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working in a vacuum
09 October, 2018 Vacuum lifting can provide a solution for certain loads. Julian Champkin reports.
  • Battling the elements
    Offshore oil and gas exploitation presents some of the hardest environments for lifting equipment. Hoists must be robust, explosionproof and able to function perfectly after long periods idle. Julian Champkin looks at problems, solutions, and new developments.
  • Hard data
    Customers are demanding greater safety for operators, as well as an increasing level of data about their cranes, says Aku Lehtinen, vice president of the EMEA East region for Industrial Cranes at Konecranes. Tom Woerndl reports.
  • Success for Condra’s Bulgarian subsidiary
    Condra Bulgaria, the European subsidiary of South African crane manufacturer Condra, has received orders worth around €500,000 in the past six months, including further contracts for the ongoing supply of end carriages to crane manufacturers in England and Spain.
  • EMH partners with Germany’s Gloning
    Engineering Material Handling (EMH) has entered into a strategic partnership with German company GloningKrantechnik to enhance regional service and support for its growing customer base in Europe.


Broader horizons
09 October, 2018 Petteri Lempiainen, technical director at Finland-based Erikkila, says that the company’s integration with Kito Corporation will help it extend its sales network. Tom Woerndl reports.
  • Sail away
    A davit crane manufactured by UK-based Reid Lifting has been installed at Calvert Trust Kielder, a specialised site for outdoors leisure pursuits, to allow disabled people to participate in watersports and other activities.
  • Trash converters
    Waste-to-energy plants, which convert domestic or industrial waste and by-products into power, require reliable, efficient cranes, often with specialised bodywork and grabs. Julian Champkin looks at three examples, starting with a woodchip processing facility in Germany.
  • Rolling on rails
    The overhead monorail is a simple and robust way of moving loads in a factory. It has a long history but, as Julian Champkin finds, it has a future as well.
  • Trump card
    Erratic and controversial he may be, but Donald Trump’s business measures in the USA seem to have boosted industry in the country— albeit with some uncertainty. Daniel Searle reports.


  • Europe awaits with more visits this month
    The summer is coming to a gradual conclusion, and as companies get back up to speed after summer vacations across Europe, I’ll be knocking on a few doors this month to meet businesses and see how their operations work.