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

Nov / Dec 2016

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Higher working load limits (7 to 60 %, in most cases around 30 %) Hexagon screw for easy mounting and dismounting Rotates 360 degrees Pivots 160 degrees


• Stay-up”-function allows the link to stay in any position the user leaves it in • Ideal for narrow spaces such as corners or edge position, as the housing has a compact design • Can be stowed away by folding the link over the housing • Rotates 360 degrees • Pivots 0–110 degrees (area of use) • M8 to M16 and NC 5/16”, 3/8”, 1/2“and 5/8” available in June • Larger sizes available in November


Compact and robust Ideal for top-mounting Hexagon socket on the bolt for easy mounting and dismounting Rotates 360 degrees M8 to M16 in stock UNC 5/16”, 3/8”, 1/2“ and 5/8” in stock Larger sizes available in November

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Lifting point with ball-bearing housing Versatile lifting point Can rotate 360 degrees under load Drop-forged housing for extra strength Hexagon shape of housing for easy mounting and dismounting M8 to M20 and UNC 5/16”, 3/8”, 1/2“, 5/8” 3/4“ and 7/8” available in July Larger sizes in November

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Elephant Lifting Equipment A Leader In Innovative Solutions



From The Chairman’s Desk

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

Nov / Dec 2016



Lifting Profile



Crane Design Life



Working Hard For Their Money Crane Design Lift

Hydraulic Skidding System Completes Emergency Operation at Electrical Plant 36 European, Chinese Rivals To Flight 20 Konecranes SA Uses Worldwide Experience For Improving Service


Elephant Lifting Equipment

SANY Expands Business in South Africa


Crosby’s Innovative Alternative To Standard Eye Bolts


Safety First – “Open-Heart Surgery” On A Natural Gas Treatment Plant


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Terex MHPS supplies first-ever Demag Cranes for a paper-roll store in Africa


The Intelligent Collision Avoidance System (ICAS) by Becker Mining South Africa 14 CRAWLER CRANES

Link-Belt Adds 250-Ton Telescopic-Boom Crawler Crane to TCC Series


Crawler Crane Works On Water For Sarens


Spectacular Dredging Application of a New Liebherr Duty Cycle Crawler Crane in the Swiss Alps 30 WORLD NEWS

EnerMech Targets African Growth For 2017


ALE Holds Global Operations Forum


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Managing Editor Surita Marx Tel: (011) 475-0010 Cell: 083 281 5761 Email: Email: Production: Jackie Nene

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Disclaimer Opinions in this Publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of this publication, its editorial board, its editor or its Publishers LEEASA or CMA. The mention of specific ● NOTICE ● products in articles and advertisements does not imply that they are endorsed or recommended by this Publication or its publishers in preference to others of a similar nature, which are not mentioned or advertised. Reliance on any information contained in this journal is at your own risk. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of editorial board makes no representations 3 March 2016 or warranties, express or implied, as to the correctness or suitability contained and/or the products advertised in this publication. The Publisher shall not be liable for any damages or loss, NO: ABC /NO. 3 /2016includes pure economic loss and howsoever arising, incurred by readers of this publication or any other person/s. The Publisher disclaims all responsibilityREFERENCE and liability forNOTICE any damages, TO: ALL MEMBERS any consequential damages, resulting from the use of services or products advertised in this publication. Readers of this publication indemnify and hold harmless the publisher, its officers, employees, and servants for any demand action, application or other proceedings made by any third party and arising out orDear in Member connection with the use of any services and/or products or the reliance on any information contained in this publication. 1. The following applications for full membership were ratified by the Board. MamaMagic Milestone Maluti News Arican Green Elements Lifting Africa Le Kap Landbouweekblad Vee

