Headquartered in Darwen, Lancashire, England, sink manufacturer Shaws of Darwen was faced with a challenge when replacing an old kiln: the existing dolly system was beyond economic repair, and the time implications of refurbishing it would hinder the expected commissioning date for the new kiln. “The cost to repair the old kiln car rail moving system was not economical, and to operate the kiln without this process was an unacceptable risk to the health and safety of the Shaws workforce,” said Mark Duckworth, the company’s maintenance manager. “I embarked on a search to find an alternative solution, and that’s where Nu-Star came in—recommended by one of our current suppliers.”
Duckworth contacted Nu-Star Material Handling Ltd., and the companies worked together to create a custom attachment for Nu-Star’s Power Pusher electric-powered tug mover. The Power Pusher can reportedly safely and efficiently both push and pull large, heavy loads, often taking the job of multiple members of the workforce. The Power Pusher is pedestrian-operated, is not subject to Lifting Operations Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER), and requires no license to operate. Therefore, all staff can be trained to operate the electric tug. In addition, the Power Pusher is electric-powered, making it an environmentally friendly option for use indoors with no fumes and very little noise.