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Palfinger expands its comprehensive assistance systems range

Palfinger’s assistance systems integrate mechanical extensions into the overload protection system and weigh loads directly on the crane to further increase efficiency, and can easily be activated by the crane operator via the radio remote control PALcom P7.

The systems can be used on three of Palfinger’s heavy-duty loader cranes (PK 135.002 TEC 7, PK 165.002 TEC 7, and PK 200002 L SH) and on all of its TEC 7 loader crane models. Read more

Reds Global moving with the times

He ran Verticon for two years prior to starting Reds Global. Persistence and innovation has seen this business continue to grow. Having its main depot in Sydney, it now has cranes working in key markets around Australia although the Greater Sydney area has the highest concentration.

Things have changed a lot in tower cranes in Redman’s time in the industry. At the start, Favco diesel hydraulic tower cranes dominated the market and the average age of the cranes was much greater in the earlier era (the average age of the Reds Global fleet is three years). Read more

Konecranes RailQ provides a one-stop-shop for runway analysis

Runway condition influences how well a crane moves on its rails, and profoundly affects the usability and lifetime of the crane and its travelling machineries. A runway in poor condition reduces crane performance and can create serious safety risks.

Left undetected, rail alignment defects can lead to serious problems, which can create downtime and loss of production, while they are taken offline to be fixed. The best way to rectify these issues is to identify the warning signs early and prevent it from occurring in the first place.  Read more

JLG sets a new (green) standard

Aptly named EcoLifts, the range features a patented stored-power lift/lower system and requires no batteries, on-site power, or hydraulics.

This game-changing feature means EcoLifts deliver trouble-free, clean, green operation with no need for hydraulic oil and no leak points. They have low maintenance requirements, run at a low total operating cost and offer the potential for 24/7 use. Read more

Terex sales up 19%

Second quarter 2018 income from continuing operations was $55.9 million, or $0.73 per share, on net sales of $1.4 billion. In the second quarter of 2017, the reported income from continuing operations was $95.4 million, or $0.98 per share, on net sales of $1.2 billion.

Income from continuing operations, as adjusted, for the second quarter of 2018 was $74.9 million, or $0.98 per share. This compares to income from continuing operations, as adjusted, of $49.6 million or $0.51 per share in the second quarter of 2017. Read more

Hiab expands

Over the last two years, Hiab has been expanding its loader cranes portfolio, most recently renewing its light range cranes in May this year.

The acquisition of Effer, which has an enterprise value of EUR 50 million (A$78.83 million), will complement Hiab’s loader cranes range and expand the company’s selection of heavy cranes, particularly in the >100tm segment, which Effer is known for. Read more

ABH barges designed for lifting projects

A jack-up barge is designed for the support of cranes, excavators and other equipment for nearshore construction, drilling and maintenance works in port and harbours.

The current ABH fleet size comprises eight jack-up barges with deck capacities ranging from 10t to 250t. All of ABH’s jack-up barges are of modular design for flexible and efficient solutions; the modular jack-up barges can be containerised and are easily mobilised anywhere in Oceania.
Due to the modular design, the jack-up barge comprises multiple standardised floating pontoons that are coupled together through a pin/connector system. Modules are sized to allow them to be transportable by road or containerised for sea (or road) transport into 20′ or 40′ ISO containers. Read more

Pick and carry crane road safety

This is a document that introduces a speed limit on pick and carry cranes, whereby under the National Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicle Notice 2016 (No 1) the State Schedules for Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania now state: “A pick and carry crane must not exceed 80kph.”

Pick and carry cranes are our most common crane in Australia with numbers in the thousands. I’ve written many bulletins about them due to the high number of risk factors involved, particularly mobiling with loads. Read more