Wireless column lift
26 November 2020
Scotland’s longest established driveline company, Commercial Transmission Services (CTS), relies on a Stertil Koni wireless mobile column lift to simplify workshop operations on a wide range of vehicles with differing axle configurations.
Based at Rutherglen in Glasgow, CTS has been providing a comprehensive transmissions repair and replacement service for almost 40 years. The company’s experience and technical expertise embraces all types of transmissions and associated components including gearboxes, differentials, steering boxes, clutches and axles. In order to more efficiently cater for an increasingly diverse range of LGV, PSV, HGV and construction vehicles, CTS specified a Stertil Koni mobile wireless column lift, type ST1075FWA.
The lift comprises a set of four wireless mobile columns each providing a lifting capacity of 7.5 tonnes thereby ensuring an overall safe lifting capacity of 30 tonnes when used as a set of four. Each column incorporates Stertil Koni’s revolutionary ebright Smart Control System which allows workshop technicians to operate the columns individually, in pairs or in any other combination from any column in the set. Positioning of the wireless columns is also totally flexible, enabling them to be used in any configuration around a vehicle.
Featuring full-colour touch screen consoles, the ebright Smart Control System has been designed and developed to simplify operation by providing maximum visual information about every lifting operation - all at the fingertips of the workshop technicians. In fact, technicians can also use the touch screen whilst wearing gloves if enhanced hygiene measures are in place.
For added safety and performance, the ebright Smart Control System also shows how many columns in the set are being used plus the battery status of each column. Safety is further enhanced by an independent mechanical locking system, incorporated into each column, which allows technicians to securely lock the lift to prevent a vehicle from being inadvertently lowered.
This heavy-duty lift is powered by long-life deep cycle batteries which provide optimum performance for at least a week on average before recharging is necessary. Also, battery life is prolonged due to the fact that, unlike a screw-lift, power is only used to raise the vehicle therefore less time is spent recharging the lift which is carried out via a 230v single phase supply. Importantly, with no cables on the workshop floor, the risk of tripping is removed, providing valuable health and safety benefits.
The absence of power and communication cables means that set-up time is greatly reduced thereby making the system fully operational much more quickly. Significantly, the lift’s unique synchronisation system ensures a smooth lifting and lowering cycle, even in the event of extremely uneven load distribution. Supplied complete with adjustable width forks, the Stertil Koni ST1075FWA easily meets the challenge of lifting vehicles with differing tyre widths to ensure maximum versatility. Also, the ST1075FWA provides a maximum lifting height of 1.85 metres which is reached in just 75 seconds thereby making it one of the fastest commercial vehicle lifts available.
Another important feature of the lift is its suitability for use both inside the workshop and on the adjacent outside area. This flexibility is particularly useful when workshop space is limited during periods of high demand.
“Before deciding on the best vehicle lift to meet our needs, we researched a number of options,” says Barry Main, Transport Manager at Commercial Transmission Services. “We were very impressed by the versatility of the ST1075FWA but the simplicity and flexibility of the ebright Smart Control System was the deciding factor in opting for Stertil Koni.”