Lifting Africa May / June 2016

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The official magazine for LEEASA (Lifting Equipment Engineering Association of South Africa) and CMA (Crane Manufacturers Association of SA)


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The all new Lifting Equipment Engineering Association of South Africa (LEEASA) sure that my best efforts will become apparent to you our members.

Events; In the first month we help a conference

in Cape Town to bring our members up to speed of the new LEEASA and what has been happening in the Lifting Equipment Industry, which was a good as a start but we have a lot more planned for the rest of 2016. On the 29th July 2016 we will hold our second conference in Durban at the Westmead Country Club. All are welcome to attend. In September we will be presenting a National Conference on the 13th to the 14th. This conference coincides with Electra Mining which is a fitting venue for us to go that extra mile and expand on the two regional conferences mentioned. We are looking into and considering a further conference later in the year for PE. We will be holding conferences in the major centers on a regular basis where our members can earn CPD points for attending. I would just like to take this opportunity to that those that attended the LEEASA Cape Town conference and most of all I would like to thank Piet Otto and Ken Greenwood for their roles and contribution that made the Cape Town conference a success.

LEEASA products; We will be launching various products at these conferences that will be of value to our members and to the Lifting Equipment From Left to Right: Piet Otto, Arni Sommer and Ken Greenwood from LEEASA Industry in general. The products I am working on right now are LEEASA - Tackle Inspection Registers, LEEASA OHS Act and LEEASA - MHS Act which will be availBreaking News; For the benefit of those LEEASA memable for purchase very soon. bers and other interested parties who are not aware that 2016 has been a major milestone for the association. On the 1st January 2016 LEEASA officially broke away from CoET. At Website; In May we launched a new website www.leeasa. the end of 2014 ECSA finally gave LEEASA the recognition It is still in the development stage and I am sure that it rightfully deserves as an approved Voluntary Association. as we build on it, it can only improve and be of benefit to our LEEASA’s VA number is VA0048. As this put LEEASA on a lev- members. Products and other services will be made availel footing as CoET it was only inevitable that LEEASA would able from our website. break ties with CoET. LEEASA would like to wish CoET all the best for the future and we would like to tank CoET for its Please feel free to contact Arni directly on support in the past. 0749008378 or send an email to

New Appointment; On the 1st April 2016 I started on a permanent basis employed by LEEASA and I would like to thank all involved for their trust put in me to make the all new LEEASA an association that our members can be proud of. We are still in a start-up stage but as time goes by I am 4

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Contents From the Chairman’s Desk


COVER STORY Linden Comansa’s 21LC750, the Tallest Tower Crane of Bauma 2016




CMA NEWS The Advantages of VSD’s For Crane Control Load Testing - The Span/750 Conundrum GOLIATH CRANES Goliath Appears on the Polish Horizon


CPHA Through Perseverance and Dedication Changes can Take Place


NEWS FROM AFRICA Verlinde Gains Strong Representation in Namibia and Limpopo Kalmar Delivers the Largest Ever Reachstacker Order to South Africa WOLFFKRAN’s strongest Luffing Cranes on Kusile Power Plant Project Hydro Scheme Cleared for Danger

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LIFTING TACKLE It All Starts With Lifting


CRANE HIRE Johnson Crane Hire Raises the Bar on Shutdown Programme When Lifting In A Difficult Accessibility Situation Becomes Easy For A Fassi Crane

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OVERHEAD CRANES Crane in a Box Solutions


AFRICAN DISTRIBUTORS Straightpoint Names Distributor in African Markets New FASSI V7 Radio Control

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FORKLIFTS Criterion Equipment TCM FB V111 Electric Counterbalanced Forklift Trucks Hubtex Helps Move SA Timber Industry Forward – 50% Space Saving Recorded

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LIFTING SOFTWARE Load Securing: The angles are the Crucial Factor!



OFFSHORE CRANES Rusch Offshore Services


CRANE GIRDERS New-generation Crane Girder to Revolutionise Load Handling in South Africa


BAUMA REPORT BACK 38 Kobelco Celebrates Order from Mammoet 43 New 8-Axle Crane from Liebherr: LTM 1450-8.1 With 85 m Telescopic Boom 44 PALFINGER Has Optimistic Future 46 Grove Introduces New Rough-terrain Cranes 48 Zoomlion Cranes 50 CRANE ACCIDENTS A Major Cause of Crane Accidents in South Africa


PRODUCTS AND SERVICES Introducing Sumner’s 2500 Counter Weight Material Lift


PLATFORMS 20,000th Versalift Van Mount 56 Versalift Ibérica New Versalift Distributor 57 TRUCK MOUNTED CRANES Eqstra 600SA Delivers Versatile, Lightweight Fassi Crane To KSN Electrical

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TOWER CRANES Crane Expert Calls for Infrastructure Spending

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Linden Comansa’s 21LC750, the Tallest Tower Crane of Bauma 2016 With an impressive freestanding height under hook of 80.9 metres and a jib length of 80 metres, the 21LC750 tower crane from Linden Comansa could be seen from every corner of the Bauma trade show, the most important event for the construction machinery industry. This model has been part of the exhibits from tower crane manufacturer Linden Comansa and German partner BKL Baukran Logistik GmbH, a leading crane rental, sales and service company in Central Europe.


he exhibited 21LC750, with 48 tonnes of maximum load capacity and flat-top design, has been sold to BKL, who will add it to its rental fleet. With this purchase and the stunning exhibition of the crane at Bauma, the German based crane specialist BKL strengthens its position in the large tower crane market (up to 750 tonne-metre) to be able to equip big industrial and infrastructure projects.

The 21LC750 tower crane from Linden Comansa could be seen from every corner of the Bauma trade show Another exhibit by Linden Comansa at Bauma has been a 11LC160 flat-top tower crane, with maximum load capacity of 8 tons, monoblock mast sections and steel framed counterweights. The 11LC160, which will also join the rental fleet of BKL, and the 21LC750 are the first of a large order from BKL to manufacturer Linden Comansa. Linden Comansa also showcased a LCL 280 luffing-jib crane, which had never been seen before at any trade show. The LCL family of luffers, including this model, feature important improvements that have been recently applied thanks to the suggestions and ideas of Linden Comansa’s customers worldwide. 6

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About Tower Crane Services “Tower Crane Services cc was formed in 1990 when we, having worked in the tower crane industry for many years, felt that we had more to offer as a team than as part of a company restricted by old equipment and older ideas. Already active in the construction industry our new business quickly became the most prominent of the tower crane hire companies and we were highly involved in construction hoist and manufacture sales” said Mr. Richard Fletcher CEO of Tower Crane Services. “We have been involved in gold mining related projects since the early 1980's and soon this aspect of the business started to exceed our building activities as tower cranes, for the new gold processes, soon became bigger than those needed for building. At this time we hold the majority of the gold mining market in Africa and are very active in the service and maintenance fields. We also enjoy a similar status locally and have many service agreements with our local mines” “Our staff have been trained in all aspects of tower crane work with an emphasis on safety and professional behavior. Regular safety upgrade courses are attended and technical courses are also offered. We have government registered Lifting Machinery inspectors (LMI) in our team and the company is registered with the Department of Labour as a Lifting Machinery Entity (LME). Our operating staff are highly experienced and our top four members alone have more than 150 years service on tower cranes. We are proud to confirm that most of our staff are long service people with the experience that goes along with it.”

Bauma 2016 has been a very successful show to Linden Comansa: Many customers and dealers visited the booth, including sister companies Linden Comansa America from the U.S. and Comansa CM from China; Potential dealers and customers brought new opportunities in several markets; Orders worth more than 5 million Euro have been confirmed during the trade show, most of them for tower cranes from the medium and large range of flat-tops; And last but not least, Linden Comansa and German partner BKL strengthen its relationship.

It rained quite a lot during the week in Munich, but the Bauma trade show couldn’t have been better for Linden Comansa.

Tower Crane Services, Richard Fletcher Tel: (011) 865-3202/3 Fax: (011) 865-3219 Email:

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Academic Qualifications City & Guilds of London - Diesel/Crane Mechanic National Craftsman's Certificate - Rigging & Banksman EDP - Graduate School of Business Level 5 Assessor.

Ian Gerrard, Rigging Manager, of Kusile Project

First Employer

First Chairman of LEEASA

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Chairman of SABS TC96 (Past)


Member of the ECSA registration committee for LMI's (Past)


Challenges in Industry as far as Lifting Equipment is concerned

Diesel/Plant Mechanic Apprenticeship

Last Employer Murray & Roberts Power & Energy Rigging Manager & GMR(2) Kusile Power Project

First Salary

A revised DMR18 that still does not best suit the South African lifting Community Better control of LMI's and LME's LMI's working outside of their scope or registered with insufficient experience Better regulation of training providers relating to DMR18 (11) .

Advice to offer

5.0 UK Pounds per week

More focus on aligning membership bodies and associations in the Crane and Lifting Industry.



Chairman Gauteng Branch CPHA (Past)

49 years working with Cranes and Rigging.


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The Advantages of VSD’s For Crane Control As more and more crane manufacturers are changing to variable speed (frequency inverter) drive control, one faces stronger resistance from the market. The question of cost comes to the fore, as many users do not fully realise the potential advantages and long term cost savings. Some smaller manufacturers continue to supply cranes with conventional contactor control and two speed motors.


ariable speed drives (VSD's) have many advantages on conventional drives reducing maintenance, wear and down time, while improving flexibility and production. Below are some of the many advantages of VSD's as opposed to contactor control:-

• The Variable speed drive monitors the voltage and current. By measuring the actual current better and more precise overload protection is provided than the alternative thermal overload system.

• The system allows for access to the history of previous trips and enables • VSD’s can ramp down the motor befaster fault finding. fore the brake engages. This feature not only saves the life span of switch• The VSD controls the motor with a gear but also the braking systems. The frequency rather than voltage and thus VSD can be programmed to stop the can keep control constant even with motor and the motor brake used only voltage fluctuations at the point of supfor parking and safety. In closed loop Marco Marques, General Manager of AJM ply. The VSD can have over voltage procontrol VSD’s, by optimally fluxing the tection as well and shut down when a spike is detected. motor, the load can be held stationary during the engaging and disengaging of the thruster brakes. • Using a VSD the synchronisation of the speeds of two dif• By programming the acceleration and deceleration time cycle the starting and stopping of the crane is smoother thus improving crane control. The controlled acceleration and deceleration reduces the swinging of the load considerably. This improves the control enhancing the safety of crane, load and personnel. With better control and placement of the load and less inching, production is improved and the workload on operators is greatly reduced. Crane component wear will also be reduced. • With the smoother starting and stopping of the crane mechanical impact is reduced resulting in less maintenance and increased reliability. • VSD’s allow cranes to meet the latest safety standards such as en -954-1 ( safe torque off ) • Variable speed drives offer smoother transition between speeds than your typical two speed wound motors (pole changing) and contactor control, multiple speeds are possible with VSD’s with each step having its own ramp up and down time. This also prevents plugging or inching by the operator, thus increasing the life of the motors and components. You can also change the operating speeds at a very low cost. VSD’s also offer much lower speeds which is important for precision control. • Most drives offer logic control for engaging mechanical brakes which prevents the load jerking or dropping ensuring smooth control. • Certain drive manufactures (e.g. Control Techniques) offer a 48-96v battery backup option to return the load to a safe position in case of supply failure (load shedding).

ferent cranes for tandem operations becomes very easy, economical and precise.

• The crane will also be more energy efficient as the drive controls the motors at optimal speeds. Variable speed drives have become so energy efficient you can now do a full regen. This basically allows you to take the unused energy and feed it back to the grid. But this is still too costly for standard cranes. • Variable speed drives improve the performance, efficiency and reliability of the crane. • Less stock holding as the VSD comes with different input supply and the output is controlled, only 1 voltage is required for stock motors. • More control over output speeds less variations of gearbox ratios. • Easier fault finding and maintenance • VSD's have introduced another exciting field into the running and maintenance of factory cranes. Information such as loads, lifts weights times and even more can be fed into computers tracing a lift by lift log of stock movement with exact times and positions. A readout of information and load can now be displayed live on a suitable readout giving continuous data to the operator or used to monitor production. VSD speed control on a crane has come to stay! It improves the safety, productivity, reliability and level of maintenance, and as such it is fast becoming both an advantage and necessity on the modern overhead crane. The main objection of cost now falls away completely, even for smaller cranes and factories.

