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States of the art This year’s Modex show took place in Atlanta, USA, just before international travel began to be curtailed by Covid-19. Daniel Searle caught up with some of the exhibitors remotely to discuss their key developments
Flight delays The sale of hoists to the aerospace industry was booming before the COVID-19 pandemic grounded the majority of international air travel. Tom Woerndl talked to the key players in the sector.
Observe the skies An Australian space surveillance project is using Konecranes equipment for installation and maintenance of the telescope and building.
Until next time Logimat is a European showcase of new products from the lifting industry. Scheduled for March in Stuttgart, this year it was, as with almost all public events, cancelled. Julian Champkin presents some groundbreakers that would have been on show there.
Training carries on Training is of course essential, but what specific benefits does it bring? And how can technology help it to continue during the current crisis? Julian Champkin investigates.
Linked In Chain hoists, manual or powered, have been around for many years. They tend to carry smaller loads than wire rope hoists, but their convenience and easy-to-handle nature makes them ubiquitous. Julian Champkin looks at the latest offerings.
International growth for Reid Lifting UK-based Reid Lifting was acquired by Pure Lifting in mid-2019. Daniel Searle spoke to the company about their plans for the business under the new ownership.
Easy Street Street Crane, based in the UK, has developed a web-based tool that will revolutionise how the company, and its global network of distributors, take and produce orders. Daniel Searle visited the company.
Container enthusiasm Ports need to handle ever-growing volumes of container traffic, carried in ever-larger ships. Julian Champkin looks at how terminals are installing equipment to cope.
Magic Clamp With hoists handling a wide range of loads, having the most effective hook or lifting attachment is key for operators. Tom Woerndl reviews recent developments in the sector.
Under the Sea There are very few harsher environments than those in the depths of the ocean. Daniel Searle reports on the latest lifting technology for subsea applications.
Spread the cost Singapore’s Bosch Rexroth has installed a Konecranes crane through the manufacturer’s Rentall plan.
Northern Resilience The Canadian hoist market is holding its ground in spite of a broader slowdown tied to economic, political, and legal factors. Mike Straus reports from Canada’s Pacific Northwest.
Vote of confidence Despite economic challenges in Central Europe exacerbated by Brexit and US-led protectionist policies, hoist suppliers remain bullish about future sales in the region. Tom Woerndl reports.
Brake time Variable frequency drive technology and specialised systems are helping to optimise the performance and versatility of today’s crane and hoist brakes. Daniel Searle reports.
Process driven Heavy-duty, high capacity process cranes are being engineered to offer greater levels of safety and operational flexibility, reports Tom Woerndl.
Platinum service Condra has responded to increasing demand in the mining sector for automated lifting and handling with its first fully-automated crane, delivered to a platinum mine.
Scaling the heights Monitoring loads is key for operator safety and the long-term health of lifting equipment. Daniel Searle and Julian Champkin report.
Top Gear About 30,000 separate parts come together to make a single car. A single delay on the assembly line can be disastrous. Julian Champkin looks at lifting requirements in the automotive industry.