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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
Load monitoring systems are part of the ever-increasing digital component of lifting technology. Julian Champkin looks at the latest developments.
Hoists from Stahl CraneSystems are assisting the dismantling process at the Philippsburg nuclear power plant in Germany.
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.
Nucor leads on brake safety
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
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
Air Technical Industries developed a bespoke crane for handling particularly dangerous cargo—live sharks—at an aquarium in New York.
Overhead cranes may seem simple to operate, but mistakes and accidents can happen. Julian Champkin looks at training for operators.
US handling equipment specialist PaR Systems set up its new UK facility earlier this year. Daniel Searle attended the opening last month.
Konecranes has updated a rotary crane at the test facility for rocket drives at the German Aerospace Centre.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Stahl CraneSystems supplied chain hoists used in a tunnelling project in Austria, working with French bespoke lifting solution developer Acimex.
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.
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.
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.
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.