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Load Testing - The Span/750 Conundrum 1. Background

1mm per year. These failures do occur quite frequently in areas where a visual inspection cannot identify it. In effect it would mean that the structural integrity of the bridge is compromised and that a catastrophic failure would be very likely even though the measured deflection is within the limits of the span/750 rule of thumb. In addition to this it is very likely that the rate of structural degradation will not remain linear but may, in fact, increase leading to catastrophic failure before its annual load test can identify that the deflection has grown to exceed the 15mm maximum limit.

For many years the majority of cranes designed and sold in South Africa were based on BS466:1984 or its predecessors. These standards limited the maximum deflection initially to a 900th and later to a 750th of the span. It was always assumed by everyone that the motivation behind this limitation was to ensure a strong enough girder but this was incorrect. These slope limitations originated from the power requirement and maximum slopes the trolleys can drive up. In addition to the above DMR 18 of the OHS Act as well as other standards used in South Africa like DIN 1501 and lately EN13001 do not have a deflection limit for cranes.

Adriaan Haasbroek

So the question that arises is whether a crane can then fail a load test if its deflection exceeds the span/750 limit. Many LMIs across the country will measure and enforce this limit as gospel. We will try and explain below why this approach is incorrect and why it could be dangerous.

2. Problems with the traditional approach The first misconception is that the deflection attained is directly related to the theoretical capacity of the bridge. As an example a hypothetical 10t x 11.25m Span crane deflects 10mm. The allowable deflection according to the span/750 rule is 15mm. Therefore it is conceived that the bridge is stronger than it needs to be and that by using Hooke’s law it is calculated that the bridge can actually handle a 15t load! I am sure many people can remember some upgrades made on that basis! To clarify this issue, the capacity of the bridge is actually determined by the maximum allowable stresses in the material as determined by the design and the related safety factors associated with the duty and life expectancy of the crane and definitely not the deflection.

This leads to the second problem: Imagine the hypothetical crane has some internal failure due to fatigue or corrosion and as a result the deflection measured during the annual load test grows progressively by


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A far better and safer approach would be to trend the deflection growth using as many points of reference available from prior load test certificates and should the total deflection start to grow or vary by more than the tolerance of the measuring equipment and the test load this growth should be highlighted and referred for an engineer’s assessment in conjunction with the OEM. If you consider that most cranes built before 1984 were designed for a deflection of less than a 900th of the span, the consequences of the growth of the ‘invisible’ defect before reaching the span/750 limit can be even worse.

3. ‘But how do I know the crane is strong enough?’ I am sure that when introducing this concept to many inspectors the above question will arise - there will always be sceptics among us. Therefore to ensure confidence in the design, manufacture and current condition of the crane to be inspected and / or tested the following steps need to be followed: The rules governing the commissioning and placing in service of a new crane are different in terms of the OHS Act and therefore we will consider such a crane first. An existing crane to be re-commissioned after refurbishing can also be considered to be a new crane: • The crane must be designed in accordance with an acceptable standard through an engineering process and/ or a Professional Engineer using a quality management system in accordance with ISO9000. • The material that the crane is manufactured must be

• The components used for the crane certified in using a quality management system along the lines of ISO9001. • The crane must be manufactured and tested along the requirements of the design standards using a quality management system complying with ISO 9001. Proof of the compliance and inspection and testing documentation must be provided with the crane. • The crane must be installed and tested in accordance with the requirements of the design standard. The load test must be performed by a LMI. All the test parameters must be within the requirements of the standard.

Considering an existing crane currently in service: • The logbook must be available and inspection reports and load test certificates for at least the past five years must also be available to provide as much history as possible (assuming of course that the crane is older than five years). • An inspection of the crane must be performed in accordance with the manufacturing specification or SANS

10375. All defects, especially those compromising the load path must be corrected so that there are no defect remaining before the load test is conducted. • The performance test must be conducted in accordance with the manufacturing specification or SANS 10375. All limits and brakes must be tested. All the speeds with a 100% load must be verified and the actuation of the load limiter with a 110% load must be ensured. • The deflection, measured at 100% SWL, may not vary by more than the tolerance of the measuring equipment and the test load (Typically 2.5% maximum). • The LMI must ensure that the report he issues indicates any possible trend as information to the LMI doing the next inspection and load test. 4. In conclusion it should be clear that the use of deflection blindly to either fail, upgrade or re-certify any crane as safe for use is extremely dangerous and could open the LMI to personal liability in terms of his ECSA registration. Furthermore, any situation that may indicate degradation of the bridge structure must be brought to the user’s attention immediately and the crane must be stopped, pending an engineer’s assessment in conjunction with the OEM.

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Goliath Appears on the Polish Horizon Mammoet, the world’s largest service provider specializing in engineered heavy lifting and transport, has successfully lifted up a 120-meter-high crane for its installation in the port of Szczecin in Poland. The Goliath crane was built by Van Haagen Kraanbouw in the Netherlands and transported to the fabrication site of Bilfinger Mars Offshore. Mammoet constructed a tailor-made gantry with a height of 127 meters especially for this project – the tallest gantry every built by the company in Europe – to execute this unique lifting operation.


ammoet constructs its tallest gantry ever in Europe for a unique lifting operation to raise a giant gantry crane onto its feet

Gantries normally raise loads from an overhead beam between two supporting towers. This project was unique because the load – the Goliath crane – was assembled around the gantry before it was raised into place. Hence the gantry was at the center of the construction and was used to literally raise the Goliath crane onto its legs. At this stage of construction the Goliath crane had a weight of 1,200 tons. Its four legs were tailed while Goliath’s main crane girders were raised by the gantry – introducing the challenge of dealing with four additional points affecting the forces on the gantry and its stability. Now installed on its wheel sets, Goliath is one of the largest gantry cranes in Europe standing over 120 meters tall with a


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total weight of 1,800 tons and a lifting capacity of 1,400 tons. This state-of-the-art gantry crane will be used at the Bilfinger Mars Offshore production site to support the fabrication of steel offshore foundations including transition pieces, jackets and monopiles and to load them onto pontoons. Mammoet engineered the 127-meter-high gantry especially for this project. It consisted of 95% standard components and 5% custom-designed equipment. The combination of creative engineering with a large and flexible collection of equipment enabled Mammoet to execute an unusual, technically challenging lift, which was tailor-made for the customer’s requirements.

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Through Perseverance and Dedication Changes can Take Place

Over a number of years the Mobile Crane Industry has been plagued by accidents which can be contributed, in a number of cases, to operator error, however, these accidents can also be contributed to non accredited training and the quality of training that was being undertaken.


he mobile crane industry reviewed the situation and a decision was taken to” take ownership” of this situation and introduce corrective measures in order to minimise operator error and introduce the understanding of the basic risks associated with the operation of these machines. The year 2014 appears to be the year of mobilisation, when, the new CPHA “Crane Committee” was inaugurated, the Babcock Plant Training Centre was opened, The Roda Training Academy was launched and in general a sense of urgency was in the air to take charge of Mobile Crane Operator training. The large mobile crane operators were able to take care of their training ” in house” but our smaller members were more reliant on outside training providers to take care of their needs, and whatever was introduced had to take care of all crane operators in the country, large and small. On investigation it was found that there were no less than five qualifications registered with SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority) for Crane Operators. To complicate matters these qualifications were registered with four different SETA’s (Sector Educational Training Authorities). We are of the opinion that by having this proliferation of qualifications laid a platform for confusion in the industry and amongst Training Providers. To add to this state of affairs the NCOP (National Code of Practice), which is part of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, states that Training Providers should be registered with the Transport SETA and recognised by the Department of Labour. Ever since the inception of SETA’s I have always been under the impression that accredited training should be undertaken by accredited Training Providers against a registered qualification or Unit Standard and this would result in a Certificate of Competence( for a full qualification) being issued by the relative SETA . A certificate of Training would be issued against a unit standard. This theory is blown out of the water, if you read the NCOP it states in various paragraphs that DOL allows Training Providers to issue Certificates of Competence. This I believe has resulted in the state of affairs that we have today. Certificates of Competence being issued against unit standards, and I can go so far as to say certificates being issued without any training taking place at all. The above should be of great concern not only the Hire Industry but to the Construction, Mining and Building Industries as well. In actual fact it should be a concern to all that


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use any type of Driven Machinery. In 2014 when the CPHA was recognised by SAQA (South African Qualification Authority) as the Professional Body for the Hire Industry an opportunity arose for the Hire Industry to play a more meaningful role in the implementation of negotiations with the relative bodies to clarify what we have described above. It was realised that Lifting Machine Operators should be trained against one qualification and not five, as this would

In order to achieve one qualification for the training of Lifting Machine Operators negotiations were concluded with the Transport SETA to develop an Occupational Qualification to be registered with the QCTO (Quality Council for Trade and Occupations). The Transport SETA sent out invitations to all role players to attend a pre-scoping meeting, which was held in Kempton Park at which the QCTO informed over 300 attendees of the processes that would take place. A program

was drawn up and scoping meetings were held over the past year which concluded in February 2016. A new QCTO qualification “Crane & Hoist Operator” against OFO Code:734301 has been developed which consists of Theory, Practical and Workplace components and is currently being compiled in to the correct format for submission to the QCTO for registration. The final document will be sent out for Public comment before submission for registration. This new qualification will replace all current SAQA qualifications, relating to “Lifting Machine Operators” that expire in 2018. Once the qualification has been registered with QCTO the curriculum for this qualification has to be developed to ensure that the training of operators throughout the country is the same, and to the same standard. This means that operators, anywhere in South Africa, will be trained in the same way and to the same standard. Whilst we wait for the new qualification to be registered obviously training will still have to take place and in order to overcome the situation, pointed out in paragraph five, it was decided that for the foreseeable future the SAQA qualification National Certificate: Lifting Machine Operators: ID 64829 would be adopted, as the preferred qualification for our industry, until such time as the new QCTO qualification is registered. Babcock Target Services undertook a pilot project against the above qualification and after interviewing approximately 60 candidates 10 actually completed the qualification which we are proud to inform the industry that these were the first ever to achieve a full qualification in South Africa. These operators have been uploaded to the Transport SETA, receiving their SETA certificate of competence, and are registered on the NRLD. They are also the first to receive the CPHA “Industry Operator Permit”, which should become the sought after final certificate in the Mobile Crane Industry. The task now at hand is to develop a RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) program for our currently employed mobile crane operators to ensure that they are uplifted to the same level of training as the new entrants. Whilst these operators may have years of experience, it is possible that their training was against a unit standard that has not kept abreast with the modern crane currently in the market place. We are currently liaising with the Transport SETA to develop this program as soon as possible and members will be informed on our progress. The progress that has been achieved and what we hope to achieve should be viewed as “work in progress”, and all are invited to add their thoughts, in favour or not, to the National office who will report back after consultation with the relative parties. I firmly believe now is the time for the CPHA to play its true intended role in our industry in order that the Hire Industry can be viewed as creditable and a safe Industry of the future.

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bring a common standard of training throughout the country. We also believe that there should be an industry “Licence” issued by the Professional Body as a result of the accredited training against one registered qualification and against the certificate of competence issued by the relative SETA. The issuing of the “Industry Licence” will be in accordance with the National Code of Practice (NCOP) and will consist of a Certificate and a carry card. Hopefully in time the “Industry Licence” will be the certificate that will be recognised by all industries as it will be issued as a result of proper recognised accredited training having taken place and the assurance that the results would have been uploaded to the relative SETA and the NRLD (National Record Learner Data Base) with SAQA or QCTO. This we believe will go a long way in eliminating non accredited certificates and illegal certificates currently being issued.


Verlinde Gains Strong Representation in Namibia and Limpopo The growing Verlinde Cranes & Hoists dealer service network has been expanded by the addition of Expert Mining Solutions and Pirtek as the designated dealers for Namibia and the Steelpoort area.


his growth is part of Verlinde Cranes and Hoists’ ongoing effort to extend its product and service offering to customers, irrespective of location. Warren Shankland, MD of Verlinde Cranes and Hoists, said: “Both Namibia and Steelpoort are territories to which we have been trying to gain access. We are ecstatic to build our relationship with Expert Mining Solutions and Pirtek so that we can extend our service offering to all our customers in these areas.” Expert Mining Solutions, situated in Namibia, has a strong support following and a reputation for delivering while maintaining safety as a core value in their business. The company operates both locally and across borders. In November 2015, Expert Mining Solutions acquired Pirtek Steelpoort, which has a firm foothold in Limpopo.

