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January 2017


Situational Awareness
25 January 2017 Turck Banner is a joint venture between two sensor companies that brings a broad spread of products to the UK market. Keren Fallwell reports

Working on the railroad
25 January 2017 Sotiris Kanaris speaks to Richard Carr, CEO and MD of Mechan, about the company’s focus on the niche railway market.

Underground powerhouse
24 January 2017 MHE-Demag recently supplied maintenance and repair cranes for a vast underground cavern at the Hulu Terengganu Hydroelectric Project.

Production expansion
24 January 2017 At the end of 2016, MHE-Demag opened a new manufacturing plant in Malaysia. Sotiris Kanaris speaks to regional managing director Karl Tilkorn about the company’s strategy and market trends.

Self Directed
24 January 2017 Top-Mech CEO Ter Leong Leng tells Bernadette Ballantyne how he has worked to build the company in a tough Malaysian market.

Completely hooked
24 January 2017 Damen Anchor & Chain Factory (AKF), based at Schiedam in the Netherlands, has completed the refurbishment of 12 giant lifting hooks for Tata Steel in IJmuiden.

December 2016


Remotes go fishing
27 December 2016 Seaquest Systems, a designer and manufacturer of equipment for fishing and offshore vessels, has chosen to use remote control systems from HBC-radiomatic (UK).

Driving Safety
27 December 2016 Sotiris Kanaris visited ABB’s drive factory in Helsinki, Finland, and talked to product manager Risto Tiihonen about the company’s products and applications.

Industry 4.0
27 December 2016 Manufacturers are taking the first steps towards making lifting equipment smarter, following on from trends to develop smarter factories in high-end manufacturing and the oil and gas industries, Bernadette Ballantyne Reports

November 2016


Safety at height
14 November 2016 Fall protection and fall arrest systems are a vital element in providing safe working conditions for overhead crane engineers. We look at recent news from work at height safety equipment providers, and a range of technical solutions.

Lifting knowledge
14 November 2016 CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is using an automatic hook from Elebia to lift and lower a 750kg concrete beam used for radiation tests at the Franco-Swiss site.

The odd couple
14 November 2016 A Modulift spreader bar was used to allow a dockside gantry crane and crawler to work in tandem.

Street at port
14 November 2016 Street Crane is helping Port of Blyth to enhance its fabrication services with a new Goliath crane.

October 2016


Fall protection
27 October 2016 In all workplaces, careful planning, expertise, and the right equipment choices, are key to avoiding accidents. For Nik Wallenda, one of the seventh generation of the famous family of tight-rope walkers, safe rigging is paramount.

Lifting safety
27 October 2016 ArcelorMittal Construction, a global provider of building systems and materials, is using automatic hooks with overhead cranes to lift steel profiles at two sites in eastern France.

Hands free
27 October 2016 A decade ago, oscar Fillol Vidal put together a prototype automated hook using Lego technics pieces. today, his company elebia’s hooks are used by customers including boeing, spaceX and enercon, and are being developed to be used as part of a smart lifting system. Will north spoke to him at the company’s barcelona offices

Lifting in the granite City
26 October 2016 the 12th edition of the UK lifting exhibition Liftex will take place at the aberdeen exhibition and Conference Centre on the 23–24 november. here, we introduce the show. overleaf, we have the first of two exhibitor guides.

Crane squared
26 October 2016 Crane manufacturer and lifting equipment specialist DT Engineering NW has built a Goliath crane on top of an overhead electric travelling crane in a car manufacturer’s press shop.

Inside and out
05 October 2016 Mobile gantry cranes bridge the gaps between factory, yard, and construction site. Bernadette Ballantyne looks at the potential of this technology.

Knowledge is power
05 October 2016 Straightpoint has developed a range of testing and inspection tools for 40 years. Recent jobs and applications demonstrate the wide range of applications for their expertise.

Imperial Measure
05 October 2016 A Demag laser measuring system was used to survey crane runways for four steel coil cranes at Imperial Logistics, ahead of their refurbishment by Kranservice Rheinberg.