Truck and Track Summer 2023

Truck and Track Summer 2023 72 WORKSHOP EQUIPMENT Kelly Brothers invest in Wireless Vehicle Lifting Technology from Stertil Koni Kelly Brothers provide a complete approach to road safety. Utilising over 50 years’ experience they have refined a unique process to manufacture and apply road marking products and anti-skid products. With a sustainable manufacturing plant with a capacity in excess of 300 tonnes per day, complemented by a fully trained and experienced contracting and surveying team working across Ireland and the UK, they are committed to making roads safer for everyone. That commitment is backed up by a varied fleet of light and heavy-duty vehicles that need to be maintained on a regular basis. The ease of use, technological advancements and manoeuvrability of the Stertil Koni Wireless Mobile Column Lifts made them the ideal choice for Kelly Brothers in this scenario. Each set of lifts, type ST1075FWA, comprises four wireless mobile columns, each offering a lifting capacity of 7.5 tonnes thereby providing an overall safe lifting capacity of 30 tonnes. Each column incorporates Stertil Koni’s revolutionary ebright Smart Control System which allows workshop engineers to operate the columns individually, in pairs or in any other combination from any column in the set. The Stertil Koni ST1075FWA heavy-duty lift is powered by longlife 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 a vehicle therefore less time is spent recharging the lift - charging 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. 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 engineers. Two Stertil Koni Heavy Duty 4-Posts for VTS in Staffordshire Vehicle Technical Services is Staffordshire’s leader in fleet maintenance solutions, based in Newcastle-under-Lyme. They provide maintenance packages tailored to fit each client’s individual needs, leveraging their experienced team and advanced technology, carrying out over 50,000 repairs on an annual basis. Heavy-duty vehicle lifting is now carried out on two of Stertil Koni’s premium electro-hydraulic 4-Post lifts, the ST4250 rated at 25 tonnes and the ST4120 rated at 12 tonnes, both of which benefit from an optional three year extended warranty package. The ST4250 stands out not only for its powerful and reliable lifting technology and crossbeam-free design, but also for its very low drive-on height. Whilst simplifying the positioning of low ground clearance vehicles, the ingenious design of the approach ramps enables them to automatically tuck in as the lift rises to create an obstruction-free area around the lifts. Also, the two platforms can be readily adjusted inwards to cater for vehicles with narrower axle widths thereby extending the working range of the lift. A robust and reliable hydraulic system is electronically controlled on both lift models to ensure smooth lifting and lowering cycles, even in the event of extremely uneven load distribution. Other innovative safety features include impact-resistant LED lights that switch on and off automatically just above floor level supported by an audible warning signal for foot-trap protection. The patented mechanical locking system works entirely independently of the lifting system and is permanently enabled. The mechanical locking, which is activated by gravity alone, guarantees the highest safety levels alongside an integrated pressure-relief valve that prevents all four lifting columns from becoming overloaded.