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April 2019

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Ocean drive
18 April 2019 Subsea lifting is used in a range of sectors, each with specific requirements. Julian Champkin investigates.

Creative processes
18 April 2019 Process cranes are crucial to many industries that need bulk handling of raw materials. Julian Champkin investigates.

Logical progression
18 April 2019 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.

March 2019

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Wood works
15 March 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
14 March 2019 Specialised loads need specialised methods of attaching them to the lifting system. Julian Champkin looks at below-the-hook lifting devices.

States of development
14 March 2019 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
14 March 2019 Spanish manufacturer Jaso has supplied a demountable modular gantry crane for a tunnelling project in Chile.

February 2019

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Testing times
11 February 2019 Tom Woerndl looks at how crane owners and inspection companies can improve the safety of their test and inspection processes.

To boldly hoist
11 February 2019 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
11 February 2019 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.

Tubeway army
11 February 2019 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.

New targets
11 February 2019 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.

January 2019

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Driving up
18 January 2019 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
18 January 2019 Load monitoring systems are part of the ever-increasing digital component of lifting technology. Julian Champkin looks at the latest developments.

Core strength
18 January 2019 Hoists from Stahl CraneSystems are assisting the dismantling process at the Philippsburg nuclear power plant in Germany.

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.