“It is an exciting time to be a part of both companies, we look forward to being a part of their business growth,” said Shankland. “Our company values and promise on service are in line and we run a business built on relationships. We are committed to delivering solutions that meet business needs and are a sound investment.” Expert Mining Solutions will represent Verlinde Cranes & Hoists in Namibia, while Pirtek Steelpoort will do so in Steelpoort and its surrounding area. This is just part of the planned expansion of Verlinde Cranes & Hoists, which aims to build on its already extensive dealer network in 2016. Locally, Verlinde Cranes and Hoists is now represented in the Free State and Mpumalanga (EBJ Construction (Pty) Ltd), Limpopo (Pirtek Steelpoort), North West (Jynco Hydraulic World), the Northern Cape (Dezzo Equipment (Pty) Ltd) and the Western Cape (Maniload). In the rest of Africa, there are dealers in Botswana (EBJ Construction (Pty) Ltd), Namibia (Expert Mining Solutions), Zimbabwe (Kromona Investments) and Mozambique. Negotiations are under way to penetrate other African territories. Verlinde remains committed to: Defying Gravity, One Lift at a Time

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Kalmar Delivers the Largest Ever Reachstacker Order to South Africa Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has completed the delivery of the largest supply of mobile equipment in Africa and one of the biggest reachstackers order globally for Shumani Industrial Equipment, official dealer of the Goscor Group of Companies in South Africa.


total of 45 units have been distributed across South Africa, including 37 Kalmar reachstackers and 8 Kalmar empty container handlers. The equipment will be utilised for freight depots at inland dry port terminals. Kalmar will supply and maintain the new units on a full maintenance basis across South Africa over the contracted period of five years. Victor Nemukula, Executive Director of Shumani Industrial Equipment, said: "We have enjoyed a long standing relationship with Kalmar in recognition of their top quality equipment and outstanding reputation as a service provider. They have a thorough understanding of our customer and end-user operations and provide the best solutions to increase the end-users' productivity."

Leslie Venketas and Francois Muller, Sales Managers, Southern Africa, commented: "We were delighted to receive this substantial order from Shumani Industrial Equipment, the vast size of which demonstrates the quality of Kalmar products and technology. Kalmar has a national footprint and can confidently handle the challenges that are faced in cost-effectively supplying and maintaining a large fleet of equipment at various locations throughout South Africa."

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It All Starts With Lifting Renttech South Africa’s Unilift Range Of Lifting And Rigging Equipment Provides Both Peace Of Mind And Value For Money


he role that lifting and rigging plays in industry is often underestimated, but in many cases an entire industrial process both starts and ends with the lifting of heavy materials. Indeed, lifting is an integral part of most industries, from mining to manufacturing, construction to engineering, which is why Renttech South Africa has experienced exponential growth in its lifting and rigging business over the past eight years. Under its own brand, Unilift, Renttech supplies a range of lifting equipment to industries throughout southern Africa, both through sales and short- and long-term rental. The range of equipment includes chain blocks and lever hoists, rope winches, beam clamps, beam crawls, web slings and lashings; as well as all the hardware (such as lifting rings and shackles) associated with any lifting and rigging application. “Over the years, Renttech has built up long-term supplier relationships with customers in a number of industries, including construction, petrochemical, manufacturing, ship building, mining, power generation, agriculture and transport,” says Martiens Opperman, Renttech South Africa’s Operations Manager. Renttech’s chain blocks and lever hoists are CSIR-tested, meet SANS specifications and carry the international CE mark. They are subject to further tests through the CSIR once a year, as a minimum, and are re-certified on an annual basis. Regular batch tests on web slings are also done by CSIR. “When it comes to lifting, be it 1 ton or 20 tons, there obviously are inherent risks, which is why safety is the all-important consideration at Renttech,” says Opperman. “Renttech’s ongoing research and development (R&D) is geared specifically towards enhanced safety, as well as minimising maintenance requirements.” Two new products, recently introduced to the market by Renttech, exemplify this: the Unilift KV lever hoist and KII chain block series both feature builtin overload protection systems and anti-corrosion properties. “The Unilift-K II chain block series (1 ton to 20 tons) is heavy-duty and ideal for mining applications and in coastal environments, thanks to its plated parts and grade 100 galvanised alloy load chain. The fused brake discs and all-steel construction also make for exceptional durability,” 18

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says Adele van Zyl, Rigging Product Manager at Renttech South Africa. “The Unilift-KV series of lever hoists (from 0.8 to 6.3 tons) are lightweight but robust, and also feature a fused brake disc system which offers minimised ‘wear and tear’. The anti-rusting zinc-plated grade 100 load chain further increases its life cycle,” van Zyl comments. Renttech takes pride in its back-up service and full spares stock holding, which make for exceptional levels of customer convenience. The company’s qualified lifting machinery inspectors (LMIs) and lifting tackle inspectors (LTIs) mean that all machinery and load testing can also be done in-house should the customers require it. Included in the company’s network of 22 branches around South Africa and Namibia is Renttech Cape Town, which, with its own lifting tackle inspector (LTI), provides convenience and expert back-up for the company’s Western Cape customers.

The Unilift-KV series of lever hoists (from 0.8 to 6.3 tons) are lightweight but robust “Our involvement in a variety of industrial undertakings, including many high profile petrochemical shut-downs as well as key power generation construction projects, means that our offering to the lifting and rigging market extends far beyond that of supplier or distributor. Our project managers are able to draw on extensive experience to provide expert advice, working closely alongside our customers’ own rigging personnel to find a lifting solution which provides not only peace of mind, but the highest quality and value for money,” Opperman concludes.

Renttech Tel: 011 824 0410 Email:

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Johnson Crane Hire recently successfully completed several routine lifts as well as a number of heavy lift projects at a major petrochemical plant during its annual maintenance shutdown.

Johnson Crane Hire Raises the Bar on Shutdown Programme The PSA vessel ready to be tailed with the 100 ton crawler crane


his was the first time in 20 years that this particular plant had tackled a plant upgrade simultaneously with its annual maintenance work.

Philip Bailey, of Johnson Crane Hire, says the company completed the project in the 40 day contract period well within schedule and without any LTIs being recorded.

A cornerstone of Johnson Crane Hire’s ongoing success with lifting contracts is the extensive preparation work that goes into every project, and this is done well before cranes are deployed to site. “We started work on the project eight months prior to arriving on site. This involved intensive studies of the lifting programme, starting with site inspection through to undertaking compaction tests to ensure the loading bearing capacity of hard stands and marking the positioning of all cranes on site,” says Bailey. Johnson Crane Hire operates an extensive fleet of cranes and was able to draw from this fleet to ensure that those machines sent to site were the most appropriate for the range of lifting applications that would need to be undertaken. The larger cranes were mobilised a week ahead of the programme, and erected and ready to lift a full day ahead of the lifting schedule. Bailey says the onerous nature of the project, which included numerous tandem lifts in many different areas at the same time, saw the leading South African specialist lifting contractor deploy a sizeable fleet of cranes on the contract.

Johnson Crane Hire's 600 ton crawler crane with the super lift attached


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The maintenance aspect of the programme used 20 smaller cranes that were deployed at various plants


on the industrial complex. These ranged from the largest, a 120 t unit, to the smallest, a 30 t machine. The project component of the contract called for eight large cranes, ranging from 180 t units through to a 600 t crawler unit. These large cranes working on the project component were tasked with replacing 10 large vessels each weighing between 110 t and 117 t. Some of these enormous pressure vessels were 12 metres in length with an outside diameter of 12 metres. The old vessels were lifted out of the plant using the 600 t crawler Placing the PSA vessel into the horizontal position ready to be loaded onto the Self Propelled Modular crane and Bailey says the largest Trailer (SPMT ) lifting radius tackled by this crane was 42 metres. The vessels were placed in the laydown areas Like all Johnson Crane Hire’s projects, an impeccable safety with the assistance of a 330 t tailing crane. track-record was achieved on this site, and this is particularly noteworthy as much of the lifting for the maintenance work One of the complicated heavy lifts involved removing ancalled for extensive evening shifts to ensure the programme other important plant component, which due to its shape was met. and size was known as the “submarine”. It was cut into three 8 metre sections, each weighing 21 t. A 550 t crane with a The lifting specialist received much praise for its stellar per21 metre luffing jib was used for this lift which called for a formance. As Bailey notes, this is just one of many successful massive 45 metre radius. lifting contracts that the company has completed over the years within the petrochemical sector, and Johnson Crane “This entire project called for detailed planning and attenHire intends building on this impressive track record! tion to detail in all aspects of the work undertaken. All components had to be carefully removed, and new units accurately placed and aligned to avoid any damage to the plant,” Johnson Crane Hire, Peter Yaman says Bailey. TEL: +27 (0)11 455 9242, Web:

When Lifting In A Difficult Accessibility Situation Becomes Easy For A Fassi Crane


n the photo is a 62 ton/m Fassi crane, involved in the handling of a high-voltage electrical transformer. This Fassi crane set up on an Iveco vehicle, which is owned by the body that manages the maintenance and development of the Cape Town metropolitan electricity grid (City of Cape Town's Electricity Services Directorate) is used predominantly when the maintenance operations must be carried out in spots with difficult or limited accessibility. This situation is common in densely populated areas. Another typical situation with these types of operation happens when it is necessary to handle bulky loads in confined spaces, in this case the Fassi articulated cranes manage to solve very critical situations. The F660RA.2.28 he-dynamic crane model in the photo has a lifting capacity of 55.35 ton/m and an outreach of 20.60 m.

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Crane in a Box Solutions Stahl Cranes & Hoists (Pty) Ltd has introduced a “Crane in a Box” solution specifically for the African market to make it easier in getting steel crane structures delivered to mines, workshops and remotely situated sites across Africa which is always a challenge for the transporters and customers.


TAHL CraneSystems GmbH produces the hoists, the end carriages with travel drives and all other crane components such as the crane’s electrical controls etc in Germany, where it is factory tested prior to shipping the crane components to South Africa. The single girder / double girder steel structures (including the service platforms if required) are manufactured in South Africa by Stahl Canes & Hoists (Pty) Ltd, assembled and then factory tested according to the customer’s requirements before being dismantled and packed into the containers. Such was the case with the most recent 75Ton double girder crane which included a 15Ton auxiliary hoist destined for Ghana. The crane has a span of 24m and a lift height of 12m with a mass of 41 000 kg. With this unique design configuration structurally and electrically, erecting the crane system on site with its “plug and play” designed principle is faster and easier than the conventional design of old. A major benefit to all customers throughout Africa is the fact that STAHL Crane Systems hoists are manufactured to the highest international quality standards, resulting in exceptional reliability which is also as a result of the extremely low


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maintenance, robust and compact design parameters of the STAHL Hoist product range which its known for worldwide. Once the crane and components arrive at its destination, our installation teams then assemble the crane, erect and install the crane thereafter commission and perform the required load test. We are currently busy with this “Crane in a Box” design for projects in Angola, DRC, Ghana, Nigeria and Zambia.

Stahl Cranes & Hoists, Steven Claase Email: Tel: +27 (0) 11 900 1085,

Straightpoint has named marine lifting and rigging specialist Anchor Industries as a distributor of its force measurement, load monitoring and suspended weighing load cell equipment in South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia.


ape Town-headquartered Anchor provides engineering services and equipment for marine and lifting to local and international clients. It also has facilities in Durban, Nelspruit, Johannesburg (all South Africa) and, further northeast, Pemba in Mozambique. Dale Hutcheson, managing director, Anchor Industries, said: “We are excited to announce the addition of another worldclass brand to our product range. Unlike other load cells available on the market, the high IP rating of Straightpoint load cells means they are impervious to the harshest weather conditions and may be left in place during a lift just like any other item of rigging hardware.” Hutcheson pointed to the standout features of Straightpoint’s most popular product, the Radiolink plus. The load cell is capable of both weighing and dynamic load monitoring, is constructed of high-quality aircraft grade aluminium and features an advanced internal design structure. This internal design structure not only provides the product with an unrivalled strength to weight ratio but also allows the use of a separate internal sealed enclosure providing electronic components with IP67 environmental protection even with the battery cover plate missing, making the dynamometer even more suitable for use in the most demanding environments.