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Elephant Lifting Equipment A Leader In Innovative Solutions Technological progress has meant that innovative, often complex and powerful lifting equipment is required to meet the demands of industrial development globally. Lifting equipment or lifting gear has its roots in history and encompasses a large spectrum of moving heavy loads in a multitude of directions. Today, safety is the key ingredient in equipment applications. Organisations providing the necessary means to achieve materials handling objectives have evolved exponentially throughout the globe whether in manufacturing, distribution and services, demands for excellence remain a priority.


ong-standing relationships and to some extent partnerships have been the cornerstone of successful companies in the industry. Elephant Lifting Equipment is no exception when it comes to leadership in the lifting industry. Started in 1982, in Pretoria, the company is a highly respected lifting equipment supplier throughout sub-Sahara Africa and the Middle East and has grown into one of the largest and most technically able suppliers, designers and manufacturers of lifting equipment in southern Africa today.

Comprehensive product range Elephant Lifting Equipment’s success is based on innovation, driven by a team of mechanical and industrial engineers, supported by state-of-the-art design programmes with integrated manufacturing equipment and highly experienced personnel operating in a modern production facility. Their in-house capabilities allow them to offer their clients complete turnkey packages, on-site consultation, 4

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concept design, virtual testing (using state-of-the-art CAD programmes), crane design, fabrication and on-site training, thus providing solutions to all clients’ needs. Elephant Lifting Equipment also represents some of the world’s leading brands and OEM’s that provide lifting solutions. Tusker, Elephant Lifting’s exclusive brand of electric chain hoists, wire hoists, manual chain blocks and lever hoists, is relied on across a broad spectrum of industry from mining to power generation and off-shore oil and gas projects. With a technical backing of 44 years the brand has successful representation in every industry from mining, generation, offshore to steel processing.

New product introduction A new innovation to the product portfolio is the PM Series Electric Wire Rope Hoist, a high tech product from the Cheng Day Machinery Works. This product was in the development stage for two years before it was released to the market. The

COVER STORY PM Series is aimed mainly at the precision/processing industries, foundries and factories with limited headroom because of its compact design. The PM Series is available in six models ranging from 3.2 ton to 12.5 ton capacities, all with the permanent magnetic motor design. The advantage of this feature is that the unit has a 230% higher starting torque, using only 1.5 times less current compare with a standard squirrel cage motor which uses a higher starting current. Additionally there is between 30 – 50% energy saving and with lower motor temperature. The effective braking system is triggered automatically when the drum approaches the required stop setting. This contributes effectively to a reduction in brake lining wear. The PM Series Rope Hoist is equipped with numerous safety features to ensure conformity to safety regulations. A guide rope ensures accurate winding in order to prevent rope overlapping. The up and down switch with auto-stop limiter prevents rope roll-over. The inclusion of a load cell as standard prevents overloading thus enhancing the safety aspect of the unit.

Future expansion Plans for the future development of Elephant Lifting Equipment have been further enhanced by their 100% acquisition by Torre Industries, a JSE listed industrial group, in January 2015. The group provides equipment, parts, financing and support services in selected high growth markets. Their main focus is on expansion and optimisation of existing

subsidiaries. Torre Industries is a centre of quality business philosophy, underpinned by its solid base of applications, knowledge and experience across a broad range of industry sectors. This ensures that they are a leading supplier of total lifting solutions, offering a comprehensive range of products from consumables to forklift trucks and to tower cranes and overhead cranes. High profile companies such as SA French and Manhand are also part of the Torre Industries group structure and together with Elephant Lifting Equipment offer a diverse footprint of customised lifting and materials handling solutions from reputed brands. “We have recently moved into bigger and better premises as a result of the acquisition by Torre Industries which will allow us to expand our already substantial stockholding of internationally and locally manufactured products that will allow us to maintain the high service levels to which our clients are accustomed. Our dedicated personnel of engineering experts are on hand to ensure continuity in the fabrication of specialised attachments, which is our core business�, said Lolita De Witt, General Manager, Elephant Lifting Equipment.

