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March 2017


The distant tower
21 March 2017 Azvi is using a Potain MCT 88, controlled remotely, in a project to restore the Žeželj Bridge, which spans the Danube River and connects a key stretch of international railway.

Stay in control
21 March 2017 Paola De Pascali reviews recent development in remote controls for use in construction crane applications.

Easy lifting
21 March 2017 LiftPlanner is a crane program that allows users to create detailed, accurate plans. Sotiris Kanaris finds out more about the software and how it was used to repair a hangar roof in Tustin, California.

Stick to the plan
21 March 2017 Software has become a vital tool in detailed crane-job planning. Michael Kölsch, founder and CEO of craniMAX, tells Sotiris Kanaris about the advantages that software can bring to the industry.

Plan online without CAD
21 March 2017 A1A Software developed 3D Lift Plan in collaboration with Link-Belt in 2007. Tawnia Weiss, president of A1A Software, tells Sotiris Kanaris that both companies wanted a program that was online and 3D. It is now available for use with a full range of cranes from different manufacturers, and has been adapted for use on iOS and Android devices.

Test of strength
21 March 2017 Ensuring that crane ropes and rigging products meet local, international and corporate standards is a vital activity for manufacturers and suppliers. Bernadette Ballantyne reports.

GTKs flock to China
21 March 2017 Chinese energy specialist CPIE is putting a fl eet of six of Grove’s unique GTK telescopic tower all terrains to work on wind-turbine jobs. China Power Equipment Installation Engineering (CPIE) has been using its Grove GTK1100 cranes to install wind turbines of up to 3MW in China.

February 2017


Maximum performance
22 February 2017 Belgian trailer manufacturer Faymonville will present its trailer range – designed specifically for the North American market – at ConExpo stand G1326.

Unrivalled vehicle solutions
22 February 2017 TII Group will exhibit models from its Highway product range at stand G1723 at ConExpo.

Keep both feet on the ground
22 February 2017 Nelson Manufacturing Company will launch the new ‘boots-on-the-ground’ version of its boom launch trailer at ConExpo in the Gold Lot, stand G2626.

Synthetic-rope innovations
22 February 2017 WireCo World Group will exhibit several products such as the brand-new synthetic hoist rope Lanko Lift S at ConExpo, stand G73012. The bright yellow rope, made by Lankhorst Ropes, consists of 12 braided outer strands made of high-tech material Dyneema.

Unparalleled strength
22 February 2017 Rope manufacturer Samson will exhibit its Agile Lifting System at stand G71721.

Reduce downtime for rope repairs
22 February 2017 Alps Wire Rope Corporation will showcase Petersen’s solutions for crane-cable repairs, which allow assembly on site, at stand G73125

Van Beest shows its green colours
22 February 2017 Dutch manufacturer Van Beest will show some of its high-quality fittings for steel-wire rope, chain and synthetic rope from its Excel and Green Pin ranges at stand C23040.

A history of excellence
22 February 2017 Rayco-Wylie has a range of crane-safety systems on display at ConExpo 2017, stand G3878

Sensor overload
20 February 2017 Hirschmann MCS will exhibit its advanced control systems and sensors for lifting applications at ConExpo 2017, stand G72715.

Take control
20 February 2017 HBC-radiomatic will showcase a variety of innovations at ConExpo, stand N13324

Panther poised for action
20 February 2017 Prinoth, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of tracked vehicles, is returning to ConExpo to showcase some of its range of utility vehicles and other machinery at stand G4023.

DICA doubles show footprint
20 February 2017 At ConExpo 2017, stands C20571 and G4011, DICA will display its outrigger and crane pads.

Designed for heavy lifting
20 February 2017 Enerpac will exhibit the new SPMT600-360 self-propelled modular transporter and the new JS-250 jack-up system at ConExpo 2017, in addition to showing other heavy-lifting products, such as the SBL500 hydraulic gantry, the HSL7006 strand jack, the EVOB816J synchronous lifting system and the SFP404SJ split-flow pump. A wide range of tools for the construction market will be also at the expo, at stand G1127.

Size matters
20 February 2017 Tadano will introduce the largest two-axle rough-terrain crane, the new GR1200XL-2. The upgraded version of the ATF110G-5 all-terrain crane will also be on display.