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The official magazine for LEEASA (Lifting Equipment Engineering Association of SA)

JAN/FEB 2021

NEW COUNCIL. NEW LEEASA We Are Here to serve our members

The founders Gordon S Haggie and James MacGill Love

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Contents The official magazine for LEEASA (Lifting Equipment Engineering Association of SA)

JAN/FEB 2021


Delivering membership value… and growth



To all good standing and unpaid members On the 11th of February 2021 we received a request from ECSA as per the below



Robust business model sees EIE group successfully negotiate pandemic


NEW COUNCIL. NEW LEEASA We Are Here to serve our members


The new Tadano GTC-1800EX telescopic boom crawler crane



Becker’s high-performance Kito electric chain and manual hoists ensure reliability and safety in the wind power sector


Vice Chair: Surita Marx

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Admin: Desiré Davis


Lifting Africa Managing Editor Surita Marx Tel: +27 (0) 87 153-1217 Cell: +27 (0) 83 281-5761 Email: Web: Sales: Lusana Mrkusic Email: Sub-Editor: Debbie van Rensburg Production Manager: Xane Roestroff


Launch of new Aisle Master OP order picker Hiab launches new electric MOFFETT TOWER CRANES

New Flat-Top cranes from Comansa: 21LC600 and 21LC650 PRODUCTS & SERVICES

When your crane calls for attention FOCUS30 crane completes a testing phase A world’s first improved high fatigue life shackle Design and finite element analysis of lifting equipment Customer centricity drives innovation The disposal of rigging gear Simulators have turned training in the lifting sector upside down Equipment manufacturers must be innovative to stay ahead of the curve

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A brief history, strong partnership and further Global expansion



Rough terrain crane 80-ton capacity



Automation and smart features in overhead cranes 2020 was a difficult year for companies

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Eazi Access adds second hi-capacity JLG Model to its fleet

Chairman: Ashley Davis



Articulated jib crane for leading International parcel delivery service provider




Index to Advertisers Alpha Load Testing & Services Artisan Training Institute bauma Conexpo Africa Demac Demag Giovenzana Haggie Hoist Hub J Express LEEASA Liebherr Africa Load Moment Loadtech Load Cells London Tower Cranes Morris Crane Aid Phakamisa Safety Consultants Lifting Placements Sky Cranes Africa Pty (Ltd) ST Cranes Tshwane Cranes & Engineering Yale Lifting Solutions

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Disclaimer Opinions in this Publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of this publication, its editorial board, its editor or its Publishers LEEASA or CMA. The mention of specific products in articles and advertisements does not imply that they are endorsed or recommended by this Publication or its publishers in preference to others of a similar nature, which are not mentioned or advertised. Reliance on any information contained in this journal is at your own risk. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of editorial board makes no representations or warranties, express or implied, as to the correctness or suitability contained and/or the products advertised in this publication. The Publisher shall not be liable for any damages or loss, howsoever arising, incurred by readers of this publication or any other person/s. The Publisher disclaims all responsibility and liability for any damages, includes pure economic loss and any consequential damages, resulting from the use of services or products advertised in this publication. Readers of this publication indemnify and hold harmless the publisher, its officers, employees, and servants for any demand action, application or other proceedings made by any third party and arising out or in connection with the use of any services and/or products or the reliance on any information contained in this publication.

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Delivering membership value… and growth LEEASA has entered a new era with a change in leadership and strategy. Lifting Africa spoke to the newly elected council about their outlook for the association going forward. Successful organisations are innovative and agile: quick, efficient, and responsive to the changes that impact their environment. With this in mind, change is then inevitable. It was time, says newly elected chairman Ashley Davis, that LEEASA critically evaluates itself and its role in the industry. “As an association, there has been much to contend with - new technology, shifting demographics, new economic conditions and changing member expectations. Dealing with the challenges has not always been easy and it was clear that a new approach was necessary for the organisation if it was to continue delivering value to its members.” New council elected At the end of 2020, the association elected a new committee with Davis as chairman and Surita Marx as vice-chairman. Industry stalwart Ken Greenwood was

nominated as second vice chairman with Kyle Graham, Ian Gerrard, Andries Agenbag and Francois Blignaut making up the rest of the committee. “We are not only a new council, but our collective membership is also younger than what has been the council in the past. That, in itself, brings about change and we are excited about the journey ahead,” says Davis. Having managed to squeeze in its first council meeting just before the Christmas break – at the end of arguably one of the toughest economic years ever – the new management team has committed to driving the change that LEEASA needs to re-invent itself as an association and its role in the industry. “The new LEEASA stands for all the LMI’s and LTI’s in South Africa,” says Blignaut. “We will be doing our best to help

improve the lifting industry. It is not an association for an elite few, but everyone.” Value to its members is a top priority for the new council. Says Agenbag, “I believe that the 'new and younger' council will do all in their power and ability to impact the industry positively. Our goal is to serve our industry.” New look, new value “We are excited to offer real value to our members. From assisting with queries, greater communication, greater commitment to our members and all stakeholders that make use of lifting equipment,” explains Graham. Part of the new approach is a new website that will host several beneficial features to members. “We are in the process of finalising the website for the launch at the end of February. The website will have additional features added during the year.” The association’s logo has also been updated, says Davis, indicating it was important to not change it just for the sake of change but to rather refresh it in line with the new approach of LEEASA. “The new logo is a spin-off of the old logo but this time with a crane hook. This is to symbolise change. Change within the association and a change in the value we can add to our members.” The crane hook symbolises bigger and better. We are aiming to emphasise change - change in mindset, change in the way we and our members do things,” says Graham. Going forward members can expect several beneficial functions from LEEASA. Company members will enjoy a


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Ordinary Members: Ian Gerrard

host of newly added value functions on the new website. Committee members have been assigned portfolios and have set goals to reach. The new approach, says the council, is functional. It makes business sense. “LEEASA is a non-profit company and a voluntary association,” says Davis. “That makes it imperative that we are continuously ensuring we are meeting our members' needs and generating added value for their businesses.” Gerrard says this is an important goal to keep in mind. “Industry has been waiting for something like this for several years. We hope to restore faith in LEEASA by proving we are here to support industry at large.” New approach Going forward, says Davis, much emphasis will be placed on collaboration. “We cannot do it alone,” he says. “We are an industry collective and we are working for the better of our industry.” Collaboration with members will be an important aspect, but also the collaboration with industry stakeholders including government and other associations and organisations. “The creation of an easy and accessible platform for members and council to interact is

Vice Chair (Treasurer) : Surita Marx

Ordinary Members: Kyle Graham

Second Vice Chair: Ken Greenwood

Ordinary Members: Francois Blignaut

important,” says Agenbag. “We have to create a space where our members can raise their voice, concerns and opinions. That information will be used to strategize our approach to serve our members and the industry.” LEEASA aims to identify problem areas and fight to help legalise the industry through working handin-hand with the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) and other stakeholders. The council is already in talks with DEL as well as the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) and South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). “Times and regulations are always changing and any association must be open for change and continuous learning,” says Blignaut. “We aim to be at the forefront of changed regulations and assist the industry to ensure that these regulations are understood and adhered to, to ensure that the industry becomes safer and more aware of all the changes.” According to Surita Marx, these issues will also be highlighted in Lifting Africa as the publication is set to work closely with LEEASA going forward adding strength to the industry’s voice. “It is important that the industry works together. We are very excited about the developments and


Chairman: Ashley Davis

Ordinary Members: Andries Agenbag

believe that the new LEEASA bodes well for the lifting industry. We will be working closely with the council to ensure we are keeping members and our readers updated on new products and services in industry.” Developing strong bonds with the publication, the DEL and industry, says Greenwood, as well as between LEEASA and its members is of crucial importance. “We need to work together for the improvement of our industry.” Admittedly, the road ahead will not be quick, says Davis. “We have a massive task on our hands, but we are up for the challenge and know that we can deliver an association that is not just a better version of what it was, but one that takes the lifting industry to greater heights.” Lifting Africa - Jan/Feb 2021


