Lifting Africa Sept-Oct 2019

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


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1970s the 1st safety revolution

D. Hoffmann designed and patented the safety clutch/brake unit where the brake holds the load – not the clutch. Since then it has become the benchmark in safe lifting.

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The new company brand that’s heralding an era of positive change


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



From the Chairmans Desk Industry stalwart honoured for his contribution

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Don’t be caught off guard



Lifting equipment conference report back Modulift Spreader Beams go to new depths

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Powermite optimistic about the growth potential in Zambia



Potain tower cranes still leading with technology that works Tower crane industry disrupters MES take the market lead Luffing jib crane offers fast lifting speeds

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Acco explosion proof crane, runway extension South African expertise for Chile hydroelectric plant

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Testing dilemma’s – lift trucks Significance of regular lift truck audits

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Wire rope, inspection: To open or not to open



Jekko, always a step ahead



Efficient alternative lifting ensures swift shipyard solution in Spain



First 55 tons XCMG telescopic-crawler put to work in Europe



Collision avoidance and navigation support with 2D LiDAR scanner technology Pintsch bubenzer brakes for giant semi-submersible crane vessel Straightpoint load cell used for testing 1975 crane Elebia launches eTrack rail-lifting clamp Stagemaker hoists lift spirits on Chris Tomlin tours Tele Radio Remote Controls for Air Handling Equipment Facility

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In service for special alcohol New LTM 1230-5.1 fast and flexible for erecting power lines

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Bobcat reaches new heights with T40180 telescopic handler

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The new company brand that’s heralding an era of positive change Introducing Industri Tools & Equipment. The merger of these companies formed a tools & equipment powerhouse. Mandirk, Toolquip & Allied, SA Tool, Sibuyile Industrial Supplies, Gem Tool Company and F&H Machine Tools have merged and the new group is known as Industri Tools & Equipment. While the companies had lead in their categories, the deal has created by far the largest entity in the tools and equipment market. Combining Strengths The merger resulted in greater buying power, a wider distribution network and a more comprehensive range of quality products. By consolidating their efforts, they create opportunities to reduce costs and increase value! Ultimately, this value is passed onto their customers, with tools that effectively boost industry productivity! Enhancing Efficiencies Industri Tools and Equipment has simplified processes, faster turnaround times and consistently reliable delivery service by integrating their functions to fast-track their ability to provide a hassle-free customer experience. When they are streamlining the procurement of effective tools, they are truly equipping the industry for success! Their core value is to be fast, reliable & effective suppliers of: • TOOLS & EQUIPMENT • CUTTING • WELDING • LIFTING 4

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• PPE • LOCKS • MACHINE TOOLS How will this merger impact you, their valued customer? The real and meaningful change will be in their offering to you and in how they strive to deliver. By combining their previous successes and strengths, they can offer a wider distribution network and a more comprehensive range of products and services at all of their outlets. Industri Tools & Equipment is aiming to provide a fast, reliable and effective supply chain; one that will increase value for their customers, by simplifying processes, with faster turnaround times and consistently reliable service. Lifting Equipment The INDUSTRI Lifting division extends the group’s service offering with its “total solutions” approach. With 30 years of combined experience in the management team, the tooling needs and lifting solutions of the automotive, tyre manufacturing, paper & pulp, sugar, forestry, marine and mining industries are catered for. INDUSTRI complies fully with the requirements of the Lifting Machine and Lifting Tackle Regulations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993. The company is a certified member of the Lifting Equipment Engineering Association of South Africa (LEEASA) and a certified member of the Chamber

of Engineering Technology (COET). Their lifting machinery inspectors (LMI) are certified in terms of the Engineering Profession Act 2000 (Act No46 of 2000), and it is a registered member of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). The Department of Labour has approved the company in terms of the Driven Machinery Regulations 18(5) of the Occupational and Safety Act, 1993 for examining and testing lifting machines and lifting tackles. In addition to their extensive expertise, they also have a comprehensive inventory of equipment and spares. Their Lifting Equipment range includes: • Mechanical Ratchet Jacks • Hydraulic Pumps and Cylinders • Chain and Lever Blocks • Geared and Plain Crawls • Pneumatic Hoists and Winches • Tirfors and Ropes • Mechanical Grabs and Clamps and Slings (Chains, Polyester and Steel Wire Rope) Related Services: • Inspections • Proof Load Testing

Contact: Industri Tools & Equipment, +27 (0) 11 922 5300,,


Ingersoll Rand advances the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments in lifting and material handling. Ingersoll Rand Kinetic series premium hoists are engineered for the harshest of environments and deliver exceptional durability to meet your toughest demands and ensue a long run of cost of ownership. With grade 100 Electrogalvanized chain, cast hook latches, all-steel construction and extensive use of bearings, these hoists are designed to LAST with minimal down time. Ingersoll Rand subscribe to all relevant South African & international egulations and accreditations. For over 100 years, Enerpac has been the global leader in controlled force products and high-pressure hydraulic tools. For over 30 years, Hydratight’s ground-breaking products and services have ensured the integrity of all types of flanges and mechanical connectors. The Enerpac and Hydratight businesses along with their associated brands (Mirage Machines, Biach, Sweeney, Simplex, Larzep and Equalizer International) are the largest supplier of industrial maintenance and bolting equipment in the world

Established in 1934, Kito steadily built up a reputation as a global leader in the chain block, lever hoist and electric hoist sectors. Kito is a premium range, but the total cost of ownership is reduced significantly due to the fact that repairs are rare and maintenance simple. Japanese OEM KITO are not only SANS compliant and SABS approved, but subscribe to all relevant international regulations and accreditation which is represented exclusively in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape as well as Gauteng. Its distributorship is non-exclusive in KwaZulu Natal, south of the Tugela river. Its representation covers diverse industries such as automotive, food and beverage, fisheries, marine and offshore, paper and pulp, sugar, and even tyre manufacturing. Product range 0.25T- 100 Since our formation, we’ve been providing invaluable engineering expertise to both the private and public sector, saving countless companies time, and most importantly, money. The below-the-hook lifting equipment has built our enviable reputation on quality, reliability, dependability and consistently delivering unsurpassed standards of service. Coupled with our extensive instock range, speed of turnaround, we are able to fulfil even the most unusual demands. In addition to a variety of heavy-duty lifting chains and slings, all of which are suitable for a variety of purposes, you will also find a variety of accessories, including chain hooks, shackles, eyebolts, and more. We stock MaxPower below-the-hook (sling protection and load hugger cargo control.) Myte, McKinnon Chain and Umoya.

The Lift-All V-Series chain block and lever hoists have introduced a range with a built-in safety adjustable overload protection which means greater worker safety when lifting and the load limiter can be adjusted to the customer needs. The range of chain blocks and lever hoists have been carefully developed to comply with Australian Standards as well subscribe to all relevant South African & international regulations and accreditations and tested at SABS. Product range 0.75 T - 20T

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• Pierre Bouwer on “Losses in Reeving Systems on Mobile Cranes”,

On 8th and 9th October 2019 LEEASA held a two-day CPD conference at Birchwood’s in Boksburg. LMIs attend this event are informed of what is happening in the lifting equipment industry and earned 2(Two) CPD points for both days attended. I would like to personally thank Surita Marx and her team from Lifting Africa and everyone who attended the conference which was very well attended the LEEASA National conference 2019. I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to Mr Monyaki for his presents and to Jake Milatse from the DEL (DoL) for his inspiring speech and all the presenters that presented subjects of interest to the LEEASA members who attended the conference on the day and who assisted in making the conference a great success;

• Steve Harper from Alpha Load Testing on MEWPs,

• Philiswe Ncube on the Risk of modifying contactor-controlled cranes to frequency converter drive unites, • Anton du Plessis from on Trucks & crane combinations and new truck mounted crane technology, • Ken Greenwood for the LMI Academy on the history of Mobile Cranes, • Piet Otto from Phakamisa Safety Consultants on “Audit and Code of Practice”, 6

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• Kyle Graham on “To be an ethical LMI” Furthermore, LEEASA would like to formally like to thank Ken Greenwood for his dedication and lifetime contribution to the Lifting Equipment industry. LEEASA has gone ahead with a working group at the request of its members and presented the draft guideline for the inspection and testing of Monorail Runway Beams and Jibs. The DEL (DoL) acknowledged the need for this guide and Mr Malatse suggested that Mr Monyaki and myself to meet after the scheduled NCOP meeting on the 10th October 2019 to discuss a way forward for this guide with the possible approval from the DEL (DoL). This meeting was a very fruitful in this regard as LEEASA now has a clear mandate on how to proceed with this guide line. The subject of man cages came up again where I once again point out what is already in the DMR 18 Guidelines 2015 and the message from the regulator on the use of a mancage. The issue regarding the testing of trestles and racking/shelving was discussed and everyone present understood and agreed that racking are not and cannot be classified

as lifting machines therefore one cannot apply for registration at ECSA for this type equipment and achieve a scope of competence as an LMI to inspect and test racking/shelving. Furthermore the point was made to remind all LMIs of their obligation not to practice outside of their own scope of competence as required by Engineering Professions Act 46 (Act 46 of 2000). ECSA Council; On the 22nd August is the next ECSA council meeting I attending where a number of ratifications will be carried out by council taken from the high impact committees like the Central Registration Committee, Education Committee and the Investigation Committee that I am involved in. I have since signed a contract with ECSA to be part of development of the ECSA CoP for registered professionals. ECSA will eventually have a Code of Practice for all the different categories of registration in all the different engineering fields including the specified category for LMIs. ECSA Investigation Committee - IC On the 24th June I carried out further training for LMI investigators identified by ECSA as possible investigators on how to conduct an investigation on LMIs who have broken the law e.g. Practiced outside of their scope of competence, conducted themselves in an unethical manner, etc.

On the 11th October I attend the final CRC meeting for the year were most of the meeting was focused on the committees report that will appear in the ECSA annual report. There is still a lot of room for improvement regarding the training of assessors, moderators and reviewers especially in areas like the Eastern Cape and the Free State. SABS - SANS; TC 96 Cranes. The meeting was cancelled as only two people confirmed that they

would attend and that was Mr Monyaki from the DEL (DoL) and myself. I was asked at the resent conference by a number of people from the industry how do they get involved. My answer was start with attending TC meetings as SABS. I would like to encourage the industry to get involved at SABS with the standards. It is always a lot easier to stand on the side-lines and pass criticism of the standards but not actually getting involved at SABS with formulating the South African National Standards – SANS that


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is need by the LMI to conduct inspection and test. Events; LEEASA exhibited alongside Lifting Africa at Cape Construction Expo 2019 on the 11th and 12th September 2019 at Electra Mining Botswana on the 10th, 11th and 12th September 2019. The main event for the year was the LEEASA national conference that was held at Birchwood’s in Boksburg as was mentioned above. Till next time take care, From your Chairman Arni Sommer.

