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In our fleet: BKV
In 1979 Chris Deij formed Barneveldse Kraanverhuur B.V. (BKV). In 1998 the ownership was passed on to the four sons of Chris Deij: Daan, Dick, Henry and Albert. BKV B.V. currently has 23 cranes with a lifting capacity of between 40t and 750t. Daan Deij, the current MD, talks about the range of the company’s activities.
We live in an age where the importance of data has never been more pronounced. Those in the crane business are beginning to use this to their advantage, one method is through asset management systems that monitor crane activity and deliver information to owners and distributors that help them to get more from their equipment.
Event recorders keep a rolling record of incidents, like use of the LMI override switch. A recent FEM supplement to the EN13000 mobile crane standard makes clear that this data is the property of the crane owner. However, some fear it may be used in court to paint a false picture of their safety record. Will North examines those concerns, and finds some potential user benefits.
Live long and profit
Sales and service, service and sales. You can’t have one without the other if you’re to survive in a highly competitive market. And while investing in aftersales service may seem like a luxury spend in leaner times, many manufacturers recognise that a customer’s deciding factor is often the quality of the service provision accompanying their crane purchase. Jodie Satterthwaite reports.
With a land mass approximately two and half times the size of Western Europe, US contractors have long had to be innovative in order to keep their machines up and running out in the field.
One engine or two?
With new emissions regulations in many of the world’s most important markets increasing engine size, some manufacturers have dropped the upper engine on their cranes. At the same time, the regulations may pose problems for users working on oil and gas sites and those selling their cranes secondhand to the rest of the world. Will North spoke to three manufacturers about how they are designing all terrain cranes they have accommodated new engines, while retaining lifting capacity and roadability.
Lifting Las Vegas
This year's ConExpo will feature exhibits from 2,400 companies, over 2.1m sq ft of floor space. We continue our preview this month with a range of cranes, alternative lifting devices and accessories.
Latin America Project round up
This month we review projects from Mexico, Colombia and Brazil.
From the Rio Grande to Tierra del Fuego
This year's ConExpo, anticipating the debut of the new regional branch of the show in Santiago, Chile, next year, is focusing on Latin America. With much needed domestic infrastructure work, and a boom in natural resources extraction, pushing construction, the focus on the region is appropriate. Liliam Molina reports.
A big stake in China’s Las Vegas
As the construction industry meets in the USA’s gambling capital, Las Vegas, Eastime is using 16 Fushan Yongmao cranes in the city’s Chinese counterpart, Macau, to build the Studio City leisure resort.
Palfinger will launch the PK 200002 L-SH at ConExpo 2014. The manufacturer believes that the new machine innovatively meets demands for greater lifting capacity, higher reach and lower dead weight.
Cranesmart Systems manufactures wireless crane operator aid.
TII Group will be showing a wide range of equipment, from its offroad portfolio of SPMTs, and its robust industrial lift and shipyard transporters.
Tadano Mantis, whose parent company's truck cranes appeared in the last issue of Cranes Today, will introduce the first of its telecrawlers built in collaboration with engineers at the groups' Japanese and German plants, the 130USt GTC- 1200.
Lampson will be marketing two new products, the giant Transi-Lift LTL-3000 and the Millennium 4100 crawler, a modern upgrade to Manitowoc’s 4100.
PM North America will show the latest development of PM Group's heavy duty articulated cranes, the PM 150 SPP, a compact, lightweight crane with an integrated base that makes it easy to install.
HBC-radiomatic will show several new innovations in their control units designed for the safe and convenient use of a diverse range of cranes and machinery.
Elliott Equipment Company plans to showcase several new BoomTruck truck-mounted cranes and HiReach material handling aerial work platforms. The company will feature material handling telescopic aerial work platforms with 100ft to 215ft working heights, and high capacity boom trucks with longer booms on USA federal bridge-legal chassis.
Nelson will be displaying three newly updated products.
Hirschmann MCS will present the qSCALE I2, a flexible load moment indicator solution for mobile cranes. The qSCALE I2 features an easy to use Crane Configuration Tool, eliminating the need for programming. The system also features a simplified calibration procedure and a superior HMI graphic interface for easy crane operation.
Altec Industries, will exhibit new cranes from 18–45USt. Altec was the first boom truck crane manufacturer to offer a tilt cab feature, which debuted at ConExpo 2011. In 2014, Altec will unveil a new crane cab that takes safety and operator convenience to the next level.