LEEASA NEWS To all good standing and unpaid members On the 11th of February 2021 we received a request from ECSA as per the below. “The Engineering Council of South Africa is requesting a current list of all members who are registered with your Institution, and a list of members whose memberships were cancelled in the past year, to enable the Council to update its database accordingly for the purposes of granting annual fee discounts to active members who are registered with your Voluntary Association (VA).” Please ensure you have your membership certificate if already paid and submitted the compulsory information for record keeping purposes, if not please ensure you submit any outstanding documentation as soon as possible to ensure the certificates are issued timeously. We are also preparing our first run of the new ID Cards and this will enable us to be more efficient when printing the new cards and ensuring the issuing of the

new cards in an acceptable timeframe. Thank you to all the members who have paid already, you can be assured that your names will be on the list submitted to ECSA. We understand some of you are experiencing difficult times and encourage you to approach us to discuss payment arrangements if required. If you have not received your invoice, please do not hesitate to contact and ensure it is paid timeously to ensure you are included on the list to ECSA. We will be sending the list of good standing members to ECSA on the 1 March 2021. Be on the lookout for the special “LEEASA Version” of Lifting Africa coming soon as well as our New Website! Should you require any further information or assistance please do not hesitate to contact us. Yours in Safe Lifting Ashley Davis ________________ LEEASA Chairman


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Robust business model sees EIE group successfully negotiate pandemic The COVID-19 lockdown and related restrictions compelled EIE Group to re-evaluate its operations and find ways to streamline the business. The hard work paid off with EIE Group recording a healthy improvement in cash flow in 2019 and paying its employees full salaries throughout the lockdown period.

“Where we lost on the new equipment side, we gained on the pre-owned side. This bears testimony to our robust business model and overall agility,” notes Neubert.

EIE CEO Gary Neubert says the operations side of the business, which encompasses service, maintenance, parts and rental, performed exceptionally well during the lockdown period, as did the preowned part of the business.

While more customers chose to rent their equipment during the initial phases of the lockdown, this changed in October when EIE Group noted a 50/50 rental versus cash sales split.

“The greatest knock to the business was on the sale of new equipment, with the market down by close to 40%. This was the result of customers deciding to hold back on capital expenditure and ensure cashflow during the lockdown period.” EIE Group decided early on to defleet some of its short-term rental machines and bring them back into stock by rebuilding them and selling them as pre-owned. This was a prudent decision, given the increased movement, the business witnessed in the pre-owned market. 8

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“With an anticipated 70% rental versus 30% cash split, we expected the widespread uncertainty to compel many more customers to adopt the rental route going forward. Due to favourable bank lending rates and a greater willingness by the financial institutions to invest in industrial machinery, this has not happened,” says Neubert. With more businesses in Europe choosing the rental route, the team at EIE Group does expect this trend to be adopted by more operations in South Africa in the foreseeable future.

Another trend EIE Group expects to see in 2021 is the decision by customers to extend the lives of their forklifts and maintain their products for longer periods, that is, sweating their assets to ensure greater cash flow. Neubert says COVID-19 has also accelerated the adoption of new technologies at EIE Group. “Our Rapid response app, Mobile Mechanic and CRM systems are up and running and there is a major drive by our IT team to come up with new technologies that can support the business and make it more efficient.” Amidst the pandemic, EIE Group continued to develop its employees and nurture young talent. “There is a big drive in the business to attract young talent. One of our greatest success stories this year is our successful sales cadet training programme. We have always battled to find good salespeople for the business, so we decided at the beginning of the year to launch an in-house


initiative for young entrants into the market. The first intake of 12 cadets graduated in late November 2020. EIE Group will assimilate them into the business, some into new sales and others into aftermarket sales. “We will continue to run programmes like this to encourage young people to come into the business. Also, our apprentice training programme, as well as our emerging leader and leadership training programmes are ongoing,” adds Neubert. He says EIE Group does not always relish bringing competitor employees into the business. “While we do bring people from competitors into organisations from time to time, we prefer to grow

our talent. We are always on the lookout for fresh ideas and new approaches.” Neubert does not expect automated guided vehicles (AGVs) to be on the cards for South Africa shortly. “AGV forklifts are expensive and their return on investment is far down the line. With South Africa’s massive unemployment rate, going the AGV route is also not the socially responsible thing to do. We will, however, see more customers going for the electric forklift alternatives.” Looking ahead, EIE Group does not expect 2021 to be an easy year. “We expect the operations side of the organisation to account for at least 70% of business next year (up

from 60% in previous years). There will be a major focus on driving the service, maintenance, parts, rental and pre-owned side of the business in the new year. To this end, we have brought after-market sales reps onboard - a new strategy for us. “The after-effects of the pandemic will continue to flow into next year and while we know our new sales division will be under pressure, we believe our robust business model will ensure that we are wellpositioned to record a good year in 2021,” concludes Neubert.

EIE Group, +27 (0)11 395 0600,,

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The new Tadano GTC-1800EX telescopic boom crawler crane

The GTC-1800EX closes the gap between the 130 and 220-ton capacity classes and has an actual lifting capacity of 156 tons and a maximum load moment of 590 metre-tons. It has a track width that can be adjusted as necessary in both symmetrical and asymmetrical configurations so that it can be used for applications in which space is at a premium, such as bridge construction projects. It is also perfect for doing construction work, where it is not only able to move and telescope components but also luffs down and retract the boom and then travel underneath roof structures to get to where it needs to be. The crane is also able to bring its strengths to bear as an assist crane, as well as when carrying out wind turbine pre-assembly work. The load charts for its 60-metre-long main boom are excellent even when lifting on inclines of up to 4°. The integration of Demag into the Tadano Group gives us the unique opportunity to draw on the advantages of the two brands, Demag and Tadano - the best of both worlds, so to speak with Demag Tech Inside, we use Demag’s innovative strength in the components and technologies of the GTC-1800EX. Babcock, +27 (0) 10 001 0730, 10

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Lifting Equipment Pavilion at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2021 The Lifting Equipment Engineering Association Of South Africa (LEEASA) is proud to be the Official Host of the Lifting Equipment Pavilion at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2021, to be staged from October 13–16, at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The Pavilion will create a platform that will bring the lifting equipment industry players together and provide a one stop shop for attendees looking to source lifting solutions at the exhibition. bauma CONEXPO AFRICA is sub-Saharan Africa’s leading trade fair for construction, building material, mining, agriculture & forestry machines, machinery and vehicles. This key construction machinery trade show has been revamped with new opportunities for the industry. As a gateway for international companies to the African market and for African enterprises to the global market, bauma CONEXPO AFRICA attracted around 14,000 high-level visitors and exhibitors in 2018 and expects these numbers to increase significantly in 2021.

“We are delighted that LEEASA will be the official host of the Lifting Equipment Pavilion at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2021. We believe this important collaboration will help the sector capitalise on emerging opportunities across the continent, and create new and beneficial business opportunities and partnerships.” – Suzette Scheepers, CEO, Messe Muenchen South Africa

Reasons to exhibit Position your brand as the leader in your sector to decision makers from across Africa Showcase your solutions to over 14000 industry participants from around the globe Get global exposure through a high impact marketing campaign exclusive to bauma CONEXPO AFRICA exhibitors Enjoy free industry content and learn from experts at the Supporting Programme Forums

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Becker’s high-performance Kito electric chain and manual hoists ensure reliability and safety in the wind power sector Becker’s Kito electric chain and manual hoists have been designed for dependable use in materials handling applications in diverse industries. These include mining, construction, shipbuilding, food, beverage and pharmaceutical processing, manufacturing and general industry, as well as in chemical and petrochemical plants and the wind power sector. Kito electric chain hoists and manual hand chain blocks and lever

hoists, which are manufactured in Japan to stringent quality and safety specifications, are suitable for demanding applications in wind turbines. “Wind power, which is gaining popularity globally as a dependable source of renewable energy, is a growing business sector for our Kito range,” explains Rick Jacobs, Senior General Manager (SGM) for Consumables, Becker Mining South Africa. “While traditional coal-mining for energy production requires hoists that can operate safely in confined and dust-filled conditions underground, the available space in wind-farm nacelles (which house the drive train and other towertop components) is also confined, but are often hundreds of metres above the ground and sea-spray rather than dust, is usually the environmental hazard.” “The strictest safety standards are critical during the construction, maintenance and operation of wind turbines, which is why they use of dependable, industry-approved equipment must be correctly used, by properly-trained workers.”


