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Mainline Plant lines up a fleet of VB9 lighting towers
Mainline Plant Services, the Tottenham-based plant hire organization, has completed the purchase a fleet of VB9 lighting towers. This is their first venture into the lighting rental market.

Mainline initially discovered theVB9 light tower at the Executive Hire Show, held in Coventry, UK earlier this year. They were particularly impressed with the fuel saving benefits of the VB9, along with its impressive array of environmentally biased credentials. When compared to a traditional lighting set, tests have proven that theVB9 will reduce fuel usage by 72 percent, which is the equivalent to £336 per month. This is achieved by a combination of an economical diesel engine and a series of advanced electronics which ensures the overall illumination is not compromised, and remains at the HSE recommended levels. The VB9 incorporates a 170-litre capacity fuel tank with a running time between refueling of 340 hours, so that operators are spared from refueling each light weekly, to just once a month. This means that there is a reduction in carbon emissions of up to 72 percent, the equivalent to 0.88 tonnes per month.

The purchase was finalized in June and the company has already has secured an order for four units on a long-term winter highway project in the London area.

Commenting on this purchase, Mainline’s John Evans said, “The environmental qualities of the VB9 are in line with our own vision of sustainability. As a business principally operating within the construction environment, we are extremely mindful and aware that our day to day activities can have an impact on the surrounding wider environment and the clients we serve. We are confident that the energy management and efficient fuel usage instilled in the VB9 will help us to fulfill our commitments.”

Based in Tottenham, north London, Mainline Plant services is an independent plant-hire business with a history in providing a range of tools and plant to the construction, utility and highway contractors.

Dromad Hire Max Out the MT1 Mini-Light

Dromad Hire, Dundalk-based equipment hire specialist, have taken delivery of Generac Mobile Products’ innovative new lighting set, the MT1 mini-light. The mini-light is the latest tower light to leave the company’s production line and is set to become a popular product within the light equipment rental markets in Ireland and across Europe.

The MT1 mini lighting tower has a host of features and benefits, each conceived to deliver safe, bright lighting for construction sites, outside events and highway projects. With its manually operated 5.5 metre mast fitted with 4 no. 400 watt metal halide lamps, this self-generating lighting tower is ideally suited for illuminating small and medium sized areas. As an option the MT1 can also be fitted with 4 no. 150 watt LED energy saving lamps.

Commenting on this purchase, Dromad Hire’s Seamus Byrne said, “Whilst the demand for our larger lighting sets continues at record levels, our research uncovered a requirement for a compact lighting set, particularly where site access was limited, so the introduction of the MT1 into our fleet was an easy decision to make. The MT1 is a robust lighting product that combines economical operation with safe lighting levels, all set into a modestly sized unit.”

Dromad Hire are the only rental firm in Ireland to offer the MT1 for hire on long or short term hire periods. With the compact minimum dimensions of only 111 x 95 x190 cm and weighing-in at a lightweight 352 kg, the MT1 can be swiftly installed on site ready to position instant, bright, lighting, to exactly where it is needed.

For added security, the Generac's MT1 is delivered with two adjustable stabilizers and a covered electrical coil cable alongside sturdy, lockable, doors. Loading and unloading is safely carried out via its central lifting hook and hand trolley, with a wide steering angle. Prolonged lighting is guaranteed from a 20-litre metal fuel tank providing over 30-hours of running time on one single tank of fuel. Power is rendered through an integral 5.0 kVA diesel generating set, boasting whisper quiet noise levels at just 68 dBA at 7-metres and there is a handy auxiliary power output socket for powering small tools. The 3000 rpm, Yanmar, air-cooled diesel engine, is fully guarded with a series of alarms to protect the engine.

Dromad Hire has an extensive range, with over 800 hire products available in store. From their head office in Dundalk they have the ability to service rental clients just about anywhere in Ireland; they currently have seven delivery and support vehicles working around the clock. Their commitment to providing equipment that can demonstrate real sustainable values is reinforced by the introduction of the MT1 to work alongside Generac’s VT Hybrid and VT9 Eco lighting sets. These two products can help to save one tonne of CO2 emissions per month and between 72% and 86% in fuel reduction costs.

Generac Light Up at Aéroports de Paris

Generac Mobile Products S.r.l. has recently supplied a fleet of it special version of the VT1 and Hydro lighting sets to the French company, Aéroports de Paris, for use during maintenance projects and for emergency situations at their airports.

Aéroports de Paris (ADP) is the airport authority that owns and manages the fourteen civil airports and airfields in the Île-de-France (Paris) area. Among its notable airports are Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Orly Airport and Le Bourget Airport. Its headquarters are located in the 14th arrondissement of Paris.

The order was placed through one of the Generac distributors, Jardins et Loisirs Claye Souilly, who is already a regular supplier to ADP.

In order to meet with the specific criteria laid down by ADP, the Generac engineering team made some alterations and additions to the standard VT1 and Hydro products. The 8,5m hydraulic vertical mast is fitted with the latest, energy saving, 450 watt LED lamps, with an individually powered tilting mechanism. Generac also added two coil holder reels containing cables to provide auxiliary power to two tripod lighting sets, which are also fitted with LED lamps. The VT1 sets were fitted with an outlet socket to power small tools and the Hydro sets included an emergency module with an integrated power generator. There is also an inlet socket ready to conveniently recharge the engine battery should it become discharged.

ADP chose to use Generac products specifically because of their ability to respond positively to requests to adapt and alter standard products to equip them for specialist applications.

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