Cranes Today Magazine


First new Liebherr rough terrains delivered
12 December, 2017 Bergheim-based crane hire company and dealer Wasel has become the first company to receive cranes from Liebherr’s new LRT series of rough terrain cranes.
  • Terex CTL 430-24 at Vancouver Public Library
    Vancouver-based Smith Bros. & Wilson (SBW) is using a Terex CTL 430-24 tower crane, during the demolition and reconstruction of the 8th and 9th floors at the downtown Vancouver Public Library (VPL).
  • Modulift beam lifts tunnel boring machine from underwater
    Modulift provided a custom lifting beam, slings and shackles as specialist pipeline contractor Stockton Drilling completed multiple lifts of a 28t, 18m-long tunnel boring machine (TBM) that was working subsea at the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm / Direct Pipe Landfalls (BOWL) project at Portgordon, Scotland.


Off the scALE
27 November, 2017 ALE has boosted the capacity and capabilities of some of its product lines with new equipment launches, while enhancing its transportation efficiency with a route survey tool. Sotiris Kanaris reports
  • The birth of a giant
    As Sarens launched its largest crane yet, the SGC-140, Will North spoke to chairman Ludo Sarens about the company’s strategy and to engineering manager Peter Huygebaert about the crane’s design and development.
  • Getting around the city
    Small truck and all terrain cranes are becoming very popular in urban areas or wherever a quick lift is required. Paola De Pascali reports. Designed to travel directly to the jobsite and get to work with little or no set up, taxi and city cranes can perform multiple jobs in a day.
  • Demag quality in the spotlight
    Terex invited hundreds of crane buyers and dozens of journalists to its Zweibrücken facility to present its latest city crane, and to demonstrate the technical excellence of its Demag brand. Will North joined the tour.
  • Staying safe at height
    Paola De Pascali talks with fall protection companies and crane manufacturers about new product developments that help reduce the risk of working at height.


Conflicting interests, split opinions
20 November, 2017 I've had a series of interesting conversations over recent weeks. It's a time of year when we get many invitations to product launches and factory open days. I've also had a chance to catch up with a few senior executives as they take on new roles, or as their companies go through a transition.
  • A ladder into the crane industry
    This month, we look again at the important role training and certification plays in the industry. There's some good news from the two big certification outfits, the NCCCO in the US, and ECOL in Europe.
  • Fibre rope returns to the mainstream
    The potential benefits of fibre rope, versus the steel wire rope routinely used in the industry, have for a long time been a focus for crane manufacturers and rope experts. When I started on this magazine, a little over ten years ago, crane engineers were considering ways to overcome problems with how rope would (or rather, would not easily) spool on the drum. Today, those issues appear to have largely been fixed, not by major changes to crane design as we then thought, but by new ropes that can largely be used in the same way as steel wire rope.
  • Stronger fleets, in a stronger Fleet File
    As the crane rental industry around the world leans towards recovery—we saw confidence at ConExpo in the USA, and, as described in this issue, at Vertikal Days in the UK—many this year will be hoping to see fleets upgrading and growing.
  • Disaster and hope in London
    As this issue of Cranes Today was being written, London was hit by one of its worst disasters in decades. A fire took hold in the Grenfell Tower, a social housing block in one of the city's richest areas, Kensington, killing around 80 people. The details emerging from the police investigation—which treats the disaster as a potential manslaughter case—are horrifying.


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17 May, 2017 Green Pin® introduces the Power Sling® Shackle in action!
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  • Sponsored - World’s largest ever crane auction
    A two day public ‘disposal auction’ that includes 130 cranes (from 220 ton down to 35 ton All Terrain and City cranes) plus more than 500 significant lots of general construction equipment from the administration of Hewden Stuart Ltd will be sold by Euro Auctions at the Newark Showground in Nottinghamshire at the request of the administrators at Ernst & Young on Thursday 02 /Friday 03 March.
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