Industry stalwart honoured for his contribution LEESA chairman Arni Sommer congratulates Ken Greenwood with his lifetime achievement award. During the annual LEEASA and Lifting Africa conference hosted at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg on 8 and 9 October this year, a certificate was presented to Ken Greenwood of the LMI Academy as a gesture of appreciation for his considerable contribution to the lifting industry.

that in turn led to a career change in the late eighties. Recognised as one of the leading experts in the country, Ken has been actively involved in the development of the lifting industry and the drafting of policy and regulation.

A former LEEASA chairman, Ken started his career as a diesel mechanic but admits to always having a fascination with hydraulics

Handing over the lifetime recognition award, current LEEASA chairman Arni Sommer thanked Ken for his efforts.

“He has put so much into this industry and has been involved with lifting for most of his career. We owe you a big thank you,” said Sommer. Liebherr Africa gifted Ken a MK100 mobile construction crane. Speaking to Lifting Africa after the award ceremony, Ken said he considered himself honoured and blessed to have been part of the lifting industry. Lifting Africa - Sept/Oct 2019



Don’t be caught off guard Lifting equipment audits are a necessary practice that should be conducted at regular intervals at all plants. Piet Otto of Phakamisa Safety Consultants shared some crucial tips at the annual national LEEASA conference. Most companies don’t like the word audit. For far too many it’s synonymous with problems. Managers find themselves under pressure to clean up the business before the auditors arrive. When it’s over there is usually a sigh of relief. All lifting equipment is safetycritical items, says Otto. His advice to the industry is not to cut corners and to make sure they are audit ready every day that equipment is in operation. “For users to be legally compliant and to ensure safe lifting procedures and practices are in place, lifting equipment plant audits must be conducted regularly,” he says. These risk reviews or plant inspections can and do make all the difference between a safe and an unsafe working environment and to ensure legal compliance. “It is essential that users of lifting equipment compile and implement a written operating procedure (SOP or COP). This document must contain all information about the selection, use, maintenance, inspection, testing, documentation and records of all lifting equipment and operations,” he says. “This document is at the heart of all procedures in a plant. Without an SOP it is near impossible to do a proper audit.” SOPs vary depending on companies activities. “Different companies have different requirements. The SOP needs to meet the legal requirements for the industry which must be included in the document in addition to the user’s specific site requirements.” According to Otto not all of the SOP will be based on legal 8

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requirements. “Colour coding is a good example. There is no specific law, or applicable Standard dictating colour coding to the industry. There is also no regulation, but should a company have a colour coding system, it must be entailed in their SOP. They will then do colour coding according to their procedures and requirements.” Otto advises companies to compile a comprehensive file with all the documentation about their lifting equipment and not just the SOP. LMI inspections, rigging studies and the company’s safe lifting guidelines should all be in easily accessible in one place. “Keep proper inventories, certificates from suppliers and inspection registers,” says Otto. “Also appoint, in writing, competent persons to operate, and inspect your lifting equipment and make sure that you have this information at hand. “ He says while many in the industry have refrained from this practice the reality was that the Department of Employment and Labour were upping their game and doing more and more unexpected audits at lifting companies. “LMEs must ensure that their LME files are up to date and that all the necessary information is at their fingertips. There is no knowing when a department official is going to walk through your door,” he says. “If they do arrive unexpectedly, the last thing you want is to be caught off guard. You will be expected to hand over your LME file immediately for an audit if you are a registered LME” It is, however, not just for audits that this information needs to be at hand. “If something should go wrong and there is an incident

Piet Otto that has to be investigated, the first thing that any inspector is going to ask for is the required documentation. This includes inspection registers, supplier’s certificates and a proper inventory of all equipment in use. If it is not up to date or available, there will be problems and consequences for your business.” Companies should, therefore, conduct their audits far more regularly than is currently the practice, says Otto. “These audits must be done against legal requirements, applicable Standards as well as the company procedures.” When doing such an audit, his advice is simple. “Remember the ABC of auditing – accept nothing, believe no one and check everything.”

Contact: Phakamisa Safety Consultants 082 372 4595

LEEASA hosted its annual national conference at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg, Johannesburg on 8 and 9 October.

controlled cranes to frequency converter drive units, while Ken Greenwood shared his insights on the history of mobile cranes.

Designed to draw on the combined skills, knowledge and expertise of the lifting equipment community, it offered a choice of relevant information as well as being a platform for the industry to pose critical questions on issues impacting the lifting environment. All Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) registered delegates who attend the conference earned two CPD points for attending both days.

Piet Otto, CEO of Phakamisa Safety Consultants discussed audits and the code of practice, while trucks and crane combinations along with new truck mounted crane technology came under the spotlight with Anton du Plessis of Palfinger.

On the first day, Philiswe Ncube of Liebher Cranes presented on the risks of modifying contractor

Liebherr Africa exhibited at the conference.

Other speakers on day one included LEEASA chairman Arni Sommer, who gave an insightful talk on DMR 22 and the EP Act Code of Ethics and Conduct and Steve Harper of Alpha who spoke about mobile elevated work platforms commonly referred to as MEWPS.

Delta Crane and Plant Hire were one of the exhibitors

Sommer opened the second day of conferencing with a presentation on monorail runway beams followed by Pierre Bouwer of Aqua load testing who addressed losses in reeving systems on mobile cranes. Norman and Kyle Graham of World Wide Load Testing Specialists made a joint presentation on being an ethical LMI. The keynote address at the event was delivered by Jakes Malatsi, the Department of Labour Director for electrical and mechanical engineering. Over the coming weeks, Lifting Africa will be reporting in more depth on the various presentations.

The conference is an important networking event for the industry

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Modulift Spreader Beams go to new depths Modulift Standard Modular Beam – now for use in subsea As part of their innovative new product development strategy, and to meet customer demands within the subsea industry, Modulift, the global engineering company have made changes to their standard range of Modular Spreader Beams so that they can now be used in water up to a depth of 150 metres, at no extra cost. Alongside offering specialist technical expertise, the UK-based company manufactures lifting and spreader beams, spreader frames and other ‘below the hook’ lifting equipment, that is used globally across sectors including wind energy, nuclear, construction, and the oil and gas industries. Modulift Standard Modular Beam – now for use in subsea Due to the efficient shape and weights of their spreader beams, Modulift’s Engineering Department has been able to improve the integrity of their beams so that they can now withstand pressures in water up to a depth of 150 metres. With this clever adaption to their product, which still has the modular design that Modulift spreader beams are known for, this new application means that products now in production can be used onshore, offshore and subsea,


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Modulift Spreader Beam, one beam, multiple applications making the latest products multifunctional.

so that customers know that they meet the standard required.

The main benefits are:

Modulift’s technical director, Sue Spencer said:” Our standard spreader beam is highly efficient owing to their shape.

• Multi-purpose application for use onshore, offshore and subsea, so no need for additional Spreader Beams being purchased, saving money • Available in a series of four: MOD 70, MOD 110, MOD 250 and MOD 400 • There are three applications per product: 50 metres, 100 metres and 150 metres. All new products will be issued with a Declaration of Conformity which confirms their subsea capability

This makes them perfect for subsea application as circular shape minimizes the water drag and maximizes the buoyancy which is an ideal requirement”.

Contact: Modulift, Kerry Talbot-Jones,, +44 (0) 1202 621511


Powermite optimistic about the growth potential in Zambia Powermite boasts a solid presence in the Zambian mining, crane and processing plant sectors through its agent, F.S. Musonda Trading Limited. This collaboration sees customers across the region gaining access to Powermite’s world-class range of electrical and mechanical equipment for moving machinery. “As part of the prominent Hudaco Group of Companies, we are extremely proud to have made our mark on Zambian soil through our valued agent,” states Donovan Marks, Director at Powermite. The inspiration behind Powermite forging roots in Zambia stems from Hudaco Industries’ focus on Africa. This South African group specialises in the distribution of top quality branded automotive, industrial and electrical consumable products. With several strong sectors such as mining and industry, along with Powermite’s solid relationships with several local mining houses as well as distributors, Zambia plays an essential role in the company’s business strategy and perfectly aligns to its growth opportunities. “It is vital to have a local representative in a country to oversee our interests and to ensure sustainability; we are therefore constantly on the lookout for local agents to represent us in various regions as we feel this is the best route to market,” notes Marks. When deciding to appoint a local Zambian representative, it became apparent that F.S. Musonda Trading was the best agent for the role as Powermite has been doing business with this electrical and mechanical product and service specialist for many years. “Through F.S. Musonda Trading, a wholly-owned Zambian company established in 1990 and based in Kitwe, we can showcase

our excellent product and service portfolio to both existing and potential Zambian customers,” adds Marks. Powermite has strategically ensured that it offers value add packages to the industry, not just in product supply but also with technical solutions to improve customers’ day-to-day operations and to diminish downtime. Powermite’s smart and specifically designed product and service portfolio include mining cables and connectors, together with comprehensive materials handling range. Bearing testament to the successful agent partnership, Powermite recently supplied mining cable and connectors on an expansion product to a large mining group.

our presence so that we can meet customers’ needs at their doorsteps.” Powermite supports a complete range of cable and festoon hardware and accessories including cable guiding and anchoring devices, damping devices, junction boxes, cable connectors, organisers and clamps, connection boxes, towing clamps, reels, cable, rope and webbing plugs and end-clamps.

