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The British Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a safety alert in the wake of three luffing jib tower cranes collapsing in the UK recently. The HSE has issued supplementary guidance in...Read more
This week at ConExpo, Manitowoc will launch the first construction crane with synthetic hoisting rope, a technology that has been researched by many, but not delivered, for more than a decade. The new Grove RT770E comes with KZ100, a synthetic rope developed with manufacturer Samson.
Wolffs work on Swiss dam
Wolffkran cranes have returned to the Vieux Emosson dam in the Valais Alps, Switzerland to extend the height of the dam wall. The manufacturer’s cranes first worked on the construction of the dam back in the 1950s. Recently, Wolffkran’s 40t 1250 B and 30t 500 B tower cranes have both participated in the expansion of the dam.
Sennebogen crawler works in Pakistan
Pakistan Railways, the country’s state railway company has purchased a Sennebogen 640 HD crawler crane. The machine has been put straight to work on in the maintenance of the railways. Providing lifting capabilities at the firms building yards and in the new construction and the extension of the railway lines.
BKL expands fleet with Liebherr 500t AT
German rental firm BKL Baukran Logistik has added a Liebherr 500t AT to its fleet. The addition of the new crane, the German crane specialist offers its customers once more an enhanced the firms AT range from 30t to 500t.
MacGregor buys Deep Water Solutions AS
Norwegian multi drive lifting specialist Deep Water Solutions AS has been acquired by MacGregor who are part of Cargotec. The firm, which was privately-owned, specialises in lifting applications with electric multi drive technology.
In 1979 Chris Deij formed Barneveldse Kraanverhuur B.V. (BKV). In 1998 the ownership was passed on to the four sons of Chris Deij: Daan, Dick, Henry and Albert. BKV B.V. currently has 23 cranes with a lifting capacity of between 40t and 750t. Daan Deij, the current MD, talks about the range of the company’s activities.
We live in an age where the importance of data has never been more pronounced. Those in the crane business are beginning to use this to their advantage, one method is through asset management systems that monitor crane activity and deliver information to owners and distributors that help them to get more from their equipment.
Event recorders keep a rolling record of incidents, like use of the LMI override switch. A recent FEM supplement to the EN13000 mobile crane standard makes clear that this data is the property of the crane owner. However, some fear it may be used in court to paint a false picture of their safety record. Will North examines those concerns, and finds some potential user benefits.
Live long and profit
Sales and service, service and sales. You can’t have one without the other if you’re to survive in a highly competitive market. And while investing in aftersales service may seem like a luxury spend in leaner times, many manufacturers recognise that a customer’s deciding factor is often the quality of the service provision accompanying their crane purchase. Jodie Satterthwaite reports.
With a land mass approximately two and half times the size of Western Europe, US contractors have long had to be innovative in order to keep their machines up and running out in the field.
Ever since the global financial crisis hit in 2007–2008, the question for the construction, and crane, industry has been whether the good times of the middle of the last decade are on the way back.
Think about the future
This promises to be an important year in many ways for the crane industry. We can expect revised regulations, some valuable new safety guidance, developments in training, and, at least one manufacturer has promised, major launches at the year's big trade show.
The simple pleasures of a quiet life
We’re at the time of year where we look back over 12 months of news from the crane industry. In many recent years we’ve noted dramatic changes: the soaring backlogs of the boom, and the subsequent global financial crisis; the launch of game-changing new cranes like Manitowoc’s GTK 1100, Terex’s Twin system or Liebherr’s LTM 11200-9.1; terrible accidents and drastic changes in regulation; or globally decisive regulatory changes, like the most recent revision of EN 13000.
Doing the legwork, building trust
More than any other industry I've reported on, the crane industry works on the basis of personal interaction and trust. Crane buyers need to be sure that their equipment is reliable and well supported. Customers need to know that crane suppliers will perform lifts safely and on time. Crane owners need to trust their operators to work safely, and operators need to know their bosses will offer proper training and support them if they refuse to perform an unsafe lift.