From the president

According to the latest Australian Industry Group Performance of Construction Index (see figure 1), our industry continues to expand at historical highs, albeit at a slightly softening rate. There is a confidence by most in our industry as utilisation of equipment continues to remain high. This is further confirmed by the number of new machines entering the CraneSafe program being approximately 40% up year on year across all-terrain and pick and carry cranes. Read more

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

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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2018 in cranes

2018 in cranes

There is plenty of development activity in the pick and carry crane market: the cover of our last issue showed the prototype of a new 55t DRA crane, this story includes news of the anticipated 40t Terex Franna, and TIDD expects to soon announce an important new safety feature. All these updates are addressing safety in different ways, which is great for the industry. In some ways, 2018 is the calm before the storm, with most European manufacturers saving major announcements for bauma. Greg Keane reports. Read more