health and safety issues determined that guards needed to
be fitted to 3,000 cable winches on a national fleet of
vehicles, Lamb Engineering set about finding the best way
to overcome some unavoidable constraints.
limitations and the need to ensure that the operators' productivity
was not reduced by the guards were two paramount considerations
imposed by the telecommunications industry client.
were 25 variations of the mobile winches ranging from small
diameter winches fitted to vehicles through to one-metre
diameter capstans fitted to special units, themselves the
size of small cars.
the same time it was essential that the final product was
robust enough to satisfy stringent health and safety demands.
get an essential understanding of the winches in operation
and how the operators used them, Lamb's Technical Team carried
out investigations at the customer's sites throughout the
materials chosen by Lamb Engineering were a steel angle
frame infilled with mesh and then powder coated for protection
many months of detailed focus, Lamb Engineering produced
dozens of working samples which were fitted to cable units
for appraisal. Suggestions from both the Health and Safety
Executive and the winch operators meant further modifications.
the design for each type was finalised, they were manufactured
in batches and despatched, ready for fitting on sites all
over the UK. Cable winching units which did not fit into
the main category variations were individually made and
fitted at Lamb's premises.
outcome met the client's two vital criteria - they were
produced within budget and do not hinder productivity.