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“Specialists in the wind power sector have specified stringent requirements for hoists, including the need for their service life to be at least 20 years, to match that of most wind power generators. It is also important that hoists can deliver reliable operation in arduous environments, like corrosive coastal conditions and precarious mountainous areas.” “The robust Kito range, which meets - and exceeds - industry requirements, can be customised by Becker specialists to suit exact requirements of every wind turbine installation. Optional components include a radio remote control, foam hook protector and plain, geared or motorised trolleys.” “Corrosion-resistant, heattreated Kito load chain is the only electroless Nickel-plated chain available. Advantages include high uniform strength and lower wear than conventional load chains.” Kito standard ER2 electric chain wind hoists - with a maximum load capacity of 800 kg, a lifting height up to 150 metres and 3 phase 400/690 operating voltages - are available from Becker with higher

Notable features of these wind hoists include an IP55 Index Protection rating to guard against the ingress of dust and water, a fancooled motor system for optimum cooling and a thermal overload limiter to prevent the motor from over-heating. The aluminium die-cast body ensures a stable structure and a friction clutch protects components that are subjected to stress against overloading. Added to this, are five or six pocket load sheaves, dependant on the product model, that ensure smooth operation. Other important design features include a top hook or connector that can be easily assembled and disassembled for reliable suspension. The load hook pivots by 360⁰ to avoid kinking and twisting of the load chain. Internal connectors enable direct cabling for easy connection and helical gears reduce operating noise. For enhanced safety, upper and lower limit switches stop the hook when the highest or lowest positions have been reached and an electromagnetic brake or a pull rotor brake ensure powerful braking, holding the load securely at all times. The convenient display of operating data - including operating hours and load cycles - allows maintenance

intervals to be planned effectively.


load capacities, greater lifting heights and special voltages on request.

Kito single-phase ED electric hoists, which are lightweight, weatherproof and corrosionresistant, are also suitable for use in wind turbines. This robust series, with load capacities between 60 kg and to 480 kg, has an operating voltage of 1 PH 230 V/ 50 Hz and a lifting height up to 100 metres. Other features include hook suspension, a high-performance mechanical brake with a friction clutch and single or dual lifting speed up to 20.1 m/min. Kito manual chain hoists are used in wind turbines to lift components to the machine room, during assembly and maintenance procedures. These robust hand chain blocks offer load capacities up to 50 000 kg, while lever hoists safely move loads up to 9 000 kg. A major advantage of these compact manual chain hoists is they can be used in areas with limited space and applications without electricity. The extensive range of Kito hoists is available exclusively in Southern Africa from Becker Mining SA and a network of carefully selected distributors, which offer a technical advisory, repair, test and back up service. To ensure hoists are in pristine condition and operate effectively at all times, they must be tested regularly at Becker Mining SA’s workshops, or any certified repair centre.

Becker Mining South Africa, +27 (0) 11 617 6300,,

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Launch of new Aisle Master OP order picker

Combilift officially launched the latest addition to its product portfolio in a virtual press conference. The NEW Aisle Master-OP (AME-OP) is a pioneering stand-on electricpowered model that combines the advantages of a narrow aisle articulated forklift and an order picker for versatile operation in warehousing applications. The development of this model was influenced by customer feedback - as has often been the case with Combilift’s innovations - as well

as the recent soaring growth of e-commerce. “Customers already using the Aisle Master for space saving, storage and efficiency in their warehouse asked if we could redevelop the Aisle Master to meet their ever-growing demand for order picking customised orders”, said Combilift CEO Martin McVicar. Research & Development carried out in 2019 & 2020 has created the

Aisle Master-OP. The main feature of this unit is the step-through operator compartment which has design copyright protection (European Design Registration No. 002676809-0001) across multiple markets worldwide. The low floor height of just 280mm (11") enables convenient, single-step access from both sides of the truck which speeds up order picking compared to the operator having to get on and off from a seated position. The AME-OP truck has all the key advantages of the conventional Aisle Master - indoor/outdoor, for loading/offloading and stock replenishment at other times during shifts when order picking is complete. The Aisle Master-OP is available in several variants, with lift capacities from 1,500kg to 2,500kg, lift heights to 12.1 metres and can operate in aisles as narrow as 1650mm. It features a patented chain steering system (EU Patent No. 3008008), which allows the truck to articulate more than 205°, with an inline drive motor and front


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drive axle assembly, all of which enable narrower aisle operation. The multifunctional programmable joystick control lever in the operator compartment, which includes controls for the hydraulics and traction, is adjustable to enable comfortable and ergonomic working conditions for operators of all sizes. The Operator Presence Detection floor pad engages the parking brake automatically when the operator steps off the truck to carry out Order Picking. “Before we officially launch any new model, Combilift carry out extensive field testing on customer’s sites, this was the case with the Aisle Master-OP”, said Martin McVicar. The AME-OP is now a production model within Combilift, with units currently in build for customers in the United States and in New Zealand - one of which is Sorted Logistics based in Christchurch New Zealand, a third-party logistics provider and freight forwarder who will be receiving eight AME-OP units shortly.

“This is a major innovation in the warehousing sector,” added Martin, “and the versatility to use the one Aisle Master for multiple applications - narrow aisle operation, truck to rack handling, bulk picking and item order picking

- will result in strong demand for this new product in our home and export markets around the world.” Combilift,,

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Hiab launches new electric MOFFETT

Hiab, part of Cargotec, launches the MOFFETT E4 NX, its next-generation eSeries of electric forklifts and the world’s first all-electric 3-wheel drive truck-mounted forklift. Inside the chassis of a MOFFETT M4, Hiab has constructed a zeroemission truck-mounted forklift powered by lithium-ion batteries with new controllers and the new HMI (Human Machine Interface) that displays battery capacity, machine performance and service information. The MOFFETT can be charged from a regular household socket or a 30

amp socket for faster charging, as well as from the truck in between deliveries. The new MOFFETT eSeries, currently available in four E4 NX models with more being added, is not only beneficial to the environment as it has zero emissions, but it is also much more comfortable and safer for the operator as it is virtually silent and has fewer vibrations than a dieselpowered truck. The low noise means it can be operated without earplugs allowing the driver to both see and hear danger. It can also be operated at night-time and deliver the cargo inside warehouses. The total cost of ownership is lower than the equivalent diesel model as it can be electrically charged and has reduced service costs. It is engineered with fewer moving parts, which reduces service time and spare parts costs.


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“The MOFFETT eSeries is the natural choice for customers who need to enter low emissions zones, work at night or meet sustainability targets. However, as it's cheaper to run, safer and more comfortable, we think it will prove popular with customers in a wide range of industries. We are certain that drivers will appreciate working in an exhaust-free environment and being able to hear what is happening around them," says Jann Hansen, Director, Sales & Product Business Management, Truck Mounted Forklift, Hiab. The MOFFETT eSeries have in-built connectivity so that owners can access Hiab’s HiConnect™. HiConnect monitors over 100 machine parameters. Some are displayed on the HMI while the full range of data is available from the HiConnect web portal. Parameters range from battery capacity to delivery route and time, driver safety and service notifications.

