Cranes Today Magazine


Liebherr goes underground in Lima
25 August, 2016 Liebherr Chile has supplied two big 550EC-H440 Litronic tower cranes to aid with construction of the new Metro Line 3 in Lima, the capital of neighbouring Peru.
  • Raimondi Cranes erected at Capital Dock
    Irish Cranes & Lifting supplied six Raimondi tower cranes for contractor John Sisk & Son at Capital Dock, a major mixed use development project in Dublin.
  • CITB adds the new Kobelco CKE900G to its fleet
    The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has added a new Kobelco CKE900G crawler crane to its National Construction College training fleet. The crawler crane was delivered in April following its European launch at Bauma 2016.
  • Fassi and Hiab in Swedish show
    Knuckleboom manufacturers Fassi and Hiab are showing some of their crane models at the Swedish industrial vehicle show Lastbil, taking place in Elmia in Sweden between the 24th and 27th of August.


Challenge accepted
22 August, 2016 Bernadette Ballantyne talks to Liebherr’s Christoph Eiwan about some of the challenges posed to tower crane standards bodies and manufacturers by a move to cycle-based classification.
  • Closing the loop
    Harmonization of design standards is not an easy task but it is an important one. A huge number of committees consisting of the world’s leading crane and machinery experts are currently working on updating standards to ensure that cranes are operating as effectively and safely as possible.
  • As time goes by
    As design standards increasingly adopt cycle-based classification, Bernadette Ballantyne talks to Professor Markus Golder who explains how to move between this and the previous time-based approach. Over the following pages, Eberhard Becker of Terex traces the adoption of cycle-based classification across the lifting industry, and Liebherr’s Christoph Eiwan talks about some of the challenges posed to tower crane standards bodies and manufacturers by a move to cycle-based classification.
  • Dutch cranage
    Paola De Pascali attended the M. Verschoor 50th anniversary event and spoke with the founder Marteen Verschoor about the crane hire company’s history and growth.


Don't forget to get listed
22 August, 2016 Over the past few years, we've been working to refine Fleet File, our annual survey of crane fleets around the world. The 2016 survey is now open, and offers a quick, easy, and free way show the world what cranes you have available.
  • What did the EU ever do for us?
    I am writing this comment shortly after the UK referendum on the country's membership of the European Union. A scant majority of British voters chose to leave the EU.
  • MSHA to ban rigging?
    Late in May I received a press release from Sims Crane, announcing that they would be appealing a decision earlier that month by a US Mining Safety and Health Administration judge that would, they say, redefine spreader bars and similar equipment as a 'load', making it impossible to rig them.
  • A good Bauma?
    This year's Bauma showed some positive signs, for the first time in almost a decade. We saw some exciting new products, heard good sales reports from parts of the industry, and learnt of some positive regulatory news.
  • Outstanding reach
    We've just received the latest circulation audit for Cranes Today. I'm pleased to say we continue to beat our rivals on all useful measures.


Sponsored: The History of Åkerströms Björbo AB
17 August, 2016 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.
  • Sponsored: A clear view of safe working
    Cranes Today email newsletter sponsor RaycoWylie Systems’ new i4507 system for Tower Cranes with a flat or luffing jib combines a rated capacity indicator with a display able to show views from up-to-four cameras, along with a host of other sensor inputs.