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With the support and contribution of our media people Lifting Africa, we have succeeded in presenting these exciting events which will be regular events in future.


he year 2016 can be described as a milestone for LEEASA. There were high and low points in 2016, economically when our exchange rate fell which prompted the down grading of our economy and this in turn creating political unrest. Despite all these “challenges in terms of negatives�, LEEASA took on the future with gusto. LEEASA broke away from CoET as a fully- fledged voluntary association on the first of January 2016. This was made possible when LEEASA achieved voluntary association recognition the previous year with VA number A0048. We are proud to report that with the appointment of Arni Sommer as a full time employee, things are getting better by the day. LEEASA is steadily growing and continues to do so through the road shows and conferences that we held in Cape Town, Durban and culminating in Johannesburg at the Electra Mining Exhibition.

On behalf of the team of executives I would like to thank our members for their loyal support and Ken Greenwood. Chairman we look forward to your continued support in the future. Lastly I must thank the executive for their hard work and inputs in 2016.

All the best for the coming festive season and till next time, Ken Greenwood.

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ifting ersonality

Academic Qualifications Pr.techni eng.& CPFA(Wits)

First Employers GEC Machines,JJJ equipment

Last/current employer SA French division of Torre Holdings(PtyYLtd.

Achievements Started SA French in 1982,two successful children,Warwick 36,Leanne 34

Quentin van Breda, SA French division of Torre Holdings(PtyYLtd

Advice to offer Never take anything other than the moral high ground in life and business.

What Will You Do When You retire next year No van Breda man in my family has ever retired,grandfather worked and played golf to 94,father worked and played tennis to 86.I will mentor/consult but still work.

Challenges in the industry as far as lifting equipment is concerned Unqualified,uninsured bakkie brigade that are allowed to work in our space.Lack of uniform SHE standards in the country and poorly qualified safety officers.

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Crane Design Life Understanding fatigue life of your overhead crane is important. The overhead crane is the most important part of any company’s production process and is often the most neglected asset.


ranes are designed to perform a specific duty which is defined between end user and supplier. It is therefore important to understand the importance of taking care of this valuable asset.

Cranes are designed for a finite lifetime duty, which is specified in load cycles and load spectrum and is not principally related to calendar working time. Classification of crane duty provides the crane owner a means to specify the intended duty in order to achieve the intended useful operational lifetime of the crane. Crane classification as per FEM, DIN, ISO A crane is designed to carry out a predesigned number of cycles. This is based on well recognised calculations which is prescribed by the standards which are currently in force, to gain the required and acceptable level of reliability and lifespan. Fatigue in a crane occurs as follows;

Main Girder Typically the welds and joints define the design for fatigue. Welds are where fatigue induced cracks initiate. Bolted joints are equally important for the design, as are all the holes and notches where the stress peaks occur.

End trucks and wheels Forces from interaction with the runway (corner loads, steering forces, alignment) are as important as the loading.

Jan Nel from Konecranes

Steel wire Ropes Bending is the key to rope fatigue - More bends -> More fatigue - The smaller the radius -> More fatigue - S- Bending -> Even more fatigue - Maximum loads -> More fatigue



The hook shank is the important part.

Machineries are dimensioned per running hours

The bending of the hook shank is the key here, not the vertical loading.

The shaft, gears, bearings etc. are loaded by the torque through the gearbox


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- Due to the nature of dimensioning rules, the wear on the gear tooth surfaces (typically) will occur sooner than the risk of teeth root crack propagation, making the situation a bit safer. The same applies for bearings.

The history of the cranes maintenance must be kept. The crane life usage can now be tracked and current work cycles taken in account and the remaining life of a crane can be calculated.

It sometimes happens that production could increase due to new technology or better processes. When this occurs the cranes lifespan will be affected, as the crane will now work harder. Another example will be when a crane gets relocated. The crane will then work harder or less than it was designed for depending on the new work load. This can be done by contacting OEM or any of various crane manufacturers in South Africa.

