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December 2018

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Expert market
10 December 2018 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.

November 2018

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Nucor leads on brake safety
16 November 2018 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
16 November 2018 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
16 November 2018 Air Technical Industries developed a bespoke crane for handling particularly dangerous cargo—live sharks—at an aquarium in New York.

Skill sets
16 November 2018 Overhead cranes may seem simple to operate, but mistakes and accidents can happen. Julian Champkin looks at training for operators.

Expert expansion
16 November 2018 US handling equipment specialist PaR Systems set up its new UK facility earlier this year. Daniel Searle attended the opening last month.

Lift off
16 November 2018 Konecranes has updated a rotary crane at the test facility for rocket drives at the German Aerospace Centre.

October 2018

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Broader horizons
09 October 2018 Petteri Lempiainen, technical director at Finland-based Erikkila, says that the company’s integration with Kito Corporation will help it extend its sales network. Tom Woerndl reports.

Sail away
09 October 2018 A davit crane manufactured by UK-based Reid Lifting has been installed at Calvert Trust Kielder, a specialised site for outdoors leisure pursuits, to allow disabled people to participate in watersports and other activities.

September 2018

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Trash converters
25 September 2018 Waste-to-energy plants, which convert domestic or industrial waste and by-products into power, require reliable, efficient cranes, often with specialised bodywork and grabs. Julian Champkin looks at three examples, starting with a woodchip processing facility in Germany.

Rolling on rails
25 September 2018 The overhead monorail is a simple and robust way of moving loads in a factory. It has a long history but, as Julian Champkin finds, it has a future as well.

Trump card
24 September 2018 Erratic and controversial he may be, but Donald Trump’s business measures in the USA seem to have boosted industry in the country— albeit with some uncertainty. Daniel Searle reports.

Alping hand
21 September 2018 Stahl CraneSystems supplied chain hoists used in a tunnelling project in Austria, working with French bespoke lifting solution developer Acimex.

August 2018

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Repeat business
23 August 2018 Jaso Industrial Cranes has supplied equipment for three stages of the hydropower complex in Guatemala, starting with Renace II, completed in 2011, and continuing today with Renace IV.

Long-term service
23 August 2018 The Naresuan Dam was built between 1976 and 1985 to control the flow of the Nan River north of the city of Phitsaulok in Thailand. As part of its strategy to increase clean power generation, the Thai government is building a new 8.4MW hydropower plant at the site.

Power up
23 August 2018 On-shore energy generation such as coalfired power stations and hydro-electric dams each have their own demands from their lifting equipment. Julian Champkin looks at three case studies.

Lift smart
23 August 2018 The future of factories is the so-called ‘Industry 4.0’, the complete and seamlessly integrated digital control of a production line. Julian Champkin looks at the current state of the art in digitalisation of lifting technology.

GIS acquires long-term UK partner LTM
22 August 2018 Lift Turn Move (LTM), a chain hoist and control specialist for the entertainment and industrial sectors, has been acquired by Swiss company GIS, whose products LTM has distributed for ten years.

A tool for every job
22 August 2018 Indeva UK works with its Italian parent company to produce bespoke manual handling manipulators for almost any application. Daniel Searle visited the company.

A new era
22 August 2018 With Brexit creating an uncertain landscape, Daniel Searle spoke to UK manufacturers about current and future opportunities. He visited Street Crane, a company planning large-scale growth.