Looking to the future, Marks says that the opening of a Powermite branch in Zambia is not off the table. “Hudaco is currently in the process of developing regional plans for Africa and once these have been finalised, the company will have a better idea of where these regional offices will be located to enable the group to expand into Africa,” he reveals. Marks concludes on an optimistic note saying that Powermite foresees no challenges at this stage in growing its market share in Zambia and is enthusiastic to reach even greater heights in their materials handling division through their formidable partnership with F.S. Musonda. “We will continuously strive to further enhance our product and service solutions and extend

Contact: Powermite, +27 11 271 0000, Lifting Africa - Sept/Oct 2019



Potain tower cranes still leading with technology that works Available from Crane & Hoist Equipment SA, the Potain MDT 389 is well suited to crowded construction sites where space is tight and multiple cranes are needed. Potain tower cranes still leading with technology that works For decades Potain has built tower cranes that are easy to assembly, flexible in configuration and simply to use, and the Potain MDT 389 topless crane is no different. The MDT 389 is well suited to crowded construction sites where space is tight and multiple cranes are needed. Like other topless cranes it has been designed to allow more cranes to over swing in a smaller area. Louw Smit, sales director of Crane & Hoist Equipment SA, the sub-

Saharan distributor for Potain tower cranes, says there are a host of features which make the Potain MDT cranes stand out from the competition.

importantly, improved lifting capacity. The enhanced productivity achieved as a result translates into a faster return on investment for Potain crane owners,” Smit says.

The complete range, including the MDT 249, MDT 259, MDT 269, MDT 319 and the MDT 389, is equipped with Manitowoc’s Crane Control System, or CCS. CCS is a standardised, user-friendly operating system on all Potain tower cranes.

In addition to having a fresh and modern design that allows for ultra-fast ground preparation and assembly, the Potain MDT range easily beats the competition when it comes to transportation.

“CCS assists users to enjoy the highest levels of comfort, flexibility, ergonomic control and, most

“For example, the turntable, cab mast and Ultra View cab travel in a single compact package, while the counter jib can be folded and the winch platform can be sized to take up less space,” Smit explains. Another advantage is that the mechanisms are grouped in a central technical zone for easier access and maintenance. As part of its standard features, the Potain MDT 389 is equipped with Manitowoc’s CraneSTAR, a GSM data transfer system that provides information on crane location and operation to support fleet management.

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There are two versions of the Potain MDT 389, one with a 12 t maximum capacity and the other with a 16 t maximum capacity. Both versions have up to 75 metre (m) of jib available. The 12 t version can lift 3.4 t at its jib end, while the 16 t


Potain Topless cranes are equipped with Manitowoc’s Crane Control System, or CCS. version can handle 3.3 t.

externally-mounted system.

Potain also offers a smaller range of CCS equipped cranes, the Potain MDT City line, which includes the MDT 219. Other cranes in the range are the MDT 109, MDT 139 and MDT 189.

Potain has long been at the forefront of topless tower crane development, and with the introduction of CCS to its tower cranes, the brand is securing its market leadership position for years to come.

Like the Potain MDT 389, the MDT 219 is the highest capacity model in its range. There are two versions of the Potain MDT 219, one with an 8 t maximum capacity and one with a 10 t maximum capacity. All are evolutions of previous Potain MDT City cranes with jib lengths ranging from 55 metres to 65 m and hoisting capacities ranging from 6 t to 10 t.

Contact Crane & Hoist Equipment SA +27 (0)83 413-7524,

Smit says the incorporation of CCS into the new range of Potain topless city cranes helps contractors get work done faster and with greater precision. “Aside from the enhanced levels of comfort and ergonomic control, this technology also delivers more precise control in positioning loads as well as increased capacity,” he says. In fact, for the Potain MDT 219, the inclusion of CCS gives the crane a load chart advantage of up to 12.5% over the MDT 218 A, the equivalent pre-CCS topless city crane from Potain. These cranes can be engineered to incorporate one of two new crane operator elevator solutions which provide fast and efficient transportation for the operator to and from the cab. Both systems comply with the highest levels of regulation as well. One of the solutions, CabLIFT, exclusive to Potain cranes, has a slender design allowing it to fit inside all K-mast systems from Potain. It comes in three widths, 1.6 m, 2.0 m and 2.45 m. It is also compatible with all tower crane bases, fixing angles, chassis and cross-shaped bases. CabLIFT’s intelligent design includes a service platform above the main car that provides comfortable access and safety for the erection technicians during the mast assembly process and crane erection. The other operator elevator solution is TCL, an



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Tower crane industry disrupters MES take the market lead

(L to R) Ferdi van Niekerk; Hermann Fender; Walter Baur; Glen Dowie A new partnership between MES Cranes and venture capital company Open Window Growth Partners has resulted in the establishment of southern Africa’s most innovative, customer-focused tower crane company – a true market leader. Says MES’s Ferdi van Niekerk, “This is an incredibly exciting happening. Development in Africa is poised to take off, with rapid urbanisation and industrialisation sparking the need for high-density development and improved infrastructure.” The company’s Walter Baur agrees. “These industries will receive a massive boost, and the partnership ensures that MES is ready to supply the relevant resources to clients throughout sub-Saharan Africa.”

unequalled in South Africa, these centrally located headquarters provide significant space for storing and servicing their large fleet, as well as those of clients. The facility includes 8 000m² of workshop space, where cranes may be serviced, repaired, modified or reconditioned. The remaining 32 000m² area serves as a home for their fleet of heavy equipment trucks and is serviced by five-yard cranes.

MES can provide an end-to-end solution tailor-made for each client’s unique project – important because the company places heavy emphasis on offering the flexibility to answer any client need while providing outstanding client service.

MES also boasts its sizeable fleet of 146 tower cranes, mobile cranes and a fleet of heavy equipment trucks.

The offering further encompasses establishment, disestablishment, servicing, transporting, storing and maintaining cranes (including complete refurbishment) which are extended to client’s fleets. This outsourced model offers many benefits to clients, saving time and money that would otherwise be spent on overheads while improving efficiencies and enabling them to focus on their core business. MES’s new 40 000m² premises in Kempton Park, a recent acquisition, is a major asset for its customer base and entrenches their market-leading position. A facility 14

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One of the company’s greatest assets is its dedicated, knowledgeable team, which comprises a leadership team with more than 250 years’ collective industry experience, and is supported by a team of loyal staff members who have an excellent track record in terms of safety and skill. The leadership team, in particular, stands out for its singular mix of veteran industry experience, energy and vision. This is thanks to the presence of Walter Baur, a German engineer, who purchased the company in 1986, and Hermann Fender, a mechanical engineer who joined the company in 1998. Baur enjoyed a long-standing career in the industry before purchasing the company, having worked at

Liebherr first in the design office and then heading sales agencies in southern Africa. He identified the potential of a crane rental model at a time when most companies were involved in selling, configuring and dismantling the machines. It was on this premise that he built MES into one of the industry’s most significant players. Both men have made a noteworthy contribution to the company’s growth while amassing a keen understanding of the industry’s needs and dynamics. Baur and Fender have now been joined by new directors, Ferdi van Niekerk, along with finance specialist Glen Dowie. Each brings a fresh perspective to the company, which will ensure it is ideally positioned to take advantage of the opportunities emerging out of this exciting stage of Africa’s development. “We are both pleased and proud to see MES enter this new phase of development. We believe that this is the company that Africa needs right now, and we are thrilled to be able to offer our services to subSaharan companies that require a partner with a flexible, holistic focus. We are delighted that our tower cranes will be playing a part in building Africa’s future,” Baur concludes. Contact MES +27 (0)11 469 0705,

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For over 100 years, Enerpac has been the global leader in controlled force products and high-pressure hydraulic tools. For over 30 years, Hydratight's ground breaking products and services have ensured the integrity of all types of flanges and mechanical connectors. The Enerpac and Hydratight businesses along with their associated brands (Mirage Machines, Biach, Sweeney, Simplex, Larzep and Equalizer International) is the largest supplier of industrial maintenance and bolting equipment in the world. Enerpac, an OEM based in the US, is the largest supplier of industrial maintenance and bolting equipment in the world. It has acquired three other leading companies in the last three years, a testament to its ongoing growth and dominance. “The main industries we focus on are mining and construction, particularly in terms of maintenance of heavy earthmoving equipment. Another area is power generation, where we supply torque wrenches to coal-fired power stations, and bolt-tensioning solutions for nuclear power generation. Enerpac-approved Service Centres have been established countrywide to service equipment and bring it back to its original factory condition. Given the current constraints and margin pressure in both mining and construction, the demand for repair and re refurbishment is growing steadily. Apart from hand and electric pumps and cylinders, Enerpac torque wrenches are available from 2 500 Nm up to 45 000 Nm, and cylinders from 5 t up to 1 00 t. A leading innovator, the OEM has an R&D target of introducing five brand-new products a year. “The company also grows organically by means of acquisitions, which allows it to introduce products it currently does not have into the Enerpac catalogue. The product catalogue has expanded from 160 pages five years ago to nearly 300 at present. Enerpac even has a heavy lifting division, with its hydraulic skidding systems especially popular in South Africa. A major advantage for customers is the Enerpac Maintenance Programme (EMP), which gives peace of mind that products perform as and when required. Enerpac even offers an exclusive global lifetime warranty, and includes ISO, ATEX, CE, and TÜV approval. “In terms of the EMP, we recall our products for regular check-ups in our workshops, along with additional testing and servicing. This guarantees that our products are in perfect working order all year round. A novel trade-in programme allows for opposition products that have failed to be credited towards the purchase of Enerpac products.

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Luffing jib crane offers fast lifting speeds Available from Crane & Hoist Equipment SA, the Potain MR 418 luffing jib cranes, which is equipped with full frequency-controlled mechanisms for precision control, offers fast lifting speeds. The Potain MR 418 luffing jib cranes, which is equipped with full frequency-controlled mechanisms for precision control, offers fast lifting speeds. Maximum capacity for the crane is 24 tons and the maximum jib length is 60 metres.

metres is possible, while in a twofall configuration 206 metres of vertical reach is possible. Besides, the winch can reach speeds of up to 254 m/min for better productivity, while the power control function means it can operate off varying power inputs, allowing it to cope with lower power supplies on site.

Available from Crane & Hoist Equipment SA, the sub-Saharan distributor of the world-leading Potain brand of tower crane, it boasts several advantages.

Customers not requiring the full power of the 270 LVF 120 hoist winch can choose the 150 LVF 120 hoist.

Among these is that this extremely compact crane is quick to assemble, quick to commission and capable of extremely fast lifting speeds on high rise job sites.

This hoist has a drum capacity of 552 metres and can produce line speeds of up to 210 m/min.

The crane delivers its best performance when fitted with the optional 270 LVF 120 hoist which offers industry-leading lifting capability and is perfect for high rise buildings, including super-tall structures. The 200 kW (270 hp) hoist provides 826 metres (m) of rope capacity, which means that in a single-fall configuration a hook path of 413 16

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The flexibility of choice with the design means customers can select the optimal configuration for them, ensuring they earn the best possible financial returns for their requirements. The Potain MR 418 is equipped with full frequency-controlled mechanisms for precision control.

