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Thorite helps smooth the ride for new mobile site cabin

Friday 21st October 2005

Compressed air and fluid process systems specialists, Thorite, are supplying the on-board compressor and its associated control panel systems, plus specialised air suspension bellows, to Elstrons Ltd of Wigan, for use in their innovative P Series secure site cabins.

The site cabins feature air suspension, activated by the Thorite compressor, providing users with the twin benefits of an extremely soft ride (enabling lab equipment, delicate instruments and tools to be transported), plus push-button raising and lowering of the unit.

The compressor is a FIAC direct-drive unit, with a free air delivery of 7.5 cfm. This unit was specially selected by Thorite, as it combines high performance with compact dimensions, essential for occupying as little space within the site cabin as possible.

The FIAC unit also produces a high maximum working pressure of 145 psi, as opposed to the 116 psi delivered by "normal" compressors of this size, to ensure sufficient pneumatic power is constantly available to handle the suspension's actuation requirements.

Once on site and fully lowered the unit's floor is only 100mm above ground whilst the running gear, normally vulnerable to vandals or thieves, is fully concealed. The tow coupling and rear road lighting is also concealed behind steel cowlings and plates.

Thorite's compressor enables the air suspension to be trimmed on either side, to compensate for uneven loading. It also provides a useful compressed air supply for inflating tyres or operating pneumatic tools.

(Photo shows an Elston Secure Site cabin with detail of the control panel and compressor from Thorite)

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