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Archive of features from the global hoist industry

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May 2018


Sling your hook
15 May 2018 Slings are standard lifting kit and outwardly may seem to hardly change. But their safe use is always essential and developments may be in the offing, reports Julian Champkin.

Science of growth
15 May 2018 The European market is focusing on regular improvements to lifting technology to keep growth steady and positive. Daniel Searle reports from Logimat, Stuttgart.

Getting Heavy
15 May 2018 Makers of trains, industrial machinery, prefabricated concrete elements and other heavy components may need to lift five tonnes or more. Julian Champkin reports on the heavy manufacturing sector.

GIS reaches high point
15 May 2018 GIS produced four 5t-capacity electric chain hoists to assist the construction of a funicular railway in the mountains of its home country of Switzerland.

April 2018


Smart tracking
27 April 2018 A company with many tools needs to keep track of where they are and what they have done. Changes have come in tagging technology, and more are on their way. We look at developments in asset tracking technology.

Home and away
27 April 2018 Innovation, exports and a strong domestic market are all contributing to a burgeoning market in Turkey. Daniel Searle reports.

Heat and dust
27 April 2018 Cranes used in metal foundries must withstand the worst of working environments and for safety must do so with absolute reliability. Julian Champkin explores the world of process cranes.

Space craft
27 April 2018 Mammoet used a space-saving method to erect a Konecranes Goliath crane at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turkey.

March 2018


Magnetic attraction
15 March 2018 Czech Republic-based Axima manufactures a range of power systems for heavy lifting electromagnets.

Get a grip
15 March 2018 Automatic hook innovator Elebia has introduced the 5t-capacity C5 automatic lifting clamp, designed to work in pairs or multiple pairs to lift loads such as steel plates.

Regional Differences
15 March 2018 Lifting equipment market conditions in Latin America rely on the local political climate, which affects commodities and projects. Paola De Pascali reports

Decom boom
15 March 2018 Political and financial reasons put some new projects on hold but the nuclear business is still alive thanks to the prosperous decommissioning market. Paola De Pascali reports.

Good as new
15 March 2018 Engineer Marcel Koenen of Brunssum, the Netherlands, has salvaged and restored a hoist from a demolished canal lock, and installed the machinery in his garden.

February 2018


Tailor made
15 February 2018 In a diverse marketplace, manufacturers of winches for the oil and gas sector are increasingly offering tailored solutions for customers, reports Tom Woerndl.

New thinking
15 February 2018 Daniel Searle travelled to Weymouth, UK, to visit one of the lifting industry’s newest suppliers, Britlift.

Clearer outlook
15 February 2018 The exhibitors at UK trade show LiftEx suggested that the UK market is ready to grow, once the uncertainty hanging over it has cleared. Daniel Searle reports.

Black star power
15 February 2018 Pasico, the Ghana-based subsidiary of UK company Paterson Simons, has installed a 62t double girder crane at a power plant in the African country.

January 2018


Taking control
24 January 2018 The need for more data is one of the factors driving developments in crane and hoist controls. Keren Fallwell reports

Top liners
24 January 2018 Sally Spencer reports on four recent applications of cranes in the shipbuilding sector.

On the up
24 January 2018 Daniel Searle toured the mountains of northern Spain to speak to members of the crane industry, and found a local industry with a positive outlook. The first stop on the tour was crane manufacturer GH.