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A rotating stage from Movetech UK has been used at the recent Flashmob Fashion event at the Arndale shopping centre in Manchester. The Merlin turntable acted as a revolving catwalk, ensuring the show — which featured a range of more than 1,000 spring/summer 2013 garments and fashion items — attracted as much attention as possible.

Event organiser Maynineteen required something fun but not gimmicky, and so called in Movetech UK to provide the stage to carry the models and dancers.

The Merlin turntable measures 4.5m in diameter and can carry up to 2,500kg. Its discreet mechanisms rotate objects ‘as if by magic’ — hence the ‘Merlin’ moniker — and it has been designed to be portable and easy to assemble, with no need for floor fixings.

The turntable can be powered from a car’s 12V battery if required.

Key benefits of product application

  • The Movetech UK equipment was installed in a matter of hours during a period when the shopping centre was closed to shoppers and was ready in plenty of time for the show.
  • Movetech ensured the dancers on board the turntable would be perfectly safe as it operated.
  • The end result, according to David Houghton, technical director at Movetech UK, was spectacular and enhanced the glamour of the event.

As part of the British Turntable Group Movetech UK has been helping to solve load moving challenges since 1959.

The company offers rotary, linear and vertical movement equipment designed to tackle a variety of materials handling applications, and is well known throughout the industrial, defence, transport, nuclear and non-destructive testing industries for the effectiveness of its solutions. Movetech UK designs and builds a range of equipment for industrial applications to almost any size and capacity, manual or powered, using a multifaceted engineering approach to design and build.

The company’s in-house expertise includes leading-edge Hovair air film technology; JUNG heavy duty lifting jacks and machinery skates are also part of the extensive portfolio on an exclusive distribution rights in the UK basis.

Movetech UK’s highly skilled design and engineering teams work hand-in-hand with client teams, architects, surveyors, construction companies, building specifiers and project engineers to ensure that the optimum solution is provided for each industrial movement problem.

Industrial concerns such as foundries, repair work shops, fabrication and assembly halls, process plants, steel mills, paper mills, power generation facilities, order picking and packing facilities, automotive production line facilities and general manufacturers use Movetech UK’s expertise to:

–       automate processes

–       improve ergonomics

–       minimise operator effort

–       optimise use of space

–       increase throughput

–       improve efficiency

–       reduce reliance on forklift replenishment

From manual manipulator devices with simple forward and backward movement, to automated positioning systems, Movetech UK offers efficient, flexible and cost-effective mechanical handling solutions that will present equipment to the production line, or product to the operator, whilst improving ergonomics, minimising operator effort and reducing reliance on forklift replenishment.

Typical applications include: simple bench-mounted assembly turntables; product accumulators to assist in order processing; manual and powered turntables to improve loading efficiency; large revolves to support and turn paper reels; high capacity foundry turntables with automatic control to turn large castings for fettling; traversers and rail-mounted revolves to alter the direction of railed or wheeled vehicles; production line feeder turntables to minimise use of forklift trucks; and equipment to present goods to a production facility in the correct orientation.

Products include: a range of turntables for heavy industrial through to light display use; HGV access turntables; car revolves to solve inner-city parking problems and annular ring mechanisms for revolving bars and restaurants.

Movetech UK exports to more than 140 countries and holds the BS EN ISO 9001: 2008 accreditation as well as many others, including the H&S standard, CHAS.

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