But it is not only new mechanisms and better lift capabilities that are likely to appeal to customers. The crane’s user-friendly design has the luffing mechanism and

Quickly getting the crane into service comes courtesy of a new onboard control system that allows the technician to commission the crane into operation just minutes after assembly is completed. Simple input of the jib length, working height and test load into the crane’s control board allows for fast and accurate calibration.

Among the advantages of the Potain luffing jib crane is that it is extremely compact crane is quick to assemble, quick to commission and capable of extremely fast lifting speeds on high rise job sites.

In terms of working height, Potain’s intelligent mast system gives the crane enhanced flexibility to cope with the challenges of modern highrise buildings. The crane can be installed on fixing angles or on various sized chassis of 6 m x 6 m; 8 m x 8 m; and 10 m x 10 m. For example, a freestanding height of 86 metres can be achieved on a 10 m x 10 m chassis when fitted with 40 metres of jib. And with its design focus on highrise applications, the crane needs only three anchorages to reach a working height of 197 metres when fitted with 30 metres of jib and fixing angle P854A (wind condition FEM 1.001).

The Potain MR 418 offers faster lifting speeds.

Contact: Crane & Hoist, Equipment SA (Pty) Ltd,

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hoist uniquely mounted inside the counter jib while there is also a large, easily accessible service platform behind the cab, giving technicians a single location from which to access all major service points.


Acco explosion proof crane, runway extension

Cedar Falls, Iowa-based AFE Crane has installed a 5-ton capacity ACCO explosion-proof crane for lifting bulk container bags in a hazardous area Cedar Falls, Iowa-based AFE Crane has installed a 5-ton capacity ACCO explosion-proof crane for lifting bulk container bags in a hazardous area at a facility in Nebraska. AFE, a distributor for ACCO Material Handling Solutions LLC, a manufacturer of material handling products, accepted a scope of work to install a replacement custom motorized underhung single girder crane and double the length of the runway from 18-metre (60 ft) to 36.5-metre (120 ft). The confidential site was classified because of electrical equipment installed in an atmosphere with combustible dust representing a risk of fire and explosion. The existing (ACCO) crane was built in 1999 and AFE, which conducts most of its installations in the U.S. Upper Midwest, was called upon to overhaul the lifting system, whilst conforming to the requirements of a crane system working in a hazardous environment, and to the tight confines of the building. The runway extension was required to allow access to new machinery in an extended work area. The Class II, Group G, Division I crane has a 4-metre (14 ft) span and 5.3-metre (17 ft. 6 in.) overall 18

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patented track bridge. The ACCOWright electric wire rope hoist offers 9-metre (30 ft) per minute in single-speed and a lift height of 20 metres (66 ft). Nick Burns, the applications engineer at AFE Crane, explained that this was the fastest possible without sacrificing headroom. The trolley is also single speed, offering 50 ft. per minute. Jim Orme, District Sales Manager at ACCO, explained that Class II covers combustible dust; Group G relates to grain dust; Division I means there are ignitable concentrations of dust present all of the time or some of the time under normal operating conditions. He added: “All hoist components for use in classified areas are marked as such. The hoist motor, motor brake, conduit fittings, etc. are all labelled for Class 2, Group G, Division I. The Work-Rated hoist model includes an overload device as standard, as well as a Weston-style mechanical load brake as a secondary means of braking.” Burns said: “We increased the speed for the new hoist due to the long lift. The installation provides high speed and capacity in line with the demands of the facility. Radio remote controls provide further safety and efficiency benefits as the

end-user can operate the crane and hoist at a safe distance from the hook.” Other notable features of the crane, which operates to Monorail Manufacturers Association (MMA) Class C duty cycle, include ACCOLouden 585 style end trucks with eight (8) 11.4 cm diameter wheels, steel wheel drives and a 1.8-metre wheelbase. Dual gimbal rod assemblies, a suspension system for under-running crane runways, completed the installation. Orme said: “Dual gimbal rod assemblies allow the system to ‘float’ with an allowance for the runway to move to adjust for movement in the building versus a ‘rigid’ suspension system. The system offered greater capacity and better headroom than a single rod alternative. It also allows for a higher tread elevation when headroom is critical. “Besides our standard offering, this installation demonstrates our ability to deliver material handling solutions to meet the requirements of special applications.”

Contact: ACCO SA, Email:,


South African expertise for Chile hydroelectric plant

Chilean construction and energy concern Besalco has taken delivery of a South African manufactured hydroelectric turbine maintenance crane, tapping the experience of manufacturer Condra to meet the special high-lift requirement.

Johannesburg-based Condra shipped Besalco’s 70/10-ton machine in July, an important step towards building its high-lift profile abroad. The crane will be installed at a new hydroelectric plant under construction in the south of Chile. In Africa’s central and southern states, Condra has for many years been widely acknowledged as the market leader in high-lift crane design and manufacture, a reputation resting largely on the durability and reliability of the company’s K-Series hoist range. Manufactured since 1972 and installed worldwide under a wide variety of operating conditions, Condra’s robust K-Series has proved particularly dependable under the conditions of increased mechanical strain associated with high lift. The installed base includes lift heights of an impressive 150 metres. K-Series hoists are produced in three main configurations: footmounted, monorail and doublerail crab, with lifting and reeving arrangements that include centre-

lift. Fully covered hoists provide lifting capacities to 32 tons, while open-drum units have capacities over 250 tons. Features on all models include electromagnetic DC disc brakes, standard frame-size motors with parallel rotors, double-acting limit switches, solid bronze rope guides and enclosed splash-lubricated gearboxes. Condra uses silumin rotor cores to enhance K-Series motor-starting torque in the high-lift role and offers variable speed control on the drives to enable precise load positioning even on lifts of 100 metres and more. The modular design of the K-Series allows rapid modification to specific high-lift application requirements (including lift speeds as quick as 1 metre per second – fifteen times faster than the 4 metres per minute found in standard mine workshop applications), resulting in delivery times that are usually the shortest available. Standard hoist speeds go up to 18 metres per minute.

All Condra products are manufactured to ISO 9000 standard, with the full Condra range of cranes and hoists covering capacities from 250 kg to 500 tons. Hoists with capacities of 2 tons and more are manufactured in Gauteng at the company’s premises in Raceway Industrial Park, while Condra serves as the sole South African distributor of Hitachi electric chain hoists for applications below 2 tons. All Condra cranes and hoists are delivered with a two-year guarantee and optional service contracts. The company boasts a manufacturing pedigree going back more than 50 years in manufacturing, construction and mining, and claims the highest local content of any overhead crane supplier in the central and southern African region.

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Testing dilemma’s – lift trucks

From recent market research World Wide Load Testing Specialists have discovered that many unethical individuals and organizations are carrying out testing and issuing certificates but not following required test procedures and yet managing to issue “compliant” certification. This is both illegal and not in the users’ interest and safe practice. One of the most common testing manipulations is the forklift load testing method. All LMI’s must be reminded that an inspection is compulsory before the load being applied. DMR 18 sub-section 6 refers to a thorough examination “of all working parts” being carried out. A thorough examination is not a one-page report and it requires all integral parts to be inspected and the findings documented in full – not partial or incomplete. The LMI must be able to determine whether the unit is safe to use. Some LMI’s are making use of a made-up “static test” method - to test forklift trucks. This involves the LMI using a sling and a load cell to perform the test. This method is not correct as it does not test the unit as per SANS 10388 2019 which is an incorporated standard and legally binding. SANS 10388 makes mention of the unit being tested functionally with no load applied and statically with the load being applied at the units rated capacity 20

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through the full range of motion. The static test seems to be the most misconstrued. It does not mean a static load application. Many LMI’s are cutting corners and trying to avoid the cost of taking test weights to the site, by pulling on the forks and mast to simulate a load. The load is then “registered” with a load cell. STATIC TEST DOES NOT MEAN A STATIC LOAD APPLICATION. The static test refers to the lift truck being stationary – in other words no movement of the truck wheels while the truck is being load tested. In SANS 10388 2019 7.1 the standard refers to the lift truck undergoing an inspection according to inspection criteria. 7.2.1 refers to the test being performed in a stationary position. 7.2.2 – refers to the load being acceptable to the manufacturer. Where no details are available the lift truck shall be tested to the rated capacity. A lot of LMI’s seem to be

applying a 110% overload to the lift truck. This shows that the LMI does not know the relevant standard, which is a legal requirement. A lot of LMI’s seem to be referring back to DMR 18 and applying 110% overload. 7.2.3 – refers to the following being evaluated such as (c) – “the ability of the lift truck to sustain the rated capacity through the full working range as per the load chart.” In other words, we must be testing to establish that the lift truck can hold its load through its full function. One must remember that in material handling a forklift truck is arguably the most used machine in any environment and therefore so important that it should be tested as per standard. The testing standard is used to test the machine and establish if the unit can hold the load and perform safely on site. Should the unit not be able to hold its load, maintenance needs to be carried out. Many certificates are being issued whereby the unit is


said to be perfect and tested with a static testing method is used – this determines nothing when it comes to the lift trucks’ ability to sustain the load safely over the full range of functions Because non-complying LMI’s and LME’s are using these methods, they are by implication not competent to carry out the testing or inspections on these machines and are then issuing a certification that does not comply with DMR 18 sub-section (6) as a thorough examination. A onepage report that makes use of ticks and crosses for a unit that does not document detail – is not a thorough inspection. The LMI – should be able to comment on every detail and compile a report that informs the client of the exact state of the machine. If the client receives a certificate that implies the unit is 100% perfect, the client will not know what preventative maintenance is required and this can lead to unexpected breakdowns and expensive repairs, as well as machines that are not certified according to SANS 10388. Also highlighted are other manipulated testing procedures such as the installation of chemical anchors or pulling off a test platform- which many companies seem to be making use of. One must ensure that a dynamic load is applied for the test to comply with SANS 10388 2019. If the tester is not using weights to test the unit the method is not correct and the unit will not

comply with SANS 10388 2019. Ethics within the industry, which directly affects our reputation, are so important and one must not take advantage of the end-user. The responsibility ultimately falls on the user and so does the cost of the testing.

The LME and LMI must have the customers’ and individuals’ best interest at heart.

