TIDD turning the corner on pick and carry safety

TIDD turning the corner on pick and carry safety

When TRT released the 25t TIDD PC25 pick and carry crane in 2013, it incorporated a number of safety features such as a Robway LMI system that automatically de-rated the lift chart for articulation and side slope, a ROPS cab with FOPS option, ABS drum brakes and an electro-hydraulic steering system that reduced the steering response as speed increased to overcome the problem of speed wobbles at speed. Greg Keane reports. 
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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.
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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. 
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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.
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Thomas Smith

The training wheels are off as infrastructure booms

The outlook for the remainder of 2018 in the crane industry is certainly promising across most states. Crane hirers are experiencing demand for services at levels not consistently seen for almost a decade with engineering construction, particularly government-funded infrastructure on the east coast, generating  immediate activity along with confidence to upgrade and expand crane fleets. Read More
Adopting digital technology

Adopting digital technology – a noble cause?

How many times have we heard the terms “traditional” and “conservative” used to described the lifting and rigging industry in the context of digitalisation? Far too many times. But what does it take for the sector to jump on the digital revolution band wagon and is it worth it? Jacqueline Ong finds out.    Read More