Dave Mullard, business development manager, Straightpoint, said: “Africa is a strategic marketplace for us and Anchor is active in major hubs that will be key to our continued growth in the region. Leveraging its lifting, rigging, marine and offshore contacts, whilst harnessing an intrinsic understanding of load cells and below-the-hook equipment, Dale Hutcheson, Tyrone Tilley [business development and national service manager] and the whole Anchor team are perfectly placed to represent us.” Mullard expects Anchor’s contacts to take a keen interest in Straightpoint’s expanded range of ATEX and IECEx equipment that meets Zone 0, 1 and 2 hazardous area classification. The Radiolink plus, compression cells, shackle cells, load pins and the Running Line Dynamometer (for monitoring line tension on winches), are particularly well-suited to the work of oil and gas end users in the region, he explained. Hutcheson concluded: “Safety, reliability and quality are paramount in the lifting and rigging industries, and these products are designed and manufactured to the highest standards. Used in the variety of markets we serve, the Straightpoint range is synonymous with the manufacturer’s overarching goal to make the lifting industry a safer place.”

Anchor Industries, Tel: (021) 531-0525

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Straightpoint Names Distributor in African Markets


WOLFF Power for South Africa – WOLFFKRAN’s strongest Luffing Cranes on Kusile Power Plant Project Although it is one of Africa’s largest economies, South Africa is struggling with energy shortages. The construction of two new power plants within the country aims to remedy this situation and to stabilize the power supply in the long term. In Nkangala district, located in the northeastern province of Mpumalanga, seven red WOLFF cranes (four of which are the BIG WOLFF 1250 B) owned by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa (MHPSA) are currently in operation to help build the coal-fired Kusile Power Station. The mega power plant will consist of six 800 megawatt units and produce 4,800 megawatts of electricity a year making it the fourth-largest coal-fired power plant in the world. It goes without saying that the dimensions on the site are correspondingly big: Almost 60-ton heavy steel and concrete elements have to be moved, and a total of approximately 115,000 tons of steel will be installed in the construction. A job The standard WOLFF Fine Positioning Controls are of utmost im- for the strongest WOLFFs portance on cramped construction in the pack. Therefore, no sites such as the Kusile Power Plant less than four BIG WOLFF project. 1250 B luffing cranes are in use in South Africa since this year. At the power plant site they really earn their place with their impressive lifting capacity of up to 60 tons. But by the same token, they also convince with the standard WOLFF Fine Positioning controls allowing for a centimeter accurate positioning of loads, which is of major importance in the cramped conditions on the construction site. Despite having a tower height of 120 meters, the WOLFF

1250 B cranes with their 60-meter-long jibs are only tied to the stair towers of the boiler plants once. "Working together with MHPSA, our technical support department developed special collar frames for the stair towers to enable simple and yet stable anchoring of the crane to the structure", explains Andreas Kahl, Managing Director at WOLFFKRAN. "The crane concept envisages that one of the 1250 B cranes will be relocated to Unit 6 as construction progresses," says Kahl.

Economical – luffing crane on top of boiler plant The four red giants are supported by three WOLFF 355 B luffing cranes with 50-meter jibs, which were erected directly on top of the 122-meter high boiler plants. In this way, an overall hook height of 186 meters was achieved with the use of just one tower segment. "This saves on space on the ground as well as costs for the customer, because fewer tower elements are required and the assembly, using a mobile crane, is much faster,” says Andreas Kahl. Mounted on the mobile WOLFF undercarriage UW 260.3, the luffers can move back and forth along rails on the roof of the boiler plants and thus have a movement radius of approximately 40 meters. They were already used from 2011 to 2013 on the first three of the six boiler plants and are now being used on Units 2, 3 and 4. Four WOLFFKRAN service technicians were sent to South Africa for the assembly and technical monitoring of the work. “The requirements for the personnel on the construction site are very high and the safety regulations are understand-

WOLFF cranes being used in Nkangala district: WOLFF Model


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355 B (3 cranes)





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ably strict,” says Andreas Kahl. “The space on the site is not only very restricted, but it also appears quite chaotic to the untrained eye. In addition to the seven WOLFFs, numerous crawler and lattice-boom cranes are also in use to move very heavy and large components. That is why safety has top priority at the site,” says Kahl.

Proven concept convinces customer To date, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems has only used crawler and lattice-boom cranes in South Africa for power plant construction. The successful combination of WOLFF 355 B and WOLFF 1250 B cranes in the construction of the coal-fired plants in Wilhelmshaven (Germany) and Maasvlakte (Netherlands) convinced MHPSA of the more economical tower crane concept. After the European construction projects were successfully completed with rental cranes, MHP-

Three further 355 B WOLFF cranes owned by MHPSA are also currently in use at the Medupi Power Station in the neighboring province of Limpopo. Working on behalf of the South African electricity generator Eskom, the two modern coalfired power plants in Kusile and Medupi will bring a reliable supply of energy into the resource-rich region for decades to come.

WOLFFKRAN International AG Simone Engleitner Tel + 41 41-766 85 00 Fax + 41 41-766 85 99

New Fassi V7 Radio Controls


t the recent Bauma trade fair in Germany, Fassi has presented the new V7 radio controls, equipped with a new command graphic interface with colour display, that allows the "user experience" of Fassi cranes to be enhanced and increased.

Among the main features of these new radio controls are the display size of 3.5", the 16-bit interface with 320x240 px resolution, automatic contrast management according to the ambient light, 6 buttons for activation and navigation menus, and 3 buttons for shortcuts.

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Four WOLFF 1250 B and three WOLFF 355 B are in operation at the Kusile Power Plant construction site amidst a multitude of crawler and lattice boom cranes.

SA successively bought the seven WOLFFs for the mega-project in South Africa. “With this investment, we are not only investing in Kusile, but also in future power plant projects,” says Stanley Langkilde, Construction Services Manager at MHPSA. “The concept suits our needs perfectly. Together with WOLFFKRAN’s technical services and the long-lasting, modular cranes, we are very well set-up in the power plant supply and construction market,” says Langkilde.


Criterion Equipment TCM FB V111 Electric Counterbalanced Forklift Trucks

The TCM range of forklift trucks, available exclusively in Southern Africa from Criterion Equipment, now includes a new FB-VIII electric counterbalanced series, with advanced design features for enhanced performance.

The new FB-VIII series - a Class 1 sit-down rider type – has been developed for lower power consumption than previous models and for extended periods of operation between battery charges. This significantly improves productivity and enhances the environmentally-friendly features of these machines,” says Brenton Kemp, managing director of Criterion Equipment, part of the Capital Equipment Group (CEG) of Invicta Holdings Limited. “Other benefits of these electric forklift trucks include greater controllability of the vehicle, improved safety, minimal maintenance requirements and enhanced operator comfort.” This new series is available in a wide range of robust units, each with a 500 mm load centre. The smallest machine has a maximum load capacity of 1 000 kg and the largest unit’s maximum capacity is 3 500 kg. New design features include a fully hydraulic Orbitrol power steering as standard and an easy to read multi-function LCD panel which indicates power consumption and remaining battery time before the vehicle needs a re-charge. These forklift trucks can achieve an eight and a half hour battery run time (in economy mode) on a single charge by using a highly efficient AC drive motor that draws less current than other forklift trucks. AC motors are used for both

the drive and lift systems to ensure greater controllability of the vehicle and low maintenance requirements. Regenerative braking also increases energy saving during materials handling operations. Efficient recovery of braking energy is attained by three types of regeneration – braking, accelerator-off and switch back. The reduced switch back time and distance minimises operator fatigue. A new auto power-off facility automatically turns off the power when the operator’s seat is left vacant or when no operation is performed over a set time period. This eliminates wasteful consumption of battery current and also prevents accidents when the operator gets back on the truck. There are three power output modes available – economy (E), power (P) and super mode (S) – to meet specific load handling requirements and to also improve economy and productivity. In super mode, these forklift trucks can travel at a maximum speed of 16,0 km/h without a load. The compact truck body, with a minimum turning radius of 1 800 mm, improves work efficiency, particularly in narrow aisles of a warehouse. The ergonomically designed operator’s compartment offer enhanced comfort and greater controllability. In cases where operators need to get on and off the truck frequently – particularly in warehouse applications – the low floor and wide step design, significantly reduce operator fatigue. These forklifts, with a wide-view mast, have been designed for optimum safety during operation in any environment. The steering wheel angle is fully adjustable which means more efficient steering, with less fatigue. The angle adjustable safety seat with side supports offers greater protection and also contributes to reduced fatigue. The new FB-VIII series has a battery compartment, with a damper, that opens fully for quick and easy maintenance access. Drive and hydraulic motor controllers, with enhanced dust and water resistance, are also easily accessible. Criterion Equipment, which has been the sole distributor of TCM forklift trucks in South Africa for nearly 45 years, offers a national technical advisory, spare parts, repair and maintenance service.

The TCM range of forklift trucks, available exclusively in Southern Africa from Criterion Equipment, now includes a new FB-VIII electric counterbalanced series, with advanced design features for enhanced performance


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Criterion Equipment, Brenton Kemp Tel: 011-966-9700, Email: Web:

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Load Securing: The angles are the Crucial Factor!

The basics for safety and profitability for transport on roads is an optimal load securing. Amongst others, however, the subject of “lashing angles” is often still under-estimated. RUD showed with a live demonstration at a deep loader the essential key issues.

Vertical angle α


ith transports of heavy loads, e.g. building machines, extensive forces may affect the load which can reliably be accepted in case of a diagonal lashing. However, there are different kinds of diagonal lashings. The following example with an excavator weighing 24 tons will show the essential facts to be considered with a diagonal lashing. This example can also simply be retracted at no charge by means of the RUD calculation app for lashing means. The friction between load and load surface plays a decisive role. The present example shows a chain excavator heavily soiled placed on a wooden surface. Due to this, a friction coefficient of µ = 0,1 only can be considered. The lashing angles often play an even more important role in the field of load securing. With a diagonal lashing on one hand, there is the vertical angle α which is located between lashing strand and load surface. This angle should be as flat as possible. On the other hand, there is the horizontal angle β located between an assumed line in driving direction and the lashing strand. The ideal size of this angle is between 20° und 45°. For example, the lashing angles may be measured by means of the RUD Lashing Card or the RUD app for lashing means. For this example there is α = 10° and β = 35°. The calculation results in a required Lashing Capacity (permissible pulling strength) of LC = 10.000 daN (per chain) corresponding with a common lashing chain in quality class 8 and nominal size of 13mm – unit weight abt. 30 kilos.

Horizontal angle β

In order to demonstrate the influence of the lashing angles, the horizontal angle shall be modified to β = 75°. The calculation now results in a required Lashing Capacity of LC = 30.000 daN meaning a triplication! Lashing means with such a high LC or vehicles allowing such a force introduction by the lashing point do not exist! The example shows: The angles are the crucial factor! By choosing the right lashing angle, a lighter lashing mean can often be used. A different way of using lighter lashing means can be realised by using up-to-date lashing chains in quality class 12. With the present example (photo), the latest and most upto-date lashing chain technology of RUD was taken as a basis. Quality class ICE 120 was used having a lashing force increased by more than 60% compared to lashing chains of common quality class 8 acc. to DIN EN 12195-3. When using these extremely strong, tough and wear-resistant chain quality, the nominal size can in general be reduced by one size compared to quality class 8. For the actual case this means: 24 tons can be secured with 10mm lashing chains! 10mm ICE lashing chains do also have a LC of 10.000 daN, however, with a weight reduced by abt. 40% compared to the relevant 13mm chain of quality class 8.

