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identify the main drivers of the industry helping to produce regular, thought provoking opinion pieces on the latest issues, challenges and developments.
Latest HOIST Feature
The Lowdown on Load sway
Anti-sway technology was revolutionary when it was first introduced – but back then it did not actually work very well. Today’s systems, in contrast, offer safety and economy, and allow even a non-specialist to operate a crane. Julian Champkin reports.
The impact of economic trends on ports
Ports are directly impacted by world financial economies. International economic downturns can cause significant delays in imports and exports. On the other hand, increasing trade demands can lead to expansions in infrastructure. Ports are also impacted by federal, state and local budgets impacting port efficiency and traffic flow. Jenny Eagle investigates.
Overhead crane technology: The Industry 4.0 Interview
Oscar Fillol, CEO at automatic lifting solutions provider Elebia, and Siemens’ Roland Najbar, business development manager for the crane industry, discuss Industry 4.0 and explain what their companies are doing to facilitate it.
Kito hoists aid building of Japanese fishing fleet
In purse-seine fishing, a main boat goes to sea with three or four smaller boats aboard. The largest of those rides on the aft deck, and once the crew locates a school of bonito, it enters the sea with one end of the net attached. The main boat then navigates a large circle, enclosing the fish in the net, which has a wire along the edge to close the bottom. The remaining boats can be involved in supporting activities, such as spotting fish.
How ports are using technology to boost efficiency
Implementing technology can increase the capacity and efficiency of a port – for example, through optimising loading or unloading cargo operations and reducing the number of workers needed to manage such processes. Jenny Eagle investigates.