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April 2014


Launching in April
17 April 2014 From headphones to tower lift systems this month sees many exiting new products being released. Cranes Today looks at the new products that are making waves this month.

Samoter returns
17 April 2014 The 2014 edition of Samoter is this year hosted by VeronaFiere. The show attracts a broad specturm of the construction industry.

Middle East Project round up
17 April 2014 This month we review projects from Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Energy keeps the Gulf going
17 April 2014 Energy and industrial customers have kept the regional lifting market buoyant particularly for mobile cranes, and rebounding construction is stimulating the tower crane segment. Bernadette Ballantyne reports.

A heavyweight bout in Vegas
17 April 2014 At this year’s ConExpo, Sany and Manitowoc, on one hand, and Terex, on the other, presented starkly different visions of how to handle lifts in the 500–650t capacity class. Liebherr, recently, has presented its own take on some jobs in this range, launching a new boom system for its own 600-tonner. Will North reports.

Wolffs return to the Alps
17 April 2014 Wolffkran cranes have returned to the Vieux Emosson dam in the Valais Alps, Switzerland to extend the height of the dam wall. The manufacturer’s cranes first worked on the construction of the dam back in the 1950s. Recently, Wolffkran’s 40t 1250 B and 30t 500 B tower cranes have both participated in the expansion of the dam.

A 10,000t topside lift
17 April 2014 ALE has used a specially designed gantry system to perform a lift and mating operation of a 10,000t topside at Drydocks World for a semisubmersible HVDC platform DolWin Beta that was constructed at the shipyard.

15 April 2014 Field ID is the new compliance and electronic asset management system. The programme automates inspection results so that inspectors can instantly upload details from their Ipad or smart phone to the system.

15 April 2014 ComSTAR are the new full duplex wireless products from Eartec allows up to eight users to communicate simultaneously like a regular telephone. The manufacturer says that it enhances industrial job site productivity and safety by providing instantaneous, “hands free” voice communications within an 800 yard range.

15 April 2014 Enerpac Integrated Solutions (IS) has launched the ESET series a self-erecting tower-lift system. This includes Enerpac hydraulic strand jacks used for heavy and complex lifting, shifting and positioning projects.

15 April 2014 Talbert Manufacturing has launched the 55SA-LD a 55t Spread-Axle, Low-Deck trailer. The trailer features an 18-inch deck height and an E1Nitro so it can run with three axles, four axles close-coupled or as a 3+1 spread-axle. Talbert said that the new, highly versatile trailer is an optimal solution for haulers who need the flexibility of a low deck height and the flexibility to run a variety of configurations.

15 April 2014 Crosby has launched its new Crosby Platinum Line range. The new Crosby Platinum 8/10 Chain Fittings Range will be distributed through Crosby’s supplier Arbil. The manufacturer said that the new range incorporates both grade 80 & 100 components, with grade 100 20-25% stronger than its grade 80 counterpart.

15 April 2014 Manufacturer Paul has released a new series of lifting cylinders with hydraulic anchor heads. The firms strand jacks are designed for strands with a diameter of 15.7 mm. An admissible force of 120 kN is allowed per strand. Paul offers strand jacks with a nominal load of 200kN to 6,400kN and a lifting stroke of 500mm. The series is designed to allow strand jacks for different rated loads to be easily combined.

March 2014


In our fleet: Cunzolo Cranes and Platforms
18 March 2014 Cunzolo was founded in 1967 as an earthmoving specialist. It began by leasing shovels, loaders and bulldozers. In 1972 the firm began leasing cranes.

Bigger booms, larger lifts
18 March 2014 As North America leans towards larger rough terrain cranes manufacturers are improving their offerings at the higher capacity end. Bernadette Ballantyne reports.

Europe Project round up
18 March 2014 This month we review projects from Guernsey, France, Sweden and Germany.

From a London landmark, to a world of lift planning
18 March 2014 The term consultant isn’t one that is really associated with the lifting industry, it’s phrase that conjures images of suits and offices, rather than the heavy machinery and building sites. However, Van Doorn Tower Crane Consultants are just that, consultants in the lifting industry. Having built their repuation in the UK the company now travels the globe working on a vast array of different projects.

Tunneling under the Thames
18 March 2014 Projects like London's Crossrail require scores of cranes, working to strict safety rules. Zak Garner-Purkis visited the project to see the cranes in action, and spoke to Ainscough about what a rental firm needs to do to meet site compliance demands.

Boom time
18 March 2014 Zak Garner-Purkis paid a visit to Teleskop’s facilities in Poland, where he saw the company’s current facilities and the firm’s plans for the future.

Viva Las Vegas
18 March 2014 In the last of our ConExpo previews, we bring late breaking news from lifting exhibitors.

ALE’s 7MW test load out
18 March 2014 ALE has completed the off-loading of eight components for a prototype wind turbine for an offshore wind project in Fife, Scotland.