Hayward Tyler, which engineers and manufactures motors and pumps for the energy sector, has invested £20m to turn its Luton facility into a ‘Centre of Excellence’, more than doubling production capacity and expanding space by 30,000 sq ft.

The six cranes supplied by Street Crane comprised two 40t double girder cranes in the newly-extended section of the premises, and two 40t and two 25t double girder cranes to replace Hayward Tyler’s existing systems.

The cranes are used throughout the production process, including unloading materials through to the final equipment dispatch. They feature heavy-duty Street ZH hoists, and have been designed to optimise space in the new part of the facility, and provide a high top hook position to give the optimum lifting height.

The ZX wire rope hoist has an ‘open plan’ hoist design that allows fast access to the key areas of the hoist transmission and structure, said Street, which enables maintenance to be conducted without major dismantling. The cranes also include infrared anti-collision technology and are operated with radio remote control equipment.

Larry Redmond, special projects director for Hayward Tyler explained: “We view our assembly and test area as one big machine system and the cranes form a vital part of that machine, providing the appropriate lifting capability for the large motors and pumps we manufacture. The crane equipment is essential for all stages of the process including loading machines, as well as the assembly and testing of our products.

“As the cranes will be in operation for a considerable time period, one of our key selection criteria was maintainability. The modular design approach used by Street gave us confidence in the future availability of appropriate parts and service levels. “Street’s ability to work in partnership with us was key to the success of this project. The team worked closely with us throughout the design process to ensure the cranes would be fit for purpose and that there was minimal impact on production when the replacement cranes were installed in the existing part of the factory.

“This required careful co-ordination with the main building contractor regarding removal and installation, including removing parts of the factory’s roof sheeting several times. This was all completed without fuss and is testament to the expertise of the individuals and companies involved.” Chris Lindley-Smith, Street’s sales director, said: “Crucially for the client, we were able to work with the wider design and build team to install the cranes with minimal disruption, ensuring they could be accommodated effectively in both the new and existing building structure.”