Cranes Today Magazine


Engineered Rigging launches Rapid Bridge Replacement System
29 September, 2016 Engineered Rigging has launched its new Rapid Bridge Replacement System, which is designed to allow railroad operators and contractors to exchange a railroad bridge span in a single day.
  • Joint adventure for Fassi and Jekko
    Italian leading manufacturer and supplier of hydraulic cranes Fassi has started a joint venture with Italian manufacturer of tracked mini cranes


Reaching from Japan to Europe
26 September, 2016 At this year’s Bauma, Tadano announced a flurry of interest in its unique hydraulic telescoping luffing jib, which had until now largely sold only to local Japanese users.
  • Getting off the ground
    Terex and Manitowoc have recently upgraded their five axle all terrain lines, while Liebherr and Tadano each have their own very different approach to eight axle cranes. In the US, Link-Belt is seeing a good response to its line of locally-built cranes. Paola De Pascali reports
  • Travelling light
    Böcker saw its sales rise in the UK over the past three years. Sotiris Kanaris talks to their UK dealer and customers about the appeal of this equipment.
  • Put your goggles on
    As the use of virtual reality technology is growing beyond entertainment, the crane industry is looking into ways to embrace it. Sotiris Kanaris reports.
  • Rigging in Washington
    The SC&RA’s annual crane and rigging workshop will take place at National Harbour, a short drive from Washington DC, this September 21-23


At 500, a look to the future
26 September, 2016 This month's issue of Cranes Today is the 500th we've published. Looking back over issues of the magazine, it's easy to see how cranes have been transformed by technology, with a wealth of interconnected sensors and electronic control systems making lifting safer and the operator's job more comfortable.
  • Don't forget to get listed
    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.


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.