News

VIDEO: LIFTEUROP designs a drum turner!

LIFTEUROP wants to give its customers the best advice in order to guarantee the utmost safety for users, in scrupulous respect of the standards in force. To meet the very specific demands of its customers, LIFTEUROP has its own internal research department to satisfy the specifications of its customers.

The design department addresses specific technical requests of our customers. It also develops new products and ensures they meet the standards and regulations in force. Whether we are dealing with lifting beams or specific slinging devices, handling projects go through the design department, such as this drum turner.

A customised cross-shaped, stainless steel lifting beam

For a company that is active in the aviation sector, the design department has designed this specific stainless steel lifting beam. Stainless steel prevents paint chip damage during handling.

This lifting beam is equipped with FLEXFORT cable lifting slings to prevent damage to the item being lifted. This sling contains a cable. This wire rope sling is made up of galvanized wire rope with vulcanized neoprene rubber coating and of pressed and deburred aluminium sleeves.

A first for LIFTEUROP: we’ve mounted a mirror on this lifting beam! It’s extremely helpful when placing an item into a box. The operator can check to see if the product is centred and fits correctly in its packaging.

LIFTEUROP, customised lifting beam

Made-to-measure, on-time delivery and satisfied customers

Through its CSR approach, LIFTEUROP cares for the environment just as it cares about the quality of its products, the well-being of its staff, the safety of its workers and the users of its lifting systems and accessories. There is one critical variable that must not be left out of this great equation: the customer!

Like the rest of the ALIPA Group, respect is LIFTEUROP’s core value. This means respect for colleagues, the leadership, the environment, standards, and infrastructure, but above all for the customer: “We want to give customers on-time delivery of a quality product that respects their wishes. We know that it’s customers who are paying our salary and they can fire us whenever they want!” declares Michèle Detaille, Managing Director of the ALIPA Group.

LIFTEUROP, customised lifting beam

Customised lifting systems

LIFTEUROP has its own design department to meet specific demands and fulfil its customers’ specifications. This design department also develops new products, making sure they meet standards and regulations in force. Whether for lifting beams or specific slinging devices, handling projects go through the design department. A made-to-measure service for customers.

Short delivery times

LIFTEUROP’s short delivery times are another way in which they set themselves apart from the competition. Respect for the customer means respecting agreed-upon deadlines. “We always try to respect deadlines. It’s truly one of our priorities.”, confides technical sales adviser Ferry PLATTES.

When company takes care of its customers, they show their appreciation in return. “Our sales are constantly on the rise!” Michèle Detaille tells us.

Steel, a 100% recyclable material

As a responsible company, sustainable development in general and recycling in particular are key concerns for LIFTEUROP. Not only has the company implemented an internal waste prevention, management and reduction programme, it also uses a material that is 100% recyclable – steel.

 

Steel, a sustainable product

The lifting systems and accessories produced by LIFTEUROP are largely made of steel. A material makes it particularly easy to recycle accessories when customers are no longer able or willing to use them.

Steel is 100% recyclable. “All steel is recovered and sorted to be reused in the production of other steel. All steel purchased by a manufacturer is made partly of recycled steel. This ratio varies based on the grade of steel. At LIFTEUROP we work with “high-grade” steel. The higher the steel grade, the higher the quality control imposed on certain components, and the lower the amount of recycled material.” explains buyer Julien Dethier.

A durable material, but beware

Products made of steel have an average life of 20 years, depending on their use. However, LIFTEUROP has reservations concerning this figure: “Yes, steel is durable, but it all depends on the field of application. In the lifting field, which revolves around safety, lifting accessories are subjected to constraints which distort the steel. We must be wary…”, explains technical sales adviser Ferry PLATTES.

With time, chain slings, hooks, cable slings, and other lifting accessories made of steel tend to warp. This is why it is important to conduct routine checks. “Moreover, these checks are stipulated by law! The frequency of these checks may vary depending on the country. In France and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, a check must be carried out at least once a year. Therefore, we need to be cautious about the lifespan of steel and make safety our priority.”, says Ferry PLATTES.

LIFTEUROP has developed an application that facilitates these periodic checks: ALITRACER. It gives the user an overview of the status of his or her fleet of lifting equipment.

In a company, it is everybody’s responsibility to protect the environment

LIFTEUROP has been implementing an internal environmental policy for several years. The company has implemented a series of measures to encourage its employees to adopt an eco-responsible approach.

