Grayson installs mobile lifts for bus retrofit project15 October 2019

Grayson Thermal Systems is using heavy-duty mobile lifting equipment from Totalkare for one of the largest single operator exhaust retrofit projects in Europe.

The T8DC cable-free mobile column lifts are being used in Grayson’s Birmingham workshop to upgrade 637 buses for National Express West Midlands, to ensure the vehicles achieve Euro VI emission standards ahead of Birmingham’s move to a clean air zone in July 2020.

The solution, which features HJS Emission Technology’s Real Blue SCRT exhaust aftertreatment system and Grayson’s E-Drive electric radiator fan, takes 45 working hours per vehicle to implement – so far, 284 buses have been completed. The plan is to complete 20 vehicles each week until the end of this year.

Steve Robinson, Grayson’s Midlands service manager, says: “The National Express West Midlands’ retrofit contract is huge for us and HJS, and we need to make sure we have a workshop that can deliver the number of conversions required in order to meet deadlines around the clean air zone.

“We have worked with TotalKare for over 25 years, with some of their original lifts still in operation in our workshop, which is down to the quality of the product and the excellent maintenance service we receive.

“The new lifts give us the safety, performance and speed we need to meet the schedules of the retrofit project and this will definitely put us in the spotlight for similar contracts in other cities.”

The lifts are supplied with Totalkare’s AfterKare service and the lift manufacturer is also providing online training for Grayson’s operatives.

Laura Cork

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