Hiab, +27 11 865 1425,,

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New Flat-Top cranes from Comansa: 21LC600 and 21LC650 The extension of the range incorporates ergonomic improvements and modularity novelties that facilitate optimisation of use on site. COMANSA adds two new models to its successful 21LC series, as an evolution of the 21LC550 model, with two options: 20 and 25-ton maximum load, which can be assembled with ranges of between 30 and 80 metres with configurations every 5 metres, allowing a maximum point load of up to 4.95 tons Both models incorporate an optional boom configuration that allows the total range to be extended to 85 metres at the tip. Compared with the 21LC550 model, load capacities are on average 16% higher for the 21LC600 and 23% higher for the 21LC650. The first of the new features in these models is that they have a shorter, modular counter-jib, ranging from 24.4 to 16.4 metres and having up to 5 possible configurations. This concept has a precedent in models 21LC750 / 21LC1050 / 21LC1400 and offers a greater adaptation to the work configuration in reduced spaces. 18

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Another of the strong points of these models is the improved access to the turntable and the rotating part: the cathead has been redesigned to facilitate the passage of lifting cables, including a welded ladder that allows access to the highest part without the need for the cab platform. Access to the cab platform is now direct via the turntable thanks to the folding ladder, preventing falls while working on the upper level and also being easier to transport. As a standard feature, both crane models offer the double trolley system with automatic changeover (called DT in the datasheets), and incorporate, as a novelty, the optional availability of single trolley (ST) which simplifies maintenance work while increasing load capacity in short boom lengths. The height, which is self-supporting with a built-in base, can reach up to 85.8 metres. Also, the tower sections are 2.5 square metres for both models. Taking advantage of the launch of the new cranes, a new

climbing cage is presented: J3A11, which follows the concept of the J3-20, with greater length and distance between rollers, a saving in scale recovery time, thanks to the auxiliary hoist included, which can also be transported in standard containers or trucks. About the lift engines, the standard for the 20-ton versions is 50 kW, while for the 25-ton version it is 65 kW. The 110-kW engine is optional for both versions, with a speed of up to 290 m/min and maximum capacities of 1,570 metres of cable. The Effi-Plus technology, fitted as standard, significantly increases lifting and lowering speeds for light loads, shortening working cycles without increasing power or consumption. The modularity, an inherent quality of COMANSA cranes, allows certain boom sections to be interchangeable within the 21LCcrane series, which enables rental companies to reduce their stock, optimising their investments, as they can order these new cranes with a shorter boom length if they


have previous cranes of the same series in stock. Both models come as standard with the CUBE cab in its L version, with the XL available as an option. A cutting-edge design that is safer, more comfortable and provides operators with total visibility of the load and workspace, so they can carry out operations more easily, thanks to the digital control technology incorporated. As is customary with COMANSA’s Flat-Top models, assembly is easier, faster, and safer, providing a longer life for the structure. The 21LC600 and 21LC650 FlatTop tower cranes can be used for the construction of residential and commercial buildings, as well as power plants, mining, bridges and other high-commitment infrastructure. COMANSA,,

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other side of the cranes because the wheel flanges were forced against the rails as the building moved. These modifications helped eliminate the mechanical stress that had been impacting the performance of the cranes. “We now monitor the operation monthly to assess guide and bridge wheels and bearings performance as well as to measure building movement span and to ensure the cranes remain on track. The safety and the correct crane performance is what gives our customers peace of mind, and that is very important in any factory production line operation,” said Naudé.

When your crane calls for attention When two 63-ton cranes operating in an automotive plant in South Africa started showing regular and excessive wear and damage to wheels, flanges, bearings and gantry rails, the consulting engineer suggested the company call in Konecranes to carry out an inspection and to assess what was causing the issues. Konecranes inspected the cranes and performed both a CraneQ Crane Geometric Survey as well as a RailQ Runway Survey. CraneQ is used to verify the alignment and square of a crane and RailQ is designed to deliver accurate information on the alignment of the rail. Both services can help locate the root cause of a problematic performance and provide recommendations for any needed corrective actions. Marius Naudé, Global Technical Support Specialist of Konecranes South Africa said, "After conducting those assessments, we then inspected the building layout and 20

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design and it was there that we established the major contributor to the underperformance of the two cranes. The building was expanding and contracting in response to environmental conditions, making it unstable for optimised crane operation. The result of this building movement was mechanical stress on the cranes and the resulting component failure and breakage.” The most cost-effective solution to return the crane to optimal performance was to modify the operational landscape by using one side of the building for keeping the cranes running straight and adding guide wheels on that side and removing the wheel flanges on the

A recent inspection of the factory showed that the original 55mm movement in the building span had been significantly reduced to approximately 2.4 mm in movement in the building span. There had been no wheels changed in the last 10 months and stress-related damage had been eliminated. “Conducting CraneQ and RailQ assessments on the cranes in this automotive factory had immediate savings for the company,” said Emil Berning, Managing Director of Konecranes South Africa, "Not only did it highlight our ability to identify problematic performance issues affectively and flexibly, but it also eliminated the need for a factory structural modification. It also reduced production downtime immensely after the corrective actions were made and saved the company an enormous amount of expense from having to continuously replace expensive crane components.” Berning concluded, “The two cranes were being used to move automotive moulds from storage to the production lines and although they were not Konecranes original equipment, we demonstrated our capability to service any make and model of the crane, and in this case, we have extended the lifespan of the two cranes by nearly 10 years."


First, the crane was assembled in its SFSL fixed jib configuration and subjected to 125% of its maximum recommended load. Next, the crane was re-assembled, this time to its SSL configuration, with 90m boom but no jib, and again loaded with 1,250 tons. Testing of the crane in its SFSL configuration lasted for approximately one week, while testing in its SSL configuration lasted for three days in total.

FOCUS30 crane completes a testing phase Mammoet’s crane for confined spaces, the FOCUS30, have completed all required testing and is now being disassembled, ready for mobilization to its first project. Over the last few weeks, the crane undertook a series of controlled tests to certify its strength and safety. The FOCUS30 will enhance construction projects in oil refineries and cities; where stronger regulation and a growing population means lifts are surrounded by live plant, buildings and people. Its low ground bearing pressure helps to protect underfoot infrastructures such as tunnels and

cabling and reduce disturbing the land before lifts. The crane will also allow project schedules to be enhanced, for example by allowing more cabling and pipework to be installed while lifting is completed. Testing of the FOCUS30 took place in two phases, under the watchful eye of Lloyd's Register, an independent 3rd party surveyor

Sideload, swing load and maximum radius testing were performed during both phases, while the crane's international crew looked on. Repositioning of its superlift between tests took just two hours each time, rather than one to two days – a feature that will reduce plant downtime when the crane starts project work. Following completion on both phases, the crane is now fully compliant with the EN 13000 standard for mobile cranes, and with F.E.M. 5.004, which governs the design of steel structures of general use. The crane will now be disassembled, ready for mobilization to its first active project, taking place in the UK. Mammoet has produced a 360-degree virtual tour of the crane.