 

In a company, it is everybody’s responsibility to protect the environment

“In corporate terms, Sustainable Development means being profitable in order to exist in the future. Good corporate management very often leads to positive environmental behaviour: in our case, the recovery of steel reduces the use of raw materials. Organising the workplace differently in a way that takes new ways of working into account (such as part-time, home-working, etc.) also allows us to create buildings that are the optimal size”, says Michèle Detaille, Managing Director of the ALIPA Group.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Like the ALIPA Group, LIFTEUROP is considering transport solutions that are less harmful to the environment. For example, that is why the staff is encouraged to carpool on their daily commute to work.

Other measures have been introduced to reduce staff travel. “Because of the long distances travelled by staff who come from the German-speaking region of Belgium, we have rented offices in Weiswampach that we make available to these employees one day a week. Where legally permitted, we allow home-working, and we strongly encourage the use of modern means of communication to reduce travel”, explains Michèle Detaille.

In fact, sales representatives regularly hold video-conference meetings and when they do travel their journeys and meetings are optimised so that they meet a maximum number of clients while keeping the distances travelled to a minimum.

LIFTEUROP, reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Electronic invoicing

LIFTEUROP has also adopted electronic invoicing. A way of limiting the costs related to consumables and paper as well as reducing shipping costs, invoice processing time and also the ecological footprint.

Respect for the environment: a prerequisite for our suppliers

As part of its CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) policy, LIFTEUROP places respect for the environment at the heart of its concerns! The company pays special attention to sustainable development.

It all starts with the choice of materials used in the design of the accessories and lifting systems. “Our products are made primarily of steel, a sustainable product!” says buyer Julien Dethier.

Steel, a sustainable product

But if LIFTEUROP itself is attentive to the protection of the environment, the company expects just as much from its suppliers. Since steel is the main material used by the company, it is important that it choose its suppliers carefully! “Our suppliers must have social practices that are consistent with our own. This is very important to us. The ALIPA Group buys responsibly and expects its suppliers to share the same values of respect for the environment and sustainability. All our suppliers must, for example, sign specifications in which they commit to compliance with the European REACH regulations,” explains Julien Dethier. REACH (for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical products) is a European regulation adopted to better protect human health and the environment against the risks associated with chemical substances. Respect for the environment is a value that LIFTEUROP holds dear. It is with this in mind that the company has, amongst other things, adopted a new responsible purchasing policy.

Effective safety management rewarded

Health and safety are an integral part of LIFTEUROP’s CSR approach. For many years, the company has had in place a series of measures for effectively managing workplace health and safety. A policy that improves not only employee working conditions, but also productivity and, above all, product quality!

“We want our staff to work safely. We are implementing measures such as appointing, as required by law, a safety officer. His or her mandate is to provide workplace health and safety information, conduct risk assessments and introduce the measures needed to eradicate potential sources of danger. On a regular basis, we hold various health-oriented training and information sessions (noise, backache, etc.) for our employees),” explained Michèle Detaille, ALIPA Group’s Managing Director.

Two tangible improvements

The first step needed in order to guarantee operator safety in the workshops is to maintain order and cleanliness. “It is very important to us that our workshops are neat. Many of our clients take notice of this while visiting the company. We have also put floor markings in place in order to improve traffic flow, define storage areas, etc. This way, everything has its place and we avoid accidents,” explained Raphaël Bozet, Workshop Foreman.

Anti-wear mats have been placed at all workstations in order to improve working conditions for operators when they have to work for several hours in the same spot. Some machines have also been improved. “For instance our sandblaster! We just installed anti-noise chambers to improve auditory comfort for operators. Just like our TAGMAKER (editor’s note: machine used to make ALITAG nameplates), whose walls we panelled to reduce noise nuisance,” added Raphaël Bozet.

A policy that has been rewarded

LIFTEUROP and safety management
LOGO Sécher & Gesond mat System - LIFTEUROP

LIFTEUROP has been “Sécher & Gesond mat System” certified since 2014, as a result of these provisions. This label has just been renewed in 2019. Issued by the Accident Insurance Association (AAA), this label undergoes partial reassessment every year and total reassessment every three years.

All ALIPA Group companies based in Wiltz are now “Sécher & Gesond mat System” certified: CODIPRO, NO-NAIL BOXES and AllPack Services.

Lifting accessories that contribute to operator safety

In the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, employers are legally obliged to take all measures necessary relating to health and safety at work in order to protect their employees. LIFTEUROP offers lifting solutions that ensure the safety of operators and offer protection against musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

LIFTEUROP lifting accessories are designed to facilitate the work of operators. They can work in more comfortable, ergonomic positions that are less traumatic for the back. This can effectively counter MSDs.

