Power Pusher set to improve efficiency at Shaws of Darwen

Shaws of Darwen were faced with a big problem when replacing an old kiln with a brand new one as the existing dolly system was beyond economic repair and the time implications of refurbishing would hinder the expected date of commissioning the new kiln.

Mark Duckworth, Shaws of Darwen, Maintenance Manager, explains “The cost to repair the old Kiln car rail moving system was not economical and to operate the kiln without this process was an unacceptable risk to the health and safety of the Shaws workforce.

I embarked on a search to find an alternative solution and that’s where Nu-Star came in, recommended by one of our current suppliers.”

Nu-Star have worked with Shaws of Darwen to create a bespoke attachment for the signature Power Pusher electric-powered tug mover. Every business is unique with differing needs and the Nu-Star team understands this. That’s why Nu-Star provide a personal service by getting to understand the business needs and application to offer tailored solutions.

The Power Pusher can both push and pull large, heavy loads in a safe and efficient way; often taking the job of multiple members of the workforce. The Power Pusher is pedestrian-operated and has the benefit that it isn’t subject to LOLER regulations and requires no license to operate. Therefore, all staff can be trained to operate the electric tug.

By utilising the signature Power Pusher, and working with Shaws to create an adjustable hook attachment for Shaws kiln cars, Shaws are able to hook the Power Pusher to the kiln car and manoeuvre it effortlessly into the Kiln. The Power Pusher is electric-powered meaning it’s suitable to use indoor with no fumes and creating very little noise; making it an environmentally friendly option.

Shaws have multiple kilns across their factory in Lancashire, so our electric mover solution needed to work for each kiln, with different kiln car heights. Therefore we created an easy-to-use box slider system so the height can easily be adjusted and utilised throughout the factory.

Power Pusher moving kiln car in and out of autoclavesPower Pusher with handle counter weights moving kiln carsPower Pusher with bespoke kiln car attachment for the ceramic industry

Matt Smith, Nu-Star MD, says “We have a growing number of customers worldwide in the Ceramics and Brick Industries, utilising our electric tugs, for moving kiln cars into and out of their autoclaves. Our solution is considered more cost-effective and flexible than the traditional winch method.

The progressive throttle on the Power Pusher means the operator can move the laden kiln car at a speed that prevents any accidental, vibration induced damage to the product, particularly before it is fired.

We are delighted to have worked with Shaws of Darwen on this aspect of their expansion project.”

We offer a wide range of Nu-Star electric tugs, with a solution for every moving load requirement.

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