Operation costs increase over time as the crane needs more frequent maintenance and parts. Knowing the design life of your crane allows you to plan timely modernizations, general overhauls and component replacements. All these reduce operational costs and safely extends the useful life of your crane.

- For the traversing machineries, this depends on the mass of the crane, trolley and the payload. Acceleration causes peak torque. Machinery components gets more loading cycles than the steel structure, since every rotation is a stress cycle.

This is where a maintenance plan is crucial. Regular inspections help identify risks and support compliance, but their frequency and scope is not enough to catch failures caused by fast crack propagation in machineries. The likelihood of such failures increase closer to the end of design life.

Owning a crane comes with responsibility. Consider the risks, fatal accident, safety incident, expensive repairs, downtime, loss of production all these can have considerable impact on your company.

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- Crack propagation is much faster and the only way to prevent catastrophic failure is to calculate the remaining DWP (Design Working Period)

Knowing the remaining design life of your crane and its components gives you an estimate of the limit for safe operational life, based on actual usage. A qualified and trained inspector collects the data, including production history, process observations, operator interviews and crane documentation. A qualified engineer verifies all calculations. The analysis report for your crane will include design life calculations, conclusions and recommendations to help in planning the continued use of your crane. This analysis fulfils the requirements of annual design life calculation required by ISO 12482:2014 and AS 2550.1– 2011.

- For the hoist this depends on the forces on the rope.


Working Hard for their Money The global economic slowdown and lower oil price has had some serious implications for infrastructure investment in South Africa. Also at the ports the pinch has been felt. Selecting the best operating models and procuring the right equipment has therefore been a key focus for Transnet as it continues on its programme to replace ageing infrastructure as part of the parastatal's interventions to renew its fleet of port handling equipment to boost efficiency and productivity.


rive past the Cape Town Container Terminal and it’s hard to imagine that the eight ship-to-shore cranes have not always been there. In fact they have become so commonplace that it’s hard to remember that it was only four years ago that Transnet set a precedent in Africa when it took possession of the first three new tandem lift ship-to-shore cranes for the Durban Container Terminal. The first of their kind in Africa, the arrival of these three mega cranes were a milestone not only for South Africa but for the continent. It signaled a very clear message to the world – Africa was open for business. Not everyone was happy about the choices being made for cranes at the ports. The ship-to-shore cranes have efficiently reduced service times, which saw port users happier than ever before but it was regarding the investment being made in Rubber Tyre Gantry cranes (RTG’s). According to Mike Walwyn, chairman of the Port Liaison Forum (PLF), the early days were not easy as the RTG’s were often brought to a complete standstill by the howling winds – two very real factors that impact South Africa’s two busiest container terminals, Cape Town and Durban.


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“The RTG’s were just not operating in winds higher than 60km per hour meaning the ports were wind bound far quicker than what industry was used to. Wind bound ports simply mean operations come to a halt. There were some concerns over these massive investments that had been made that would increase efficiency but the opposite was being felt.” Industry remained convinced that Transnet should rather invest in reach stackers and straddle carriers – equipment that had clearly shown it could handle heavy wind.

RTG have several benefits including that they have low space requirements due to high stack density. “Efficient use of land is important in that containers can be stacked up to 8 high and 6-7 across without space between boxes. RTG’s also offer us high flexibility in that they are not confined to specific stacks and can be relocated to other stacks as needed.” Whilst TPT remain convinced that their investment in RTG’s has been the best approach they have again incorporated more reach stackers and straddle carriers into their operations than what was probably initially anticipated five years ago. “They are also starting to operate the RTG’s at higher wind speeds as crane operators become more au fait with the equipment. There seems to be a good combination of equipment at work in the ports rather than just favoring one type,” says Walwyn. For Mpofu it is ultimately all about efficiency. There is no doubting, he says, that the RTG operating model has brought benefit to ports. Very adaptable and flexible, offering a container stacking density unlike any other and able to handle larger volumes, they will be features at the ports for years to come. “Be that as it may, one thing has been consistent and that is ongoing investment in crane equipment at our ports. In less than five years we have come to see some very real benefits,” says Walwyn.

