Embracing Palfinger’s innovation and technology

RC Lift and Shift may be a relative newcomer to the Brisbane crane market, but owner and director Andrew Popp is forward thinking when it comes to the equipment he wants to offer customers. He recently took delivery of the first Palfinger PCC 57.002 crawler crane to be delivered into the country.

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Used Liebherr a perfect addition to Action Cranes fleet

Action Cranes recently took delivery of a used Liebherr LTC1050-3.1 to bring its fleet size up to nine cranes servicing the Sydney region. The three-axle all terrain, with a 50 tonne lifting capacity, is an ideal addition to the Action Cranes fleet for the work it specialises in.

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New Groves headed to the Northern Territory

Two new Groves are about to be added to the fleet of the Tutt Bryant Heavy Lift & Shift Northern Territory (TBHL&S NT) operation. Wayne Morris is the Northern Territory state manager for TBHL&S NT and explains why a Grove GMK5250XL-1 and a Grove GMK6400 are being added and the depth of the relationship the NT operation has with the team at Grove.

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Baden Davis Crane Connection deliver Liebherr to Lawrence engineering

Lawrence Engineering recently took delivery of a Liebherr LTM 1130-5.1 130-tonne capacity all terrain from The Baden Davis Crane Connection. Managing director Nigel Lawrence discusses the reasons for the acquisition and his relationship with Anthony Davis and the Baden Davis Crane Connection.

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Internal climbing setup enables Potain cranes to fast-track Boston tower

Over the past year, the rapidly rising, 43-story One Congress office tower has become a distinct new landmark in Boston’s North End. But going largely unnoticed are the Potain MR 415 and MR 418 A tower cranes that are quietly growing along with the building — and also inside it.

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The most versatile and complete crane model ever made

The Tadano 600t crawler in scale 1:50

Scale model manufacturer IMC Models, in collaboration with Tadano and Mammoet Merchandise, is working on a high-end diecast scale model of the legendary CC 2800-1.

This extremely versatile crane of the Tadano lattice boom crawler product range offers top in-its-class performance for infrastructure projects from roads and bridges to wind turbine erecting and refinery work. The heroic 600 tonner has been in service for over 20 years and to this day continues to help industry giants such as Mammoet perform the toughest jobs.

Development of a high-end miniature in scale 1:50 by IMC Models is aiming to deliver the most complete crane model to date, handcrafted from no less than 1.600 parts, primarily casted from premium die-cast metal, brass and fine photo-etch.

The model offers customers an impressive 13 different configurations, from SH to SWSL boom combinations. This can be increased even further to 18 configurations with the CC 2800-1 Extension Set, increasing both the original 54 m main boom and the 42 m jib to 96 m.

Besides the main boom and jib, each model features the SL ballast tray, a telescopic stinger, additional heavy outriggers, a large 600t hook and, to showcase its wind applications, a unique windmill hook and LF windmill jib. Besides this large range of buildups, a realistic transport breakdown is also included with numerous detachable parts.

The public introduction of the official blue/white Tadano version, a classic blue/yellow Demag edition and the first company livery for Mammoet are scheduled for the upcoming Bauma Trade Fair in Munich, October 2022. Both the crane model as the extension set can be pre-ordered as of today via www.imcmodels.eu, www.mammoetstore.com and www.tadano.shop.

For more information contact IMC Models via mail joris.gielen@imcmodels.eu or phone +31 (0)30 721 0661.

Pervidi Paperless solutions a game changer for R & E Crane Services

When Rodney Cunnington began as a crane assessor for his business R & E Crane Services 22 years ago, his day to day activities were vastly different to how they are today.

Cunnington’s role as a crane assessor sees him getting to site to assess cranes to ensure they are compliant in terms of safety standards and inspections.

In the early days of his business, Cunnington would often find himself drowning in paperwork. Cunnington would take images of cranes followed by the laborious task of  typing out his  notes when he returned  home. He then matched his notes to the relevant images and sent these notes back to the clients, with additional information expanding what work needed to be completed in order to pass the assessment.

“Since implementing the Pervidi system some 15 years ago, I don’t have paperwork anymore. I used to sit down and type the reports, print every report, sign them and post them in the mail – that’s going back some years now but that was the only way to do it,” he said.

15 years ago, Cunnington saw an email from Pervidi explaining its paperless solution. He was very interested in what this entailed.

“I thought to myself the paperless reporting will definitely be the way of the future, so I jumped in my car and drove down to Melbourne and saw the guys at Pervidi and they showed me everything,” Cunnington said.

“It was very different back then obviously, but Pervidi have kept up with the times and it went from being a USB dongle to an offline App and web portal  now, which is so efficient for us and the operators, it’s very impressive,” he said.

Paperless reporting now allows Cunnington to streamline his operation ensuring his return visits to customers are as efficient as possible.

“I put my own inspection reports into Pervidi about the machine I am working on, and I place the barcode on each piece of machinery I examine,” Cunnington said.

“When I come back the next time, I scan the barcode with my mobile device which brings up the previous report for that piece of machinery and I go through the data which  is already loaded into Pervidi  and update it following the most recent inspection,” he said.

Cunnington cannot believe how simple it is for him to  complete a full site audit without having to go away and finish paperwork at a later time.

“It cuts my workload down by so much, when I was working on the job site with my paper based system, I wouldn’t finish until 10 o’clock at night as I had to collate it all once I got home,” he said.

“I am not on the job site for as long as I was before, and by the time I finish and leave the site it is all done,” Cunnington said.

Whilst Pervidi paperless solutions has made his job far more streamlined, it is also an asset for his clients.

“The client can open the report on their computer and see everything,” Cunnington said.

“It is very simple, when they are green it is a pass and when they come to a red line it’s a fail, and clients  can see the image with a circle around it highlighting why it has failed and I write a comment explaining what needs to be rectified,”.

“It is simple for the operators, they can lodge it into their data base and say repaired and others will email back and say it is repaired and I just note it ,” he said.

“Once they have repaired the issue, I leave the comments but change the fail to a pass and send back an updated report, it gives them another way to keep records of their maintenance reports,” Cunnington said.

Crane operators are able to store this data within Pervidi utilised by R & E Crane Services to ensure they always have access to reports.

“I had one client who was considering selling a crane and he asked to see the last five years of inspection reports and I was able to give them to him and it was instrumental in helping him to sell that crane,” Cunnington said.

The paperless reporting from Pervidi has completely streamlined the operations for R & E Crane Services, ensuring minimum downtime for customers and quicker turn arounds for assessors.