Cranes Today Magazine


Tadano at industrial alcohol facility
16 September, 2019 A Tadano ATF 220G-5 from Schwarze’s fleet was used for works at Kraul & Wilkening u. Stelling’s industrial alcohol facility in Hannover, Germany. The 220t crane was needed to relocate six silos and to lift a tank wagon onto a low-loader.
  • Tandem lift simulation
    CM Labs Simulations, developer of Vortex training simulators, is launching a new Mobile Crane Simulator Training Pack that includes the industry’s only simulated mobile crane tandem lift exercise, as well as a competency demonstration exercise that provides a safe, objective tool for employers to assess crane operator skills.
  • A1A’s new web tools
    A1A Software has introduced five new web tools for task specific lift planning activities in 3D Lift Plan.
  • North America’s first
    Portsmouth, Rhode Island-based Steel Giraffe has used its new Demag AC 45 City all terrain, the first in North America, for a project on the Mount Hope Bridge connecting the Rhode Island towns of Portsmouth and Bristol.
  • PM in flood damaged Dales
    Collett has delivered four giant steel tubes to the Yorkshire Dales, UK, which will be used to divert a waterway in order to allow the reconstruction of a damaged bridge.


New jack capacity
17 September, 2019 Hydraulic jacks can lift huge structures from below; strand jacks can lift them from above. Rams can push them sideways to slide along rails. Julian Champkin discovers that there is more than one way to move something heavy.
  • A wider, safer working zone
    In recent years, anti-collision systems have developed into new areas, offering improved integration with crane controls, cameras, and BIM systems. John Bensalhia reports.
  • Cranes on the factory floor
    Industry needs lifting power for many regular lifting, maintenance, and one-off tasks. Julian Champkin finds spiders, minis, crawlers, and others are all used in the role.
  • Building a new city
    Over 35 Potain tower cranes are working on the construction of the New El Alamein City, an urban development being built on Egypt’s northern coast.
  • High desert tower cranes
    Mining has been a key feature of the Chilean economy since the earliest days. Julian Champkin finds that lifting methods have become uniquely adapted to the conditions of South America’s Southern Cone, with tower cranes operating for decades in the Atacama desert and beyond.


Checking research on checklists
17 September, 2019 Checklists have become a routine part of modern life. In simple form, as to-do lists and shopping lists, they help us all keep track of the overlapping and numerous tasks of our day.
  • Fitting capacity to requirements
    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).
  • Digging deep for opportunity
    In this issue, two of our lead features look at the impact of infrastructure projects on demand for lifting equipment.
  • Demag answers and questions
    In our lead news items this month, I've tried to find answers for at least a few of the questions readers may have about Tadano's planned acquisition of Demag from Terex. As you'd expect for a deal at this stage, I wasn't able to get a lot more detail.
  • 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.


Sponsored: Lifting The Same Load With A Lighter Wire
17 May, 2017 Green Pin® introduces the Power Sling® Shackle in action!
  • 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.