HAS YOUR HOIST MET ITS LIFE SPAN?
In this article, Molnar’s Kevin Dawes explains hoist life span requirements
Even a good hoist with good maintenance has a life span.
Kevin Dawes from Molnar, who has reportedly attended all Standards Australia Vehicle Meetings held over the past 28 years, explains that the Australian Standard defines this life span as a 25 year Structural Design Life (AS/NZ1418.9 Vehicle Hoists Standard).
Quality hoists with correct maintenance and spare parts available are expected to last this lifespan. Vehicle hoists have been manufactured and designed for 25 years of normal workshop usage; and this is calculated at eight hours of use a day, five days a week for 25 years.
Usage starts after the hoist has been installed. If there are no documented records of when the hoist was installed, then the usage will start from the date of manufacture. After this time a hoist should not be operational for use within a commercial workshop environment.
Every hoist manufacturer has created a preventative maintenance recommendation to support 25 years of usage, based on the standard eight hours per day, five days a week calculation.
According to legislation you must do at least one annual service to ensure safety and daily performance; and to identify and undertake any preventative maintenance required.
If a hoist is operating in an environment where the hourly and daily usage is higher, service intervals will need to be adjusted according to the usage hours, and the 25 year design lifetime will be reached sooner.
For example, if a hoist is working two shifts per day this means that annual maintenance will be required every six months and the 25 years will actually be reached in 12.5 years.
For more information, visit www.molnarhoists.com.au