Contact World Wide Load Testing Specialists, +27 (0) 31 572-4940,

FOR ALL YOUR LIFTING SOLUTIONS Tel 011 794 2910 Email (General) (Sales)

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Significance of regular lift truck audits Forklift safety is an important part of the overall warehouse and site safety. To ensure a safe working environment, the importance of regular lift truck audits cannot be reiterated enough Forklifts have changed dramatically over the years, but the basics of good equipment management haven’t changed nearly as much as the lift trucks themselves. The precepts remain centred on operational and maintenance practices that can help save owners from safety hassles, downtime and burgeoning repair costs. To achieve this, it is crucial to make sure that lift trucks are always in optimum working order, both from a performance and safety point of view, thus regular equipment audits are non-negotiable. According to Mike Keats, Director at Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC), equipment audits are particularly significant when it comes to health and safety. He reiterates that warehouses and other forklift environments should be places where operators, pedestrians and managers feel safe and secure as they seek to accomplish important tasks. “Regular lift truck audits are imperative, firstly from a health and safety perspective, and secondly, from a performance standpoint. Remember lift trucks engage in rigorous activities daily and it is vital to ensure that operators and pedestrians are kept safe at all times,” says Keats. “National 22

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and global standards have to be met and aligned with at all times. Therefore, end-users should audit their MHE suppliers to ensure that the equipment is in safe working order and free of defects.”

completing a full maintenance checklist. The FMX Fleet Management System also provides real-time feedback and control on various equipment components, including engines, tyres and load.

Keats adds that audits should address several safety aspects on all working parts, specifically lifting mechanisms, as well as all other equipment componentry such as brakes and engines, among others. “Equipment audits ensure a safe working environment, more productive equipment and operators, as well as product longevity. A well-maintained machine will last far longer than the one not maintained properly,” says Keats, adding that maintenance contracts are encouraged so that the supplier will take the lead in an effective maintenance regime.

GLTC plays an active role in its customers’ equipment audits. “We regularly audit all equipment on all sites, through our technicians during service intervals, which are typically done at regular intervals. We also do audits via our product support and technical teams which conduct regular site visits to all major clients,” says Keats.

Several parties are involved in equipment audits. “Customers, load test companies, ISO and OHSA auditing firms can all be involved in the audits. Operators should audit MHE daily and specialists from the lift truck companies should also do so regularly. Technicians also get to audit and check the equipment at service intervals,” he says. Adding to this, the FMX Fleet Management System with interactive display ensures that Operators cannot start their equipment without

In conclusion, Keats says audits should be seen as partnerships between the customer and the MHE provider. “At Goscor we want to ensure that our customers are in the best hands that the industry has to offer. We believe that meeting the highest standards is not a compromise, it’s a norm, from which we won’t deviate. We care about our customers, our brand and our people, and we know that we must invest strongly in this area to retain powerful partnerships in the long term,” concludes Keats.

Contact : Goscor, +27 (0)11 230-2600,,

For a wire rope to be used safely in any application it must be inspected regularly and in the appropriate manner and must be removed from service when it shows any wear or damage that has occurred during normal operation. At this point, the rope has reached its discard criteria point. International standards are the best references for the Lifting Machine Inspector (LMI) or Competent Person (CP) to carry out a thorough inspection and assess the condition of the hoist ropes on cranes however, many years of experience have shown that the Minimum Breaking Load test and Outer Visual Inspection are not always a reliable indication of damage or wear to the hoist rope. So which inspection technique is the one to use? There are essentially 3 however, only one will give the inspector an accurate condition of wire rope INSPECTION METHODS ● Minimum Breaking Load Test ● Visual Inspection ● Electromagnetic Testing MINIMUM BREAKING LOAD TEST (MBLT): This method is to cut a sample of rope from either end of the wire rope and perform a test of destruction to determine the actual breaking force of the wire rope.

method for detecting a wide variety of external rope deteriorations. Using this approach the inspector lightly grasps the rope which moves at inspection speed with a rag or cotton waste. External broken wires will often protrude and as the rope moves will snag the rag or cotton waste. (Note use the correct PPE when undertaking this method). The rope is then stopped at that point, and the inspector assesses the rope condition by a visual examination. This method is tedious and because the rope is often covered with grease, many external and internal defects elude detection. Another visual inspection tool is a measurement of the rope diameter at several locations over the entire length of the rope to check if the

overall diameter has reduced by 8% or the outer wires have lost its diameter by 30% through wear. Visual inspections are fundamentally not well suited for the detection of internal rope deterioration. Therefore, they have limited value as a sole means of wire rope inspection. A visual and physical inspection of a steel wire rope will have to rely on the condition of the outer wires. In most ropes, these represent about 40% of the metallic crosssection. The outer wires are visible for only about half their length. Therefore, a visual inspection of a steel wire rope will have to rely on the condition of about 20% of the metallic cross-sectional area only. Visual rope inspection = 20% evidence + 80% HOPE.

If the test meets or exceeds the minimum breaking load (MBL) for specific construction, the rope is considered fit for use. However, the results obtained are only true for the specific test samples and not necessarily the remainder of the untested wire rope as the end of the wire rope where the sample is taken is often the least hard-working and the least exposed part of the entire length. VISUAL INSPECTION: The rag-andvisual method is a simple yet useful

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Wire rope, inspection To open or not to open


YOU CAN ONLY ASSUME THAT THE OTHER 80% IS IN GOOD CONDITION. To gain information about the remaining 80% of the steel wire rope cross-section, electromagnetic (EMI) inspection methods have been developed. In many applications, such EMI tests are mandatory and performed at regular intervals, e.g. every 6 months. But what happens in the long period between those EMI tests? The rope may be damaged due to circumstances beyond the rigger or crane operators’ control. Therefore, visual wire rope inspections must still be carried out daily and recorded on the cranes’ daily checklist. ELECTROMAGNETIC INSPECTIONS ALSO REFERRED TO AS NDT: this type of wire rope inspection gives detailed insight into the condition of a rope. Its reliability has made this type of testing largely a universally accepted method for the inspection of wire ropes running over sheaves. The principle of Electromagnetic Inspections is to magnetically saturate a section of the wire rope as it passes through a set of permanent magnets. Sensors detect disturbances to the field, which are automatically adjusted to correct for any speed variations of the wire rope. The signal is displayed as a graphical trace. The trace delivers three primary sets of information: ● The extent of the occurrence of 24

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broken wires ● Amount of rope diameter loss due to wearing and corrosion damage. ● A complete history of the wire rope is recorded over its working life An electromagnetic wire rope technician can use the signal to detect the location of the degradation and make an assessment of severity using visual and Electromagnetic Inspections evidence. The approximate reduction in rope strength can be very accurately assessed. Using this technique, the entire length of the wire rope can be tested and the complete crosssection of the rope examined. Electromagnetic Inspections will detect broken wires or corrosion damage on the inside of the rope not visible to external visual inspection. This includes deterioration in plastic coated or infused wire ropes inner core. When a crane is equipped with synthetic (plastic) sheaves or synthetic-lined steel sheaves, the inspector must carefully examine the rope for diameter reduction or lengthening of lay even if no visible damage is observed. Synthetic sheaves can greatly increase the contact area between the wire rope and sheave by cushioning the rope. This cushioning effect causes the wire rope to wear internally at the core (wire rope operating on steel sheaves will first wear externally) before the damage is noted on the outer wires.

This is a very dangerous situation because internal wire breaks are hard to detect. Non-Destructive testing equipment aids in the detection of internal wire failures. Without the appropriate tools, this places the inspector at a great disadvantage, therefore, he/she must be diligent in the detection of diameter reduction and lay lengthening to prevent catastrophic failure from internal core damage. In versions of ISO 4309 standard, it describes a method of how to inspect the inner core of a wire rope by attaching clamps to open the outer layer of the wire rope. We strongly recommend that this method is not used by inexperienced LMI’s, Competent Person or Riggers as this inspection method can do more harm than good. Referring to the discard numbers of wire breaks specified in the standard this refers to external wire breaks. Appraising the condition of a wire rope with internal breaks is therefore left to the inspector. But without the correct equipment this an impossible task, as the inspector only sees roughly 20% of the ropes metallic cross-sectional area While you can carry out daily preuse checks of lifting equipment yourself you will need to have your equipment inspected by a Lifting Machine Inspector at least every six months. This is so that the cranes’ wire ropes can be provided with a certification stating that the equipment is safe to use. This will, of course, depend on the applicable local regulation/standards as well


as the companies own safety standards. SUMMARY Wire rope deteriorates gradually throughout its entire service life so to keep abreast of deterioration, your wire rope must be periodically inspected. Because moderate deterioration is normally present the mere detection of any rope deterioration does not usually justify rope retirement. In the interest of safety, the owner/user of the crane/lifting equipment must employ the services of an inspector that is not only certified but qualified and possesses the correct equipment to perform the task required. Regarding rope replacement, ISO 4309-17 states “only ropes of the correct length, construction, type, direction of lay and strength, shall be used as specified by the crane manufacturer�. Please make certain that the equipment is inspected and tested following the relevant procedure. Safety is of the paramount as every accident is a warning that something is wrong with either the inspections, methods, material or the lack of

Electromagnetic compact test unit training. Act before the incident as this is an ethical and moral duty and you have a legal responsibility for safety supervision. Cranemec group is a Lifting Machine Inspection and testing Entity.

Contact: Richard Haddath Cranemec Group SA, +27 16 366 1393,,

Crane safety consultants Terex / OEM Mobile Crane Spare Parts Teufelberger / Redaelli Steel Wire Ropes Inspection, Load testing & Examination of Lifting Machines On Site Familiarisation Training for Maintenance Personnel & Operators Supply, Installation & Calibration of 3B6 & Greer Crane Safe Load Indicators

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Jekko, always a step ahead The Treviso-based company was protagonist at GIS 2019: great interest from renovation, craftsmanship and “green” worlds At the 7th edition of GIS Jekko showcased some new models, among which there were the new mini cranes SPX532 and SPX1280 and the new minipicker MPK06, together with well known and appreciated models such as JF545, SPX424 and SPX312. Among the machinery on display, JF545 crawler crane keeps on raising a lot of interest in those working in the industry. The perfect combination of compact dimensions (5,4 x 1,8 x 2,8 m) and high lifting capacity (15,5 tons) together with a 30-metre main boom and the possibility of using man- baskets makes this model one of the most requested by crane operators and rental companies. “During GIS we received a lot of requests regarding small but at the same time powerful cranes. The introduction of regulations to limit land consumption and the

following increase of renovation works of existing buildings implicate the necessity of working in narrow and hard to reach spaces. Jekko range represents the ideal solution for all those who operate in this type of construction site” highlights Alessio Forcolin, Jekko Sales Manager for Italy. According to a report recently released by Sogeea Study Centre about urban regeneration in Italy, renovation works are worth approximately 17% of Italian GDP. This data emphasises the increasingly central role of this sector compared to one of the new constructions. “When talking about maintenance and renovation works, especially in urban areas, JF545 is second to none” Alessio Forcolin concludes. Lithium battery-powered cranes also stood out among the other models displayed by Jekko, including the new SPX532.

