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Innovation blossoms at REID Lifting from University partnership

Leading designer and manufacturer of lightweight, portable and safe lifting systems, REID Lifting Ltd, has teamed up with Cardiff University to mutual benefit, drawing on the establishment’s supply of talent and offering its own technical expertise and project opportunities in return.

REID relies on innovation to maintain its leadership position in its specialist markets, offering unique, market leading lifting solutions. By constant innovative developments of new products to address market and operational demands, REID stays ahead of the competition.

This focus on innovation has continued with a recent partnership with Cardiff University, through the Department of Trade and Industry’s “Knowledge Transfer Partnership”, supported by the Welsh Government. This programme has linked the University and REID through a post graduate placement programme.

Starting just over 12 months ago, it has already led to positive outcomes for all parties including an exciting new development to REID’s PORTA-GANTRY range with the recent announcement of the new PORTA-GANTRY RAPIDE. The PORTA-GANTRY RAPIDE is an ultra lightweight, rapid deployment gantry system that folds down into its own structure for compact stowage and portability, and can be assembled for use in just one minute.

Launched on 24th May at the IWEX 2011 exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham, the PORTA-GANTRY RAPIDE attracted significant attention from many sectors for goods lifting, confined space and working at height applications, where it adds new dimensions to solutions available for personnel protection and safe working practices with rapid deployment lifting capability. It has been designed to be compliant with both European and North American standards and to exceed EN795 Class B standards for personnel lifting systems.

REID’s graduate designer, Peter Italiano, attended the launch at IWEX and said: “the KTP programme has allowed REID and I to work closely with the academics at Cardiff University’s School of Engineering, developing this innovative new product while providing practical experience and additional projects for other students at the university.

“It has also given me a thorough introduction into a design engineering position where I have been able to make an early contribution to REID’s new product portfolio while gaining experience not only of product design and development but marketing and manufacturing aspects as well.”

REID’s Sales & Marketing Director, Phillip Ellis added: “It has been a very productive and enjoyable experience working with the University and KTP advisor. The new PORTA-GANTRY RAPIDE proves the success of the programme, with further developments to follow.”

The PORTA-GANTRY RAPIDE can be used for goods lifting to 500kg. Demonstrated below is a configuration for personnel positioning, with a Sala Winch and fall arrest unit for the operative, as well as a fall arrest unit for the “top man”. The PORTA-GANTRY RAPIDE system folds away into its own structure for easy transport.

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Handle and wheels for portable aluminium gantry frame RAPIDE WLL 500kg
Cardiff University KTP Knowledge Transfer Partnership REID Lifting
REID Lifting in Knowledge Transfer Partnership programme with Cardiff University