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08 December 2020

Mikrospin delivers a quieter refuse collection

We’ve all been woken up by the bin men as they journey through the streets collecting our rubbish. Most refuse vehicles favour using a hydraulic powerpack instead of an engine PTO and pump design to tip and compact the rubbish. This service requires the refuse truck to be stationary as it needs high revs from the engine to power the unit. It therefore not only awakens us from our slumbers but also releases more emissions into the atmosphere, in direct contrast to local councils' commitment to recycle and improve their environmentally-friendly credentials.

Involving Mikrospin’s expertise

Mikrospin were invited to a well-known vehicle manufacturer to overcome these challenges by designing a hydraulic contained power unit to replace the traditional engine PTO and pump design. These units are more economical and environmentally friendly both in noise and in the way the power unit works as it is powered by 24v DC batteries as opposed to the revs from the engine.

The system is purpose-designed on a special drip tray with anti-vibration mounts which absorbs the vibrations which can be caused by some road surfaces. Its 2.2 kW DC motor is an ideal way to create power and pressure for short periods when lifting, tipping and compacting waste in the rear of the truck.

Another advantage is the minimal noise which the power unit makes compared to the traditional engine and PTO assembly which requires high revs to operate. The power unit, unlike the PTO set up, can also compact whilst moving adding increased efficiency to waste collections and less air pollution on bin collection days.

How does the hydraulic power unit work?

The unit is designed and fitted with several specialised valves and controls all using double-acting solenoid valves. The valves work in parallel and allow several circuits to work together. These circuits all have independent speed and pressure controls to determine each individual service line and also offer load holding facilities adding to the safety of the driver and operators of the vehicle.

Working closely with clients, Mikrospin have delivered a number of bespoke hydraulic systems to the transport and logistics, food, pharmaceutical, farming and mobility industries.

Contact us with your requirements and trust the experts to determine the best solution.

By Catherine Rumney, 08 December 2020 – 0 comments

12 August 2020

Celebrating our 35th year and still powering on

35 years might not sound that long ago to some of us, but to put it into perspective, when Mike, Phylis, Adrian & Brian first opened the doors to Mikrospin it was in a time before email, Tim Berners-Lee was still dreaming up something called the World Wide Web and googling had a completely different meaning. In short, it was a different world.

35 years, 6 prime ministers, 2 recessions and 1 global pandemic later - two of the founder members are still at the helm of Mikrospin. Brian and Adrian are definitely older, certainly wiser but just as enthusiastic about the business and it’s prospects for the future.

So what’s been the secret to our survival?

Director, Brian Hughes explains:

“We’ve seen a lot of changes over the years, but our core belief that customer service is key has remained consistent and I believe that is why we have continued to thrive. We have held true to our core ethos throughout the years and at heart we are still the same business. We recognise that we are selling to people who have problems to solve and we are industry experts who can provide suggestions and solutions - not just products.”

The business started out as the sales division of the larger organisation KS Hydraulics. Initially focusing just on pumps, bell housings, couplings & filters. Following the advent of mini power packs, the business now stocks 1000’s of products which are distributed across the UK.

Although the Mikrospin team has grown over the years, it is still exclusively made up of industry experts and can boast clients that have worked with the company for decades.

Director Adrian Griffin is a fully qualified hydraulics engineer involved in the design and prototyping of full hydraulic systems and their relevant components. Working closely with clients, he has delivered bespoke hydraulic systems to the food and pharmaceutical industries, transport and logistics, farming, mobility and many more over the years.

“From ‘one man in a van’ requiring a single part to an organisation requiring bespoke hydraulic system design, we are happy to share our expertise and always on the end of a phone to answer questions and offer suggestions.”

New members of the team such as Curtis Loader have joined the company and are keen to drive the business forward, bringing their own expertise to the table. Curtis is particularly driven to ensure Mikrospin’s position as market leading experts is maintained. He believes that fuel efficiencies and environmental benefits of Mikrospin products will be key to the buyers of the future.

“Whatever gets thrown our way, I believe we are in a strong position. We will always adapt, strive to stay at the forefront of our indisury and make best use of technology and ecommerce channels available. But most importantly, we will never lose sight of the fact that it’s our customers that have kept us going this far.” Brian Hughes

By Josh Sneddon, 12 August 2020 – 0 comments

25 February 2020

Box Tailgate Compact Power Pack for Lorries

Mikrospin are pleased to annouce that Bosch Rextoth have developed a new line of Compact Hydraulic Power Packs specifically designed for the truck's tailgate lift which are easy to maintain and have a compact design. 

The power unit comes complete with a high performace DC motor and has one external box which is suitable for all configurations. The unit also features long component endurance thanks to special surface treatments and is highly customisable for each customers need.  The key feaures of this new type of power unit are:-

  • New Design (Reduced Size)
  • Cast Aluminium Manifold
  • New Fixing System for Tank & External Box
  • New Built-in Anti-Vibration System
  • Special Surface Treatment as Dacromet & Electroless Nickel
  • Sealed Box
  • Special Flange with Complete Integrated Circuit

Mikrospin are able to offer this and also other tailored solutions for similar applications from our Bosch Rexroth range, please click here to send us an enquiry with your requirements or alternatively you can contact us on 01706 378625 to speak with one of the team.

By Vince Bagwell, 25 February 2020 – 0 comments

15 March 2017

Electric Bin Lifter Special

In these days of ever increasing fuel costs and increased awareness of the damage we are doing to the environment, Mikrospin has designed a electro hydraulic power unit to replace the PTO system currently used on small refuse vehicles.

Quiet DC motors in 12 or 24 volt enables a small self contained system to power the vehicle body, tip and also a single bin structure to lift and then tip all from a simple valve design.

Mikrospin are able to offer tailored solutions for similar applications from our Bosch Rexroth range, please click here to send us an enquiry with your requirements or alternatively contact one of the team on 01706 378625 for a competitive price.

By Vince Bagwell, 15 March 2017 – 0 comments

15 December 2016

Lifting to Great Heights

Our range of hydraulic mini power units are ideally designed for vertical lifting applications.

Mikrospin have supplied power units which have been fitted to various types of lifts for many years and are usually situated on a fixed structure and can be operated either with solenoid controls or a manual lever valve with various tank and motor options available.

Cellar lifts, bay lifts and mezzanine floor lifts are quite popular within new industrial parks and shopping centres and our units fit the bill perfectly.

Above is a sample of a typical circuit diagram for you to see from one of our power units designed for this type of application.

If you have a new or existing application where you require this type of power unit then please call us on 01706 378625 or send an email to to speak with one of the sales team with your enquiry where we would be more than happy to help.

By Vince Bagwell, 15 December 2016 – 0 comments
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