“Jekko was the first mini crane manufacturer to invest in ecofriendly technology of lithium batteries, which allow longer work cycles with a consistent performance” Alessio Forcolin explains. Compared to the traditional ones, lithium batteries have a longer charge duration (up to 10 hours) with fast charging time and service life up to 10 years. A lot of interest, especially in the craftsmanship world, was generated by minipicker MPK06 thanks to the possibility of working whether in pick & carry mode with hook or glass manipulator. The machinery, full electric, is the only minipicker with a rotation of the main column (+/- 15°), has a maximum capacity of 600 kg and performs up to 3 movements simultaneously.

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Efficient alternative lifting ensures swift shipyard solution in Spain Marine engineering operations for unexpected shipyard recoveries often need to be performed quickly to minimise costs and reduce disruption to other work.

Marine engineering operations for unexpected shipyard recoveries often need to be performed quickly to minimise costs and reduce disruption to other work. ALE swiftly mobilised its specialist heavy lifting equipment to perform the righting of a ship in A Coruña, Spain, and enable its repairs to be completed. The vessel, weighing 400 tons and measuring 33 metres in length, needed to be lifted until it was upright and then moved to rest on its keel. Several other companies had attempted the operation unsuccessfully.

The limited space at the dock meant using a large heavy-lift crane which significantly impacted other operations at the shipyard. The solution also needed to be viable on the boathouse’s steep slope. ALE’s lengthy experience of providing bespoke alternative lifting solutions enabled them to work alongside the shipyard to devise an efficient solution and prepare for the project in only 15 days. Two heavy-lift gantries were installed over the ship, each supported on two skid beams that were connected to strand

jacks. Two lifting units were also connected to each gantry. As each of the lifting units could be operated separately, they provided a high degree of control and accuracy for the complex manoeuvres. This enabled ALE to precisely lift the ship into position. Once righted, the ship was skidded onto the beached bed to rest on its keel. For this gantry lifting and heavy-lift skidding operation, ALE mobilised two A-frame heavy-lift gantries, four SLS2000 strand jack lifting units, eight skid beams and eight 150-ton capacity strand jacks. The operation was part of a project to rescue the vessel, a fishing boat called ‘Lumian’ after it had fallen over in the shipyard while undergoing repairs. With the completion of these shipyard heavy lifting manoeuvres, the repairs could begin to be concluded.

Contact: ALE Heavy Lift, +27 (0) 11 453 1946, 28

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First 55 tons XCMG telescopiccrawler put to work in Europe

Earlier this month the first unit of a 55 tons XCMG telescopic-crawler crane, type XCG55TE, was delivered and put to work in Europe. The crane was delivered through XCMG’s Bulgarian dealer, Ingconsult Ltd. and is working on the TurkStream pipeline project. The XCG55TE comes from XCMG’s current range of 6 types telescopiccrawler cranes, comprising of a 25 tons crane up to the 220 tons capacity telescopic-crawler and is the first telescopic crawler model being fully compliant with the European Machinery directive 2006/42/EC. The max. rated lifting capacity of the XCG55TE telescopic is 55

ton. The crane has a five section 41metres telescopic boom and can be equipped with 9,5 to 16 metres jib. The crane was the preferred solution for the pipeline project, because of the short set-up time, high flexibility in use, fast relocation along the jobsite and the ability to move whilst holding a load. The telescoping crawler track meets the outline dimension requirements for overall crane transportation. Although a larger range of cranes is fully compliant with the European machinery directive 2006/42/EC

and can be delivered with an EU Declaration of Conformity, just before the Bauma exhibition XCMG already announced their focus for 2019 will be on the 60, 100 and 130 ton All Terrain Cranes, the 85, 130 and 260 tons Crawler Cranes and the XR240E Rotary Drilling Rig for the foundation industry.

Contact XCMG South Africa, +27 (0) 11 668-0300,,


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Collision avoidance and navigation support with 2D LiDAR scanner technology

2D LiDAR sensors from SICK’s TiM series ensure vehicles make collision-free journeys and deliver precise measurement data for navigation purposes. From electric lifting trucks and order pickers to tugs and mobile transport platforms, warehouses are benefitting from SICK Automation’s 2D LiDAR sensors. These sensors from the TiM series ensure collision-free manoeuvring and precise measurement data for navigation. To enable transport and picking vehicles to operate autonomously they must be protected against collisions and equipped with the option for self-navigation. SICK’s TiM 2D LiDAR sensors satisfy requirements for integration capacity, course-plotting and routing, obstacle detection, and cater to safety-related applications. The 2D LiDAR sensors in the TiM series are designed for quick and simple plug-and-play integration, with a design that takes shock and vibration resistance and ambient light immunity into account. All 2D LiDAR products feature innovative HDDM technology which enables both mobile and stationary obstacles to be reliably detected. 30

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Detection is reliable regardless of material, surface structures, colour or lighting. Eye-safe infrared light and High Definition Distance Measurement (HDDM) technology were designed, developed and patented by SICK.

ideal for object detection, position detection and navigation in confined installation spaces with a working range up to 25 metres. These are just a few examples from SICK’s wide range of 2D LiDAR scanner options.

SICK Automation’s TiM range offers application-orientated solutions that meet key device-related requirements. The Tim1xx weighs just 90 grams and requires only 2.2W of power.

The world of autonomous-mobile intralogistics requires intelligent sensors that can deliver real-time navigational and environmental information to self-driving vehicles, platforms and robots.

This compact, energy-efficient model delivers long, interruptionfree operation. The TiM361S is safety-certified by EN ISO 13849-1:2015 and is the perfect combination of measurement performance and functional safety. Operating in the safety range from 0.05 cm to 4 metres, it has up to 48 independent monitoring fields and as many monitoring scenarios and protective field geometries can be set up as needed.

SICK’s 2D LiDAR Sensors in the TiM range deliver precision, reliability and speed to effectively support navigation and position determination data and consistently avoid collisions.

The compact TiM5xx has a height of only 86 millimetres making it

Contact: Grant Joyce SICK Automation Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd. +27 10 060 0558, Grant.Joyce@sickautomation.,

Pintsch Bubenzer installed a series of Twin Safe TS800 brakes on two 10,000-metric ton (22 million pounds) capacity cranes and auxiliary hoists aboard a giant semi-submersible crane vessel (SSCV) that has recently completed its maiden voyage The Sleipnir, part of Heerema Marine Contractors’ fleet, is self-propelled with a minimum service speed of 10 knots. It is named after Norse god Odin’s eight-legged horse. The heavy-lift and deep-water construction vessel are over 213 metres (700 ft.) long and is designed to work on large offshore projects such as installing and removing jackets, topsides, deepwater foundations, moorings and other offshore structures, such as windmills. It boasts a hulking pair of revolving cranes, offering a lifting height of over 128 metres (420 ft.), and dual-fuel engines. The brakes are rated for 8,000Nm (5,900 ft-lb); typically for this same motor frame size Pintsch Bubenzer’s standard brakes’ max torque is 5,200 Nm (3,800 ft-lb), thus, this design provides about a 35% boost in torque. Further, each brake presents IP67 submersible rated protection. Pintsch Bubenzer, a manufacturer of a variety of high-performance disc and drum brakes for severe duty applications, based the TS800 product to some extent on the success of the KFB and SFB product lines, but it stands alone due to its dual-disc design. In layman’s terms, ‘twin’ refers to the two-friction disc arrangement; each disc has two friction surfaces, creating a quad surface break. ‘Safe’ refers to the failsafe design of the break, which is spring set and electrically released. Practically, this means in the event of a loss of power the brake will always be set in a safe mode. The Twin Safe range offers six different

brake sizes from 2,000 Nm to 20,000 Nm. Mike Sparks, regional sales manager at Pintsch Bubenzer USA LLC, said: “All industries are trying to get larger to be more cost-effective and we need to align our manufacturing capability and technologies with that trend. André Neth [global manager for this product] and his team are pioneering the brakes marketplace accordingly. The port industry continues to grow and the reason that this vessel was created was due to larger rig platforms being designed. The cranes were also made large to increase the amount of deck space available on the vessel since they can conduct the work that is usually done by three or more cranes.” As Neth acknowledged, the product was primarily launched to gain access to offshore projects where larger torque is required in a small package. It took six months to develop the brake-based on customer requirements, which centred on a need for a high torque solution to mount onto a smaller than typical motor flange for this torque requirement. The TS800 can be supplied for a standard A660-1 or an A800 flange; as well as be adapted to the appropriate NEMA flange. The general outside diameter (OD) is 660mm (26”) or 800mm (31.5”) depending on the flange with a height of 406mm (16”). Inevitably, extensive testing took place before delivery and installation. Typical testing on such a brake will involve emergency stop scenarios, multiple stop scenarios,

The tachometer / encoder mounted via supplied preparations.

A cutaway model of the Twin Safe TS800 brake. full-load stop scenarios, and high cycle testing to ensure the brake can handle day-to-day operations. Sparks reiterated, “The goal of testing is to ensure that the brake will stop the load in a worst-case scenario.” He added: “The [Twin Safe] brake is suitable for a multitude of offshore and port systems due to the IP67 rating, as well as general highspeed applications, dynamic braking applications in general industry, and applications that have high torque requirements with limited space. It would mount either directly onto the non-drive end of a motor or an accessory port of a gearbox. We also see that in most of the applications where this brake is utilized a tachometer/encoder is also required; we provide provisions for such mounting.”