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In order to eliminate the chances of freak accidents, complying with operational compliance procedures is a prerequisite for a hydro scheme. Skyriders recently assisted engineers with two shaft inspections at a hydro scheme in South Africa.


he hydro project was established to deliver energy to the national grid at peak demand times using hydroelectric power. It consists of an upper and a lower dam, each capable of holding about 22 million square metres of water. During peak times, the water is released from

the top dam, passing through the shafts into the bottom dam. In times of low demand, the shafts are used to pump the water back again. A three-man team from Skyriders assisted with inspections of the shafts from 8 to 10 December 2015. Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn indicates that since all construction on the project has been completed, the next step was to hand over to an engineer for inspections. “We assisted with getting the engineer into each shaft safely, the final visual inspection of the shaft concerned and removing possible hazards such as debris and sand bags which could cause damage.” The inspection of the whole shaft and its entire depth was done using rope access gear such as rope, headlights and battery-operated spotlights for clear visibility. “The shafts were well over 700 m long, 6 m in diameter and with 25 degree slopes. Although it was not easy getting inside the shafts, the project was finished on time,” adds Zinn.

Skyriders boasts extensive experience in all rope access applications. Its technicians are trained in various fields of rope access expertise. Zinn highlights that two senior technicians with Level 3 IWH certification, which is the highest level of rope access training, and one Level 2 technician, were sent out for the project. “One senior technician went down into the shaft with the engineer while the other two technicians were on standby rescue outside.” Skyriders also provides structure inspections and installations, high-pressure cleaning, waterproofing, bolting/ steel erection, welding, concrete inspection and repairs, and non-destructive testing. Due to its cost-effectiveness, flexibility and speedy expertise, Skyriders has become the preferred supplier of innovative height-related solutions.

Skyriders Mike Zinn Skyriders Marketing Manager Tel: (011) 312 1418 Email: Web:

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Crane Expert Calls for Infrastructure Spending While South Africa has enjoyed a period of sound private investment into large building projects, focus also needs to be placed on the civil infrastructure that is needed to support them.


his is the view of SA French’s managing director, Quentin van Breda, who is concerned that spending on important services has struck worrying lows in the country, and that this will eventually thwart existing and future building projects in the country. SA French, a division of Torre Lifting Solutions, is the sub-Saharan African agent for the reputable Potain range of tower cranes, which are operating on a number of building projects in South Africa. “We have supplied cranes and turnkey support services to a host of private sector property development projects over the years. This includes the rapidly growing Sandton district, which is home to some of the most impressive internation-

al trends in building designs and methods. However, we are not seeing adequate investment into the water, sewage and energy infrastructure that is needed to support them, or any new projects in the pipeline,” says van Breda. SA French is also no stranger to public-sector driven infrastructure projects and over the years, the company has supplied many cranes for important civil construction activities. More recently, the company supplied Potain units to the Clanwilliam Dam expansion programme, complementing its involvement in other such flagship projects, such as the De Hoop Dam and Eskom’s power station fleet expansion programme. He praises the South African government’s National Development Plan (NDP), which has placed infrastructure development firmly on the agenda, but warns that the execution of these very important projects needs to be accelerated as soon as possible. “The NDP has enjoyed much international acclaim, including from our international principal, Potain and the larger Manitowoc group in France. It highlights the importance of upgrading essential infrastructure, and it is imperative that these projects start gaining momentum,” says van Breda. While the NDP focuses on an array of important infrastructure segments, he says that water systems are in urgent need of upgrading and expansion to avoid a crisis. These

Potain tower cranes are used on infrastructure projects all over the globe


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Potain tower cranes have moved material on many important civil engineering projects in South Africa

TOWER CRANES Potain tower cranes allow contractors to manage materials handling with ease on large sites

Materials handling on large infrastructure projects is made easier using tower cranes

Potain tower cranes have been a common site on civils and infrastructure projects in South Africa

range from large augmentation projects to essential water and sewage treatment plants at national, provincial and local levels. Van Breda says a positive signal from central government that it will commence spending on these projects very soon will also see an increased appetite from the private sector to bolster its spending in property development. He also supports the South African government’s focus on boosting beneficiation in South Africa, and encourages a similar plan for the local “brick and mortar” sector as the much acclaimed Motor Industry Development Plan (MIDP), the forerunner of the Automotive Production and Development Programme.

The MIDP was critical to the success of the South African motor vehicle manufacturing industry, a major exporter of its output and a significant employer. Van Breda is optimistic about the future of the South African construction sector - an outlook that is needed to help resolve the challenges the industry is facing, at present.

Torre Lifting Solutions, Quentin Van Breda Tel :+27 011 822 8782 Email : Website: Lifting Africa - May/June 2016



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Hubtex Helps Move SA Timber Industry Forward – 50% Space Saving Recorded Where long loads are concerned, like in the timber industry, Hubtex multidirectional and side-loaders will are making a difference to many South African timber operators. This is according to Goscor Lift Truck Company’s (GLTC) MD Darryl Shafto.


hafto however notes that still too many companies in the local timber industry are using traditional, front-loading forklifts in their longload applications. “The result is inefficient utilisation of warehouse space and a significant reduction in productivity all-round,” he says.

GLTC are the sole distributors of Hubtex in South Africa The Hubtex technology, which enables long loads to be handled in narrow aisles, can save companies a lot of money through increased space and operational efficiencies,” says Shafto. “Those operations that have specialised load-handling requirements should be

using the correct technology. We have been showing many of these operations the benefits of the Hubtex range and I have no doubt that demand will grow dramatically for these machines with time,” he says. Two machines that have proven themselves in the timber industry worldwide are the Hubtex DQ diesel/gas multidirectional sideloader and the Hubtex Electric sideloaders. The former, with diesel or gas drive, is an extremely robust machine developed for indoor and outdoor use. With its hydrostatic all-wheel drive and independently activatable differential lock it is suited to all surfaces including poor ground or floor conditions. Also, the multidirectional steering enables optimal handling of long and bulky loads and the efficient use of storage space.

“The superior High Performance Steering (HPS) steering system of our multidirectional sideloaders ensures the shortest changeover time from lengthwise to crosswise drive. In fact research has shown that compared to conventional steering systems the Hubtex HPS enables a 60% faster changeover and, in addition, has up to a 30% smaller turning radius by means of its load wheels,” says Shafto. He adds that in lengthwise drive, the Hubtex DQ series can quickly transport long material through narrow doors and aisles, in crosswise drive it can be used as a conventional front loader while circle drive enables the fast turning of the truck. “This overall agility can save up to 50% floor space,” Shafto says. The Hubtex sideloader series, which is electric, diesel or LPG-powered, is designed to maximise long-load storage density providing room for additional racks and enhanced storage capacities. “Not only do these trucks enable up to 100% more storage space than conventional forklifts, but their unique design also allows quick, safe and efficient operation with reduced load damage,” Shafto says. The heavy-duty, diesel sideloaders are specifically designed for demanding operations and provide exceptional performance with proven stability. With capacities of up to 40 tons and loadbed widths of up to 2500mm these workhorses have proven themselves in the toughest operations in the timber industry.

Goscor Lift Truck Company Darryl Shafto Tel: 010 594 4339 Fax: 086 635 9474 Email:


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New-generation Crane Girder to Revolutionise Load Handling in South Africa Demag’s newly launched V-Type crane girder can easily manage more than 500 000 load changes – over double the service life of a conventional box-section girder – making it a game changer in the local material handling sector. making it suited to applications with considerable space. Type 5: The girder is significantly raised. Its lower edge is located above the crane runway, which provides for a large range of lifting heights. Type 6: A combination of Types 1 and 2. It can be adapted to suit the available space, since the dimensions above and below the crane rail can be freely selected. The bottom edge of the crane girder is below the level of the crane runway.

Demag’s newly launched V-Type crane girder


emag Senior Manager Sales & Marketing Richard Roughley explains that Demag’s V-Type girder, which was launched in early 2016, delivers safety and impressive load handling rates. “Regardless of the model type selected – the V-Type girder can be easily adapted to any building shape, and is the ideal solution both for existing buildings, as well as for new construction projects.”

The following Demag V-Type girders are available:

Built with safety in mind, the V-Type girder allows 30 percent more light to pass through, enabling personnel to better see their surroundings, while brightening the workspace. This improved view ultimately results in a safer and more attractive working environment. The V-Type girder also has a shorter time cycle, helping to increase productivity and overall output. It boasts several lifting points for safer installation of the load and has more clamping and attachment points for lamps. What’s more, the tapered diaphragm joints also replace the solid box-section design of conventional cranes. “Tapered diaphragm joints accommodate pressure and tensile forces more effectively to reduce resonant frequency by 30 percent. On average, the V-Type crane is 17 percent lighter than

Type 1: The ends of the standard crane girder slope at a 45° angle. The bottom edge of the girder is at the same level as the crane runway, offering sufficient space for loads such as pipes. Type 2: On the compact version, the bottom edge of the V-Type crane is significantly lower than the crane runway. This variant is particularly suitable for projects that offer limited space. Type 4: The lower edge of the slightly raised crane girder is located higher than the crane runway, which offers a gain in lifting height, 36

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Demag’s newly launched V-Type crane girder in action

Demag’s V-Type crane girder

comparable cranes that have box-section girders. This not only reduces the forces transmitted to the existing support superstructure and provides architects with greater freedom when planning new building layouts, but also improves the relative deadweight-to-load-capacity ratio,” adds Roughley. The V-Type girder’s energy chain is perfectly matched to the given V-Type crane variant, and is tailored to meet the specific requirements of indoor and outdoor applications, as well as any payload movements. The energy chain provides improved working clearance below the crane, thereby enabling available space to be used more effectively. It also eliminates the need for many standard components that often result in more maintenance and higher susceptibility to repairs.

crane runway and the rails.”

The V-Type girder was manufactured using eco-friendly processes, in an effort to reduce Demag’s footprint and to increase environmental sustainability. “Our eco-friendly utilisation of resources is reflected by the use of less material, reduced drive output requirements, blast cleaning of metal parts with dry ice and the use of water-based paints. This manufacturing process ultimately results in greener building practices further down the supply chain too,” Roughley concludes.

Demag Cranes, Richard Roughley Tel: (011) 898 3500 Email: Web:

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The V-Type girder features bolted connections for gentler loads on the entire crane system, including the crane runway. Consequently, maintenance costs and requirements are reduced to a minimum. Roughley indicates that absolutely parallel alignment of the machined connecting surfaces forms the basis for secure connections with high-tensile bolts. “The machined and bolted connections and matching contact surfaces provide optimum alignment of the components, minimising the rapid wear of travel wheels, the

BAUMA REPORT BACK Once again the Bauma exhibition broke records, in size, visitor and exhibitor numbers, to name just a few. The Lifting Africa team was there all week and here reports some highlights The total number of visitors to last month’s Bauma, the world’s biggest construction equipment exhibition, was close to 580,000 – an increase of about 10 % on then previous event, held in 2013. Visitors to the Munich, Germany, show came from 200 countries. After Germany, the top ten countries of origin were Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Netherlands, UK, Sweden, the Russian Federation, Poland and the Czech Republic. Products were shown by 3,423 exhibitors occupying a record 605,000 m² of exhibition space. Exhibitors from outside Germany were 63 % of the total – higher than ever before, according to event organiser Messe München. An amazing number of new cranes, transport equipment, components and services was shown for the first time. The next Bauma in Munich will be held from 8 to 14 April 2019. This year Bauma China will be held in Shanghai between 22 and 25 November 2016


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KOBELCO celebrated the order of MAMMOET for 17 units KOBELCO cranes with a speech and handshake followed by a traditional Japanese sake ceremony with the MAMMOET team and the KOBELCO team dressed in MAMMOET red Japanese happi coats. Ceremonial hammers were used to break open the sake barrel, after which the sake was shared with the gathered crowd in typical Japanese square wooden cups with the logos of MAMMOET and KOBELCO branded on opposite sides. KOBELCO also handed over to MAMMOET,a Kabuko samourai helmet, sword and bow with arrows.


y this KOBELCO wishes MAMMOET best of success in business with the addition of these new KOBELCO cranes to the already impressive fleet of MAMMOET, which consists of over 1,500 cranes of which 350 are crawler cranes.

max. luffing boom plus 53m max. luffing jib

MAMMOET will be using the 17 units KOBELCO cranes on a wide variety of high-profile industrial, petrochemical and maritime projects around the world. The first 2 units KOBELCO CKE2500, including the CKE2500G exhibited at BAUMA, already have been delivered to MAMMOET.

