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Subsea lifting is used in a range of sectors, each with specific requirements. Julian Champkin investigates.
Process cranes are crucial to many industries that need bulk handling of raw materials. Julian Champkin investigates.
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.
Wood, and products made from wood, can be strong, sustainable, and good-looking, and are increasingly in demand for everything from medium-rise buildings to flat-pack furniture. It is, though, awkward to handle. Julian Champkin looks at lifting kit for wood and timber.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hoists from Stahl CraneSystems are assisting the dismantling process at the Philippsburg nuclear power plant in Germany.
The Italian crane market has a large number of independent manufacturers offering high-quality technology. With a new government elected earlier this year, Daniel Searle visited companies in the Milan region to discuss the market.
Nucor leads on brake safety
Nucor, the biggest steel maker in the US, worked with Pintsch Bubenzer to retrofit emergency brakes on its cranes—as the brake manufacturer warns many other steel firms miss out on these important safety devices.
All aboard for R&M cranes at bus factory
R&M Materials Handling manufactured more than 40 cranes and hoists for a bus production facility in California.
We’re going to need a bigger hoist
Air Technical Industries developed a bespoke crane for handling particularly dangerous cargo—live sharks—at an aquarium in New York.
Overhead cranes may seem simple to operate, but mistakes and accidents can happen. Julian Champkin looks at training for operators.