Transnet, Tel: 0313088071,

TPT’s choice of RTG’s, says Josiah Mpofu was due mainly to the size of the country’s container terminals not to mention that RTG’s are the main technology employed in the larger dedicated container terminals. That withstanding TPT today operate a range of RTG’s, reach stackers and straddle carriers in its terminals as this has been found to be the most effective approach in dealing with the wind. It is only TPT in the country that operates the large volume container terminals. This is an important part of the debate, says Josiah Mpofu, General Manager for Maintenance at TPT, especially as the terminal operator has often been compared in the past four years to smaller private users who support the use of reach stackers over any other equipment. The volumes these operators handle are significantly lower. “When selecting operating models for net terminal handling facilities the cost of setting up the facility has to be weighed against the quality of service offering to the customers based on the type of business that the customer expects to conduct in that particular port,” says Mpofu. The goal, he says, was always to create ports that are delivering world-class services. To do that world-class infrastructure is required. “Factors that were considered when we opted for RTGs Lifting Africa - Nov / Dec 2016



included the size of the vessels being serviced, the volume forecast of container volumes during peak periods, the available land area and connections to the hinterland as well as our particular operation factors.”


Terex MHPS supplies first-ever Demag Cranes for a paper-roll store in Africa Terex MHPS is supplying two new Demag cranes to Mpact South Africa for a new paper-roll shipping store at its Felixton paper mill in KwaZulu-Natal. This represents the first-ever order for Demag technology for a paper-roll store in Africa.


pact South Africa has made the investment to ensure that paper rolls are stored carefully and retrieved in time. This forms part of a general upgrade to produce lighter-weight packaging papers and meet changing customer demands, while improving energy efficiency. The production capacity of its corrugated base papers will increase to 215 000 tons a year. “The automated shipping store with the two cranes accommodates the entire output of the paper mill. Investment in the state-of-the-art paper machine technology will boost the quality of our finished goods stocks, as well as efficiency and competitiveness,” Mpact Felixton paper mill manager Brian Smith explains. Installation of the cranes is due to commence in August 2017. “We are delighted with the confidence placed in us by Mpact. The scope of this project involves our automated Demag process cranes. This is the first-ever order for cranes for a paper-roll store in Africa,” reveals Lutz Dowy, Vice

About Mpact

Mpact is a leading paper and plastics packaging businesses in Southern Africa, listed on the JSE’s Main Board in the Industrial – Paper and Packaging sector. The Group has leading market positions in Southern Africa in recovered paper collection, corrugated packaging, recycled-based cartonboard and containerboard, polyethylene-terephthalate (PET) preforms, recycled PET, styrene trays and plastic jumbo bins. These leading market positions allow Mpact to meet the increasing requirements of its customers, and to achieve economies of scale and cost effectiveness at the various operations. Mpact has 33 operating sites, of which 23 are manufacturing operations, in South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Botswana and Zimbabwe. As at 31 December 2015, Mpact employed 4 467 people. The Paper Division comprises three mills at Felixton, Piet Retief and Springs, all of which carry ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 certification. Felixton (FSC-C114577), Piet Retief (FSC-C117980) and Springs (FSC-C004834) also carry Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification. 12

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President Sales & Service for the EMEAR region at Terex MHPS. The capacity of the new store is 14 200 tons, at a fill capacity of 80%. The paper-roll store receives and despatches product on a 24/7 basis. The two identical Demag cranes supplied are equipped with vacuum lifting devices to provide for fast, gentle storage and retrieval of the unwrapped paper rolls. Material can be stacked up to a maximum height of 15.1 m. The cranes are designed to transport up to 63 rolls an hour. Up to 650 tons of paper has to be loaded in the new paper-roll store every day. The paper rolls, configured to meet individual customer specifications, measure 500 mm to 2 500 mm in width, and weigh 370 kg to 3 300 kg. The paper-roll store covers a total area of over 2 700 m2. During periods of no loading, paper rolls are aggregated according to scheduled deliveries and staged for retrieval. Thanks to the accuracy of the cranes and the ‘smart’ Warehouse Management System (WMS), the available storage space is utilised optimally.