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A world’s first improved high fatigue life shackle

The Crosby Group proudly introduces the world’s first improved high fatigue life shackle to end-users in the offshore mooring sector. The Crosby Group has pioneered a product innovation in the offshore mooring markets with the introduction of the HFL Kenter, a new high fatigue life shackle, under the Crosby Feubo brand. The Crosby Group is a global leader and pioneer in offshore mooring components for the oil and gas and wind energy markets strengthened by the recent acquisition of Feubo in early 2020. The new HFL Kenter shackle showcases design improvements on the popular Crosby Feubo NDur Link, an accessory used for temporary and mobile mooring applications such as rigging and anchoring offshore platforms or vessels. The HFL, therefore, represents the latest state-of-theart evolution of the Kenter shackle concept, which is over 100 years old. Oliver Feuerstein, Global Director of Mooring at The Crosby Group, explains the benefits; “The fatigue life is superior, and it can connect to a variety of stud link anchor chain or other mooring accessories such as sockets and swivels. This feature separates the Crosby Feubo solution from any other worldwide and was accomplished by making it from Grade 6 steel. A logical evolution from the Grade 4 Trident Slim 22

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and Grade 5 Raptor Crosby Feubo concepts.” “The new Kenter Connection is DNV-GL type approved and features the unique “Fastlock” system proven to reduce project downtime and mitigate risk from conventional assembly/disassembly methods”, Oliver says. The Crosby Group provides connectors for anchors, chains, wire rope, a range of synthetics, and a variety of other components that are utilized in many applications by oil and gas and wind energy professionals. Oliver continues: “As many end-users and distributors of lifting and rigging gear will recognize, the HFL Kenter is a much better solution to alternative shackles, many of which are based on a Grade 4 concept that was launched in the 1980s.” Extensive R&D paid off The importance of the experts in the R&D team was reaffirmed by the HFL launch. “The R&D on this product has been the most extensive in the Crosby Feubo’s history, from design, simulation, prototyping, to fatigue and break testing”, Oliver explains. The HFL Kenter will be stocked in all key markets worldwide and Feuerstein

noted that selling the product has gone faster than anticipated. “This says to us,” he explained, “that client’s do not compromise on quality and safety; they want to source the best solution available to prevent failures in service that can result in millions of dollars of damage. We encourage clients to inspect equipment between jobs. With the HFL Kenter, our customers will have even longer fatigue life and even fewer retirements than the Ndur, which already proved incredibly durable.” Looking ahead Feuerstein described the current mood among his customer base as “carefully optimistic”. He added: “The sentiment in the industry has been suffering by the global pandemic and a negative oil price. What we hear from our clients is that in 2022, oil and gas should be back on track and increased demand on the renewable energy side. Offshore wind is growing rapidly in Europe and is one of our key markets. We will continue to develop and optimize our products and several innovations will hit the market in 2021.”

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the closing of the clamp, and a hydraulic cylinder fed by a suitable hydraulic unit providing the opening. • This Rail clamp is static storm brake, suitable for small to medium forces from 25 to 800 kN • Generally considered to be used as parking devices (safety against movement from wind).

A brief history, strong partnership and further Global expansion A company renowned for rail clamps is RIMA S.R.L an Italian based company who began designing and manufacturing their products in the field of hydraulic equipment and storm brakes at their factory in Varese in 1967. From there two subsidiary companies in Taranto, Rima Fluid and Rima Impianti S.R.L became active with the assembly, repair, and trade of electric and hydraulic components.

an already productive market, as we are in a position to offer services and repairs through our workshop in Durban to old, existing and new brakes, as well as assist in finding a suitable brake for any application”.

In April of 2020, it was announced that one of the leading German Industrial Brake manufacturers, DELLNER BUBENZER GROUP, along with its subsidiary PINTSCH BUBENZER GmbH had an agreement to acquire RIMA S.R.L a deal that would pave the way for the DELLNER BUBENZER GROUP’S rapid global expansion.

RAIL CLAMPS, Strong, Resilient and Dependable. When we think of cranes and mining equipment, we think of the large-sized ship to shore Harbour Cranes, and the huge sized rail-mounted bucket excavator, both imposing pieces of equipment require a sturdy braking system, particularly during heavy storms and gale-force winds.

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The braking systems for these hard-working machines, come in the form of heavy-duty rail clamps, and they are designed to safeguard against runaway equipment, that could potentially be destroyed or cause damage to other equipment or buildings if not restrained correctly.

Derek Colyn, General Manager of Huebner Speed Monitoring, had the following to say ‘’ We have been representing and supplying PINTSCH BUBENZER Products in Southern African, as well as West Africa for the past five years. “Although Rima has been available in Southern Africa for the past couple of years, the acquisition of Rima S.R.L into the DELLNER BUBENZER GROUP will strengthen

Rima offers four brake types: Rail Brake TM• Composed of one steel frame, two rail guides and two jaws operated by springs which generate

Rail Clamp Self-Blocking Type TA and Type TR• As Storms Brakes the self-blocking rail clamp starts working and pressing the rail sides only if the wind forces begin to overcome the gantry brakes capacity. • As the crane begins to move, the rail clamps will begin pressing on the rail sides with a force that is proportional to the wind force deducted from the gantry brake force. Rail Brake TP• This unique Rail Brake is suitable for medium forces from 130-500k (securing cranes against wind force). • These brakes work by pressing down on top of the rail by disk springs, and are released hydraulically, and require a daily cycle of opening and closing to ensure proper parking utilisation. Wheel Brake FR• Devoted to parking and securing the crane in a stowed condition. • In emergencies, they can be operated as dynamic brakes to stop the crane • The brake shoes push on the two sides of the wheel, actuated by springs, and released by hydraulic power

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Design and finite element analysis of lifting equipment An important note. This article is by no means intended to be a final or comprehensive overview of how any item should be designed or which standard(s) must be applied, but rather a basic overview of how FEA is one approach can be used to determine the safe parameters of a design. In our modern world and society we live and work in today, and the requirements set before us in terms of legislation for meeting safety and environmental requirements, engineers developing new products and more so specifically lifting equipment must ensure their designs comply with strict design codes and applicable standards at all times. Why can FEA be required? The use of FEA assessments is required by most structural codes and standards, and as legislated in the case of lifting machinery which requires that all lifting machinery and lifting tackle are designed by a technically accepted standard(s), these standards among other detail the requirements for designers and engineers to be met such as material requirements, welding, NDT and eventually load testing. An example may be DIN 18800 – 2 wherein the standard requires the use of computer analysis that in turn must comply with further codes during the design of EOT crane structural steelworks, which requires that the analysis provide proof that all components and connections have the required load-

bearing capacity and serviceability. Also, every country has a design code which sets out requirements for structural design and the applicable standards used. South Africa is no stranger to this and has, for example, SANS 10160 in parts, with part 6 for specifying the imposed loads for EOT cranes. What is Finite Element Analysis FEA? Finite Element Analysis or FEA software as it is known is a representation of the continued, actual physical part being analysed in reaction to real-world situations and effects. The software creates a representation using nodes, which connects to illustrate form elements and under simulated loading an

engineer or designer can determine if the designed product will break, tear, crack or perform as intended. What are the examples of different types of FEA simulation used? Absolute and Comparative FEA – As an example, if the design requires a rope and the designer has no idea how much load the rope would sustain, then a comparative analysis would be used. It is used when the designer wants to change certain conditions so that the product performs better than it already does. Dynamic and Static FEA – An example may be as to what the impact of acceleration might bring as a result. This FEA application can simulate how fast or how slow loads are applied. Non-linear and linear FEA – An example is to test the elasticity of different objects. Linear analysis is used where there is a direct scalable relation between applied force and displacement and non-linear is to see if there has been any change to the initial condition on a design. We can use FEA in simulations such as fluid behaviour, thermal transport, wave propagation, growth of biological cells and even


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The FEA results can then be compared against physical calculations that had been made by the designer or engineer to confirm findings and if required make changes to the design to better it. Can anyone use FEA? CAD operators or draughtsmen generally apply themselves to the design of the part or components, but with FEA the person executing the analysis must be competent and have a thorough understanding of engineering principles such as material properties, stress, for example, Von Mises stress as one, reaction forces and much more as well as how to apply and interpret them. LMTTS as a company offers as one of their various services CAD design and FEA analysis. We often receive inquiries from clients for monorail designs and fabrication. Once the parameters have been

established, structural steel is identified following design codes and other applicable standards and drawn into CAD as part.

In the case of a monorail, the engineer can evaluate the deflection against the values in the standard (s), a torsional failure which is a critical value in analysis and design of monorails as well as several other values.

The part is transferred into the FEA software and data such as the material yield strength, density, Thermal conductivity, specific heat, ultimate stress etc is then fed into the analysis. Constraints and forces are applied and the software can then solve the application. Once the simulation has been run the results are displayed and can be exported for example on a word document for evaluation.

