Prestigious Heathrow contract secured

February 10, 2022

We are flying high after delivering a contract to supply our flagship lifting jacks to London’s Heathrow Airport.

We designed and built 10 bespoke mobile jacks, to speed up the maintenance of vehicles used on the airport’s Track Transit System.

Our experts worked with aviation construction specialist, Mace, to design jacks that will operate in conjunction with an existing wheel change unit. This will allow the large, tyred wheels on Heathrow’s new two-car automated passenger vehicles to be removed and replaced without decoupling, dramatically reducing servicing times. They will be used as a synchronised set of eight (and two spares), replacing the depot’s current jacks that only operate in sets of four.

The close proximity between the transit car’s jacking point and its large wheels means that we had to create a narrow version of our mobile jack. It also had to be compact enough to fit into an elevator that is used to access the underground maintenance facility at Heathrow’s terminal five.

Lindsey Mills, our sales manager, said: “We are very pleased to have completed our first project with Mace, following a personal recommendation, and relished this opportunity to demonstrate our skills to the aviation industry. The unusual location of the airport’s maintenance bay – under the runway – put our designers to the test, with cabling having to be suspended from the ceiling. As always, they rose to the challenge and produced an excellent solution that will enhance the current operation considerably.”

Heathrow’s Track Transit System is used to transport airside passengers at Terminal 5, between T5A, T5B and T5C. The South Heavy Maintenance Bay is being upgraded by Mace to cater for the 20 new cars and using the new Mechan jacks, two coupled Alstom cars can be maintained. The vehicles are being introduced to increase capacity and meet future passenger numbers.

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