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May 2016


SPONSORED: Eilon Engineering to Launch New Bluetooth-compatible Ron Crane Scales at CeMAT 2016
24 May 2016 New Ron Crane Scales PRR features Bluetooth compatibility with iPhones / iPads (no WiFi required)

Rigging matters
10 May 2016 Richard Marcotte, an instructor at ITI, argues that rigging skills are too often taught with specific trades in mind, rather than in their own right.

Modular power
10 May 2016 Jack up systems and strand jacks offer a powerful way to lift huge loads, yet are often easier to deploy than large cranes. Rhian Owen looks at recent projects that demonstrate the flexibility of these systems, and considers their limits and potential.

Weathering Heights
10 May 2016 High winds pose a significant threat to all cranes. This month, Rhian Owen considers the risk to tower cranes, finds out how manufacturers design them to minimize risk, and asks what users should do to prepare for high winds. Next month, we look at the risks for crawler cranes.

Ten years of Vertikal Days
10 May 2016 Vertikal Days celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2016. The UK show has built a strong reputation as a venue for crane buyers and sellers to meet.

Floating ballast cuts prefab costs
10 May 2016 Precast Services, Inc, says that using a Manitowoc MLC300 with variable positioning counterweight, in place of a larger traditional crawler, may have saved it $100,000 on a car park construction job.

April 2016


Evolution of safety
29 April 2016 As crane control systems have become more sophisticated so have the remote controls that operate them, with ergonomics and display innovations a major focus.

Getting over the bust
29 April 2016 In recent years the US construction sector has taken some big knocks, but as the economy recovers, new opportunities in rising sectors are driving construction in 2016 and beyond. Rhian Owen investigates what lessons crane providers have learnt from the struggling upstream oil and gas sector and how the shortage of labour has affected business.

Under new ownership
29 April 2016 PM Group’s stand at this year’s Bauma will be its first at the Munich show since being acquired by US crane manufacturer Manitex. As well as its own knuckleboom cranes, it will showcase products from Manitex, and from fellow recent Manitex Italian acquisition Valla.

Identifying risks
29 April 2016 In February 2003 Felix Weinstein wrote an article for Cranes Today, examining accident causes. In the 13 years since, many varied tower crane accidents occur. In this article he reviews some prominent causes of recent accidents.

The next generation
29 April 2016 At this year’s Bauma, Kobelco will show the second generation of its CKE-G Series crawler cranes.

Solid performance
28 April 2016 Palfinger will show a wide range of products, including the latest heavy-duty crane PK 165.002 TEC 7 and a new Solid compact crane series, which will celebrate its global premiere.

Hooking up
28 April 2016 Ropeblock will be making its debut at Bauma at booth number FM814/2, showing its latest innovations for the lifting and wire rope industry.

Rapid luffing, compact tower
28 April 2016 The J265PA rope luffer is designed with versatile load chart with a maximum load of 18t, a minimum reach from 30m to 11.5t and a maximum reach from 60m to 2.2t.

Bridge of power
28 April 2016 Goldhofer will introduce at Bauma an overview of its latest transport technologies, including the Faktor 5 high girder bridge and the FTV 300 blade transport device. There will also be on display the MPA-K series, in a range of possible combinations.

Reaching over any obstacle
28 April 2016 Maeda will be showcasing a series of mini cranes at Bauma, including the new MK1033C, MC285, LC383, the new CC1485, and an auxiliary winch and 850kg searcher hook for MC285-2, MC305-2 and MC405.

Designed for Europe
28 April 2016 XCMG will launch three new products across its range of mining and construction equipment, including a new all terrain aimed at European users. It will also be showing a rough terrain and a truck crane.

Information and control
28 April 2016 Magnetek will exhibit a range of motion control products, from the full-featured XLTX transmitter to the handheld Flex Pro and Flex VUE transmitters. Magnetek will showcase a series of transmitters, a selection of receivers and a working demonstration featuring the US-patented MHR Radio Controller.

All star show
28 April 2016 Sennebogen will be debuting at Bauma a range of products, the 16t telescopic crane with a new cab, the 5500 crawler crane from the Star Lifter series and the 640HD duty cycle crane. The company will also show its new SENtrack telemetry system.

Nimble tower crane
28 April 2016 Spierings will show a range of truck mounted tower cranes at Bauma, including the SK 597-AT4, the SK 1265-AT6 and the SK 1265-AT6 10 TA.

An American truck crane in Germany
28 April 2016 Link-Belt will be introducing at Bauma the 100t HTT- 86110 telescopic truck terrain crane, as well as the RTC-80150 Series II, 100RT and TCC-1400.