Vertikal Days 2023 highlights

19 May 2023

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A productive two days for all at UK crane and access trade show Vertikal Days. Here’s some of our highlights…

The 2023 edition of UK trade show Vertikal Days 2023 was, according to the organiser and exhibitors, a great success. Despite the constant threat of thunder and lightning the sun shone throughout and there was, by all accounts, a great party on the Wednesday night.

Sadly it was the last Vertikal Days to be held at the Peterborough East of England location due to the venue’s closure in July. Don’t worry, though, the show continues; keep tuned for news of a new location soon!

Modulift’s Andy Charlesworth - Business Development Manager presenting the company’s MultiPoint all-in-one beam CMOD spreader beam. For full details see the below the hook feature in the June 2023 issue of Cranes Today.
Carly Collins, marketing manager at Dynamic load Monitoring presenting the company’s load cells and load monitoring portfolio. For more see our forthcoming below the hook feature.
Event organiser Leigh Sparrow and City Lifting MD Trevor Jepson.
Liebherr GB debuted the LTM 1300-6.3, the first six-axle crane with 90 metres of main boom, and the LTM 1110-5.2, the first Liebherr mobile model to feature the LICCON 3 con-trol system, plus showed best sellers such as the LTM 1150-5.3, LTM 1230-5.1, LTM 1160-5.2 and LTM 1120-4.1, the MK88 mobile construction model, the 81k self-erecting tower crane, and the LTR 1100 telescopic crawler.
Wolffkran demonstrated the new WOLFF Assist service app where Smart-Glasses (data goggles) transmit the field of vision directly to a Wolffkran service expert. They support via video calls, chat, and screen sharing in solving problems. WOLFF Assist also works on any mobile devices.
Mann Crane Hire’s Tadano AC 2.040-1 – the first crane jointly developed by the company’s Lauf and Demag Zweibrucken teams.
Cadman Cranes’ 80 tonne, four-axle Tadano AC 4.080-1 which has the IC-1 Plus control system, the E-Pack, Surround View camera system, and Flex Base variable outrigger setup.
Angus Jamieson managing director of Torquer demonstrating the latest iteration of the Halo. For details see our June 2023 below the hook feature.
UK tower crane supplier Falcon Cranes launched Northvolt Voltpack, a modular and scalable en-ergy storage system designed to power cranes and other equipment on construction sites. The Northvolt Voltpack is made up of individual battery modules that can be combined to provide between 281kWH and 1,405kWh of power. The system works by storing energy from a mains supply or renewable sources in a battery. This stored energy can then be used to power cranes and other equipment on construction sites, reducing the need for diesel or petrol generators. It also showcased its Punch Flybrid System which utilises flywheel technology to reduce the size of the generator powering a tower crane.
Despite the constant threat of thunder and lightning the weather was great. Prayers to the weather gods, from organiser Leigh Sparrow and everyone with cranes erected, were an-swered! Apparently thunder and lightning struck just an hour after the show closed!
Hans Dankers, International Sales manager at Lift-Tex (left) and Chris Porter managing director of Lift-Tex’s UK distributor Polystrop. They presented the new Lift-Tex Inferno heat resistant soft sling. For more details see the below the hook feature in the June 2023 issue of Cranes Today.
London,UK-based software company 1GUAVA launched its tower crane usage moni-toring program to the UK on the Wolffkran stand. 1GUAVA says the program can in-crease on-site productivity, promote proactive scheduling, and deliver intuitive re-porting to support on-site operations by capturing vital utilisation data on-site while capturing key events such as winding off, maintenance/breakdowns and idle time. 1Guava presented live demonstrations and showed the software's capabilities in real-time.
The WOLFF 355 B has been in production since 2007 and Wolffkran says it is still one of its most popular cranes. Designed to work efficiently in tight spaces and is easy to assemble and disassemble for a crane of this size. This model is the ideal construction crane for the UK market, especially when considering modular construction and increasingly heavier panel weights. It has a maximum lifting capacity of 28 tonnes and a reach of up to 60 metres.
Emerson Crane Hire’s new Liebherr LTM 1450 8.1 all terrain.
Crowland Cranes’ Grove GMK5250XL-1 all terrain in the foreground, with a Potain MR 229 luffing jib tower crane behind. The five axle all terrain has a capacity of 250 tonnes and a 78.5 m boom. The MR 229 was launched at Bauma 2022, the first of a new generation of Potain luffing jib tower cranes and the first luffing jib crane to have Manitowoc’s CCS (Crane Control System) and the new Potain CONNECT telematics offering. The 14 t capacity crane has been designed to facilitate easy installation on confined jobsites.
Vertikal’s Clare Engelke giving it some beans in her patrol buggy!