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Our editorial board comprises a specialist group of leading industry figures who, in conjunction with the HOIST editorial team, identify the main drivers of the industry helping to produce regular, thought provoking opinion pieces on the latest issues, challenges and developments.

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Getting heavy
15 October, 2020
Heavy lifting hoists and overhead cranes are more than just scaled-up versions of smaller systems. Julian Champkin investigates.
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Next generation 15 October, 2020 Gantry cranes for use at ports are getting makeovers, with new units and retrofitted existing cranes being fitted with automation capability, as well as safety and efficiency upgrades. Daniel Searle reports.
American Exceptionalism 15 October, 2020 A growing pandemic, a looming presidential election, an unpredictable stock market, and an unemployment rate in the double-digits. And yet, somehow, opportunity? Parts of the American hoist market are performing surprisingly better than expected, although the industry as a whole hasn’t been left completely unscathed. Mike Straus investigates.
Water works 09 October, 2020 Finmotor OY supplied a Kito SHER2M electric chain hoist to lift water pumps during maintenance routine at a water treatment facility in Finland, built by Skanska.
Renewed Interest 28 August, 2020 Energy production used to mean coal, oil and gas, with nuclear as an adjunct. Not any more: alternative sources are set to overtake fossil fuels, and the lifting equipment they will need is as varied as the sources. Julian Champkin reports.
R&M App allows remote data access 28 August, 2020 US-based R&M Materials Handling has launched its Overhead Lifting Information (OLI) app, which enables operators to remotely read real-time usage and condition data from the accompanying HoistMonitor system.
Automation for container handling from Kalmar 28 August, 2020 Kalmar, part of Finland-based Cargotec, has introduced Kalmar One, designed to be the first truly open automation system for the container handling industry, says the company—adding that it has the potential to make the adoption of automation easier for terminals of all kinds by removing existing barriers and mitigating risks.
Jaso and Tecnalia convert industrial cranes into robots 28 August, 2020 A new development from Spain’s Jaso Industrial Cranes opens up a wide range of possibilities for automating manual and precision processes, such as the automatic polishing of wind turbine blades.
Quick and Easy Digitalisation from Columbus Mckinnon 28 August, 2020 The first element of Columbus McKinnon’s Intelli-Crane suite of digital motion control systems, Intelli-Protect, was introduced earlier this year, with the next—Intelli-Lift— due for launch this month.
Computer Love 28 August, 2020 Digitalisation is enhancing performance and safety across the lifting sector with a raft of innovations. Daniel Searle looks first at Condra’s move into semi- and fully-automated cranes.
Carry it off 28 July, 2020 Portable cranes are generally hand powered and can be lifted or moved by one person. Julian Champkin looks at these light but useful lifters.
Forward thinking 27 July, 2020 With the 2020 Hannover Messe exhibition postponed until next April, Daniel Searle rounds up some of the latest innovations from Europe.
The height of entertainment 25 June, 2020 When entertainment events resume around the world, specialist stage lifting manufacturers will be ready for them. Julian Champkin looks at latest products and some recent shows that took place prior to Covid-19.


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