2 units KOBELCO cranes of the 1st Generation CKE- / BME-Gseries equipped with an engine in compliance with NRMM Europe Stage IIIB and US EPA Tier 4 Interim regulations, namely:

15 units KOBELCO cranes of the 2nd Generation CKE- / BME-G-series equipped with the new engine in compliance with NRMM Europe Stage IV and US EPA Tier 4 Final regulations, namely: 3 units KOBELCO CKE1100-2 with 110 ton max. lifting capacity with 70m max. crane boom 7 units KOBELCO CKE1350G-2 with 150 ton max. lifting capacity, with 76m max. crane boom, or 49m

5 units KOBELCO CKE2500G-2 with 250 ton max. lifting capacity with 91m max. crane boom, or 61m max. luffing boom plus 61m max. luffing jib

2 units KOBELCO CKE2500G with 250 ton max. lifting capacity with 91m max. crane boom, or 61m max. luffing boom plus 61m max. luffing jib Our Customers buy KOBELCO cranes, because the cranes are simply the best in Performance, Reliability, Durability, Transportability, Low cost of ownership and extremely low fuel consumption. KOBELCO cranes are also competitively priced. MAMMOET COO, Mr. Herman Smit and Purchase Manager, Mr. Martijn Tuijtel commented on this large order for 17 KOBELCO cranes, "The KOBELCO crawlers are a welcome addition to our fleet. We have a long lasting relationship with KOBELCO and good experience with their products when it comes to reliability, performance and safety. On top of all that the G-mode feature enables us to reduce fuel consumption and meet the highest environmental standards. Besides the products itself the KOBELCO organisation is able to provide engineering and service support for all our locations worldwide. We are always looking to optimize our fleet to offer the best possible solution for every client challenge worldwide." To find out more about the Kobelco G-Series,

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Kobelco Celebrates Order from Mammoet


New 8-Axle Crane from Liebherr: LTM 1450-8.1 With 85 m Telescopic Boom

The Liebherr LTM 1450-8.1 mobile crane is designed for high flexibility and economy

Liebherr presented the new LTM 14508.1 with its maximum load capacity of 450 tonnes at Bauma. The new crane features a very long yet powerful 85 m telescopic boom. The new LTM 1450-8.1 can even perform crane jobs normally reserved for the 500-tonne class in many cases.


n the design of the LTM 1450-8.1, Liebherr focused on high economy and simple set-up on site. This has resulted in the new 8-axle crane being capable of travelling on public roads with a 12-tonne axle load including its complete telescopic boom and all supports. This means that it can be quickly prepared for use once it reaches the site. To support worldwide economic mobility, a wide variety of transport weights and axle load versions were included in the design of the LTM 1450-8.1. The new 450-tonne crane from Liebherr also features easy handling and the very latest mobile crane technology. The new crane has a facility to work with a variable ballast radius. The VarioBallast® enables the ballast radius to be reduced with infinite adjustment from 7 m to 5 m using a simple hydraulic system, a feature which is very practical on constricted sites.


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Powerful, variable boom system The Liebherr LTM 1450-8.1 has a very long, powerful telescopic boom. When it is fully extended to 85 m, the boom can hoist a massive 20 tonnes. That makes it ideal for erecting large tower cranes. The long telescopic boom is also ideal for work in refineries and chemical plants. The new 450-tonne crane from Liebherr delivers outstanding load capacities both with large radii and also for heavyweight hoists with a small radius which enables it to carry out 500-tonne class work in many cases. A range of lattice jibs enables it to work efficiently in a wide range of applications. With a folding jib from 7 m to 35 m in length, the telescopic boom can be extended particularly easily and quickly. The folding jib is attached below a 0°, 10°, 20° or 40° angle. In this configuration the new Liebherr 450-tonne crane is ideal for wind turbine maintenance work. Even greater hoist heights and load capacities can be achieved using the fixed lattice jib. It can be erected from 7 m to 56 m and can also be attached at an angle of 0°, 10°, 20° or 40°. The luffing lattice jib with a length of 14 m to 84 m delivers maximum height, radius and performance. Economical 8-axle crane with simple set-up technology The new Liebherr 8-axle crane features, at 85 m, the longest telescopic boom in the world that can be carried on public roads with a 12-tonne axle load. All four supports, the 16 size tyres, the hoist winch, 16x8 drive, retarder and Telma eddy current brake are included in this. To support worldwide mobility, a wide variety of transport weights and axle load versions were included in the design of the LTM 1450-8.1.

The new Liebherr mobile crane has been designed to deliver high economy and simple set-up on site. The crane cab is to the side of the boom and does not have to be swung from the driving position at the rear to the working position at the side as is common practice in this crane class. Liebherr has deliberately not used telescopic boom guying so as to reduce set-up times and purchasing costs. The new LTM 1450-8.1 has been designed to complete hoisting work flexibly and quickly so that two different jobs per day are easily possible. For a wide range of work, the crane can operate with just one additional transport vehicle to carry attachment equipment, support plates and adequate ballast.

VarioBallast® variable ballast radius Liebherr launched its VarioBallast® on its new developments in the 5-axle class to change between two different ballast radii quickly and easily. Liebherr has gone one step further on the new LTM 1450-8.1. The ballast radius can be reduced with infinite adjustment from 7 m to 5 m using a simple hydraulic swivel mechanism. The VarioBallast® ballast adjustment is of great benefit on constricted sites. For example, a ballast radius of 5 m corresponds to the value of mobile cranes in the 200-tonne class. The new 8-axle crane operates with a maximum ballast of 135 tonnes. To enhance economy, the ballast plates are compatible with the plates from the LTM 1350-6.1, the LTM 1400-7.1 and Liebherr 9-axle mobile cranes. Winch 2 with its pulley block for luffing jib operation can be installed quickly since it is secured direct to the ballast frame.

Time-tested chassis technology An eight-cylinder Liebherr diesel engine in the undercarriage which develops 505 kW / 687 hp and torque of 3,160 Nm provides the LTM 1450-8.1 with all the power it needs. The engine meets the emissions regulations for Stage IV / Tier 4f and is also available in a Stage III version for threshold countries. The power is transferred to the crane axles via the 12-speed

ZF-TC Tronic gearbox. A torque converter ensures perfect manoeuvring. The intarder, a zero wear hydrodynamic brake integrated in the gearbox, acts as a retarder. In addition a Telma eddy current brake is available. All the rear axles on the new 450-tonne crane have active electro-hydraulic steering depending on the vehicle speed. This increases the manoeuvrability of the vehicle and drastically reduces tyre wear. Five steering programmes can be selected conveniently at the touch of a button. There is no need to raise the centre axles in crab speed.

Innovative single-engine concept with ECOmode The LTM 1450-8.1 is the fourth mobile crane to feature the new Liebherr single-engine concept. The superstructure is powered by a mechanical shaft. Gear shafts are routed from the distributor gear in the substructure via two mitre gears through the centre of the slewing ring to the pump distributor gear in the superstructure. A mechanical shaft ensures a particularly high efficiency level and low engine speeds in the chassis engine provide sufficient power for crane work. This ensures the economy of the new concept in terms of fuel consumption. The benefits of not having a separate superstructure engine include reduced maintenance work and lower weight. The lower weight can be used for load-bearing components, thus increasing the crane's load capacity. An add-on program is available for the crane drive concept with just one engine and a mechanical shaft to allow the machine to be run with particularly low fuel consumption. In ECOmode the complete pump drive can be disconnected automatically when the engine is idling and then reconnected by the intelligent controller in a matter of seconds when it is required.

Liebherr Wolfgang Beringer Phone: +49 7391 502-3663 Email:

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Liebherr has developed practical solutions both for countries with reduced axle loads and gross weights as well as for regions where more than 12 tonnes per axle are permitted.


PALFINGER Has Optimistic Future

With two trade fair stands, 20 installations and a whole host of highlights, PALFINGER presented itself as an innovative market leader for mobile loader cranes and as a technological pacesetter for hydraulic lifting and work systems at BAUMA. PALFINGER demonstrated a wide product range, extending from the latest heavy-duty crane PK 165.002 TEC 7, timber and recycling cranes ras well as container handling systems, truck-mounted forklifts and access platforms.


he PALFINGER Group is looking to the future with optimism; as previous, business performance in 2015 was characterised by consistent growth. The positive sales growth of 15.7% to €1,229.9 million and the increase in the EBIT margin to 8.5% validate the PALFINGER Group's systematic implementation of its strategy of tapping into international markets, and once again demonstrate the success of the strategic pillars of innovation, flexibilisation and internationalisation. BAUMA is the world's leading trade fair for the construction, construction machinery and mining industry and offered Palfinger an optimum platform for demonstrating its competitive edge as a leader in innovation. PALFINGER products demonstrate their strengths in performance, quality and service, day in and day out – for the entire product lifetime. They thus live up to our brand promise of LIFETIME EXCELLENCE, as we know that the only way to hold your ground and to further expand your market position in the long term

is through cost-effective, reliable and innovative products. This is why several crane innovations celebrated their global premiere at PALFINGER's main stand. PALFINGER launched a new crane series in the form of the new heavy-duty crane PK 165.002 TEC 7. Designed for carrier vehicles with a maximum permissible gross vehicle weight of 32 tonnes, the PK 165.002 TEC 7 achieves a new dimension in terms of weight saving. The PK 165.002 TEC 7 combines extraordinary strength with a large reach, yet is 800 kg lighter than its predecessor, the PK 150.002. There is a further market innovation in store in the form of the fall protection mode feature. PALFINGER is the first crane manufacturer to offer a personal protection mode for loader cranes and is thus an absolute pioneer when it comes to safety. Once again, PALFINGER is getting top marks in construction material transport with the innovative L-crane model series. In addition to familiar features such as a 440° slewing angle and an excellent loading height, the technical innovations in the L-crane series are impressive: slewing gear mounted in an oil bath, internally routed hoses and an ergonomically optimised top seat with new joystick control. These characteristics improve the efficiency of the day-to-day handling of building materials and are a strong argument for the new L series. With the launch of the new SOLID models, the existing models PK 16.001, PK 16.001-K and PK 18.001 EH will be replaced. SOLID stands for robust, easy and cost-effective cranes. A characteristic feature of the new SOLID models is a boom system that can be overstretched with a single elbow lever, known as the Single Link Plus. SOLID models are offered in three different configurations. The PK 17.001 SLD 1 is the NON-CE entry level model and is delivered without overload protection in basic version. The PK 17.001 SLD 3 is already equipped with Paltronic 50 in the basic version and available as NON-CE and CE-Version. The top-version of the SOLID models is the PK 19.001 SLD 5. It is equipped with Pal-


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tronic 50, E-HPLS, radio remote control and a load-sensing control valve. Furthermore the new SOLID compact crane series celebrated its global premiere at BAUMA. Due to the Single Link Plus the PK 5.001 SLD 3, the PK 7.001 K SLD 3 and the PK 7.501 SLD 5 provide much better movement geometry than previous models and with the PK 7.501K SLD 5, also a HPLS crane in the 7 m range is being offered for the first time. The reach has been extended thereby from 6.9 metres to 8.8 metres by means of a third extension boom. PALFINGER constantly works on innovative complete solutions that have been optimally adapted to customer requirements for all cranes, no matter what their size. This includes mounting and operating the crane simply, efficiently and safely. In addition to factory-mounted complete vehicles,

There is a further market innovation in store in the form of the fall protection mode feature the service range of the PALFINGER Mounting Competence Centre was also presented at BAUMA. Together with the PALFINGER Equipment Centre, a wide range of options for plant set-up and add-on components were presented. PALFINGER offers special assembly solutions such as front stabiliser construction kits and aluminium tanks that have been optimally adapted to truck requirements. When it comes to mounting equipment as well, PALFINGER demonstrates its high quality standards with its toolboxes and mudguards. International trade specialists had their first opportunity to view the new EPSILON M12Z at PALFINGER's main stand. With the presentation of the new M series, EPSILON is heralding in a new era in construction and recycling applications. Usage-optimised design, extraordinary comfort and outstanding technology are combined in these top-class cranes and make everyday jobs much easier with new reaches and precise control. In addition, the tried-and-tested PALFINGER

PALFINGER presented yet another highlight with the new P 750 at the access platform booth. This product completes the Jumbo Class NX (next generation). With a working height of 75 metres and a lateral reach of 39 metres it gets best marks in its class. As usual in this class the hydraulically operated X-jib between the upper boom and the workman basket gives the new P 750 unparalleled abilities and allows for precision working at the highest level. It can be controlled individually for especially precise positioning and offers a work area of 240 degrees. This is supplemented by a basket rotation of 2 x 200 degrees. It is just as flexible as a wrist above an extended arm and allows exact orientation. Thanks to this enormous flexibility and the sensitive proportional controller, the new P750, just like all Jumbo Class NX platforms, can now take on demanding tasks at a huge height as well – tasks in which conventional access platforms reach their limits due to their design. By means of additional stowage boxes beneath the aluminium cover, the Jumbo Class NX offers comprehensive storage space for tools and equipment. International trade specialists also had their first opportunity to view the new ISOTIP hookloader. As well as a conventional hookloader container, this can also pick up a 20' ISO marine freight container. Up to now, picking up and transporting 20' ISO containers was possible only with additional loading equipment such as forklifts, loader cranes and reach stackers. The new ISOTIP hookloader now offers an inexpensive alternative for customers who also want to transport ISO containers in addition to conventional hookloader containers. With a lifting capacity of up to 23 tons as well as the latest hookloader control system "Pro-Active Drive" in conjunction with the PAD radio remote control and following the PALFINGER mounting concept SAM (Secured Advanced Mounting), the ISOTIP represents the latest innovation in hookloaders from the PALFINGER Group. The new generation of the DIN skiploader was also on show at PALFINGER's main stand. In addition to the hydraulic four-point container restraint, PALFINGER presented the novel single-hand radio remote control, which features outstanding safety, user-friendliness and ergonomics. The expanded range of PALFINGER skiploaders now includes factory paintwork, preparation for easy assembly and an integrated underride guard.

