have been in service for 20 years at the time of this year’s re-build. 

The work is taking place over a 10-month period and will include the design, manufacture, testing, site installation and commissioning, along with the dismantling and removal of existing equipment. The new Winch will incorporate new improvements, including a substantial increase in load capacity and also a more efficient time cycle.