Contact: Derek Colyn, Huebner Speed Monitoring ; Tel: +27 (0) 11 482 0088; Lifting Africa - Sept/Oct 2019 31 Cel: +27 (0) 82 442 5926; Email:; Web:


Pintsch Bubenzer brakes for giant semisubmersible crane vessel


Straightpoint load cell used for testing 1975 crane At the request of Goforth Corporation Sdn. Bhd., Sarsco Lifting Technical Services Sdn. Bhd. was mobilised to witness the load test of a ringer crane. A wireless 150t capacity Radiolink plus load cell from Straightpoint (SP) was utilised. The crane is mounted on a circular rail at a Labuan Shipyard, where it was being prepared to load anchor piles onto a ship and these will be installed subsea as the anchors for a new Petronas floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit. The crane has a capacity of 308 tons at 24 metres, but the load test was to be performed at 108 tons to verify that it could lift that weight at a set radius. Mike Brown, owner / technical manager at Sarsco, explained: “The only major issue noted, considering the crane was built over 40 years ago, was that the boom hoist winch was out of order, due to a faulty pump. However, the winch brakes were locked on and the lock pawls were engaged, so the boom radius was fixed at 41 metres.” He also noted that a new hoist rope had been installed, but he detected a “slight twist” in between the boom and main block, apparently caused by spooling the rope off the bottom of the reel to the top of the crane winch, versus spooling it off the top of the reel. Repairs to both issues were to take place at a later date, once the necessary spare parts arrived at the site. 32

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Brown recalled the process: “The crane is mounted on a circular rail, hence it is called a ringer crane, but it was originally on tracks, which are still attached. The shipyard crew attached slings to the hook, the independent load cell, and lifting cradle. The cradle was already loaded with the test weights. The load was then lifted until it was approximately 1-metre clear of the ground.”

was supplied by the shipyard, as were the test weights and cradle. The load testing took one day to complete. Brown said: “It should be noted that poor spooling and subsequent abrasion this causes, will ultimately affect the life span of the main hoist rope.”

He continued: “Once the load was steady, The Handheld [plus] readout was checked to ensure the correct load was being seen on the crane RCI Display of 108 tons. I then proceeded up to the crane to verify the crane load cell was reading the same. However, it was found that the crane RCI load cell was reading 12% over what the actual load was. “The load was lowered back to the ground to facilitate recalibration. To ensure the calibration was set, the load was lifted up and down on several occasions; we then lifted the load again and it was held for five minutes to ensure there was no winch ‘creepage’. This time, all was found to be in order.” The crane has a mechanical boom angle indicator, which tells the operator the angle in degrees the boom is at. The load cell

The crane has a capacity of 308t at 24m, but the load test was to be performed at 108t to verify that it could lift that weight at a set radius.

Contact: Phil Roch,


Elebia launches eTrack raillifting clamp eTrack has been designed to enhance safety and efficiency when lifting, handling and transporting single rail sections. Barcelona, Spain-based Elebia, a manufacturer of automatic hooks and other safety products, has launched the eTrack, a 2,000kg (4,409 lb.) capacity remotecontrolled rail-lifting clamp. eTrack has been designed to enhance safety and efficiency when lifting, handling and transporting single rail sections. Typically working beneath the hook of a series of gantry cranes, the product approaches, orients and positions itself directly on the rail thanks to the “finger”. Once in position, the crane descends, the spring-loaded finger retracts and allows the clamp to make contact with the rail. Once the clamp has locked the rail, it is not possible to release or drop the load. When the eTrack’s sensor makes contact with the surface of the rail— it has been tested on 56E1, 60E2 rail profiles and 75 conductor rails—the clamping mechanism automatically unlocks. As the ascending maneuver begins, the clamping mechanism automatically locks onto the rail, allowing it to raise the load. The product provides a reliable and fail-safe grip on the rail, and has a

narrow profile to ease the approach and positioning to an individual rail when rails are side by side. Oscar Fillol, founder and CEO at Elebia, said: “We were approached by a European company that was searching for a solution to the safety and security issues associated with alternative rail handling methods. Currently, it is common for personnel to walk on and / or in between rail stacks that can be three-feet high to manually engage lifting clamps, which is inherently dangerous. It becomes more hazardous still in inclement weather.” He added: “There are other remote products on the market but not with the remote engage and release like ours. With the eTrack, the whole operation of approaching the rails, orienting the clamps and their engagement can be handled remotely, as well as its release. The eTrack rail-lifting clamp can be paired to the Elebia eMAX, the eMINI or the eINST remote controls.” Railway professionals have noted the product’s light-

emitting diode (LED) indicator where a colour-coded scheme shows the clamp’s status at all times—green, clamp is unlocked / release load; red, intermediate / do not lift; blue, clamp is locked / lift and manoeuvre load; white, low battery. A ‘smart nap’ mode reduces battery consumption by only activating the status indicator when the eTrack initiates its locking movement. Until then, the rail clamp is in suspension mode and its electronics and battery are not active. A simple three-hour charge allows for more than 5,000 cycles or over two months in standby mode. Fillol said: “While initial tests were made on 56E1, 60E2 rail profiles and 75 conductor rails, which are standard in most markets, the clamp is easily adaptable and scalable to other profiles so, consistent with other products in the Elebia range, it is a lifting solution that can be used anywhere in the world.”

Contact: Elebia, Esteve Fornells, Lifting Africa - Sept/Oct 2019



Stagemaker hoists lift spirits on Chris Tomlin tours Stage rigging specialist TLS Productions Inc. (TLS) has supplied Stagemaker hoists and rigging expertise for two consecutive tours for contemporary Christian music artist Chris Tomlin. TLS, a Hibino USA company, won two separate contracts to provide the rigging equipment and a travelling head rigger for the two-month-long Worship Night In America and Holy Roar Tours, which took place during the spring months of 2018 and 2019 respectively. The 2018 tour included 24 shows, while this year’s circuit ended with an iconic 28th show, the Good Friday Concert, which took place at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Jordan Yeo, production rigger/production manager at TLS, travelled with both tours. TLS, a distributor of R&M Materials Handling Inc.’s Stagemaker entertainment range of hoists, reported to two production managers and a tour manager over two years to deliver all of the lifting equipment, steel, shackles and controls, plus a rigging workbox that stocked tools for day-to-day use on the road. Yeo himself was responsible for marking the floor and leading the local crew in rigging the shows safely. 34

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Over 100 hoists were used in total—57 this year, 56 last. Challenges Yeo said: “It was a different lighting rig for both tours and each venue is different. Not all venues can hold the same amount of weight and have varying beam layouts. I took each venue’s information and put our show into their building. Sometimes we had to move things around to accommodate venuespecific challenges. Each show had its rigging plot slightly modified to each specific venue. There were times that

certain elements of the show did not hang due to the size of the venue.” Solutions Over 100 hoists were used in total—57 this year, 56 last— the majority of which were Stagemakers, ranging from ¼ to 2-ton capacity. Yeo highlighted the fact that all of the hoists ran at 4,8 metres per min, while the length of the chains was typically 18 metres or 24 metres. There were varying trim heights for the rig; the lowest

Stagemaker entertainment motors are designed to handle stage and theatrical equipment, enabling the safe and accurate position of speakers, lighting systems, stage sets, and sceneries. The range is lightweight, making it ideal for touring events, reducing time and improving ergonomics for riggers. Its compact size permits it to fit inside truss structures, and its quietness makes it ideal for

operation during performances. Yeo recalled the hectic schedule: “We usually chalked the floor around 8 a.m. Load-in started at 9 a.m. and we were finished with the rig up in the air between 12-1 p.m. each day. Soundcheck took between 2-3 p.m. Doors opened at 6 p.m. and typically the show started around 7 p.m. After performances, we were packed up and ready to move to the next venue in two-and-a-half hours.” A Good Friday The latest tour is memorable because of the scale of the prerig for Tomlin’s final show at Bridgestone Arena. Pre-rigging is when the tour rigger and local riggers go in earlier than the rest of the equipment and tour

All of the hoists ran at 4,8 metres per min, while the length of the chains was typically 18 metres or 24 metres.

personnel to hang all of the motors. Sometimes this is done a day before or a few hours in advance of the main load-in. In this case, the team chose to pre-rig due to time restraints in getting the show loaded with added elements that hadn’t been on the tour previously. Yeo said: “We added about 20 additional hoists to the Good Friday show due to the performance being almost 100% in the round. There were extra lighting trusses, video walls, and audio hangs to accommodate the seats to the sides that wrapped around the stage. The previous show was in Kansas City and I flew from there to Nashville early to be in time for the pre-rig, starting our day at 6 a.m. The timing with the driving distance was the main reason why the tour crew and gear did not show up until 11 a.m. We had 70% of the rigging done by the time the rest of the team arrived.”

Contact: Verlinde Cranes, +27 (0) 86 183-7546,,

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was 4,8 metres and the audio hangs usually trimmed to 18 metres. The lighting trusses’ maximum trim was 13,7 metres, Yeo added. Lighting trusses usually had three or four hoists moving at once and the audio main hangs had three hoists working together. The side hangs, meanwhile, had two pick-points that worked in tandem.


Tele radio remote controls for air handling equipment facility The Panther system can be adapted to virtually any standard EOT crane application. Tele Radio remote control systems operate 18 electric overhead traveling (EOT) cranes at Nortek Air Solutions’ new air handling equipment manufacturing facility in Québec, Canada. Each crane is equipped with three Panther receivers—one for the bridge, a second for hoist / trolley 1 and the third for hoist / trolley 2— all of them controlled with a single transmitter, eliminating the need for festooning. The cranes are used to lift a variety of loads as custom ventilators, coils and air handlers are manufactured in a recently expanded 200,000 sq. ft. facility in Montreal. Crane builder CanStahl, part of the Group Industriel Premium Inc. family and a representative of German hoist manufacturer Stahl CraneSystems, installed the cranes. Group Industriel Premium is a longstanding partner of Tele Radio and selected the Panther product line, which offers up to 500m (1,500 ft.) range and is certified under EN ISO 13849-1, Functional Safety of Machinery, as CAT3, PLd. Of the 18 single-girder EOT cranes, 15 work in tandem with two hoists. Notably, in North America, indoor cranes are traditionally fitted with wire rope hoists. However, to be able to lift loads in tandem 36

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operation without any sideways movement of the hook—to ensure a small space between the load hooks and to keep the approach dimension on both sides of the crane bridge to a minimum—chain hoists were selected. In total, 35 new chain hoists with a lifting capacity between 2,000 and 5,000kg were installed. The spans of the bridge cranes are up to 66 ft. (20.12m). The lifting height of the individual hoists is between 19.7 ft. (6m) and 26.2 ft. (8m). All cranes are fitted with 12-button Tele Radio remote controls. Alain Leclerc, president at Group Industriel Premium, said: “The Tele Radio systems allow us to build overhead cranes with multiple hoists and no festooning, which is an attractive cost reduction and enhances the appearance and quality of the product we deliver to customers. We have been using Tele Radio products since September 2009 and continue to do so based on quality, robustness, security and availability of spare parts.” Leclerc reiterated that the Panther system could be adapted to virtually any standard EOT crane application. The system is extremely versatile, accommodating up to 95% of all common crane and hoist applications (single and dual

hoist cranes, tandem cranes, with up to four cranes with a single transmitter). For more difficult control solutions, Tele Radio offers the SIL3 PLe-certified Tiger product line, enabling endless custom configurations meeting the most complex industrial remote control demands. • Nortek is one of Canada’s leading suppliers of innovative customized air handling equipment and has been supplying high-quality products and services for a wide range of applications since 1998. Following the successful installation described above, future projects with Group Industriel Premium, CanStahl and Tele Radio are already in the pipeline.