Terex MHPS, Richard Roughly Tel: (011) 898 3500 Email: Web:

Link-Belt has added the highest-capacity telescopic-boom crawler on the market to its crane product line. The 250-ton TCC-2500 is part of Link-Belt's long-term plan for its telecrawler line and will make its public debut in March at ConExpo. Production units of the TCC-2500 will be ready for shipment in March.

We identified early on that our customers needed a telecrawler with higher capacities and greater reach,” said Scott Knight, Link-Belt's product manager, lattice and telescopic crawler cranes. The TCC-2500 can lift, reach, and travel like a fixed-boom lattice crawler, while also having the ability to retract the boom and reduce its overall proTra file as jobsite conditions and environment rensp ort quire. The TCC-2500 is ideal for general construcing the tion, power transmission, wind farm, power industrial, and TC C-2 other crane work. 50 0 According to Link-Belt, the seven-section 43.7- to 223-ft. pin and latch boom is the longest in its class and offers eight simple boom extend modes. A three-piece offsettable fly jib measures 12, 40, and 67 ft. and can also be equipped with two 25-ft. boom extensions for an overall tip height of 346 ft. These attachments with optional hydraulic luffing allow for “up-and-over” capacity like luffing lattice crawlers. “Our goal from the beginning was to supply a simplified design, quick and easy to assemble that is operator friendly,” said Knight. Another key feature for this 250-ton unit is an extra-wide winch design that can handle its maximum permissible line pull through the fourth layer. Front and rear winches are matching. The rear auxiliary winch can be removed for transport weight reduction and a power pinning system mitigates work at height exposure. Operators will appreciate the new 10-in. full-color display that incorporates both RCL and engine data from its Tier 4 Final Cummins QSL 9 diesel engine. The display has a touch-







screen that can be used with gloves and be seen in direct sunlight with larger, clearer images on display. Electric cab controls come with increased customization and ergonomics. Operator jobsite view is enhanced with four cameras: rear-view, blind-side swing-view, and two individual winchview cameras. The track gauge for the TCC-2500 is 20’4” The lower carbody is a hook and pin system to make assembly quick and easy. The TCC-2500 can self-assemble side frames with standard equipped carbody jacks and wireless remote control for hydraulic pinning and jack operation. Customers will use new two-bar grouser track shoes with standard nylatron pad inserts to protect sensitive ground surfaces when needed.

Transportation An important feature of the TCC-2500 is its ability to move quickly and easily on or off the jobsite. The main transport load weighs under 106,000 lbs. Once off a trailer, carbody jacks can be deployed via remote control. On jacks, the crane sits wide for a solid self-assembly platform with hook and pin side frames that hydraulically pin. Link-Belt’s TCC counterweight system attaches 154,000 lbs. of upper counterweight and is a nine-piece modular design (allowing for partial counterweight capacity charts) and transports on seven overflow loads, all 44,000 lbs. or less.

Link-Belt's TCC-2500 is the highest-capacity telecrawler on the market

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Link-Belt Adds 250-Ton TelescopicBoom Crawler Crane to TCC Series


The Intelligent Collision Avoidance System (ICAS) by Becker Mining South Africa Becker Mining South Africa’s latest generation safety device – the Intelligent Collision Avoidance System (ICAS) – provides situational awareness for operators to ensure optimum safety on construction sites, open-pit mines and for surface operations.


his surface collision avoidance safety system also enhances productivity and operational continuity and reduces operating costs through the elimination or reduction of damage to assets.

three components – the display unit, GPS antenna and radio antenna –ensures equipped vehicles and fixed infrastructure are always visible and identifiable to operators, even in harsh, dusty environments.”

