Stertil-Koni column lifts give ambulance service a boost

By Categories: Commercial NewsPublished On: Thursday 27 June 2024

South Central Fleet Services Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary company of South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, is responsible for the delivery and maintenance of vehicles to the trust.

Their workshops play a vital role, ensuring ambulances are available to support patients. This involves maintaining and repairing specialist vehicles and equipment to the highest standards while ensuring maximum levels of vehicle availability at all times.

Recently, the company undertook a project to update lifting equipment at its workshop in Southampton. This included purchasing a set of Stertil-Koni’s ST1075FWA wireless mobile column lifts, comprising four individual columns. To complement the lifting facilities offered by the column lifts, axle stands were also ordered.

Each mobile column lift offers a lifting capacity of 7.5 tonnes, providing an overall safe lifting capacity of 30 tonnes for the set.

The mobile columns incorporate Stertil Koni’s ebright Smart Control System, which enables workshop engineers to operate the columns individually, in pairs, or in any other combination from any column in the set. Stertil-Koni also highlights the flexible positioning of the wireless columns, allowing 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 engineers,” said the company.

The Stertil-Koni ST1075FWA heavy-duty lift is powered by long-life deep cycle batteries, the firm adds, which are said provide optimum performance for at least a week on average before they need to be recharged.

“Additionally, 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 by plugging each individual lift into 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.”

Supplied complete with adjustable width forks, the Stertil-Koni ST1075FWA is said to easily meet the challenge of lifting vehicles with differing tyre widths to ensure maximum versatility.

The sale was conducted via one of Stertil-Koni’s distributors, CCS Garage Equipment, based in Leigh, Lancashire.