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Big bag theory
Kito has supplied a manufacturer of chemical products with electric chain hoists for lifting the ‘big bags’ used in the production process.
Money for new rope
The new, fifth, edition of ISO 4309 came out in 2017. It deals with ropes and rope safety in hoists. Julian Champkin looks at some of the issues involved.
Manufacturers of cranes for the metals distribution sector are designing their technologies to provide greater levels of safety for operators, while offering improved data analysis about the type of lifts they undertake. Tom Woerndl reports.
Innovate to expand
Many of Europe’s major hoist manufacturers attended the CeMat and Messe Hannover show in Germany in late April. Daniel Searle attended the exhibition.
Verlinde has installed a gantry crane at a hydraulic engineering company in Algeria, replacing the existing crane that had been operating on the site for 30 years.
Live performances in theatres and arenas are demanding sophisticated special effects, and sophisticated lifting gear to provide them. Julian Champkin reports.
Sway control devices are becoming ever more useful, and used. Julian Champkin reports.
Exhibitors at Modex in Atlanta, USA showcased innovations in a range of types of lifting equipment, as well as accessories that keep hoists at the cutting edge. Daniel Searle visited the show.
Shuttlelift has supplied two DB Series RTGs to Oldcastle Precast, a bridge girder specialist in California.
Sling your hook
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
The European market is focusing on regular improvements to lifting technology to keep growth steady and positive. Daniel Searle reports from Logimat, Stuttgart.
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
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.
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
Innovation, exports and a strong domestic market are all contributing to a burgeoning market in Turkey. Daniel Searle reports.
Heat and dust
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.
Mammoet used a space-saving method to erect a Konecranes Goliath crane at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turkey.
Czech Republic-based Axima manufactures a range of power systems for heavy lifting electromagnets.
Get a grip
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.
Lifting equipment market conditions in Latin America rely on the local political climate, which affects commodities and projects. Paola De Pascali reports