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After the uncertainty: more uncertainty
Britain, as you may have heard, has had its fair share of political upheaval and public votes in the last few years. Three general elections, one advisory referendum on whether to leave the EU or not, and a lot of debate, both amongst the public and the politicians.
Virtually the same as training on a real crane
If you were at this year’s LiftEx show last month, held in Milton Keynes in the UK, you may have seen me waving my arms in front of me, apparently unable to see and possibly lost in the delusions of a fantasy world.
In the dock: time to focus more on port cranes
As you read through this issue of Hoist, you may notice a more maritime theme than usual.
A safe industry is an attractive one for new workers
In this issue we have an article on ergonomics, and how this science is applied to lifting devices.
Digitalisation, automation and the human touch
Ever since computer scientists realised that silicon, as a semiconductor, had enormous potential for boosting processing power, the world as we know it has changed immeasurably.
Don’t look now: why print can still beat digital words
When was the last time you actually finished reading an article on your phone? I don’t mean a short news piece about a politician with strange hair, or the World Cup (cricket or women’s soccer; your choice), or what one celebrity said about another celebrity—I mean a long, detailed article that takes more than a few moments to read, and which gives proper insight into a topic.
It’s exam time - but what happens after that?
It’s June, and that means a whole host of annual events and traditions will be taking place. Keeping up online with endless sporting competitions, such as the Cricket World Cup, the Women’s Football World Cup, and the Wimbledon tennis tournament, will all distract many a lesser editor from doing their job. It’s officially the start of the British summer, so it’s rained here for about nine consecutive days and I’ve got a cold. And for those at school and aged 16 or 18, the end of the academic year brings the promise of an early summer holiday — although only after exams have been negotiated.
Contractors in the middle
Jack Hinsdale, president of South Carolina-based Material Handling Solutions, looks at the issues surrounding procuring cranes through contractors and how to address them.
Documentation requirements for manufacturers
Denis Hogan, Performance and Special Projects Manager at The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA), explains what lifting equipment related documentation needs to be provided by manufacturers and suppliers to assure customers of legal compliance.
Always a better visit when the forecast is good
I attended the previous iteration of Promat in Chicago back in 2017 and my enduring memory of my time in the city, outside of the McCormick Place exhibition halls, was pouring rain.
Off to the razzle dazzle of Chicago and promat
It seems like I’ve talked about my travels quite a lot in recent comments. That’s because, well, I’ve been doing quite a lot of travelling. And very informative it has been too.
It’s the time of year when the industry meets
My visit to Logimat in Stuttgart last month was as fruitful and interesting as in 2018. Indeed, my only complaint—and this had nothing to do with the show itself—was that due to prior commitments I was only able to be at the exhibition for one full day.
Promoting hoists is a huge but essential task
I was explaining to a friend recently what it is specifically that I write about as a journalist. Before becoming editor of Hoist I worked on our other lifting title Cranes Today for a couple of years, which is a topic simple to explain to people who don’t work in our industry—tower cranes in particular are an everyday sight in towns and cities. It took a few sentences, though, for my mate—who admittedly has no background in engineering—to fully understand what we mean by a hoist.
Hoist in 2019 - something old,something new
Firstly, happy new year, and welcome to 2019. Here at Hoist magazine, our new year’s resolutions are fairly straightforward—we’re planning to continue providing coverage of the industry with unrivalled levels of original content and a global reach, while aiming to build on the foundations of 2018 and carry on making the magazine better as we progress through the new year.
Planning ahead to ensure success for 2019
As we approach the turn of the year, it’s a necessity for any business to be planing ahead for 2019—and it’s no different for a trade magazine such as Hoist.
Autumn: a time of mists and mellow features lists
The year is flashing by, and as we enter the height of autumn, the season brings a variety of things.
Italian tour sheds light on political changes
I recently returned from a week-long tour of Milan and Bergamo in northern Italy, visiting four of the companies in our sector based in the area and discussing their businesses, and the current landscape in Italy in terms of industry and politics. The political situation, as you’ll be aware, is slightly unusual in that the most recent general election, which took place earlier this year, was won by the Five Star party, a populist movement fronted by a former comedian.
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.
Brexit uncertainty putting a freeze on business
It’s with an apologetic caveat that I introduce the topic for this month’s editor’s comment as Brexit, as I’m aware that I’ve discussed the subject more than once recently. If you live outside the UK and find coverage of Brexit any combination of dull, prolonged, alarming or baffling—I can assure you that from here in Britain, it’s much, much worse. One thing I have learnt from talking to people in our industry is that there are always going to be ups and downs; companies tend to make hay—or more specifically, money—when the going is good, and when there’s a dip, businesses accept this and get through it as best they can.
Reminding ourselves of best practices
As every crane operator goes through their career, they naturally accrue more experience and wisdom relating to how best to operate equipment, how to solve certain problems and issues, and how to best maintain equipment and consumables.