Cranes Today Magazine


Just two weeks to get listed in Fleet File
18 October, 2016 Cranes Today’s annual survey of crane fleets around the world will shortly close.
  • Liebherr delivers 100th LTM 1750-9.1
    One hundred LTM 1750-9.1 mobile cranes delivered to customers around the world, with the latest one handed over by Belgian Liebherr dealer Van Der Spek to crane contractor Dufour Transports et Manutention, based in Marquain, Belgium.


Hands free
04 October, 2016 A decade ago, Oscar Fillol Vidal put together a prototype automated hook using Lego Technics pieces. Today, his company Elebia’s hooks are used by customers including Boeing, SpaceX and Enercon, and are being developed to be used as part of a smart lifting system. Will North spoke to him at the company’s Barcelona offices
  • Synchronised lifting
    Paola De Pascali visited Enerpac Integrated Solutions in Hengelo, the Netherlands. The manufacturer of hydraulic tools and positioning systems offers solutions ranging from small gantries up to the giant floating gantry being used to build a new highway around Reunion Island.
  • Going for gold
    Changes in gold mining processes have resulted in tower cranes being introduced in various projects around the world, with manufacturers seeing business potential.
  • Meeting the challenge
    This year’s Bauma China takes place in a tough local market. However, the organisers say, China remains one of the world’s largest markets, and new government spending on infrastructure, combined with new emissions regulations, promise to boost the market.


The power of invention
03 October, 2016 This month's issue spotlights some of the innovations, big and small, that drive the lifting industry forward.
  • At 500, a look to the future
    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.


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.