UK’s Biggest Glass Lifters Take on the Heavyweight Projects

GGR Group’s Hydraulica 4000 Quad-Circuit has been put to work on its toughest job yet.      This vacuum lifter has a four tonne lifting capacity, making it the perfect machine to meet the growing demand for ever larger glass in the construction industry.

The mighty machine was most recently hired to take on the installation of glass sheets weighing in at 3.8 tonnes each at one of the UK’s most innovative, new buildings.

The ground-breaking, eco-friendly mansion will secure the future of one of the UK’s oldest country estates. It is filled with features that will ensure the house is zero carbon and has been designed by award-winning architects Pringle Richards Sharratt. GGR’s Hydraulica 4000 was called upon to install the glass that makes up the impressive front elevation of this unusual build.

Since GGR Group became the first plant hire company in the UK to offer the Hydraulica 4000 and Hydraulica 6000 to its customers the construction industry has been able to feed its appetite for mammoth glass installations. As the manufacturing of glass has improved architects and their clients have increasingly favoured designs with as much glass as possible. Glass not only improves the aesthetics of a building, used correctly it can increase the energy efficiency of a building. Large format glass is desirable as there are fewer joints creating a flawless appearance.

It is only now that GGR has introduced these market-leading lifters to the UK that the true potential of large format glass can be reached. Both the Hydraulica 4000 and Hydraulica 6000 are able to rotate and tilt with loads up to four and six tonnes respectively meaning that oversized sheets of glass can be lifted, manipulated and installed with millimetre precision.

The Hydraulica 4000 isn’t the only lifting powerhouse to be taking on challenging jobs, GGR’s Hydraulica 6000 with its unrivalled six tonnes of lifting power has been spotted out and about in the big city in recent weeks. Due to the power of these machines loads can be power rotated through 360° or power tilted up to 90°. The safe operation of the Hydraulica 4000 and Hydraulica 6000 is assured due to the four independent vacuum circuits with four on-board maintenance free vacuum pumps. Each of the four circuits has a non-return valve, vacuum sensor, vacuum gauge, and alarm system.

These mighty machines have already been put to work on challenging construction projects and have proven to be a hit with customers; there is no doubt that these machines will change the way large format glass is handled in the UK. CEO of GGR Group, Graeme Riley says:

The Hydraulica 4000 and its even bigger relative the Hydraulica 6000 are great additions to our already versatile fleet. The demand for bigger, heavier glazing is still growing and these lifters are enabling us to meet that demand. Our ever expanding fleet means that we can bring efficient and safe lifting solutions to an even wider breadth of industries.

There are countless projects happening in cities all over the UK; be sure to look out for the biggest lifter of them all the Hydraulica 6000 which is out on site in London this week.

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END Editors Notes

With depots in Glasgow, Manchester and Long Crendon, GGR Group is currently Europe’s leading supplier of vacuum handling equipment, compact pick and carry cranes, Unic mini spider cranes and restricted access lifting machinery, along with a variety of complementary products and services.

Established in 1995, the family-run business employs over 100 people in the UK and has 30 dealers across Europe and the United Arab Emirates.

GGR Group consists of seven brands- UNIC Cranes Europe, GGR Glass, GGR Galizia, GGR AirLift, GGR Cladding, GGR Rail and GGR Gulf. Our mini cranes and lifting equipment have proven invaluable for vast range of industries including marine & shipyards, rail, oil & gas, construction, glazing and more.

UNIC Cranes Europe, is the European distributor for Furukawa UNIC (Japan), specializing in the supply of mini spider cranes across 27 European countries.

UNIC mini spider cranes are compact enough to fit through a standard doorway making them ideal for lifting in restricted access and confined working environments. There are 9 models currently available, ranging from 0.995 t to 10 tonnes in capacity.

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600450 UK’s Biggest Glass Lifters Take on the Heavyweight Projects
Date: 2 November 2015
Source: GGR Group

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