Cranes Today Magazine


Two Liebherr mobiles dismantle bridge
12 June, 2019 Two Liebherr LTM 1500-8.1 mobile cranes from crane and heavy haulage contractors Autokrane Schares from Bocholt and Dietmar Flossdorf from Bad Neuenahr recently dismantled a 100-year-old railway bridge in Essen, Germany.
  • Grove and Potain cranes team up in Philly
    B. Pietrini and Sons, based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, is using its Grove GRT655 rough terrain and MR 608 luffing jib tower crane to construct two buildings for the Riverwalk Project in Philadelphia.
  • Barnhart buys Burkhalter
    Barnhart Crane and Rigging and Burkhalter Rigging of Columbus, Mississippi, have entered into an agreement under which Barnhart will purchase the majority of Burkhalter’s assets.


Under Control
24 May, 2019 Digital control systems have advanced hugely; the more that digital control can do the less the strain on the operator, the greater the efficiency and safety. Julian Champkin looks at control systems that aid the operator, and at how manufacturers have used them in their cranes.
  • Off road to Munich
    At this year’s Bauma rough terrain manufacturers chose to display mostly high capacity models, following an overall trend in the market. Sotiris Kanaris reports.
  • Rising in the West
    Over recent years, Kato has returned to Europe with a new range of City mobile cranes, sold through UK and Ireland dealer Rivertek. At Bauma, the company showed a 100t all terrain built for Asian markets, the 100t KA- 1000RX, and a prototype of the next CE-marked City crane, the 25t CR250-RV.
  • On the cutting edge
    At Bauma, Liebherr’s stand again dominated the outside area. But it was the range of innovations on display that truly impressed. Will North reports.
  • Vertically Integrated Towers
    A van might not be, at first glance, the most exciting bit of kit on display at a show like Bauma. However, the one on display on Wolffkran's stand in many ways epitomises the company's strategy: manufacturing, selling or hiring, and then thoroughly supporting tower cranes.


Fitting capacity to requirements
22 May, 2019 On any crane contract, the first and most vital commercial step is to make sure that the crane you bring to the job site matches the clients' lifting requirements: big enough to work safely, but not so big that you're wasting capacity (and, therefore, investment that you can't earn back with profitable rental rates).
  • Choosing a look, choosing names
    Sometimes, how a thing is presented, how it looks or how we name it, shapes how we think of it, even if the thing itself is unchanged. Think, for example, of how 'premium' and 'basic' products are packaged at the supermarket: glossy packaging, metallic embossing, and an emphasis on ingredients for 'premium' goods; primary colours, simple design, and a focus on price and value for 'basic' goods. Often, the gap between the two is not as great as the name or the package might suggest.
  • A sliding window of opportunity
    There is a concept in political science known as the Overton Window, after its creator, Joseph Overton. Overton argued that political policy is set within a window—ranging from 'more free' to 'less free'—of public perception of acceptable ideas. Over time, the limits of this window of acceptability change, and the policies politicians propose change with them.
  • Looking back
    This month, I've been taking a look back over our news coverage for 2018. There have been quite a few significant developments over the year.
  • Digital disruption
    Security expert Bruce Schneier has, for decades, warned of the overlooked risks associated with the computer age. Sometimes, politicians, regulators, and industry leaders have paid heed.


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  • Sponsored: The History of Åkerströms Björbo AB
    Founded in 1918, Akerstroms Bjorbo AB develops, produces, markets and services robust products to a global market for radio remote control of industrial cranes, mobile applications, door-opening systems and locomotives.
  • Sponsored: Kobelco celebrates order of Mammoet for 17 units Kobelco cranes at Bauma
    On Thursday 14th April 2016, the 4th day of BAUMA 2016, KOBELCO celebrated the order of MAMMOET for 17 units KOBELCO cranes with a speech and handshake followed by a traditional Japanese sake ceremony with the MAMMOET team and the KOBELCO team dressed in MAMMOET red Japanese happi coats. Ceremonial hammers were used to break open the sake barrel, after which the sake was shared with the gathered crowd in typical Japanese square wooden cups with the logos of MAMMOET and KOBELCO branded on opposite sides. KOBELCO also handed over to MAMMOET: a Kabuko samourai helmet, sword and bow with arrows.