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Archive of features from the global hoist industry

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November 2017


Hanging tough
16 November 2017 Tom Woerndl looks at how manufacturers of crane ropes are responding to market challenges and customer demands

German Insight
15 November 2017 The German overhead crane industry is vast and varied, with manufacturers of complete hoists alongside producers of consumables and components. Daniel Searle travelled through the west of the country to learn more.

The Two Towers
15 November 2017 Two specially-adapted Potain tower cranes manufactured by Manitowoc are being used as permanent handling equipment in a steel yard in Italy.

October 2017


Sea change
10 October 2017 Service providers and manufacturers are exploring new technologies to avoid any interruptions during offshore operations, and ensure safety even in harsh sea conditions. Paola De Pascali reports.

Driving forces
10 October 2017 Keren Fallwell looks at the motors and gearbox manufacturers powering the crane industry

life begins at 60
10 October 2017 Illinois-based Handling Systems International is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. But with new ownership and major expansion planned, the company is just getting started. Daniel Searle reports.

Driving progress
10 October 2017 Pelloby has installed two 35t double-girder cranes at a press shop at BMW Group’s Mini plant at Swindon, UK.

September 2017


Clean machines
11 September 2017 Cleanroom processes make special demands on lifting equipment, which hoist manufacturers and distributors are only too pleased to accommodate. Sally Spencer reports

Automation is the key
11 September 2017 Paola De Pascali finds that users in South East Asia are increasingly asking for smart features to enhance productivity and sustainability.

August 2017


Energy Boost
14 August 2017 The Caspian is a growth region for many lifting equipment companies. Keren Fallwell reports

Big Issue
14 August 2017 A robust safety culture is driving the market in the heavy lifting sector of the crane industry. Paola De Pascali reports.

14 August 2017 Street Crane has manufactured and installed six new overhead cranes at the expanded production facility of engineering company Hayward Tyler.

Half-century of lifting
03 August 2017 Pelloby is just a few months away from celebrating its 50th year in business. Paola De Pascali takes a look at the products and services they offer today and reviews their halfcentury of lifting experience.

Renewed and re-opened
03 August 2017 Lifting Gear Hire had been absent from the UK market for 10 years but reopenedits doors for business at the end of last year. Sally Spencer reports.

Sheffield Steel
03 August 2017 New business, new apprentices and new sectors—Street CraneXpress are expanding in many directions at once. Daniel Searle visited the company in Sheffield, UK.

July 2017


It Ain’t got that swing
31 July 2017 At one of the leading waste-to-energy plants in the world, at Gothenburg in Sweden, the cranes have been fitted with ICRAS anti-sway systems to increase productivity.

June 2017


Safety is the key
29 June 2017 Paola De Pascali spoke with manufacturers to explore the new technologies available in access controls.

Signed, sealed, delivered
29 June 2017 As global trends in product distribution change, thanks to the growth in online shopping, lifting equipment must support this sector and ergonomic design is vital. Bernadette Ballantyne reports.

Helping Hands
29 June 2017 Manual lifting equipment is increasingly being designed to improve ergonomics and assist the operator, thereby enhancing efficiency, precision, and safety. Daniel Searle reports.

May 2017


Laser guided
29 May 2017 Paola De Pascali talked with global sensors manufacturers about the latest anti-collision systems, which are becoming more relevant now as the safety of personnel and equipment is increasing all over the world.

Lifting at your Leisure
29 May 2017 Demand for hoists and rigging equipment in the entertainment and hospitality sectors is buoyant. Sally Spencer reports