Cranes Today Magazine


Fleet File closing on Friday
20 November, 2017 Cranes Today’s free-to-enter global survey of crane fleets around the world will close on Friday, 24 November.
  • Tandem lift for gantry crane
    A Terex AC 700 and a Demag AC 500-8 supplied by Wiesbauer were used to lift a 45m-long gantry crane at Gebr. Lotter’s mild steel yard in Ludwigsburg, Germany. In a tandem lift, the two cranes lifted the load to the pre-planned assembly location.
  • Raimondi cranes in Istanbul
    The official agent of Raimondi Cranes in Turkey, AKEM Group, has erected an MRT159 topless tower crane with a height under hook of 66m at a jobsite in Üsküdar, Istanbul.


The birth of a giant
22 November, 2017 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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    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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