Palfinger Southern Africa Tel: +27 11 608 3670 Email: Web: Lifting Africa - May/June 2016



HPSC system now ensures particularly efficient stability monitoring as standard. The new Master Drive top seat adds to the performance of the EPSILON model series by means of a multifunction command centre with perfect ergonomics, operational safety and comfort.


Grove Introduces New Rough-terrain Cranes Manitowoc featured two new Grove rough-terrain cranes. The all-new GRT8100 and the GRT880, both of which feature class-leading capabilities and Manitowoc’s Crane Control System (CCS).


ebuting Grove’s new naming system (GRT= Grove rough-terrain), the GRT8100 and GRT880 are generational updates to the popular RT890E and RT880E models, respectively. These two new cranes possess a number of features that will enable them to lead their capacity classes and deliver a better return on investment to owners. “These new Grove models reflect everything we’ve learned in the last decade of crane design,” said Mike Herbert, global product director of rough-terrain cranes at Manitowoc. “For example, customers will find the new cranes even more reliable thanks in part to the advances brought by our Product Verification Center (PVC). Each component has undergone extensive component validation and prototype testing and with that knowledge, we’ve been able to improve these cranes from the ground up.” The 90 t Grove GRT8100 has exceptional reach with its 47 m boom that has a maximum tip height of 49 m. With a full complement of boom extension and insert options, the crane also has an outstanding reach of 77 m. The boom is lighter and longer than its predecessor, but has the ability to lift heavier loads throughout the load chart. Capability such as this will allow customers to get unparalleled usage out of a 90 t rough-terrain crane. The 80 t GRT880 features a shorter 41 m boom that is also lighter than the GRT8100 boom. Customers will find this boom especially useful for the mining sector, equipment maintenance, and infrastructure projects. With increased capacity at mid range and maximum radii,


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the GRT8100 and GRT880 are more versatile than competitors’ cranes – they boast up to 16% greater capacity at full radius, 13% greater capacity in mid-range applications and 27% greater capacity at close radii. With offsettable boom and fly extensions, the cranes enable customers to lift heavier loads to greater heights, helping companies compete for - and win - bids for projects they may not have been able to previously. The GRT8100 is the only crane in its class to offer a hydraulic luffing jib that can be configured at lengths between 10 m to 17 m. Other optional boom extensions for the cranes include a 10 m – 17 m manual offsettable bi-fold boom extension with fixed offsets at 0, 20 and 40 degrees as well as a heavy-duty 3 m jib that is offsettable to 40 degrees. A new boom extension stowage system for both cranes’ hydraulic and offsettable jib options decreases erection and stowage time by 60% when compared with previous generation Grove cranes. This enables operators to set up and disassemble the cranes in less time, saving money and increasing return on investment. The GRT8100 and GRT880 also have best-in-class line pulls at 7,883 kg on both the main and the auxiliary hoists. The stronger pull results in fewer parts of line being needed to lift loads, which will lead to increased productivity on the job site and faster customer payback. “The GRT8100 and GRT880 will surely increase ROI for customers with the versatility of their long booms and strong load charts,” Herbert said. “Also their hydraulic and crane control systems are designed with efficiency and improved fuel economy in mind. Combined with the heightened reliability improvements brought by our PVC, the new cranes will enable customers to be more efficient and decrease maintenance and operating costs. Rental companies will surely see this benefit, too, as they will generate better rental rates.”

BAUMA REPORT Crane Control System (CCS) Both cranes feature Manitowoc’s Crane Control System (CCS). The standardized CCS is a user-friendly interface that Manitowoc is introducing on all new rough-terrain crane models, as well as crawler cranes, all-terrain cranes, boom trucks and tower cranes. An updated full-vision cab tilts to 20 degrees and also features a new ergonomic control arrangement including a tilting steering column, electronic joysticks, and a jog dial for simple CCS menu navigation. The intuitive nature of CCS enables operators to more quickly set up their cranes and get to work. Addition-

ally, CCS offers the new ECO mode to improve fuel efficiency and decrease wear and tear on the powertrain and hydraulic systems.

Manitowoc, Cristelle Lacourt T +33 472 182 018

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ZOOMLION Cranes ZOOMLION crane aims to be one of the leading manufacturers of cranes in the world. The Customers expected a crawler crane not only for normal load lifting, but also for the foundation piling jobs. This means the extension functions of a crawler crane, which set higherrequirements on selecting mechanism’s work level, shock proof ability of the boom system and the reliability of components and parts.

Rough terrain crane RT60

Zoomlion Forklifts South Africa


OOMLION crawler crane branch aims at one of the leading professional manufacturers for crawler cranes in the world. In the orientation of customers and market-driven, we are committed to fabricate the crawler cranes with the “extreme top level” of technology, quality, cost and service. The latest model is ZCC1100H (lifting capacity 100t) which we develop for American Market complying with North American standards. There are innovations on technologies applying on, such as, free-fall with load braking process control, lightweight of structural component, control of multi-movements, and stress control of raising-up the ultra-long booms, etc. Meanwhile, it is multi-functional to satisfy the applications, either of the hoisting requirements or the piling/foundation constructions like the diesel hammer, hydraulic vibration hammer, grab and so on. ZCC1100H has passed the ANSI certification by TUV. It is becoming more popular in the US market as Glocal Cranes sales ( Zoomlion cranes dealer ) ordered ten units recently. The main machine of ZCC1100H can be dismantled to comply with the toughest restrictions in the world regarding to the transportation dimension and weight for delivery. Meanwhile, itcan also be delivered as whole in order to cut transportation cost. The overall dimensions of ZCC1100H are compact by optimizing the layout of main machine’sstructure. The transportation weight of any single parts is reduced by the precise arrangement and distribution of parts. All these improvements are able to make dimensions and weights for transportation in compliance with Laws and Regulations of Road Transportation both in Europe and USA. In addition, ZCC1100H has equipped by the self-assembly function. It’s travelling tracks can be quickly dismantled from the main machine for transportation separately which is able to meet the customer’s specific requirements on dimension and weight.


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RT60 rough terrain crane obtains the ASNI (North America and EAC (Customs union) conformity certificates. With the advantages of both truck crane and crawler crane, RT60 rough terrain crane is the best choice for lifting operation in all kinds of complicated work sites. It is designed to be the best cost-effective rough terrain crane in the world with highest quality components.

Technical 1. Originally imported CUMMINS engine, Tier 3 EPA (U.S.) Compliant, more powerful. 2. Dual throttle control. During driving, the engine RPM is controlled by depressing the throttle pedal. During lifting, the engine RPM can be micro-adjusted by the hand throttle switch. In this way, the engine runs at a constant speed, which is economical, fuel-saving and environment-friendly.

Reliable 1.The main parts adopts the international famous brand, which is of reliable performance. 2. The hydraulic system is characterized by: Mature hydraulic technology, reliable hydraulic proportional control with good micro-positioning performance; Dual pump with independent and stable oil supply; Main valve with pressure compensation providing harmonious simultaneous movements. 3. The 360° full range swing lockout technology. the new design of full range swing lockout device help lock the meshing and separation of the slewing bearing and the gear, thus realizing the locking and unlocking of the slewing mechanism of the slewing table and ensuring safe and reliable operation.

Intelligent 1. Advanced electrical monitoring system. Through CANBUS communication technology, the system can collect and monitor the data about the main function modules, realize fault diagnosis and target control. 2. Integrated intelligent control technology. The vehicle GPS terminal can realize data communication of the controller programs, solving the problem of long-distance, program

- The opening pressure of winch balance valve is reduced. - The cooling system works automatically according to the hydraulic oil temperature so as to allow the hydraulic system to work at optimal temperature. - With rear rubber suspension and V-shaped thrust rod, the crane has excellent side stability, ride comfort, shock absorption, and noise reduction. In addition, the maintenance cost is low.

Reliable - The key components have undergone tens of thousands of reliability tests before delivery. - - 200 cranes have been sold all over the world.

Intelligent - GPS system can realize remote crane monitoring and fault diagnosis.

upgrade of the controller.

Supreme performance: Maximum lifting height 95m, exceed by 10m with other manufacturers.

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High efficiency:


15% faster boom contraction and extension, and highly improved maneuverability.

Flexibility: Specialized 5 axial chassis for all-terrain mobile crane, with upgraded steering system to ensure passing ability, and mobility. The vehicle is also designed light weighted to fit in confined small working space with complex working conditions. Designed with 445 x 16 tyres and axle load below 12 ton per axle.

Technical Effective variable main pump can reduce heating in hydraulic system, and prolong it’s service life.

ZMC85 Truck Crane Rough terrain crane of 4-axle steering 46m fully extended telescopic boom: five sections, with U-shaped cross section;16m fully extended jib: two sections;Maximum lifting height: 62.5m;Chassis of truck crane: 4-axle steering, with good passibility, mobility, off-road performance and driving reliability.

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DAY 1 (1 CPD Point) Introduction to LEEASA Mobile Cranes DMR 18 MEWPS Overhead Cranes NCOP Tower Cranes Q&A

DAY 2 (1 CPD Point)

How CPD works Lifting Tackle - legal and inspection Mine Health and safety SANS Standards Crane Accidents Training to skill level Heavy Lift project LEEASA Forklifts

DATE: 14-15 September 2016 VENUE: Electra Mining Nasrec, Johannesburg

Technical - Variable main pump, with high volume efficiency, can supply power for the crane in

For more information contact

Surita Marx, Email:, Cell: 083 281 5761, Tel: (011) 047-2400 ECSA REGISTERED MEMBERS

accordance with actual demands, thus saving energy and reducing the heating of hydraulic system greatly.

WILL EARN 2 CPD POINTS IF THEY ATTEND BOTH DAYS conference electra mining.indd 1

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- The boom is lowered stably with the help of boom weight and load weight.


A Major Cause of Crane Accidents in South Africa In the recent months the Lifting Equipment industry has been shocked once again with (deadly) crane accidents. Kusile, Upington and CapeTown just to name a few that come to mind. Although we may never find out the real reason behind some of these accidents. It is clear that there is one reason that causes the majority of accidents in our industry and that is the lack of proper skilled supervision and communication. It is a believed nowadays that if it is repeated often enough, communication will somehow improve. Fact however is that to improve communication and reduce accidents, a solid plan is required that is implemented at the top level of an organization and that needs to trickle down to every level below. Before we get into the details, let’s investigate some of the major reasons behind why Crane Accidents happen. talking to each other or the sales department failing to inform the operations department about the exact scope of work, once they arrive on the job site. But also inadequate competence level, supervision, unclear responsibilities and associated authorisations appear to be high on the list of uncertainties. Last but not least, terminology and disagreements in the correct hand signals contribute to the high number of communication related crane accidents. The sad truth is that most, if not all, of these accidents are avoidable by relatively simple procedures such as proper planning, documented procedures, department, client and (tool box) meetings. Checklists are another tool that can help in avoiding or overlooking activities. Crew Management through adequate supervision has been found a most effective method to improve on communication and reduce accidents.