An important value would be the anchor points of a monorail which can either be welded or bolted and particular attention should be paid to this analysis.

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Customer centricity drives innovation This is according to Mario Ramos, Vice President of Global Product Development at the Columbus McKinnon Corporation. Lifting Africa finds out more. Creating safe solutions requires one to connect safety to everything one does. Delivering productivity solutions requires one to listen carefully to the customer. “At Columbus McKinnon we innovate with a purpose. Customers drive our innovations,” explains Ramos. “Our goal is always to identify our customers high-value problems and then come up with solutions for that. In doing so we look at three elements: how can we help customers to be safer, how can we ensure their operations are more productive and how do they get improved up-time.” According to Ramos, the company speaks to its customers, to learn about their issues. "It is incredibly important a step. All the time we spend with our customers hearing about their challenges and seeing what they require, we are understanding what they are dealing with on a day-to-day basis better. It allows us the ability to look at the problem holistically. How is the product used – or abused, how is it maintained, replaced or fixed. Without talking 26

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to customers, one will not get to the high-value problems with the customer in mind.” Often times this results in problems being addressed that the customer did not even realise existed. “By looking at the whole chain, from installation through to how the product is being used, maintained, and replaced, far better solutions can be delivered.” This can involve visiting sites where products are used to observe operations or just boardroom discussions with clients. From talking to action Once there is a clear understanding of the problem, says Ramos, a hypothesis of how the problem can be solved is created and ultimately a prototype is built and delivered to the client. “This creates the opportunity for the customer to identify what they like, what they don’t like, what aspects they need and what are really only nice-to-haves for the future. The design is then updated, and the solution optimized.”

Market research, he says, is also very important. “We had a client who wanted a solution for operations on transmission lines. Too many accidents were occurring. Having the information from the client in-hand, it was just as important to do market research about this high-risk job before we could try to solve the problem of reducing accidents and increasing productivity in a very dangerous environment.” Finding the solution was not quick. “It was a journey that required us also taking the hoist we developed back to the field to ask workers what still needed improvement. Before one can finalise a design it is essential to speak to the customer again and make sure this meets their needs exactly.” That, says Ramos, is what customercentricity is all about. Yale Lifting Solutions, +27 (0) 11 794 2910, +27 (0) 11 794 3560,,



The disposal of rigging gear

How do you dispose of rigging gear removed from service? Many operating conditions can affect the life of rigging equipment. Bending, stresses, loading conditions, speed of load application (shock load), abrasion, corrosion, sling design, materials handled, environmental conditions (heat or chemical exposure), lubrication, and history of usage will all factor into how long lifting equipment can stay in service. When it comes to the disposal of rigging gear, wire ropes, slings, or any other type of lifting gear the best practice is to render the items

in question as unsalvageable, or in such a condition as to make further use impossible. With no clear industry-wide rules on retiring or destroying damaged or failed rigging hardware and slings, permanent disposal is typically left up to the owner or end-user. This can become problematic, as a damaged or failed piece of rigging equipment needs to be removed from service, quarantined, and be rendered

useless so that it will never be used to perform a lift again. However, manufacturers of slings and rigging hard-wear provide warnings and instructions on when to remove worn-out or damaged rigging equipment from service to protect the end-users of equipment failure. Even when warnings and instructions are not followed by the users, manufacturers have sometimes been blamed for resulting injures and damages. Can this happen to the Lifting Machinery Inspector or Competent Person that has no procedure in place to dispose of worn-out or damaged rigging equipment? If it is determined that the lifting equipment will be removed from service, it is suggested that it is cut down into more manageable sizes before discarding. However, it is recommended that consultation is undertaken with the user before any action is taken before and the consequences of not following the inspector’s recommendations.


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If the gear cannot immediately be destroyed, some companies simply have a scrap bin for disposal of such items. But even then, you run the risk of the hardware or hook being returned to active use if it is easily retrievable. We suggest that a secure scrap bin or locker room be secured to ensure unauthorized personnel do not return the rigging gear to service or take it for personal use. Then when the bin is full or when it is warranted, the gear is taken out of the bin and destroyed. Keep the following in mind when disposing of rigging gear • Use proper PPE when disposing of lifting equipment. • Cut into small pieces. • Cut, or destroy, the eyes of the slings to prevent any further use of the sling. • Remove, or separate, any tags and labels from the lifting equipment. • Place scrap into your facility’s recycling bins was applicable.

In the interest of safety, some entity’s including Cranemec Group S.A has a policy of supervising the discarding of the failed lifting gear, this is after approval from the owner/user. If you are looking for help with inspection, testing, or tagging of

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Simulators have turned training in the lifting sector upside down

Savings. That is the probably the best reason why anyone should purchase a simulator for their business, says Brad Ball, Vice President of GlobalSim. Lifting Africa finds out more about the benefits and advantages simulators offer. “It reduces training time significantly,” he says. “What used to be taught in three months can now easily be done in nine or ten days at most.” Saving on time is only the first aspect of it. It also saves on fuel and maintenance costs. “It is self-explanatory that if you are not training on a live crane, it is not using fuel. The crane is also being used less and so therefore will require less maintenance.” One of the biggest savings of a simulator, however, is the fact that it does not impact on opera-tions. “Without a simulator training has to happen on a crane and that requires it to be removed from operations for the duration of the training. If one considers all of the savings – including that of tying up a crane for days on end that could be operations and calculate the return on invest-ment of purchasing a simulator, the saving costs are clearly seen, and it becomes the main rea-son why having a 30

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simulator makes sense.” Not only that a simulator can also be used for a variety of programmes and curricula within an organization. From training complete rookies to upgrading existing operators or just increasing the efficiency of novice operators, simulators introduce a safety aspect to operations as they actively play a role in reducing accidents. Now and then Simulators have come a long way since the early nineties when they were first introduced as projectorbased systems. “If one think of the massive advances made in mobile phone technol-ogy the past twenty years and what has been achieved, much the same has happened with sim-ulators.” In 2005 the world was using large dome simulators that required an entire room for the ma-chine. “The technology was good, but it was incredibly space consuming, cumbersome and ex-pensive.” Whilst these cranes to a certain extent replicated the feeling of operating a real crane – with users being elevated up to 15 feet in the

air – it was not a solution that was very user-friendly. “This technology was followed by the use of flat screen monitors – wide plasma screens that were also difficult to incorporate into a simulator as the displays all needed to have industrial strength and the computers beefed up.” According to Ball, the first virtual reality (VR) simulator was launched in 2016. “it is very excit-ing technology and has come about in a very short period of time. At least three different com-panies introduced VR simulators during that year. In 2019 there were about 40 companies de-livering VR solutions in the simulator-industry.” Uptake increasing Simulators have exploded onto the scene for a variety of reasons, says Ball. Not only has the technology finally caught up, but VR has been a game-changer. Used extensively in the gaming industry for some time the technology has successfully been transferred to use in simulators. “Training a crane operator is quite different from just playing


a video game. It is such intense physics and the graphics have to be 100% spot on that there was always lag resulting in users getting very motion sick. So, while the technology was available it was far more useable in the gaming industry.” Ball said VR was increasingly being incorporated into simulators. “It offers a complete 360-degree field of view, depth of perception, great immersion and real-ism as well as a sense of scale. It also has a small footprint, so the costs involved are relatively lower.” He says the realism available is particularly spectacular. “Even oldschool customers who vowed never to purchase simulators are opting to incorporate the new technology into their training. More so, we have seen that once a simulator has been purchased the company is far more willing to return for a second one as the benefits and cost savings are quickly realised.” Of course, VR is not perfect. It still has some challenges. “One is never going to get around the weight of the headset, for example, and the strain it places on the neck if used for long extend-ed periods,” said Ball.” “These sets are getting lighter, but if you are training and you are working downward like crane training requires it can be very taxying on the head and neck. Training is often prohibited to only about an hour

at a time.” The tethered cables of simulators are another challenge as is the need for constant calibration. “In the world of Covid-19 sanitization of headsets and equipment has to be considered as well especially if people are sharing.” Simulation sickness, a form of motion sickness, is another reality

to consider. At least 10 to 20% of people who use simulators suffer from this and find it very difficult to use. “This figure was much higher but ongoing technology advancements has led to much improvement.”


