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Movetech UK has supplied two purpose-built turntables to the Trinity House buoy maintenance facility at Swansea for the cleaning and painting of buoys.

The 2.5m (D) revolves, which have been built to Trinity House’s specification to withstand the harsh environment in which they operate, have a capacity of 10 tonnes and include a variable speed facility up to 4rpm.

David Houghton, technical director at Movetech UK, said: ‘Grit blasting is notorious for getting into mechanical components and ruining them, so we had to take extra precautions to protect the turntable from grit ingress, and then make sure all components were rugged enough to withstand the conditions.

‘The turntable is also zinc-metal sprayed for corrosion protection in the marine environment and is therefore designed for both internal and external use.

‘We fitted restraints to secure the buoy to the turntable top in case the turntable is moved with the buoy in position and, similarly, the top of the turntable has a mechanical lock to prevent accidental rotation during transit.’ He added: ‘controls are purely pneumatic to avoid flammability issues in the paint booth.

These are detachable for protection during transit and can be connected at either end of the base of the turntable to make the positioning of the turntable after transit easier.

‘Controls can be positioned remotely on a stand for the paint booth, where operators are more likely to set the turntable going, adjust the speed, and then leave it running.

‘Alternatively, the controls can be used via a foot pedal, which is makes is easier for an operator in protective clothing, when grit blasting, for instance, where release of the foot pedal causes the turntable to stop.’

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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