The Climb Auto System by 3S Lift is an amazing device that can extend the longevity of a wind turbine technician. Climbing keeps you in shape, but it also fatigues you very much. It wears out your knees and other joints. Constant climbing is really a burden to the wind tech job and pushes people out of the industry. I’d like to see more people stick around. If they had a Climb Auto System they could work in this job for a longer period of time.
Many techs are concerned about their health & safety and how it affects their job longevity. I am very passionate about this. While visiting US wind farms I discovered the Climb Auto System – 3S Lift’s single technician ladder-mounted lift. This solution eliminates the need to climb completely, thus cutting out a major burden on the techs.
Climbing keeps you in shape, but it also fatigues you very much. It wears on your knees and other joints. Constant climbing wears on techs and pushes people out of the industry. The Climb Auto System by 3S Lift is an amazing device that can extend the longevity of a wind turbine technician.
The Climb Auto System allows you to ascend an 80 m tower in just over 4 minutes with zero sweat, no effort at all. You get to the top of the tower rested instead of winded. Your mind is fresh and ready to focus on the task at hand.
With wind turbine towers getting taller and taller, there is an increasing need for climbing solutions that allow you to work in the field longer. Management knows reducing technician turnover can create substantial cost savings, as hiring and training costs are decreased.
As the wind industry grows, there is an equally growing demand for qualified techs. I see a lot of people pop into the industry getting a taste of it and then leaving in a couple of years. I’d like to see more people stick around.
I think most of us would choose to work on a site with a 3S Lift over a site that doesn’t have one. You can talk about 401K and health benefits, but this is a benefit right out of the gate that you don’t have to negotiate.
What’s great is that the Climb Auto System is adaptable to almost any turbine. It is mounted to the tower’s ladder. The system can be installed into new turbines and easily retrofitted to existing turbines – often in 8 hours or less. That means the Climb Auto System can be installed almost anywhere. There are 600 units already installed in the US today and the number is growing as more technicians, operation managers, and owners/operators recognize the value that the system offers.
What I really like is Climb Auto System’s remote control. It can be used to send the lift from one position to another in the tower. Combined with the toolbox that is included with every lift, you can send tools and equipment – or even your lunch – up the tower instead of having to hoist it.
All of these benefits come together with a high level of safety. Unlike a Service Lift, the ladder-mounted Climb Auto System offers independent Fall Protection Systems for you and the lift. The car stand on and you each have your own Fall Arrester. This means that even if the car should slip, your own Fall Arrester will engage immediately and stop you from falling.
I feel a lot safer on the Climb Auto System than I did in some of the Service Lifts that I rode on in the past years. I think the system is just inherently safe. I think it’s is well designed, it’s well puts together, well-engineered, and it seems like it’ll last for a quite long time.
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