The National Lift Tower, Northampton, England
research, development, testing
 
   
   

National Lift Tower
Northampton
NN5 5FH
England

tel : +44(0)1604 587745
email : click here

 

 

 
  • Lift
    shafts
  • Training

  • Height
    Safety
  • High speed
    shaft
  • Medium
    speed shaft
  • Engineers
    shaft
  • Drop test
    shaft
  • Training
    shaft 2
  • Training
    shaft 1
  • Hydraulic
    shaft

Lift speed

4.0m/s. Theoretically capable of 10m/s

Rated load

1300kg

Travel

100m

Floors

1,4,5,6,8,11,13,14,15,16,17. Auto doors on 1,16,17. Swing doors on the remaining levels

Control system

Lifteknic Qube control panel with Control Techniques drive unit

Motor

SAD gearless asynchronous motor (38.9Kw, 64.5A, 480V, 15.6Hz, 225rpm)

Safety equipment

Otis overspeed govenor and safety gear, OLEO buffers

Car

16 person


     

 

Lift speed

4.15m/s

Rated load

1250kg

Travel

40m

Floors

Autodoors on floors 12 and 15. Swing doors on floors 13 and 14

Control system

Lester Controls Almega with Magnetek HPV 900 regeneration

Motor

Ziehll-Abegg AC gearless (360V, 42Kw, 94A, 336rpm)


     

 

Lift speed

2.5m/s

Rated load

8 person, 630kg

Travel

115m

Floors

All floors

Control system

ILE control panel with Skycom controller and Fuji drive unit and regen unit

Motor

Express motor and gearbox

Safety equipment

Express overspeed governor and safety gear. OLEO buffers

Car

Express lift car and door operator


       

 

This extensive facility offers testing and type testing opportunities for safety components. The shaft is 27m tall with a ten tonne hoist and an electric cradle for installation and inspection of the components being tested.

The drop test shaft has dedicated access via roller shutters on the ground floor to allow for easy installation of equipment.

     

 

Lift speed

1.60m/s

Rated load

8 persons, 630kg

Floors

7,8,9

Control system

SMS control panel with Gefran drive unit

Motor

Express motor and gearbox

Safety equipment

Express over speed governor, OLEO buffers

Car

Express lift car and linear door operator


       

This shaft is currently out of service with no control system, ropes, car or guides. It is suitable for a company wishing to take on the whole shaft and install an entire lift system.

Floors

0,1,2

Travel

7.3m

Motor

Express Type

 

The "Hydraulic shaft" is historically named as such and is the most suitable for installing a hydraulic lift given that it has specific access from the drop test shaft for installaing rams. However, it is also suitable for installaing a standard traction lift and does in fact have a traction motor currently installed.

This shaft is currently out of service with no control system, ropes and or car. It is suitable for a company wishing to take on the whole shaft and install an entire lift system.

Floors

4,5 (autodoors)

Travel

Approx 18m

Motor

Express Type D

 

 

A series of training modules aimed at lift engineers have been developed in conjunction with Richard Taylor of Taylor Lifts for delivery at the lift tower. Each module comprises some classroom based elements as well as practical instruction using the various shafts at the tower. Priority is given to the practical elements, with this making up approximately 70% of most modules. Each module lasts 4 hours and class sizes are kept small (circa 6 persons).

A test is carried out at the end of each module to assess the engineers understanding of the content. Successful candidates will receive a certificate of acheivement for each completed module.

Classroom based training includes a presentation and interactive discussions with the candidates. Practical sessions involve hands on training using the various lift installations in the tower.

Module title Description
NLT0001 - Safety Training Focuses on safe working for lift engineers or other staff likely to be exposed to lift shafts, car tops and motor rooms.

Classroom based elements :-

  • Essential Rules
  • Hazard/Risk awareness
  • Completing a risk assessment
  • Falls and falling objects safety
  • Shaft Access Safety
  • Electrical Safety

Practicals :-

  • Completing a risk assessment
  • Completing a hazard scan
  • Perform electrical lock off and tag off
  • Safely access the car top
  • Safely access the lift shaft
NLT0002 - Wiring Diagrams Focuses on how to read wiring diagrams related to a lift installation.

Classroom based elements :-

  • Control system components
  • Designing a control circuit
  • Sample control circuits from different manufacturers (e.g. ILE, Thames Valley, Express)

Practicals :-

  • Tracing out a control circuit and checking it to the wiring diagram
  • Fitting a new component to the control panel
NLT0003 - Using a meter and fault finding Focuses on how to use electrical meters, going on to use them to fault find.

Classroom based elements :-

  • Voltage, current and resistance
  • Types of meter
  • Taking readings

Practicals :-

  • Megger a motor
  • Taking current readings
  • Fault finding with voltage and resistance measurements
NLT0004 - Basics of electrical and electronic engineering Classroom based elements :-
  • Understanding Ohm's law
  • Simple circuit theory

Practicals :-

  • Designing a brake lift/hold circuit
  • Fitting the brake lift/hold circuit

 

 

Further courses are in development including ...

  • Basics of hydraulic lifts
  • Site installation skills and an appreciation of electromagnetic compatability
  • Lift Component Technology
  • Basics of Drive Technology
  • Rescue Procedures
  • Call outs

Holding page for height safety

 


For information for booking abseils at the tower, please follow this link to an external website

http://www.nationalabseilcentre.co.uk