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We've doubled our production capacity in just under a year

We've doubled our production capacity in just under a year

In the 12 months since we moved into our new building we've made lots of improvements to our production space. Most notable of these has been the fitting a brand new GIS Light Crane System into the hoist preparation area. (Full details below) The decision to fit the system was made for two reasons: 

First, we were keen to reduce the amount of manual lifting and handling of hoists for our engineers. Repetitive handling tasks are not only strenuous and potentially dangerous, it's boring work, so we were keen to reduce that aspect of the job for them. 

Secondly, we wanted to increase productivity. With so many companies offshoring their production capabilities to countries were labour is cheaper, it was important for us to find a way to stay competitive within the UK market. 

The answer for us was automation. Last year we enlisted the help of Shen (Hsuan Hsu), a Student at University of Liverpool Management School completing a Masters in Operations and Supply Chain Management, Shen helped us to audit our processes and find redundancy in our systems. Simple steps such as moving the swivel hooks from one side of the workshop to the other knocked 2 minutes off the production of a hoist. That's 24 minutes a day. Taking this information as a jumping off point, we reorganised our production space and invested in the GIS crane system this time last year. The result has been a doubling our production capacity in just under a year. We have managed to streamline the whole process from prepping to shipping a hoist down to just over 30 minutes. Our hoist department can now prepare and ship 60 hoists a week! That's 300 a month and over 3000 hoists a year.

Needless to say, we're thrilled with the new set up and we're keen to show it off, so if you fancy taking a look at our production facilities or if you're interested in improving your own production capacity with a GIS crane system, let us know - we'll put the kettle on!

For more information on GIS crane systems click here 


What we installed:

LIGHT CRANE SYSTEM, SWL 2 x 500kg

1 x Crane Bridge 

  • Profile GISKBII, double bridge
  • Length 6000 mm
  • Span 5000 mm
  • Deflection 1/500 
  • Power supply through trailing cable 
  • Trolley drive manual

1 x Crane Bridge 

  • Profile GISKBI, 
  • Single bridge, reinforced with IPE 120
  • Length 6000 mm
  • Span 5000 mm
  • Deflection 1/500 
  • Power supply through trailing cable 
  • Trolley drive manual

Crane Tracks (strong enough for 2 bridges)

  • Profile GISKBII 
  • Suspensions pendulating
  • Length 10000 mm 
  • Suspension distance 3000/3500/3000 mm
  • Overhang 250 mm
  • Power supply though trailing cable
  • Crane bridge drive manual

 

 

 

  • David King
Director Dan

Director Dan

Today we announced the appointment of Dan Holme as Director of the Entertainment Division, recognising the hard work that Dan has been putting in to company.

As a lifting company, we have two main markets,  Industrial & Entertainment, and as Operations Director I spend my time tending to each division in about equal amounts. So it's been really useful for us as a company to have Dan spending 100% of his time focused on the Entertainment Market. Dan has been the face to face contact for our key accounts for years now, offering technical advice and helping to create solutions and build projects, so initially Dan's title "Project Manager" was appropriate. As time has gone on, Dan's role has come to be more directly involved with the management of the Entertainment division and helping to make key decisions so this new role isn't actually too much of a change for Dan. John and I made the decision to appoint Dan Director firstly to acknowledge and thank Dan for the great work he's already doing and secondly to officially recognize this aspect of his role. 

We have every confidence that Dan will continue to help LTM improve and grown with this new role, and we just wanted to say:

Thanks Dan and Congratulations!

Read the official Press Release

See the Photos on Flickr

 

  • David King
Would you like 1, 2 or 3 pickles with that?

Would you like 1, 2 or 3 pickles with that?

No, not those kind of pickles.

We often get requests for custom kit from our customers, and more often than not, the request comes with a deadline. This was no exception, Ric, our newest addition the the LTM team (you may remember him from Summit Steel) recieved a request the other day for a triple pickle. Thats right, not one or even two, but three!

Pickles are different from controllers in that it is essentially one handset that controls more than one hoist. This can be useful if you already have power coming to the hoists and you just need a portable handset that you can take to the hoist, plug it in and run the hoist.

We don't have a triple pickle in our product range, undeterred, Ric took the request to our in-house R & D team who designed and produced the handset you see below in a matter of days. This great little bit of kit is differnt from our standard pickles in that it includes 3 toggle switches and an up/down switch so that you can control each channel individually or simultaneously.

Custom products are common place at LTM, but we like this one so much that it's going in our product range. You can see it here. This just goes to show that when companies respond to and work with customers requests, it generally works out beneficial for everyone involved.

Triple Pickle

  • John Jones

LTM is the Ableforge master agent for the European Market!

This is an exciting time here at LTM and everyone in the office is thrilled about this new appointment. When we first saw the Ableforge range we new it would compliment our existing range and most importantly for us and our customers, it provides real value for money solutions within the manual handling market. The feedback we've recieved so far has been excellent and we see further possibilities outside of the UK market. In fact we already have a first few dealers from Europe signed up, with more companies approaching us every day. 

Don't forget we also have our Demo Area set up in out Bromborough warehouse, so if you are keen to check out the range for yourself, then come along and take a look. We're also looking for dealers in the UK and now in Europe too, so if you are interested in becoming a dealer or want further information on the range, then get in touch with James Porter on +44 (0)151 649 0467.

  • David King
Buying GIS Hoist Spares Online

Buying GIS Hoist Spares Online

 

As one of the biggest GIS dealers in Europe, you can imagine we get a lot of calls from customers looking for us to help them identify the part they need for their hoist. We happily do this when asked, but at busier times, we might not be able to get back to you right away.  That's why we created the GIS spares online store.  

The design was the brainchild of our very own, David King. For years he's had the idea that "wouldn't it just be easier if I could see the parts list online, click on the part I want and then be able to order it online there and then?". Well yes, it would. So we asked our web development company to see what they could come up with and www.gisspares.com was born. The site has interactive part diagrams for all models of GIS GCH Electric Chain Hoists and EM Electric chain hoists, that allow you not only to see exactly what part you need using the part diagram, but order it instantly too.

Furthermore, our existing trade customers can apply for a resale account that will give them a better discount online than they will get over the phone. (The site saves us money, so we pass the savings onto you).

This is ideal when perhaps an engineer has inspected a hoist and you need parts prices after hours. So if you often buy GIS electric chain hoist spares and would like to benefit from the savings available by buying online, get in touch and ask about a reseller discount.

 

  • John Jones