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Sway away Accomplished hoist operators can move a load without causing it to sway. But it is a skill acquired only with training and experience. Julian Champkin finds that anti-sway systems do even more than the name suggests.
Set the stage The entertainment industry demands ever-greater spectacle, which means ever-greater demands on stage lifting technology. Julian Champkin is stage-struck.
Innovation showcase Promat took place in Chicago in April, with crane and handling equipment manufacturers lining up alongside other members of the logistics industry. Daniel Searle attended.
Chains of success The chain hoist has been around for many years. Julian Champkin finds modern additions to a design that works.
Going Nuclear Both building and decommissioning nuclear plants imposes very special requirements on lifting gear. Julian Champkin finds the regulations as mountainous as the loads to be moved.
Mixed Growth Africa’s manufacturing sector may have previously gone through tumultuous times, but with recovering global commodity prices the sector is set to register growth that will fuel increased demand for various load lifting equipment designed to maximize quality production and ensure high level material handling processes. Shem Oirere reports.
Engine Room A jet engine maintenance facility in Brazil is using a highly automated system manufactured by Stahl Talhas for transporting engines.
Logical progression Daniel Searle attended the recent Logimat show in Stuttgart, Germany, to speak with exhibitors about their latest products, and their views on the prospects for the market in 2019.
Off the hook Specialised loads need specialised methods of attaching them to the lifting system. Julian Champkin looks at below-the-hook lifting devices.
States of development Product development is ongoing in the US lifting equipment sector. We spoke to some of the manufacturers in the sector about their latest innovations, and their plans for the year.
Chile con Crane Spanish manufacturer Jaso has supplied a demountable modular gantry crane for a tunnelling project in Chile.
Testing times Tom Woerndl looks at how crane owners and inspection companies can improve the safety of their test and inspection processes.
To boldly hoist The aerospace sector demands heavy lifting, delicate handling, and precise positioning. Julian Champkin looks at the hoisting and lifting machinery that is needed.
Innovations on show at UK’s liftex The LiftEx trade show took place in Milton Keynes, UK towards the end of 2018, with a host of innovations on show. Daniel Searle attended the event.
Tubeway army A major upgrade to one of the world’s oldest deep underground railways, at Bank in London, relies on a single overhead crane nestled in a side street. Positioning the crane, and the logistics of its operation, posed a considerable challenge. Will North reports from the site.
New targets The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA), based in the UK but with a global membership, started a new chapter at the start of 2018 with the appointment of Ross Moloney as CEO. Daniel Searle visited the organisation in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire to find out LEEA’s goals for the future.
Driving up Car and truck makers require huge numbers of hoists, lifts and winches in their factories. Julian Champkin investigates the lifting machinery that is used.
Weighing it up Load monitoring systems are part of the ever-increasing digital component of lifting technology. Julian Champkin looks at the latest developments.
Core strength Hoists from Stahl CraneSystems are assisting the dismantling process at the Philippsburg nuclear power plant in Germany.