Snorkel improves bus build productivity

14 November 2011

Plaxton bought four battery powered scissors, which have increased productivity at the bus building

Plaxton bought four battery powered scissors, which have increased productivity at the bus building facility.

A UK coach and bus builder has improved productivity after investing in new scissor lifts from Snorkel.

Plaxton bought four Snorkel battery-powered scissor lifts for its production facility in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. These self-propelled aerial work platforms allow Plaxton's assembly line operatives to work safely at heights of up to 12m.

The Eastfield-based factory previously used a platform fitted to wall-mounted tracks to elevate employees the 4m required to work on its largest buses and coaches. By using Snorkel lifts, workers now have complete freedom to conduct these tasks anywhere in the factory.

Walter Schneider, maintenance manager of Plaxton said, "The wall-mounted system had its limitations but served us well for many years. However, modern coach building requires much more assembly line flexibility and that is what the Snorkel lifts deliver.

"These access platforms are significantly improving our productivity, while also keeping our workers safe. Furthermore, we can use them for a wide range of other jobs at height, such as building and facilities maintenance."

The electric Snorkel S series scissor lifts are designed to be quiet, clean and energy-efficient. The S3246E has a maximum working height of 11.8m and can lift 317kg, or three people with tools. The smaller S2646E provides a maximum working height of 10m, but has an enhanced lift capacity of 454kg, or four people with tools. Plaxton has also invested in two Snorkel S1932E compact electric scissor lifts, with a 7.6m working height.

Founded in Scarborough in 1907, Plaxton is a leading manufacturer of passenger transport vehicles for a wide range of applications, from single and double-deck local service buses, to 70-seat luxury and express coaches. It employs 450 people. Plaxton is part of Alexander Dennis Limited, the fastest-growing bus and coach manufacturer in Western Europe.

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