Safe Operations of Ski Resort Sustained by Kito Products
The Naeba Ski Resort in Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture uses many Kito products for maintenance and repair of the cable cars and lifts that carry people across its vast area. We visited in November when crews were busy preparing for the winter season.
The resort’s cable-car line, the Dragondola, is the longest in Japan at 5,481 meters. For safe operation, careful maintenance is vital. The 107 cars are divided into three groups, and each car is disassembled for inspection and maintenance once over a regular three-year rotation.
To replace the grip connecting the car with the cable, electric chain hoists lift the entire car. Each grip is hung using manual chain hoists for maintenance. Workers tell us that each car weighs 640 kilograms, and the grip 120kg.
Lever hoists are used to loosen the cable and take weight off the gear train to replace bearings and rubber.
It’s important to conduct regular maintenance even in the off season for transporting customers safely. That’s why we can enjoy excellent powder snow!
Accomplishments of Shirase, the Japanese Antarctic Observation Vessel
Following the successful careers of the Soya and Fuji, Shirase (AGB-5002) was the third-generation Japanese Antarctic observation vessel. During its service, the ship made 25 round trips between Japan and the Antarctic continent, docking at the Showa base a record 24 times. Decommissioned in July 2008, since May 2010 the ship has been permanently docked […]
In A Jet-Engine Maintenance Plant
Kito Hoists Support a Pro Basketball Game
Pro basketball’s B-League started three years ago, and is rapidly gaining popularity. The team Link Tochigi Brex (redubbed Utsunomiya Brex for the 2019-20 season) is without peer in terms of the numbers of spectators it attracts. The club uses Kito products on its home court at Brex Arena Utsunomiya, and kindly allowed us to visit.