Firstly, in the fact that a qualified rigger in question is inexperienced on the job and the second main reason lies with the reality that an experienced supervisor is not necessarily a qualified rigger so their skills level can be questioned as there was no formal training to know right from wrong

Communication (or a lack thereof ) is the cause of 80% of all accidents in our industry. It covers a wide range of issues that are all related to communication. Varying from team members simply not 52

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Misunderstanding covers exactly what the word implies; a misunderstanding of a part of the operation or equipment or concept. Examples here are not knowing what a Centre of Gravity is, or what it does if it is underestimated or neglected. Not knowing the principle working of a hydraulic transporter or a crane also falls in this category. Over the years I have been really surprised a few times how leading individuals that worked in our industry for decades lacked the knowledge of basic transport and lifting principles. Mishaps caused by misunderstanding can be reduced by

proper training of personnel to a competence level that is required by law. Supervisor vs Qualified Rigger. There are two main reasons here. Firstly, in the fact that a qualified rigger in question is inexperienced on the job and the second main reason lies with the reality that an experienced supervisor is not necessarily a qualified rigger so their skills level can be questioned as there was no formal training to know right from wrong. Other is a collection of “everything else” that can go wrong on a job. This covers personal situation at home, fatigue, friction between team members, obnoxious supervisors or project managers etc. This is the category that is most difficult to manage, it is officially non-existing as nobody wants to bring it up. The Lifting Equipment industry is generally not one of employee that constantly complain or nag. Let’s be clear about it; we all want to go home safely after the job has been completed successfully, without damage, without any incidents or worse, accidents and without any fatalities the loss of valuable lives. But…. no matter how well trained we are or how well planned the project is, or how well motivated and prepared and professional our employees are, as long as humans are involved Error is inevitable, at some point, somewhere, somebody is going to make a fatal mistake. It is our responsibility as company owners, managers, sales persons, supervisors, operators, qualified riggers, etc. to reduce these unnecessary to an absolute minimum by understanding what caused the fatal accident so we can learn from it and (hopefully) manage it in such a way that it does not happen again. In my past seminars, workshops and classes I have tried to teach these principles and concepts and I have been exposed to every layer of an organization, management, maintenance, operations, sales etc. In my attempts to teach how these departments can improve their efficiency by working together as opposed to operating as standalone, I was amazed at how little each understood the consequence of what the final outcome could be should a fatal accident happen on their watch. Unfortunately, over half of my classes took place after an accident has already happened. I always say “Prevention is far better that cure” but we will side step the law and our responsibilities required by the Skills Development Act/Amendment Act and the OHS Act & Regulations.

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Introducing Sumner’s 2500 Counter Weight Material Lift

Sumner Manufacturing is introducing four models of the new Series 2500 counter weight material lift. Lifting weights of 650 -1,000lbs (300 – 450kg) up to 10 -25ft (3.5 -7.7m), the Series 2500 allows contractors to hoist loads over obstacles without the problem of front leg interference. The lift comes in two parts, a mast section and a hand cart that doubles as steering system when connected to the mast or as a transporter to haul the counter weights and lift parts. When in two components the 2500 is easy to transport in a van or pick-up truck. Assembly only takes a minute or two.


two speed winch comes with the counter weight lift to make light work of heavy loads. For safety, the operator stands to the side of the lift and not behind the mast. The winch handle comes with two operating positions to increase lifting to four speeds. The Sumner Series 2500 lift features a unique design and safety concepts when taking on every day lifting challenges.

Introducing Sumner’s 2600 Contractor Lift Sumner Manufacturing has introduced the 2600 Contractor Lift (referred to as “Axel”) features a hefty 500 kg/1100lb load capacity. The 2600 is designed to handle the heavy loads like beams found on today’s job sites. It is available in 10 or 15


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foot (3-4.6m) heights and offers a two speed winch. Axel can travel through doorways without tipping lift back and legs fold up for compact storage or transport in a vehicle.

Sumner Manufacturing Co., Inc. Lisa Reneé Morales, 281-999-6900 ext. 103,


Rusch Offshore Services Rusch Offshore Services is an independent maintenance and service company for offshore cranes (any brand, any type). The inspection, maintenance, repair and modification of offshore cranes, such as those that are used on drilling platforms and production platforms, is routine work. Rusch has a team of qualified technicians that are available with their specialist equipment 24/7.


usch operates over the whole world and our highly specialized staff can be flown in to carry out tests, inspecting (API 2C & 2D Offshore Crane Inspector) and repairing the most diverse technical failures and reparations. Rusch Offshore Services is working according quality system ISO 9001-2008 and is VCA certified. We can provide our customers with the following services. Our services : Inspection of Offshore cranes (platforms/rigs/ships etc)

Inspection & certification of lifting gear (chains, slings, shackles, sheave blocks, etc) Repair of cranes (any brand ,any type) Maintenance of cranes (any brand, any type) Trouble shooting at cranes Overhaul of cranes & winches Hydraulic hose exchange Spare parts for cranes Crane boom repair (lattice booms & telescopic boom)

Project reference Rusch Offshore Services department supported a client with the refurbishment of the offshore crane boom for 15 tons offshore crane. During inspection of the crane it was reported the crane boom needed to be replaced due to reduced wall thickness (corrosion) of the crane boom. A used crane boom was located in the market. In close cooperation with our client and under supervision of Lloyds Register Rusch Offshore Services started the process for refurbishing and the 3 meter extension of the crane boom. Rusch Offshore Services provided our client a Plan of Repair for the work to be done. In this Plan of Repair the welding processes, based our WPQR, were described. Also the certificates of steel, the NDT plan, Welders certificates to be checked and approved by Lloyd Register. After approval we have started the project in col-

Rusch Offshore Taqa offshore crane boom exchange

laboration with and under supervision of Lloyds. For a boom extension it is very important to have the construction in a perfect alignment. To execute this the proper way the know-how and experiences of the crane boom experts is needed. All the welds in the boom lacings in relation to the boom extension were checked by a in depend party on basis of the X-ray method. The existing welds were checked 100% by MPI. After sandblasting and coating by a third party the boom is ready to be installed. For the offshore boomexchange project Rusch Offshore Services provided a Plan and a Risk Analysis. In the preparation phase of the project, meetings between all companies involved were organized to make sure the logistic side of this project went as smooth as possible. Due to a proper workpreparation the project was executed within the time frame, without safety incidents.

Rusch Crane Repair Peter Klaassen Tel +31 227 540027 +31 6 12760717

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20,000th Versalift Van Mount PLATFORMS

For more than 50 years, TIME has been among the leading manufacturers of vehicle mounted aerial access platforms for International markets. Now, as we enter Bauma 2016, we are ready to celebrate the handover of a milestone van mounted Versalift number 20,000 delivered to Swarco. an impressive payload of more than 1,000 kg even with a full tank and a driver and a passenger. The unit was on display on the corner of the TIME Versalift stand at FS.907/7 on the Bauma trade fair in Munich, Germany until Sunday, April 17.

From left: Per Torp, CEO Time International; Raimund Scheulen; Swarco managing director, Stefan Linnemann, managing director Ruthmann Finance; Jess Andreasen, sales managerTime International.


he milestone is a Versalift mounted on Benz Sprinter


20,000th unit ETM-38-145-F a Mercedesvan boasting

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a working height of 14.2 metres, a maximum outreach of 8.5 metres (at 120 kg) and a cage capacity of 230 kg. With a GVW of 5.3 t, the vehicle has

Versalift is still the leader in van mounted aerial access platforms and proud to exhibit five van mounted units on the TIME Versalift stand representing the full scope of the Versalift product range with a Light, Medium and HD range aerial access platform.

TIME International Tel: (+45) 98 63 24 33

Versalift Ibérica is the new, exclusive distributor of Versalift access platforms in Spain and Portugal. It is a newly formed subsidiary of Talleres Robles, a family owned company specializing in vehicle and truck modifications for industrial purposes including Meiller tippers, rail drive systems, cranes and quick shift systems for trucks.


ersalift Ibérica will assemble and install complete Versalift lift kits from its factory in Léon, Spain as well as handle all after-sales service jobs in Spain and Portugal from its 10 service points spread across Spain. The company is set to retail the entire range of Versalift access platforms from TIME International, although it expects to focus on units mounted on 3.5 t GVW vans, chassis and pickups such as the ETL series. “We are very pleased to announce the appointment Versalift Ibérica. The company has almost 50 years of experience in the industry and a wellestablished service network – and we are certain, it is a good fit for Versalift,” says Per Torp, CEO of TIME International. Talleres Robles was founded in 1967 by José Luis Robles and is now run by his sons Juanjo and Diego Robles. Head of sales of the Versalift Ibérica subsidiary is José Lois De Le Vega Faust. The company is on the brinks of a major factory

From left: Per Torp from Time International; José Luis De La Vega Faust, Alberto Prieto and Diego Robles from Versalift Ibérica; and Martin Sloth from Time International

expansion increasing the production capacity of the company. "We are delighted to be part of the Versalift team. We are committed to use our network and our knowledge of the industry and the local markets in order to take the Versalift brand up to

the next level in Spain and Portugal," says Juanjo Robles, General Manager of Versalift Ibérica.

TIME International Tel: (+45) 98 63 24 33

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Versalift Ibérica New Versalift Distributor


Eqstra 600SA Delivers Versatile, Lightweight Fassi Crane To KSN Electrical Eqstra 600SA, a division of Eqstra Industrial Equipment (“EIE”), has delivered a truck mounted Fassi F110A.0.22 Eactive knuckle-boom crane, equipped with an auger and RCH Radio Remote Control, Earth contact Plates, Spike and molded Foot pads, to KSN Electrical of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The Truck also features a custom built body to optimize productivity by facilitating easier and faster changing of auger bits and safe storage for the Auger Motor, while the truck, an Isuzu FTS 750 4x4 unit, is designed for sites with little or no road access.


he Fassi F110A.0.22 E-Active, an 11 t/m crane, has a lifting capacity of 5280Kg’s at 2 meter reach and 1,325kg at 7.9 m reach. While strong yet lightweight the crane has a little impact on payload even when the crane boasts additional functions, such as the auger and Radio Remote controls, which make it a highly versatile ma-

chine suited to the wide range of contracting and electrical work KSN Electrical carries out throughout KwaZulu-Natal. The machine features two sets of controls. These include a remote control, which is generally not supplied as standard by other OEMs on small cranes and which improves the operator’s safety and line of sight whilst controlling the auger. Addition to the Radio Remote control, ground Controls on one side of the machine provide enhanced safety when opening and closing the crane. “Eqstra 600SA has received a number of orders over the past two years from KSN Electrical, with such repeat contracts being testimony to the good relationship we have built with the client as well as the high standard of after sales service,” says Eqstra 600SA Managing Director Brendan Londt. “In addition to offering best-in-class brands such as the Fassi range, these are the essential ingredients in fulfilling our commitment to building partnerships for life with our customers. “Equipping the crane with an auger for KSN Electrical, as well as the additional features added, is a further example of how Fassi, and Eqstra, are committed to meeting its clients individual requirements by tailoring its machines for specific functions.” The Fassi light-weight cranes combine reduced weight, compactness and limited dimensions, with the factors typical of Fassi quality, both in the structure and in the details. As a result, clients can enjoy the high quality standards of the Fassi crane, even on light-weight trucks that can be driven with a normal driving license. Fassi cranes distributed by Eqstra 600SA range from light-duty 1/12 tonne and medium-duty 13/38 tonne units to heavy-duty (over 41 tonne) machines. Eqstra 600SA fully supports its client base over the complete product lifecyle, including maintenance contracts, operator and maintenance staff training and spares and aftermarket support.

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Crane Link Zoomlion (Pty) Ltd is the sole agent for Zoomlion in South Africa. We supply Zoomlion mobile cranes such as truck cranes, rough terrain cranes, crawler cranes and all terrain cranes. We also supply Zoomlion forklifts with diesel, electonic and warehouse models available.


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Our Midrand Sales, Service and Support Center has state of the art facilities can facilitate any crane repair or service required. Crane Link Zoomlion can also offer financing packages to make it even easier for our Customers to get the equipment they need.

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