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Overhead cranes: The state of play in Asia
14 September, 2023
Julian Champkin reports on the factors affecting the nations in Asia’s lifting market.
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The Lowdown on Load sway 12 September, 2023 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 31 August, 2023 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.
Dockside environmental developments in the US 23 August, 2023 We round-up the latest environmental developments at US ports.
Rock and ore: Mining's specialist lifting equipment 09 August, 2023 Mining is a specialised business that requires specialised lifting equipment. Julian Champkin reports.
Overhead crane technology: The Industry 4.0 Interview 07 August, 2023 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.
US steel mill installs fully automated cranes system 03 August, 2023 A US steel mill has seen its fully automated cranes system improve its operational efficiency.
Why overhead crane companies should adopt Industry 4.0 24 July, 2023 As Tony Rock reports, the benefits of Industry 4.0 are still being discussed more than ten years after the idea of a Fourth Industrial Revolution was introduced.
Container terminals and the age of automation 11 July, 2023 Faced with larger vessels and greater volumes, container terminals are racing to automate. Julian Champkin reports.
A look at the latest in lifting attachments 05 July, 2023 Not every load can be hung from a hook – frequently, some kind of special attachment is needed. Julian Champkin reports.
Kito hoists aid building of Japanese fishing fleet 27 June, 2023 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 26 June, 2023 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.
Tandem cranes streamline ops at sustainable timber business 12 June, 2023 A timber construction firm selects Abus Crane Systems to streamline its production process.