It is clearly important to choose the right lifting equipment supplier, one that takes into account your specific lifting equipment requirements and the individual installation environment.
From Airpes, we share with you…
5 TIPS TO CHOOSING YOUR LIFTING EQUIPMENT SUPPLIER
1. THE REPUTATION IN THE LIFTING SECTOR
First of all, a glance at the supplier’s website will help you to find out the kind of products, services and equipment the company is providing.
There are many varieties of lifting equipment, maybe you are searching for handling equipment, weighing equipment, a test bench, radiocontrol solutions or you need a complete development with a taylor-made solution for your company. Is this lifting equipment supplier providing the solution you need?
Have a look at their customers, it will help you to decide if this is a company that works in your sector and can meet your needs. If the information about the clients, the equipment and the projects is easy to find on the website, or on the social networks like LinkedIn…then it give you potential insights into the way that a lifting equipment supplier works and who they do business with.
In addition to this, it will help you to determine their profile as a company. If you are able to access some interesting facts and figures about their position in the lifting industry market it will help clarify the kind of supplier you are contacting, their values and approach.
2. THE CERTIFICATIONS YOUR LIFTING EQUIPMENT SUPPLIER HAS
There are certain rules, regulations and certifications that lifting equipment suppliers need to comply with. As a supplier of handling and weighing equipment we strictly follow these rules to assure the safety of the products and the processes involving lifting activities.
3. THE RANGE OF PRODUCTS AND SERVICES INCLUDED IN THEIR PORTFOLIO
Some suppliers are specialized in handling equipment, others are focused on weighing equipment, others are just designers of solutions who don’t actually implement them in the field.
Some of the lifting equipment suppliers specialise in working for offshore projects, others for the hoist market, or the cranes market. Some suppliers, like us, work in different markets providing a holistic solution.
It is interesting to ask if the supplier has been long established and if it has a demonstrable record in the lifting equipment field. Don’t forget that many projects are complex with long lead in times, purchasing, engineering and installation phases and you need a supplier who can cover all eventualities and who will be there for the duration of the project life-cycle.
It may also be interesting to know how open is your supplier to R+D. Do they embrace innovation? Do they regularly launch new technologies which can be applied to the lifting equipment solutions?
4. THE INSTALLATION IN A HANDLING EQUIPMENT PROJECT
The installation is a critical item in a lifting equipment project. There are some points to consider when you are deciding between different lifting equipment suppliers and whether they match with your requirements.
- Load limit – the maximum weight that can safely be applied to a specific piece of handling equipment. Your supplier will be working with a range of load limits to the various products, taking into account the maximum limit and your future needs.
- Dimensions, location and lifting capacity. We are talking about quite heavy and important pieces to move and lift, sometimes in extreme conditions, even possibly out at sea. The fabrication of the lifting equipment is just one element of the project. It is equally important to consider the logistics of transportation to site and the unique installation requirements. Does the supplier have the necessary experience that relates to your specific installation environment?
- Temperature. The specifications of the load and the installation environment have to be strictly considered. It is essential to determine the variability of the temperature and conditions you are going to work with and check if the equipment is suitable for all eventualities.
5. THE AFTER SALE AND CUSTOMER SERVICE
A lifting equipment project doesn’t end with the installation. After that, the equipment needs regular inspections, maintenance and sometimes new software or evolutions in the design.
Make sure what is covered by the guarantee and what are the capabilities of you lifting equipment supplier.