Lenoch Engineering was contracted to facilitate the build processes of a brand new FLT into a brownfield site. The Northern Ireland situated branch of Hyster-Yale meant increased costs associated with the logistics of getting an installation team and tools to Northern Ireland.
The installation of ATIS manipulators meant moving away from the standard of Hyster-Yale.
Other challenges, such as the unknowns of shipping ATIS equipment from Italy to the UK in the wake of the UK’s exit from the EU, also presented themselves.
Quality, time to deliver, and cost won Lenoch Engineering the order for six new units.
We approached the challenge like this:
- Resolved distance logistics through remote commissioning between Installation team and customer in NI, and our Project Management team in Rugby and Designers in Italy, using GoPro cameras and laptops
- Five off manipulators covering three different processes across two rails - we included individual air supplies and mechanical stops to prevent clash conditions
- Two off FLT wheel fit applications with full redundancy in the event of a breakdown, for example - if one manipulator failed, it could be parked safely and the other unit could reach all stillages and build positions for both
- One off FLT hood fit application
- Two off FLT seat fit applications with full redundancy in the event of a breakdown, for example - if one manipulator failed, it could be parked safely and the other unit could reach all stillages and build positions for both
- Future installs contracted, including the battery fit process manipulator and the AC (Air Condition) and top glass
Thinking outside the box, whilst continuing to deliver established and reliable solutions, impressed our customer. This resulted in an ongoing relationship and further orders of materials handling solutions.