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LiftEx Regional event reveals keynote speaker
28 March, 2023 The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (Leea) has released more information about its first ever LiftEx Regional event, a spin-off of the organisation’s flagship annual LiftEx exhibition.


Gantry cranes: A leg up for loads
27 March, 2023 Gantry cranes are quite simply lifting devices on legs. Julian Champkin looks at this most useful of concepts.
  • US labour shortages: Hard work finding the staff
    With the US facing labour shortages, supply chain issues and even talk of a recession, several businesses in the overhead crane industry describe what they are doing to help not only their customers, but themselves too. Tony Rock reports.
  • Chicago here we go!
    ProMat is where manufacturing and supply chain professionals discover new trends and tech and what the future holds for their operations.
  • Monitoring loads: Made to measure
    In the age of big data, load monitoring can tell you all you need to know and more about what is hanging on the end of your hook. It can also tell you what has hung there before, for how long, how far it travelled, and what the total strain on your hoisting rope has been. Julian Champkin reports.


Piab unveils larger Picobot L Vacuum pump unit
28 March, 2023 Piab has continued to develop its piCobot specialised collaborative robot (cobot) vacuum gripper offering with the addition of larger version, the piCobot L.
  • LEEA expert column: An Education in Safety
    Ben Dobbs, head of technical services at the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association, points to two pieces of legislation that form the basis of an education on safe practice in lifting
  • Below the hook: Turning point
    Special below-the-hook tools are available to rotate your load safely and efficiently in the air, says Sean Powers, Posi-Turner applications specialist, The Caldwell Group
  • Editor's Comment: Thinking about full automation?
    Marc Kleiner, MD of South African crane manufacturer Condra, has observed that the most noticeable trend in Africa’s overhead crane industry is the growing awareness of the benefits of full automation.