Crane World Asia adds Terex towers

Crane World Asia adds Terex towers

Singapore-based tower crane specialist Crane World Asia has ordered 31 luffing jib tower cranes from Terex. All of them are CTL 260-18 luffing jib models. CWA also ordered three Terex CDK 100-16 luffing jib derrick cranes. In addition, nine CTL 630B-32, and one CTL 650F-45 luffing jib towers will be delivered for work in South Korea later in 2018. Read more

COUNTING CRANES

COUNTING CRANES

RIDER Levett Bucknall’s Q2 2018 RLB Crane Index, released in April, reported a decline in the number of residential tower cranes in Australia. This is the first decline in residential cranes in three years, reporting a fall of 57 since its last publication. This drop is in line with the slowing of the residential sector over the last year; the value of residential building work has fallen by 2.4%.

Overall, a total of 684 cranes are currently on projects across Australia, only one crane down from the previous index, despite a 10% fall in the residential sector. RLB said the non-residential sector played a key part in off-setting the loss. Here, the index has risen from 117 in Q4 2017 to 166, a rise of 42% represented by an additional 56 cranes across the non-residential sectors. Read more

Specialist trailers increase crane set-up efficiency

Specialist trailers increase crane set-up efficiency

For many crane owners, the investment in a large crane doesn’t end with the crane itself: the investment in support trailers and the prime movers to tow them can also be quite substantial. Large cranes can require five to 10 support trailers, or even more for the largest cranes, writes Greg Keane.

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The effects of wind on crane operation

The effects of wind on crane operation

Although it can’t be seen directly, wind can have a massive effect on the safe operation of cranes.  In this article, we will look at some issues relating to cranes and wind, writes Stuart Edwards.

Permissible wind speed

The safe wind speed to operate a crane can be subject to much conjecture and discussion, especially when there is undue “pressure” to complete a job.  However, determining a safe wind speed can be broken down to three simple things.  Read more

Financing as the tide turns

Financing as the tide turns

There is general consensus here and globally that retirement criteria for a crane and the major inspection during its lifetime should not solely be based on the years since it was manufactured. A great many number of factors impact a machine’s lifespan and perhaps more importantly, its inspection and maintenance cycles, writes Jacqueline Ong.

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The impact of tyres on pick and carry crane safety

The impact of tyres on pick and carry crane safety

Pick and carry crane safety has come in for a lot of attention of recent times – both for dynamic safety on the road and safety while working on site with a load. Australasia has a long history of articulated pick and carry cranes, to the extent that there are thousands in operation. Greg Keane reports.

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