Regular maintenance plays a vital role in keeping power plants up and running at an optimal level. Often times, maintenance requires a planned outage, which makes it important that any necessary repairs are made as quickly as possible. The sooner the plant can be back online, thee better it is for both workers and customers. Temporary and permanent personnel and material hoists (rack and pinion) allow power plants to enjoy a safe and efficient maintenance process that stays on schedule. Learn more about these tools and how they can support your power plant maintenance project. Material hoists go by many names, buckhoist, rack and pinion, to name a few.
Temporary Industrial Hoists
For some plants, leasing a temporary hoist may be the best solution for tackling maintenance. These temporary hoists can be installed in about 1-2 weeks and stay in operation for as long as you need. Once you have completed your project, the hoist can be dismantled and removed over the course of a week.
Industrial hoists allow you to safely vertically transport both people and materials. The weight limit and carrying capacity will depend on the model you choose, so be sure to work with the leasing company so that they understand your needs and are able to provide the right industrial elevator for the job site.
Temporary hoists provide a turnkey solution that can quickly be installed; however your job site may require a certain amount of customization. It is important that that leasing company visits your plant, evaluates the site and determines whether there is a need for specialty platforms or additional tie-ins and support. These items can be quickly manufactured and installed for the ultimate in safety and performance.
A final consideration to be aware of when leasing a hoist is whether or not you want to hire a hoist operator. This employee can continue to maintain and repair the lift over the course of your project to help prevent any delays. Some companies only hire an operator during critical times of the year. If the plant absolutely cannot be down for a specific amount of time, as an example.
Permanent Industrial Hoists
For some power plants, it may be more practical, especially from a financial perspective, to install a permanent hoist. Again, these lifts come in a variety of sizes and capacities to fit the needs of your facility. That being said, permanent lifts tend to be smaller in size so that they occupy less space.
When deciding between a temporary or permanent hoist, take these factors into consideration:
It is also important to keep in mind that a permanent hoist will take additional time to install. These models must meet strict code requirements, so there are more details to and inspections to take into account.
Both temporary and permanent industrial hoists will help you maintain your power plant and by transporting both personnel and materials. If you would like to learn more about your options and get expert recommendations, contact the experts at Cardinal Elevator today.