A breath of fresh air
Nortek Air Solutions Québec is one of Canada’s leading suppliers of innovative customised air handling equipment. Nortek Air Solutions Québec has been supplying high-quality products and services for a wide range of air handling applications since 1998. The company produces certified ventilators, coils and individually made air handlers in its own factory in Montreal, Québec. With eight employees initially, Nortek Air Solutions Québec has expanded in just twenty years to 400 employees and a factory area of 200,000 square feet.
STAHL CraneSystems is represented in Canada by CanStahl Inc.. Since 2009, CanStahl Inc. has built an exceptional partnership in the province of Quebec with the crane building and service company Groupe Industriel Premium Inc.. This partnership is even stronger now with the addition of the construction company Structures Industrielles Premium Inc. Within this group customers can be offered turn key solutions which consist of integrated solutions from customised crane technology through to building modifications for the safe installation of hoisting technology. These advantages were used by Nortek Air Solutions Québec for the expansion of its operating site: 18 new single girder overhead travelling cranes were required, 15 of which were to work in tandem with two hoists. Alongside headroom, quality and delivery on time, the pricing was a major criterion for the customer, Nortek Air Solutions Québec, in its decision to work with PREMIUM INDUSTRIAL Groupe. In a trial run with a prototype in the CanStahl Inc. factory hall, the clients were able to see the high quality and reliability of the products for themselves before placing the order: All the bridge cranes were equipped with high-quality STAHL CraneSystems components. In North America, indoor cranes are traditionally fitted with wire rope hoists. However, to be able to lift the load in tandem operation without any sideways movement of the hook, to ensure a small space between the load hooks and to keep the approach dimension on both sides of the crane bridge to a minimum, this generally standard strategy was reviewed, and chain hoists were used instead of the more usual wire rope hoists. CanStahl thus took over the use of chain hoists for deployment with low loads from Europe for the Canadian market. In total, 35 new chain hoists with a lifting capacity between 2,000 and 5,000 kg were installed. The spans of the bridge cranes are up to 20.12 m. The lifting height of the individual hoists is between 6 and 8 m. The cranes are each equipped with a 12-button radio transmitter, which communicates with the three receivers for crane movement and the two hoists with tandem operation. This efficient layout of the controls means that there is no need for the cable trailing systems for the control cables. The large store on site, the easy working relationship with CanStahl and the flexibility of the implementation impressed the customer, Nortek Air Solutions Québec, across the board. After the commissioning of the 35 chain hoists, further joint projects are now planned, such as the replacement of older lifting equipment in the Montreal factory by STAHL CraneSystems products.