Materials handling specialists J D Neuhaus (JDN) presented their concept study of a new stainless steel air hoist at the CeMAT 2016 international exhibition
This is the world’s leading trade fair for supply chain management and intralogistics, which takes place in Hannover, Germany on 31 May to 3 June. Exhibiting as part of the Cranes Pavilion in Hall 27 (Stand D68), the company will also be promoting its class-leading service capabilities, giving visitors the opportunity to learn about JDN’s industry-proven project planning and maintenance expertise.
Manufactured under the company’s mantra ‘engineered for extremes’, thousands of JDN pneumatic and hydraulic hoists and crane systems are in service worldwide, with many operating in harsh conditions such as those found on oil and gas platforms, or in mines or foundries. Underwater environments and extreme temperatures (as low as -45°C) are also familiar territories for JDN products, which are renowned for their operational reliability under even the most adverse conditions.
Of course, some indoor applications can be just as testing as external ones, particularly when it comes to equipment that needs to operate in extremely clean and hygienic environments. Indeed, growing demand in this area is what prompted JDN to undertake its conceptual study of a stainless steel air hoist, the results of which will be presented to visitors at CeMAT 2016.
There are clear target markets for stainless steel air hoists, such as the food and beverage sector, for example, as well applications in the chemical, pharmaceutical, medical and aerospace industries. Visitors to the stand at CeMAT 2016 will see that JDN’s detailed study assesses the benefits of using compressed air as a method of operation in combination with stainless steel as the hoist’s construction material. Resistance to corrosion and high levels of humidity will therefore be assured, while the products will also be easy to clean and disinfect, even using high-pressure cleaning equipment.
Cleanroom-based users in the optical and semiconductor industries would also benefit from the use of a stainless steel air hoist. This is because expelled air is extracted, while a bellows is deployed to protect the chain.
The hoists could also be put to work in environments at risk of explosion. The fact that the hoist uses compressed air as the driving media means it is explosion-protected (ATEX), making it suitable for dangerous atmospheres and even where organically flammable chemicals are in use.
Stand visitors will also see JDN Service present its extensive capabilities in project planning for maintenance and overhaul work. Among the initiatives are special spare parts kits and general overhaul kits that have been purpose-designed by the JDN Service team to provide customers with a simplified process for ordering spares. Further aspects of the JDN Service Programme include training courses and hoist rental options. Rental is a popular choice if there is a short-term demand for hoists of any capacity.
Further highlights of the JDN display at CeMAT 2016 will include examples of the company’s standard air hoists, such as the best-selling Profi and Mini ranges. The Profi series is designed for heavy-duty industrial applications up to 100 tonnes load capacity. Offering 4 or 6 bar air pressure, various explosion protection classifications are available. Profi hoists feature sensitive, infinitely variable speed control for the precise positioning of loads, as well as easy operation, low maintenance requirements and sound absorption.
In contrast, the JDN Mini range widens the range of application in the light duty sector as a handy, flexible and universally deployable air hoist. The ideal tool for most light engineering workshops, the Mini series offers a selection of load capacities between 125 and 980 kg. Designed as a cost-effective alternative to hoists that use other driving media, lifting heights of 3, 5 and 8m are available.
JDN’s friendly team of experts will be on hand throughout CeMAT 2016 ready to discuss any specific applications, regardless of the complexities, and provide an overview of the optimum solutions available.
With over 200 employees across the group, J D Neuhaus GmbH & Co. manufactures pneumatically and hydraulically-operated hoists and crane systems up to 115 tonne capacity from its state-of-the-art facility in Witten, Germany. This globally unique specialisation means that J D Neuhaus has set the quality standard for the market, a move that has seen the company become the established global leader in its technology field with customers in more than 90 countries worldwide.
Resilience and reliability are the key product differentiators, thanks largely to their explosive protection rating which makes them ideal for use even in the most challenging of operating environments. Extreme applications include oil and gas exploration in arctic temperatures as low as -45°C, along with underwater tasks such as ship hull repairs, and plenty of others in demanding sectors like mining, the chemical industry, heavy plant construction and many areas of logistics.
The wide portfolio of services provided by J.D. Neuhaus includes equipment assembly, inspection, maintenance and general overhaul, along with the supply of customer training courses.
Over 80% of production from the Witten plant is exported, which is why the company has long-established subsidiary companies in France, Great Britain, Singapore and the USA, all of which have helped create a tight-knit global network in collaboration with international partners.
J D Neuhaus has history that can be traced back to 1745, and is now in its seventh generation of family ownership. Visitors to the Hebezeug-Museum (Hoist Museum) in Witten, are able to see for themselves the remarkable history of this progressive company.