Here is a concrete example

For a client involved in the production of hydraulic actuators, LIFTEUROP’s design department engineered a tilt actuator in order to make the operators’ work safer. Previously, after being painted, actuators were manually tilted on a pallet. The handling was complex and dangerous at times, given that the actuator was not secured and could slip during the tilting.

LIFTEUROP: Lifting accessories that contribute to operator safety

Now, the operator secures the actuator clevis so that it can be tilted safely. This tilt actuator, conceived by LIFTEUROP, is equipped with ertalon (polyamide) protections to avoid damaging freshly painted actuators. In addition, the tilt actuator is designed to easily accommodate a forklift or to transport or pick up a pallet.

Handling is therefore safe thanks to a certified product that also helps to prevent MSDs.

CE compliance

Lifting accessories produced by LIFTEUROP are compliant with EU Machinery Directive 2006/42/CE. This Directive covers the design and manufacture of all lifting accessories. LIFTEUROP goes a step further in complying with the Directive, as it meets international standards for which there are even more requirements.

In concrete terms, this means that all lifting accessories are certified. They must carry the CE marking, be delivered with a declaration of compliance and an instruction manual, and the manufacturer must be clearly identified. Working with LIFTEUROP guarantees sound product design, supervised checks and, therefore, safe handling for your operators.

Everything you need to know about lifting accessory legislation

In the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, employers are legally obliged to take all measures necessary relating to health and safety at work in order to protect their employees. LIFTEUROP offers lifting solutions that comply with regulations and that ensure the safety of operators.

Lifting accessories produced by LIFTEUROP are compliant with EU Machinery Directive 2006/42/CE. This Directive covers the design and manufacture of all lifting accessories. LIFTEUROP goes a step further in complying with the Directive, as it meets international standards for which there are even more requirements.

LIFTEUROP, legislation, CE marking

In concrete terms, this means that all lifting accessories are certified. They must carry the CE marking, be delivered with a declaration of compliance and an instruction manual, and the manufacturer must be clearly identified. The European regulation does not require a third party to affix the CE marking. It is a self-certification that is entirely the manufacturer’s responsibility. It is therefore very important to choose a quality lifting accessory supplier.

Compulsory checks for enhanced safety

The legislation requires that each user check their lifting accessories regularly.

The legislation also requires that each user check their lifting accessories regularly. The interval between checks may vary depending on the country. In France and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, a check must be carried out at least once a year. LIFTEUROP has developed a mobile application that facilitates these periodic checks: ALITRACER. The user is offered a global view of his or her fleet of lifting equipment and the safety of operators is enhanced.

Available on both iOS and Android platforms, the application is neutral, meaning it is available regardless of lifting accessory brand or supplier. It is also a valuable tool for any equipment that needs to be checked periodically: bridge cranes, extinguishers, ladders, etc. In addition, ALITRACER is used by accredited inspection bodies.

Working with LIFTEUROP guarantees sound product design, supervised checks and, therefore, safe handling for your operators.

The importance of good customer service and quality products

Consumerism is constantly changing with the times. These days, when customers contact a company, they have already visited its website and know what they want. So your level of quality, service and advice needs to really stand out. LIFTEUROP, the Luxembourg-based manufacturer of lifting equipment and accessories, attaches considerable importance, as a socially responsible company, to the quality of service and products that it offers its customers.

The importance of good customer service and quality products for LIFTEUROP

LIFTEUROP wants to give its customers the best advice in order to guarantee the utmost safety for users, in strict accordance with the standards in force. To meet the very specific demands of its customers, the company has its own internal research department to satisfy its customers’ specifications.

European origin

In addition to offering tailored service through its internal research department, LIFTEUROP, with its brand STAS, designs and manufactures lifting equipment and accessories of European origin that combine quality and aesthetics. Being based in Wiltz (Grand Duchy of Luxembourg), LIFTEUROP was able to obtain the “Made In Luxembourg” label. This label promotes Luxembourg’s industrial expertise and guarantees the origin of products and services to its customers.

LIFTEUROP has also had ISO 9001 certification since 2004. A pledge of a system of continuous improvement and evidence of management’s motivation and commitment, this standard defines the requirements for the implementation of a quality- management system. LIFTEUROP strives to continually improve customer satisfaction and deliver consistent, compliant and high-quality products and services.

LIFTEUROP possède le label "Made in Luxembourg"

Thus, the company takes care of its customers, and they show their appreciation in return. “Our sales are constantly on the rise!” says Michèle Detaille, ALIPA Group’s Managing Director. Which just goes to show that implementing good customer service is now one of the elements fundamental to a company’s development and prosperity.