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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.
Twenty years and still going strong: Hoist celebrates
What was happening in the world in the early summer of 1998?
Around the world in fifty days and three trade shows
Regular readers of my monthly comment will have noticed a theme emerging in recent issues—specifically, the various trade shows that I’ve been attending.
Trade exhibitions are kick-starting the year
Last month I travelled to Stuttgart for the Logimat show; this month I’ll be firstly at Modex in Atlanta, Georgia, USA and towards the end of the month I’ll be heading back to Germany to attend CeMat in Hannover.
Ready for the first industry catchups of 2018
The evenings are still dark, the weather is still cold and wet, and the shops don’t know whether to stock Valentine’s Day cards, ready-mix pancake batter, or Easter eggs. It must be springtime.
Will investment forecasts hold steady in 2018?
We’ve done it—made it through a January that included five Mondays and seemed so inexorable that its apparent length even started to trend on Twitter.
Setting out our plans for the new year
Firstly, welcome back, for those of you who had a winter break. If you’re back in the office after celebrating Christmas and the New Year then you may well be reading this at your desk while trying to remember your computer password, or the door code, or which company it is you work for. It won’t take long for us all to be back into routine and back up to speed, though, and here at Hoist we’ll be getting straight back into our usual routine of visiting the industry around the world and reporting back.