Diplomats around the world are known for being careful with their words – as are sensible lifting equipment hire companies when it comes to describing new equipment.
Diplomacy and lifting equipment seem strange bedfellows. But Hird, for one, has always been careful not to make claims for its lifting products that some might say are too bold.
Until now. Because, the Winlet 1000 glazing robot its, quite simply, a hugely capable piece of kit. In fact, here at Hird, we believe it has all the hallmarks of a world beater.
Winlet 1000 – in great demand
Our team never wants to test the patience of sensibly sceptical customers, or spark envious tittle-tattle among competitors. But that caution goes out of the window with the Winlet 1000.
Actually, it goes into the window. Because this glazing robot is very, very good at installing glass panels, or any panels made from non-porous material, such as plasterboard, plastic and metal.
So good, in fact, that since we took delivery of the first Winlet 1000, it has been in great demand, including being used to install glazing at the new US Embassy at Nine Elms in Battersea, shown below.
Now you can see where the inspiration for the diplomacy angle came from, let’s take a closer look at these glazing robots and why we are so pleased to be able to offer them to our glazing installation customers.
Hird is the authorised distributor of Danish-made Winlet glazing robots in the UK and Ireland. Our models now included the Winlet 350, 350 TH (designed to be lifted by a telehandler), 575, 600, 785 and the Winlet 1000.
The Winlet 1000 has the largest lifting capacity, so far, in the range, being able to lift, carry, and place with complete precision, a panel weighing 1,000kg.
Safer and faster installation
The glazing robot’s built-in vacuum lifter and manipulator can lift that 1,000kg load to a maximum height of 4.1 metres, while tilting it for horizontal overhead installation.
It also has unrivalled reach. The Winlet 1000’s hydraulic load arm can be extended 2.6 metres past the from the machine’s front bumper. A clever self-correcting system keeps the panel in the required plane for installation, so no additional manual handling or adjustment is needed.
Fits through single doors
This means the number of glass installation operatives needed is reduced from up to 5 to as few as two. Installation is safer and faster, greatly increasing productivity.
Intelligent load monitoring and remote control operation, when required, also supports safety and productivity. As does the vacuum lifter safety system designed to hold the glass if there is a catastrophic power failure.
In fact, the Winlet glazing robot is so good that one of our customers won a product innovation award from their contractor while using it to install glass at Battersea Power Station.
The Winlet 1000 is highly compact. It’s just 870mm wide and 2070mm long, so can easily fit through single doorways and into small lifts. Yet, when it gets to the business end of the worksite can still lift 1 tonne!
There we go again, getting carried away with our language. But, then, we are not. Because we are talking about the Winlet 1000.
For more information, or to hear more superlatives, call us today.
All glazing robots in the Winlet range, along with other a range of other glazing robot hire options, are available for hire across the UK, from our three regional operational hubs.
Our trained and experienced technicians can operate the machines at your worksite, or we can provide accredited training for your own operatives.
Northern 01482 227333
Central 01302 341659
Southern 0203 174 0658