HM Prison Winchester has just taken delivery of its second Nu-Star PowerTug for moving around its new Corsair heated food trolley. HMP Winchester first approached Nu-Star in November 2002. This was regarding the daily problems HM Prison Winchester was experiencing when trying to manoeuvre its heated food trolley from the kitchens to the female wing of the prison.
Nu-Star designed and manufactured a bespoke attachment for its PowerTug that enabled it to precisely connect on to the chassis of the Corsair food trolley and enable a single operator to manoeuvre the load with ease.
After the continuing success of the first unit, Nu-Star were asked to supply a second PowerTug.
The PowerTug is a self-contained electric tug unit specifically designed to eliminate the manual handling risks associated with moving rolling loads up to 2 tonnes in weight. Power in the PowerTug is provided by maintenance free gel batteries and an on-board, marine specification, battery charger (ideally suited for damp conditions or where there is a risk of liquid splashing onto the machine) which enables the machine to be recharged from any available 110V or 240V power supply.
All the controls of the PowerTug are finger operated on the hinged tiller arm and the unit is fitted with emergency reversing to prevent the operator becoming trapped. The digital control PowerTug is fully programmable and Nu-Star set up variables such as top speed and acceleration at the request of the customer.
PowerTugs are available from Urethane & Machinery Supplies.