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Equipment manufacturers must be innovative to stay ahead of the curve The fast-changing digital landscape requires a commitment to ongoing research and development such as seen in the latest innovations in radio remote controls. HBC has been manufacturing radio remote controls for more than 70 years. It is a company that understands innovation and the requirement to continuously be thinking out the box to remain competitive and sustainable. According to Ryan Stortz, the company's regional sales manager, HBC emphasizes its development, design and production. “We develop and manufacture around 90% of all our components for our radio systems at our headquarters in Crailsheim in Germany because we know we can provide the best quality by utilizing the experience and competence that we have acquired in the radio control business for the last 70 years.” Stortz said the company had a rich history of innovation. “We continuously invest in the further development of our products. With smart ideas and revolutionary technologies, we have set the standards for decades. Our guidelines for innovations are the diverse requirements of our customers’ countless different applications, for which we offer decisive competitive advantages. Whether it is safety, operating 32

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comfort, or profitability: with HBC innovations our customers are always one step ahead.”

the first to introduce a radio control with display for the indication of crane and machine data.

Speaking during a recent conference Stortz said the company had set some impressive technical milestones over the years.

“There has always been a clear understanding of what customer requirements are and a focussed approach to delivering solutions,” said Stortz. “2006 saw us introduce the micron handheld transmitter with a display and in 2010 we launched the first radio control with colour display.”

“It’s founders, Alfred Huber and Martin Brendel, met in a prisoner of war camp during the Second World War. (The company takes the HBC of its name from their initials, and that of its hometown, Crailsheim),” he said. “In the late 40s and early 50s, developed wireless systems, including a pioneering wireless phone, the Portafon. In 1968 the company introduces the first radio control for overhead cranes and by 1975 the first radio control for hazardous working areas.” In 1983 it launched and radio control for concurrent pumps for mobile hydraulic applications and by the late eighties, the first transmitter of the spectrum series was available – the HBC classic for crane and machine control. In 1987 it developed the first handheld transmitter for the control of industrial cranes with push buttons and by 1993 HBC was

Never stop innovating With operators requiring more machine data than ever before not to mention the data having to be available in real-time the drive is on to continue delivering innovative solutions to the lifting sector. “Our latest development is 5-inch full colour, high-resolution displays. This introduces a range of new options and numerous innovative features to users of our radio controls. According to Stortz, another exciting development has been the new tablet computer holders. “In many industry branches, smart mobile devices ensure convenient and quick communication between humans and machines, allow for clear visualisation of

The tablet computer holder is mounted to the transmitter after which the computer is inserted and screwed in tight. "Now the operator has both hands free to control the machine while having the tablet handy at a perfect viewing angle. This way, one can combine a radio control and an in a particularly efficient and userfriendly human-machine interface (HMI).

without any installation effort or cables. Cameras are mounted onto handy and stable carrying frames with integrated support legs, while the camera itself can be optimally aligned for the respective working situation using the angularly adjustable camera mount.

Video – the way of the future Live, real-time and with eyes everywhere there is much to be said for video solutions. According to Stortz, video camera assistance allows for precise and safe operation in any demanding area. The portability of these solutions means operators can place cameras wherever needed

“We also have a solution involving two cameras,” explained Stortz. “This concept involves using two cameras that are installed in different positions on the machine or in the work environment. If necessary, the operator can simply switch between the two live camera images at any time. This even allows for a good view of working

situations which are very difficult to oversee without having to change the location.” Ultimately, he said, these kinds of developments are delivered safer and better operations. “Operators can work much more precisely due to the real-time imagery at their disposal and of course, different movement operations become considerably easier.” HBC, +27 (0) 11 314 4737,,

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comprehensive process conditions and are invaluable tools when it comes to recording and evaluation of machine information for maintenance and service. Thanks to our tablet computer holders, one is able to take full advantage of those benefits while working comfortably with a radio control,” he said.


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points of view via a single display. Status of the radio remote control and T-Link platform options can also be seen on the main display. Customizable electro-proportional joysticks As desired, the operator can customize the buttons and finetune the responsiveness of all crane movements – smoother or prompt reaction – to meet personal preferences. Multiple personal configurations can be saved. The strongest crane structure Full crane structural and component FEM* analyses have been developed to deliver the best structural design, capable of delivering reliable performance, even in the most demanding applications. 3 boom modes The crane operator has the choice of three boom extension modes to meet different lifting needs. 4 steering modes

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Automation and smart features in overhead cranes Automation and smart features are driving the overhead lifting sector delivering efficiency and reliability to operations unlike ever before. Markus Otto, Process Cranes Sales Director at Demag, recently addressed a hoisting conference on the wins gained when using automation in overhead lifting. The trend toward achieving greater efficiency in the manufacturing and industrial sector is not all that new anymore, but advances in automation continue to deliver new, innovative solutions that impact operations. “Automated crane systems and warehouse management software are providing factories and warehouses with more efficient product throughput,” says Otto. “There is an overall focus on higher productivity, efficiency, safety and reliability.” With this in mind demand for automation and process efficiency will increase in the future. According to Otto, remote operating stations (ROS) is one of the exciting developments. "It is a new concept for the manual operation of cranes. It is best described as the new dimension in crane control," he says. Ergonomic, efficient and intuitive the controlling of cranes from a ROS no longer requires a direct line of sight to the crane. "Cranes can be operated in the same way as from a traditional operators seat, 36 Lifting Africa - Jan/Feb 2021

but without the comfortability, crane operators have had to endure until now. The difference is they are working in a comfortable environment with support in realtime, a variety of camera view and audio to support them as well as having process-related support information via monitors." Benefits of being remote There are several advantages to working from a ROS, says Otto. First and foremost is safety. “There is no need to put an operator in a situation where they need to operate the crane in a dangerous location. Secondly, it is not just a safer environment for operators, but also far more comfortable.” The savings in infrastructure and increased effective working area for the crane are two more benefits. “Operators can now concentrate more easily on other tasks than what they would do if working on the crane. Idle times are used more beneficially and effectively,” he says. “One operator can also be used for multiple cranes and in locations that were previously just not possible.” More so, operators can concentrate more easily on

other tasks allowing for increased effective working areas. According to Otto, the location of the control station can be optimised according to site requirements instead of crane needs. “There are also very real infrastructure savings that can be made as there is no longer any need for walkways and platforms. All of the cranes can also be operated from one control position without the need for crane specific control chairs.” Using cameras operators can also with ROS view areas that would normally not be in the line of sight. A typical ROS control centre consists of a table that can be adjusted in height to meet the operators needs, ergonomic controllers with armrests, optional touchscreens, widescreen monitor controls and a communication unit and camera system. "The monitor layout can be configured based on the number of cameras. The crane and process-related information can be visualized on large ergonomic monitors improving visibility significantly," explains Otto. "A


joystick is used for controlling camera views and for optional panning, tilting and zooming of cameras." Otto says automated crane solutions will continue to add value. “There is no denying that process cranes can increase the efficiency of a storage operation, enhance availability and respond flexibly to modifications. Our solution: industry-specific expertise for planning competence and our warehouse management system (WMS) for safe and reliable processes is all part of it,” he says. According to Otto, just as important a development in recent years has been warehouse management systems. “Demag has installed automated storage facilities with process cranes at manufacturers of paper rolls and metal coils, using a WMS to manage the materials being stored. ”Not only are products stored correctly, but the position and type of each roll are logged precisely. “These kinds of systems increase productivity dramatically,” said Otto explaining how it works hand-in-hand with high performance from cranes.—

including ensuring the products are stored correctly, and logging the position and type of each roll. Also, yard management is optimised. Sharing a case study Otto showcased how the average truck dwell time reduced from 45 minutes to only 17 thanks to improvements in managing the

yard. “This all, however, starts with planning and consultation including virtual planning and simulation to ensure the finished system meets the exact needs of the customer.”