Contact Tele Radio



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In service for special alcohol

Kraul & Wilkening u. Stelling GmbH produces and purifies alcohol of the highest quality, among others for customers in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. And it has been doing so for more than 150 years. Technical and structural changes at its facilities are therefore par for the course. The family-owned enterprise is regularly assisted here by the crane rental company Schwarze. The task this time – to relocate six silos and to lift a tank wagon onto a low-loader. The perfect crane for the job? A TADANO ATF 220G-5. Day 1 started as usual for crane operator Dirk Albat with the process of setting up on-site. It took him less than an hour, including ballasting with 71 tons of counterweight. The 220 is ‘his’ crane. Chosen by him and a Schwarze crane rental sales rep. Dirk Albat knows precisely why he picks which crane in each case. After all, with 28 years of crane operation at Schwarze under his belt, he has plenty of experience: ‘The 220 is simply a great crane. It’s robust, it only needs minor maintenance and in the taxi crane version, it is the most powerful in its class. It can be driven with a hook block. That’s not an option with comparable cranes. And I can completely rely on the lift and release adjuster, which is a huge bonus when it comes to really 38

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The TADANO ATF 220G-5 on-site – Kraul & Wilkening u. Stelling GmbH’s facilities for the production of industrial alcohol. heavy loads, like the 8-ton or more 11.15 metres. Their diameter is 4 than 10 tons in this case. Who metres. And their liquid storage wants weights like that to start volume – they will be holding swaying? A potential accident ethanol again – is 115 m³. With with these large tanks containing figures like these, the weight that alcohol, where your line of vision is the 220 had to lift comes as no therefore limited, can be very costly surprise – 8 tons per tank. A load – and can pose a real risk to people that the TADANO five-axle crane too.’ 8-ton tanks moved to a new lifted and set back down again in location around 20 minutes in each case. The TADANO’s first load at the site was lots and lots of concrete slabs, to serve as the foundations for the six stainless steel silos being relocated after having first been emptied. Their total height including the supporting feet is

This, in spite of the distance to the setdown position and the limited line of vision because of the large 5,000 m³ tanks. To lift the tanks with aplomb, crane operator Dirk Albat worked with a maximum radius and a maximum lifting height

Performing lifts with a 71 t counterweight – not even the TADANO ATF 220G-5 can manage this without a semitrailer as a counterweight. of 46 metres, and with a main boom length of 55 metres as dictated by the job. Historical load delicately lifted onto a semi-trailer truck On day 2 at Kraul & Wilkening u. Stelling GmbH, the focus was on a very special load – a tank wagon weighing more than 10 tons and dating back to 1913, a time when it was already being used to transport the company’s products. This one of a kind is to be restored by a specialist company and then placed at the new plant entrance. This was, therefore, a job that ideally needed to be handled with a crane that the crane operator could fully rely on. The 220 was therefore relocated and equipped with a 47-ton counterweight. This was then followed by the problem-free relocation of the tank wagon. The maximum radius for the 30-minute lift was 30.5 metres, the maximum lifting height was 40 metres and the maximum main boom length was 46 metres. ‘With a lift like this, it’s good to have a crane that always has sufficient power reserves,’ says crane operator Dirk Albat. He adds: ‘Another factor that makes for a good crane is one where the design engineers thought about the crane operator. With such lengthy jobs, in particular, operating comfort is an important issue. If I can sit comfortably and have a good all-round vision, it makes my job a whole lot easier. The two-engine concept is, therefore, a clever feature too. It saves my company fuel. And it saves me having to put up with unpleasant odours in the superstructure cap.’ The 220 offers both sustainability and performance. Every lift is mastered exclusively with the performanceadapted superstructure engine located behind the crane cab. At the same time, the five-axle crane with load capacities of up to 220 tons, a 68-metre main boom and a 12-ton axle load boasts performance that would even leave a lasting impression in the six-axle class

Contact: Babcock, +27 (0)10 001-0730,,


New LTM 1230-5.1 fast and flexible for erecting power lines Imposing – its 75 metre telescopic boom enables Wasel’s new LTM 12305.1 to erect electricity pylons up to 70 metres in height without a fly jib. High lifting capacity values, an extremely long telescopic boom for its class and a series of innovative features such as VarioBase® and VarioBallast® – all these are combined on the new LTM 1230-5.1 mobile crane which has recently

been launched by Liebherr. More and more of this new all-rounder from Ehingen can now be seen on construction sites. The new model made its debut at the customer days last year. That

was when Wasel GmbH based in Bergheim near Cologne became one of the first companies to place an order for it. In fact, this large crane contractor and heavy haulage logistics company placed an order for two new cranes. One of the white and blue mobile cranes has been in action for the last few weeks erecting two new power lines. Its enormous telescope length of 75 metres made up the minds of those at Wasel GmbH to give the new mobile crane the task of erecting large electricity pylons for two new power lines with a total length of over 20 kilometres in North RhineWestphalia.

Powerful – the new five-axle mobile crane delivers impressive lifting capacity values. Furthermore, VarioBase®, VarioBallast, ECOmode and ECOdrive ensure that it is very safe and highly efficient. 40

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The LTM 1230-5.1 has a compact design and its five axles mean that it only requires a small area on the ground to set it up, whilst it can nevertheless deliver enough lifting capacity and adequate hook height to erect the pylons which measure up to 93 metres in height. “The long telescopic boom on the crane is enough to assemble structures up to 70 metres high”,


says Julian Schmidt, the Technical Manager at Wasel responsible for both projects. LTM 1230-5.1 erects two electricity pylons per day The short set-up times required for the LTM 1230-5.1 mean that two of the smaller pylons up to 66 metres in height can be erected per day. The 20 metre lattice fly jib is then also used to erect the larger pylons. A fixed fly jib 43 metres in length is also available for the mobile crane. This enables the crane to reach an impressive hoist height of 111 metres. Schmidt is extremely satisfied with the two new additions to the company’s fleet. “This crane enables us to access heights without any major accessories where other cranes would require lattice jibs. The crane has quite simply incredible lifting capacity values on its long boom. It is also excellent for operating with the short boom. That makes it extremely flexible and versatile for us. We also use the two new mobile cranes to erect tower cranes and also in the petrochemicals industry.

Happy – crane operator Markus Götzen is absolutely delighted with his new mobile crane: “Liebherr have built a real beauty.” VarioBase® and VarioBallast® are therefore very useful in slightly narrower plants.” Crane operator Markus Götzen is also very happy with his new tool. “The crane is fantastic to drive on the road”, says Götzen, full of praise for the handling of the LTM 1230-

5.1. “And the single-engine system works perfectly. In fact, I can’t think of anything on the crane to complain about.”

Contact: Liebherr Africa, +27 (0) 11 365-2000,

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Bobcat reaches new heights with T40180 telescopic handler The T40180 telescopic handler from Bobcat Equipment South Africa features the latest developments in boom design and construction. Simple and modern, light and yet strong, the boom has a built-in counter-bow to ensure straightness when extended under full load. A large contact surface between the supporting pads and the boom segments allows for a smoother telescoping action and reduced pad wear. The boom is easy to maintain, with a compensator cylinder to enable self-levelling of the fork carriage. The fact that the boom pivots at the rear of the machine extends the working range even further. The Bobcat T40180 can lift 4 000 kg to a maximum lifting height of over 17 m of lifting height. Excellent visibility translates into optimal efficiency when moving forward to mount attachments or pick up loads, upward for positioning loads at maximum height, and all-round for manoeuvring backwards for safety, Bobcat Equipment South Africa National Sales Manager Brian Rachman highlights. A crane jib attachment can even translate this telescopic handler into a crane. An extension jib increases lift and reach with a hook. This allows the Bobcat T40180 telescopic handler to position loads in places that are otherwise difficult to access. The winch is indispensable to raise and lower loads, without having to move the boom. It features a proportional control system for precise load positioning. Equipped with either fixed or floating pallet forks, the telescopic handler combines materials-handling with a rough-terrain capability. 42

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The working platform provides for maximum flexibility, and simplifies and speeds up access work, eliminating the need for scaffolding and safety nets. The platform is fast and easy to set up, and can accommodate several workers at the same time. The platform, which rotates 90° right and left, can be operated with remote radio control. The Bobcat T40180 has two fully-adjustable stabilisers that move independently for precise positioning. Stowed or deployed, they do not detract from the compactness or effectiveness of the machine. Self-levelling and side shift are both possible due to the wheels and stabilisers. Moreover, both operations can be carried out simultaneously, without any loss of load capacity. The banking corrector can be used to level the telehandler for safe, optimum load positioning on slanted surfaces. A fourfunction joystick allows for precise proportional control of any combination of movements. The telescoping action of the boom sections is proportional and smooth, without any loss of hydraulic power. A special safety feature is the Aggravating Movements Arrestor (AMA), which provides both longitudinal and lateral stability control. When the maximum authorised capacity is approached, a red load-status light flashes. An

audio overload alarm is triggered when the load limit is reached, stopping all hydraulic movements, except for boom retraction to return to a safe state. The cab has been designed with the operator at the forefront, and aims to provide an exceptional work environment with a new level of comfort. This ensures the operator remain alert at all times, thereby improving the overall safety of a work site. The rounded cab design features a large front window to maximise visibility of the attachment, no matter the height or reach. A large rear window increases rear visibility for spatial awareness and accurate rear movements. The optimal design of the protective roof grid increases the protection level, while also ensuring that the attachment is visible at full height. The Bobcat T40180 telescopic handler has an overall length (including bucket) of 2 850 mm, an overall height of 1 614 mm, an overall width of 2 394 mm, a maximum forward reach of 13 700 mm, an operating weight base of 10 790 kg, and a rated maximum travelling speed of 30 km/h.

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