Go-Ahead Ireland raises workshop flexibility with Skylift25 March 2020

Bus operator Go-Ahead Ireland has acquired a 25-tonne capacity Skylift, from Stertil Koni, to support workshop operations at its Dublin depot.

The operator already has 12 sets of wireless mobile column lifts – also from Stertil Koni – at its Dublin and Naas depots, but wanted a drive-on lift to provide more flexibility in the Dublin workshop.

The surface-mounted Skylift has 10m-long platforms, enabling a drive-on height of 350mm and lifting space of 1.75m. Also, with no base frame, no cross beams and only a lifting leg at each end of the platform, the Skylift gives engineers unobstructed access to raised vehicles from all sides.

The lift, model SKY250-10, incorporates an independent mechanical locking system which is always active. Each leg also has an individual measuring device, ensuring smooth and level synchronisation to within 15mm.

For the Dublin depot, the Skylift was specified with 3.5m-long approach ramps to safely accommodate low-floor buses.

Andy Cross, engineering manager at Go-Ahead Ireland, says: “In a typical day, the lift is in use for up to 12 hours to simplify seven daily inspections, three full services and as many as 20 unplanned tasks.

“Based on the performance and reliability of our existing mobile column lifts, we had no hesitation in adding the Skylift to our list of Stertil Koni equipment.”

Laura Cork

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