Cranes Today Magazine


The Law vs Cranes
09 October, 2018 Legal issues are impinging increasingly on the North American industry. At the SC&RA Workshop held from September 26-28 in Louisville, Kentucky, discussions concerned, in particular, where the law as it stands demands actions that in practice are difficult, or sometimes impossible, to carry out. Julian Champkin was there.
  • CombiMAX vehicles in Austria
    Austrian transport company A. Kothmaier has taken delivery of a range of CombiMAX vehicles, aiming to boost the flexibility of its fleet.
  • Al Faris transports 455t buoy
    Al Faris was recently awarded the project of loading and transporting a 455t turret type buoy from Dubai Industrial City to Jebel Ali Port.


Gulf cranes multiply
08 October, 2018 Construction activity is strong across the Middle East, Sotiris Kanaris looks at the crane market and interesting projects in the region.
  • The new sweet spot
    Rough terrain cranes are getting bigger. With 100USt models now the ‘sweet spot’ in the USA, 100t and 90t models are finding new markets around the world. Julian Champkin reports.
  • New premises, new cranes
    GGR Group has been serving the glazing sector for more than two decades, being an exclusive distributor—among other products—for glass vaccum lifters, glazing robots and spider cranes manufacturers.
  • Reaching for the sky
    Modern cities are almost defined by high-rise skyscrapers clad in glass or in pre-cast panels. Julian Champkin looks at the lifting challenges presented by their construction.
  • Testing the limits
    As demand for heavy lifts increases, Sotiris Kanaris looks at equipment with capacities of 1,000t or more and how it has been used in the past year.


An inventive season
08 October, 2018 We have a surprising flurry of new crane launches this month. This includes a series of new tower cranes, new loader cranes, and a new rough terrain.
  • A step forward for safe wind work
    I've written previously about the good work being done by the European crane and special transport association, ESTA, and manufacturers' group, FEM, on wind safety.
  • Necessary training, sufficient evaluation
    In late May, US regulator OSHA published a much-anticipated new notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register. This further clarifies how the US federal government plans to set rules for operator certification.
  • Valuable shows, sustainable growth?
    I write this month's comment shortly after returning from Intermat in Paris. As I wrote in my pre-show comment six years—two Intermats—ago, the purpose of the French show is at times unclear. It is at once too big to be a tightly-focussed national lifting show, and too small (and overshadowed in the triennial trade show cycle) to be a global launch show.


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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.