Safi solves Moscow heavy lifting problem

By Maria Hadlow05 May 2009

The Safi lift, installed by Ltech  has made it possible to lift heavy pallets between floors.

The Safi lift, installed by Ltech has made it possible to lift heavy pallets between floors.

Russian rental company Ltech has arranged for Safi to build a special service elevator for a Moscow based printing company where a traditional lift would be too expensive. The Italian based mast climber manufacturer designed and built an indoor service elevator based on its Zenith MC hoist.

The new production space of the printing office is located in old three-storey building which is being renovated. Until recently there was no connection between floors except stairs, so Ltech's client faced a serious problem lifting pallets with papers and large, heavy paper-rolls about 5 m in length. Building a standard service elevator in a shaft was considered too costly.

In search of alternative solution the printing house sought Ltech's advice. After inspection of the site Ltech offered to design an in-shaft elevator on the base of construction hoist produced by Safi - one of Ltech's partners in Russia. The mast lift weights about 2 t and travels to a height of 15.5 m allowing heavy materials to be moved from one floor to another. Safi extended the standard platform length from 3 m to 5 m and equipped it with folding boards. Three remote controls for floor-to-floor elevator calling were also provided.

Assembling the hoist took place in the restricted shaft space with access from the first floor. Four of Ltech's engineers took three days to install the lift. The lift is now in operation and, according to Safi, should provide problem-free operation for several years.

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