Volkswagen turns to HighStep Systems at its Zwickau plant

28 November 2023 15:01

Zurich CCGreater Zurich

Dietikon/Zwickau/Eching - At the Volkswagen plant in Zwickau, HighStep lifts developed by HighStep Systems from Dietikon are used to access the high-bay warehouse systems. These were installed by the intralogistics specialists MIAS.

At the Volkswagen plant in Zwickau, Germany, climbing lifts developed by HighStep Systems AG from Dietikon in the canton of Zurich are used. The specialist journal “Technische Logistik” (English: Technical Logistics) reports on this in a detailed article entitled “Liften statt Klettern” (Lifting instead of climbing). The article states that the use of climbing ladders on automated storage and retrieval systems, also known as stacker cranes, for maintenance or repair work is not only laborious, but also poses the risk of accidents.

For this reason, specialists from MIAS GmbH, which is based in Eching on the outskirts of Munich, installed a “special kind of assistance system”. This is the Highstep Lift from HighStep Systems. The elevator can transport people and materials weighing up to 150 kilograms to heights of more than 30 meters quickly and safely and in any desired position.

“At times, the physical strain from climbing was immense”, comments John Schultke, who works in the series planning paint shop at the Volkswagen plant in Zwickau. “Ultimately, employees had to carry equipment and tools with them, so they were exhausted from a typical 15-minute climb”, he adds. With the HighStep Lift, “we have found a solution that redefines the term climbing aid,” Schultke concludes. The system meets higher safety standards than is the case for fixed ladders.

HighStep Systems AG was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Dietikon. The company develops and commercializes innovative climbing protection systems as an alternative to conventional climbing methods, such as fixed ladders, for example. The HighStep climbing protection systems consists of two components: an aluminum rail as a system carrier and the portable HighStep Lift.

The company’s customers include Swissgrid, the Swiss transmission network operator, the European high-voltage grid operator TenneT and the Chinese energy company State Grid Corporation of China. ce/gba

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