Cranes Today Magazine


Sponsored: Lifting The Same Load With A Lighter Wire
17 May, 2017 Green Pin® introduces the Power Sling® Shackle in action!
  • Plansafe Solutions launches Safety Pro app
    Health and safety service provider Plansafe Solutions has launched Safety Pro, a server-based application for direct preparation of engineering reports following LOLER/PUWER/COSHH/PSSR inspections or examinations of plant and equipment.
  • Tadano sales drop 14%
    Tadano sales revenue in the twelve months ended March 31 stood at ¥179.7bn ($1.6bn), down 14.2% year-on-year. Over the same period, net profit dropped by 39.4% to ¥11.9bn.


Family business
17 April, 2017 Spanish crane operator Grúas Rigar has relocated one of the three tower cranes at the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona using a Liebherr LTM 1500-8.1 mobile crane.
  • Small and powerful
    Minicranes and larger compact and pick-and-carry cranes are becoming popular all over the world, offering innovative solutions for work in confined spaces. Paola De Pascali reports
  • Time to shine
    High-strength synthetic ropes are now being used in multiple crane applications and approval for use by crane companies is growing. Bernadette Ballantyne reports
  • A light step towards the future
    Manitowoc introduced synthetic rope on mobile cranes at ConExpo 2014. This year, the company showed another new use of materials, with a carbon-fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) fly jib. While other companies have previously offered CFRP as an option for pendants on tower cranes and crawlers, this is the first such application on a boom or jib component. Talking to John Benton, principal engineer for Manitowoc’s truck crane and all-terrain line, Will North finds out what this means for the future of cranes.
  • The distant tower
    Azvi is using a Potain MCT 88, controlled remotely, in a project to restore the Žeželj Bridge, which spans the Danube River and connects a key stretch of international railway.


Borders, deadlines threaten US industry
17 April, 2017 As the worldwide construction-equipment event cycle evolves, it has become harder and harder for any event other than bauma in Munich to really claim to represent the global industry. ConExpo in Las Vegas certainly makes a good showing, but with launches in a hard market recently focused on the German show a year before, it is hard for it to claim to be anything other than the biggest show in the Americas, not a transatlantic contender for the global crown.
  • The winds of change
    The wind-turbine industry has provided the push for some of the most exciting innovations in the crane and special transport industries. From Grove's unique GTK telescoping-tower mobile cranes, featured on the cover of this issue, or Liebherr's giant LTR telecrawler, through to some of the most highly optimised crawlers available, the sector has pushed the boundaries of what can be lifted.
  • China crisis
    I write this comment as the Chinese New Year is celebrated. Like in many cultures, people in China have a series of traditions that say that, as your new year goes, so goes the rest of the year.
  • A throw of the dice
    This month, as the year gets underway, we have articles looking back over the past 20 years, and forward to the year ahead. With ConExpo in Las Vegas, we also take a first look at some of the cranes we expect to see at the show.
  • An ominous future
    At the start of this year, many of us would have been hoping for the upturn in world construction that we've been waiting for since 2009. It doesn't look much more likely now than it did 12 months ago. At the same time, the crane industry faces ongoing challenges from regulators and politicians.


Sponsored: Lifting The Same Load With A Lighter Wire
17 May, 2017 Green Pin® introduces the Power Sling® Shackle in action!
  • Sponsored: Green Pin Power Sling® Shackle Lift the same load with a lighter wire
    Green Pin® introduces the Green Pin Power Sling® Shackle. The Power Sling® has a revolutionary design that enables you to lift the same load with a lighter wire. This means the Power Sling® lets you save up to 20% on synthetic- and steel wire rope costs, giving you more competitive power. That’s our kind of power. Power to the Wire.
  • 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.
  • 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.