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Archive of blogs from the global hoist industry

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October 2019

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In the dock: time to focus more on port cranes
24 October 2019 As you read through this issue of Hoist, you may notice a more maritime theme than usual.

September 2019

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A safe industry is an attractive one for new workers
18 September 2019 In this issue we have an article on ergonomics, and how this science is applied to lifting devices.

August 2019

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Digitalisation, automation and the human touch
08 August 2019 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.

July 2019

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Don’t look now: why print can still beat digital words
29 July 2019 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.

June 2019

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It’s exam time - but what happens after that?
19 June 2019 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.

May 2019

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Contractors in the middle
14 May 2019 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
14 May 2019 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
09 May 2019 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.

April 2019

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Off to the razzle dazzle of Chicago and promat
18 April 2019 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.

March 2019

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It’s the time of year when the industry meets
14 March 2019 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.

February 2019

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Promoting hoists is a huge but essential task
11 February 2019 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.

January 2019

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Hoist in 2019 - something old,something new
18 January 2019 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.

December 2018

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Planning ahead to ensure success for 2019
10 December 2018 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.

November 2018

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Autumn: a time of mists and mellow features lists
16 November 2018 The year is flashing by, and as we enter the height of autumn, the season brings a variety of things.

October 2018

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Italian tour sheds light on political changes
09 October 2018 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.

September 2018

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Europe awaits with more visits this month
21 September 2018 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.

August 2018

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Brexit uncertainty putting a freeze on business
22 August 2018 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.

July 2018

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Reminding ourselves of best practices
20 July 2018 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.

June 2018

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Twenty years and still going strong: Hoist celebrates
14 June 2018 What was happening in the world in the early summer of 1998?

May 2018

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Around the world in fifty days and three trade shows
15 May 2018 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.