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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.
Keyn Interest LiftEx 2019 took place in Milton Keynes in November. Daniel Searle reports from the show on some of the products that were launched during the event.
QUAY SKILLS A ship-to-shore crane constructed at a port in Lisbon had to be jacked up and moved to its final position on the quayside.
Taking control There is a growing movement in the hoist sector towards wireless control systems that can ensure greater safety and less downtime for operators, as well as intelligent devices that provide increased levels of production data. Tom Woerndl reports.
Sim City Crane training in North America is being slowly revolutionised by increasingly affordable simulator systems. Daniel Searle reports.
Deep thinking Extracting minerals from below the earth takes big, and very specialised, hoisting gear. Julian Champkin reports.
Highly refined A manufacturer of equipment for refineries and power stations required an upgrade to its steel-handling cranes in Germany.
Steely resolve The Central-Eastern European markets remain solid despite industrial slowdown. Jaroslaw Adamowski reports from Warsaw.
Keep on running Maintenance is an essential for safe operation of hoists. Julian Champkin looks at requirements and methods.
Best of both Hoists A new hoist, and custom systems, are boosting LTM’s cleanroom business.
Lifting Silicon chips Mennens and Elma are supplying highly precise cleanroom cranes that will be used in the development of a new generation of silicon chips. Daniel Searle reports
Heavy metal A 41m crane installed at a UK steel plant is due to be joined shortly by the largest-capacity crane ever made by manufacturer Jaso Industrial Cranes.
Light fantastic Light lifting systems may seem simple but, as Julian Champkin finds, they are every bit as useful as heavier lifting equipment and repay consideration and good design.
Keep on moving Intermodal cranes and lifting apparatus are vital to the movement of world trade. Julian Champkin looks at this large and varied sector.
New faces The lifting industry has implemented a range of programmes and initiatives to attract new workers, both young and experienced. Daniel Searle reports.