Picture of hte four-post Stertil Koni vehicle lifts fitted by DPD

DPD fits Stertil Koni vehicle lifts at ‘superhub’

Published:  10 February, 2017

Parcel delivery group DPD has installed four Stertil Koni four-post vehicle lifts at its £100m sortation and distribution centre at Logix Park in Hinckley.

The centre, which it dubs its ‘superhub’, supports the overnight sorting of up to 720,000 parcels and deals with the maintenance and servicing of vehicles including 2-axle tractor units, terminal tractors and 3.5 tonne vans.

The Stertil Koni ST4175 heavy duty 4-post vehicle lifts are used to simplify servicing and general maintenance and accessibility, with the absence of cross-beams, was one of the key features of the lifts, said Ian Davey, fleet services manager at DPD.

Another important element was the lift’s design with a 6200mm long platform which provides a low drive-on height of just 240mm. This enabled every vehicle in the DPD fleet of 3,675 vehicles, operating from 56 locations, to be driven onto the lift safely and easily.

All movement of the ST4175 lift is controlled electronically from a control panel mounted on one of the lifting columns. The control panel also allows workshop engineers to programme a number of functions into the lift including a maximum lifting height.

The 4 lift also features a maintenance-free synthetic runner wheel system and a patented mechanical locking mechanism that is always active. Operating speeds allow the lifts to reach the full height of 1900mm in 72 seconds.

Stertil Koni also supplied DPD with LED lighting kits, air installation kits and 12 tonne jacking beams.

‘The Stertil Koni vehicle lifts are extremely reliable in supporting our 24/7 workshop operation,’ said Ian Davey.

‘I specified them based on their proven technology and their design which is advanced yet simple enough to be reliable in use. I could have bought cheaper but, on inspection, the other products were cheaper for a reason: generally inferior build quality and robustness.’

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