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2020 was a difficult year for companies

Particularly by many in South African engineering manufacturing. But some companies came through it strongly. One of these was Condra, which reported steady sales of overhead cranes, hoists, end-carriages and other components throughout the year into central Africa, South America, North America and Europe. As 2020 kicked off, the company delivered its first fully automated crane to Lonmin’s Marikana mine. The complete automation of this 16-ton, 16 metre-span doublegirder electric overhead travelling grabbing crane represented a significant technological step forward for Condra, which now offers automation across its product range as an alternative to the traditional pendant and remote control. The automated Marikana crane features remotely programmable variable speed drives fitted throughout, delivering maximum speeds of 10 metres per minute on the lift, and 20 and 40 metres per minute on the cross-travel and longtravel respectively. Pre-programmable control of the 38

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four long-travel motors enables precise crane positioning accurate to within 5 millimetres.

resulting from increased speeds, lower weights and lower electricity consumption.

The Marikana crane delivered, intermittent refurbishment work materialised as a result of customers wanting immediate cost savings over buying new and needing production to continue with an as-new machine already familiar to operators without the need for retraining.

Modern hoists are as much as 50% lighter than they were 30 years ago, and the consequent reduction in crane weight reduces the rate of wear on the overall factory structure.

Besides its machines, Condra refurbished competitors’ cranes and a small number of overhead units originally made by companies now closed. All quotes for refurbishment included the option of a technical upgrade. Despite the advantages offered by refurbishment, orders for new cranes remained significantly high. Although prices are higher than refurbished equivalents, new cranes promise lower operating costs, reduced projected overall lifetime costs and more efficient operation

In April, Condra began manufacture of a technically complex maintenance crane for a dragline excavator house, where working space is severely constrained by dragline motors, gearboxes and large hydraulic cylinders. Overcoming these restrictions, the crane’s 12,5-ton hoist was designed as a beam changing machine with an interlock to prevent the hoist from leaving it unless the crane is securely connected to the selected beam. An anti-derailment limit switch prevents hoist movement until beams are locked together. The result of this arrangement is that the hoist can physically


separate from the crane to move away along individual roof beams as an independently operated underslung hoist, servicing areas both inside and outside the house away from the central working space. Other orders of the equal technical challenge were received for telescopic cranes capable of delivery and retrieval beyond the supporting gantry. Multiple doublegirder telescopic machines were last year installed at a chemicals plant and refinery furnace. There were also high-lift cranes and hoists manufactured throughout 2020. The record for the year was a lift height of 41 metres, though the installed base has for many years included lift heights as high as 150 metres. Condra is widely recognised as the leader in high-lift expertise in central and southern Africa. Management at Condra is quietly confident about prospects for the year ahead, though they consider it likely to be as challenging as the one recently ended.

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Eazi Access adds second hi-capacity JLG Model to its fleet Our passion for providing innovative and fit-for-purpose solutions to our customers recently propelled us to add the JLG 800 HC3 AJ into our fleet since its launch. As Africa's market leader in the rental, sales, servicing and training of work-at-height and material handling solutions, we pride ourselves in being the sole distributor of JLG in South Africa. The JLG brand is well renowned for manufacturing lift equipment which includes aerial lifts, boom lifts, scissor lifts, telehandlers and low-level access lifts. The first model we brought into South Africa from JLG’s Hi-Capacity range was the JLG 460SJ HC3 Telescopic Boom Lift which was also the first model launched under this range. The range has been developed to address market requirements for more people and tools at height, by allowing for more flexibility at height. This is achieved through three working zones and an enhanced capacity that permits up to three workers and tools into the platform. “JLG is set to launch a full range of hi-capacity machines with the first being the 16 metres high 460SJ HC3 unit. The OEM brand recently launched the second model in its range of HC3 units, the JLG 800 HC3 AJ. We received a lot of enquiries as to when a unit was coming into the market, which was higher than the 16 metres the 460SJ HC3 could 40

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reach. This second model is a lot higher with a 26-metre working height,” said Marcus Green, GM: Rental & Sales Support. Green explains that the first model (JLG 460 HC3) is a straight boom, which is great for quick access to height, although it did not allow for the up and over access. Whereas the 800 HC3 AJ being an AJ model, which is an articulated jib, allows for an up and over application. “JLG has really brought in a great unit with this model. Firstly, the height, secondly the up and over capability, thirdly the one big differentiator that JLG has brought in with this range of models is that they haven’t affected their outreach. In comparison to some manufacturer’s, the moment they go on with the higher capacity baskets, there are two changes that occur – the outreach is diminished, secondly, a larger counterweight is being fitted which affects your tailswing. JLG has not affected either of these two things. The other key feature is that it has the 3-person-capacity feature throughout the entire range. As you go further up, the kilogram capacity may decrease but throughout the entire range of the machines,

the 3-person capacity remains. It is a phenomenal unit, the safety features are well thought through with the biggest benefit being that it allows us to target new markets,” said Green. Eazi Access has received positive feedback from the market since adding the JLG 800 HC3 AJ into our fleet. The first unit was immediately sold into the Mining industry. In the past, the mining industry was not an access industry but more material handling industry with baskets on Telehandlers, Rotational Telehandlers, etc. With an access platform of 454 kilograms featuring a 3-person capacity now available in the market, it allows for the access side of the Mining industry to grow. “When our customer heard that the 800 HC3 AJ was available in our fleet, they immediately took up the offer. The machine was only in our yard for two to three days. We are looking forward to our customer's feedback with this unit, as to how they have found it and the difference it has made on-site,’’ concluded Green. Eazi Access, +27 (0) 86 100 3294,,


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Articulated jib crane for leading international parcel delivery service provider Hoist UK designed and manufactured the jib crane and our engineers installed & commissioned this on the customer’s site. The Requirements Our customer needed a solution to aid their operatives in transferring maintenance plant/tooling from the basement level to the ground floor of which the only access prior to installation of the jib crane was from stairs. The Challenge The customer was trying to lift maintenance equipment from the basement to the ground floor

through a roller shutter door, therefore any solution would need to extend/transfer in and out of the building. The suitability of building structure limited the options of mounting and as the customer was using this for infrequent maintenance operations they did not want anything that would obstruct the floor space so a freestanding crane was not preferred.

The Solution Our sales engineers worked with the customer to specify one of our articulated jib cranes EUROSTYLE Templier that with the unique two arm “knuckle” arrangement allows for a much bigger working area coverage over conventional underbraced & overbraced jib cranes. The articulated jib crane was supplied with a mounting bracket that allowed it to be mounted onto the customer’s existing vertical column in the corner of the room, which was verified to take the imposed loadings from the jib crane. The mounting location of the jib was ideal as it did not affect the customer’s floor space and when not in use can easily be folded up against the wall. The jib crane was supplied with a 3 m overall jib arm radius, which consists of two 1.5 m length arm sections.


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The first arm of the jib crane allows for a 180 degree manual slew and the “forearm” allows for an additional 300 degree slew, which in this case was utilised to extend out of the building. The jib was accompanied with an electric chain hoist EUROCHAIN VX2 180 kg with dual lifting speeds for increase control when transferring the plant/equipment out of the basement. These new hoists, marketed in spring 2020, benefit from the latest advances in Verlinde technology: an innovative design, improved robustness and power that guarantee reliability. They include numerous equipment as standard including Safety limit switch for upper and lower position, IP55 hoisting & travelling motor protection, and a new suspension bracket, compatible with existing trolleys and designed to facilitate the installation of the hoist.

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