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Crane technology update

Some of the latest digital and remote monitoring tools available to crane users, as well as some new gantry crane technology

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  • Sinopec using its 4,000 tonne XGC88000 crawler crane to lift a record load to a height of 108 metres

    Energy sector: using less

    Work in the energy sector is facing uncertain times as capital expenditure is cut. Covid-19 has had a deep negative impact on the oil and gas industry and the oil price has collapsed

  • In Norway Sarens has erected 67 turbines at the Kvitfjell Raudfjell wind farm for clients FairWind and Siemens Gamesa. One team used a Liebherr LG 1750 SX lattice boom truck crane in SL22 configuration with 105 metre boom and 250 tonne counterweight

    Wind turbines: higher & heavier

    Wind turbines today generate 72% more power on average than in 2009, which brings significant challenges for crane and transport companies

  • Potain MR608

    Under the PPVC: tower cranes

    PPVC is a game-changing construction technology, writes Heinz-Gert Kessel. It relies on tower cranes and large ones at that

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    Transport 50 deadline extended

    There is still time to submit entries for this year’s Transport 50 (T50) listing of the world’s largest specialized transport companies but act quickly

  • Abitron’s T5 yellow box transmitter with the GDC 3.5 colour graphic display and rammed with controls

    Out of danger: radio remote controls

    In the age of social distancing, the benefits of remote control technology could hardly be more obvious. Christian Shelton reports

  • Get your company in the IC50

    IC50 2020: a stronger increase

    In contrast to last year’s IC50 ranking of the world’s largest crane-owning companies things have increased much more positively in the 2020 table

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ACE display of yellow truck and crawler cranes on white gravel with people around at Excon India 2019

India: Confident expectation

Planned or mooted infrastructure projects inspired confidence among crane manufacturers at the recent ExCon exhibition in India. Partha Pratim Basistha reports

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Talent show: operator training

Attracting talent and effective training are key to solving the industry’s skill shortage; You can take your pick of many training organisations

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Truck cranes: Upwardly mobile

Globally the truck crane market may be flat but in some parts of the world they are big news. Christian Shelton reports

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Crawler mounted articulating cranes

This sector continues to evolve as the benefits of an articulating crane mounted on crawler tracks become more widely known. Christian Shelton reports

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Palfinger PCC 57002 climbing a steep slope

Crawler mounted articulating cranes

This sector continues to evolve as the benefits of an articulating crane mounted on crawler tracks become more widely known. Christian Shelton reports

Valla’s eight-tonne capacity V80R electric pick and carry crane in blue outside a factory

Appetite for production: Industrial lifting

The world’s continued reliance on industry, in all its forms, means there is plenty of appetite for machines designed to lift in industrial environments

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ESTA competition record

Strong competition for the annual ESTA Awards of Excellence has meant 38 companies were selected for the shortlist. Alex Dahm reports

Synthetic fibre rope on a Liebherr tower crane drum

Rope and winches: Bounds of possibility

New or traditional? Two approaches, both pushing the boundaries, especially for tall tower cranes. Christian Shelton reports

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OSHA guidance for virus protection

Michael Rubin, Partner at law firm Goldberg Segalla, discusses how to protect workers from Covid-19

Newly yellow painted telescopic boom head section after repair in a workshop

Preservation society: repair and refurbishment

Skills of repair and refurbishment specialists are increasingly valued as crane owners look to repair rather than repurchase. Christian Shelton reports