Today on Cranes Today Magazine


New 300t AT joins Emerson fleet
28 August, 2015 Emerson Crane Hire has added a new 300t Liebherr LTM 1300-6.2 all terrain crane to its fleet.
  • New Tadano Mantis at work in Texas
    A new 130USt Tadano Mantis GTC-1200 recently purchased by Scott Powerline and Utility Equipment is being used at a powerline construction project near Floydada, Texas.


Cutting edge gear cutting
13 August, 2015 Siebenhaar was launched 50 years ago, getting most of its work as a specialist supplier to Krupp. After a short time as a division of Krupp, the company was brought back into private hands, and now supplies slewing drives, winches and similar components across the crane industry and beyond. Will North spoke to Jascha André Graefingholt, the company’s head of sales.
  • Equality among the classes
    Over recent years, the ISO committee responsible for cranes, TC96, has been trying to bring classification of crane structures and ropes in line. After a series of false starts, Gerhard Wagner, chairman of the crane design principles and requirements subcommitee, has proposed a new approach to the problem, which he will present to a plenary meeting of TC96 in Sydney this September.
  • Emission objective
    The next step in regulating crane engine emissions is due to come into effect before 2020, and will affect crane manufacturers and end users alike. Daniel Searle reports
  • Mini drivers
    The mini crane sector is expanding, thanks to manufacturers and dealers making constant efforts to impress on end users the huge range of potential applications. Daniel Searle reports.
  • Elevated status
    There was a noticeable presence at this year’s Intermat of manufacturers promoting operator lifts for tower cranes, due to recent legislation in France demanding the systems at certain heights. Daniel Searle spoke to some of the companies preparing for an increase in orders.


Speak up for safety
13 March, 2015 This spring has seen two opportunities for the industry to have a say in safety issues, in the USA and the UK. Both have their roots in events many years ago.
  • Standards in the digital age
    I recently met with a contact who has, for many years, been active in developing standards and best practice guidance. He pointed out that while he learnt to understand documents like this by reading carefully through binders full of A4 pages, this sort of reading is becoming less common. Many of us will still spend much of our day reading and otherwise dealing with written material, but on a screen of one form or another, and not as a single long document that we read uninterrupted from start to finish.
  • Closing the global skills gap
    Over the last year, we've seen complaints from crane owners around the world about a shortage of skilled operators. In some ways, this is one of those good problems: it's a sign that, globally, the crane industry recognises the importance of qualifed operators and rigging crew to safe and efficient lifting.
  • Slow progress
    This time last year, I talked about how 2013 had been one of limited change. In many ways, and particularly on the business side of the sector, this year has been too. Progress on rental rates and sales does not seem to have picked up at the rate the industry would've liked. In this issue, we open with a round-up of the last quarter's financial results, across a range of listed crane manufacturers and dealers. The news is not particularly good.


Aluminium crane pads from Solum
06 August, 2015 Solum has developed a range of aluminium outrigger pads, reducing the weight of the units and providing a fully recyclable product.
  • Inspection reporting goes electronic
    Australian company Pervidi has introduced its Paperless Crane Inspection Software, an electronic system for recording inspections and preventative maintenance.
  • Pole position for outrigger pads
    Specialised outrigger pads, similar to those manufactured for mobile cranes, are being used in the Antarctic to prevent a research facility from sinking into the snow.