“ICAS is a critical safety system, which encompasses the latest industrial technology, to provide reliable real time, 360° situation awareness for vehicle operators working in potentially dangerous and congested site applications, from coal pits to the ports,” says Andrew Trentelman, senior general manager: electronics, Becker Mining South Africa. “Blind spots, poor visibility and driver distraction are common causes for unwanted vehicle interactions on mine sites, processing plants, rail and road networks and ports. These hazards are reduced by creating awareness and eliminating blind spots, which means fewer collisions and a lower risk of injury. Operators have improved reaction time to make decisions that will avoid near misses and collisions.”

Applications for ICAS include heavy vehicle (HV) to heavy vehicle, heavy vehicle to light vehicle (LV), medium vehicle (MV) to LV and HV, vehicle to personnel, fixed and mobile plant, advanced train and rail track worker warning and rail level crossing activation.

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This system enhances operator awareness by providing accurate data, including vehicle orientation, using a combined industrial grade Global Positioning System (GPS) and compass heading sensor for maximum awareness at start up. The flexibility of the system enables configurable guard zones to suit each vehicle and specific site regulations and also facilitates accurate ranging with speed adaptive zoning.

ICAS equipped vehicles and machines within the configured guard and alert zones (up to 2 km) are represented via an intuitive graphical HMI display. Once detected, the system uses a secure radio wireless network to activate surrounding ICAS systems. The presence of vehicles and obstacles, within critical guard zones, is automatically advised to operators via visual and audible alerts. ICAS can filter out non-priority targets and only displays the vehicles and infrastructure that may be on a collision course, thus removing the risk, uncertainty and stress related to working and interacting with vehicles in highly dangerous, congested, low visibility and isolated environments. An ICAS portable worker unit has been designed for use by short-term contractors or visitors to a plant. This system, with magnetic mounts, is quickly installed in a vehicle. The antennae can be positioned on the vehicle’s roof and power is obtained from the cigarette lighter output.

the display, GPS antenna and radio antenna. Although information is data logged by each machine, ICAS and data can also be retrieved remotely via the ICAS radio network. An optional centralised PC based vehicle tracking and event reporting system is available with data collection via the peer to peer ICAS in vehicle radio systems. This fully scalable system, with plug and play connectivity, requires minimal downtime for installation in all vehicle types. Other design features include easy screen navigation, low power consumption, no licensing requirements and regular firmware upgrades. ICAS is also suitable for fixed plant, hazard awareness, data logging or access control at boom gates. Becker Mining South Africa’s collision avoidance safety systems have all been designed to facilitate future upgrades. These modular systems, which range from a simple, low-cost single technology device, to an integrated multi-technological system, encompass all aspects of the most advanced communications and technology.

Becker Mining South Africa Andrew Trentelman The ICAS remote worker unit is used to quickly identify hazards or fixed plant issues, until a permanent solution is in- Tel: (011) 617 6300 stalled. This mobile unit, which is housed in a carry case, is Email: usually battery powered, or supports 12/24 VDC input. This system contains all necessary ICAS components, including Lifting Africa TER002_ November 2016.qxp_Layout 1 2016/09/23 10:32 Web: AM Page 1

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The 50 channel GPS receiver provides a high level of GPS coverage and reliable 3D positioning, minimising the need for surface based repeaters. If there is existing infrastructure, it can be incorporated into the ICAS system to increase system range.


Crawler Crane Works On Water For Sarens It was nearly a year ago when industrial contractor, Hollandia Infra, contacted its trusted heavy lifting and engineering transport specialist, The Sarens Group, to discuss an intricate project involving the Queen Maxima Bridge. Crossing the Old Rhine River at Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands, the planned new structure included a balanced tail bridge design, where the tails contain counterweights that ensure smooth opening and closing of bridge segments, allowing tall vessels to pass through


he project called for lifting and positioning the two main balanced tail bridge segments weighing in excess of 280 tonnes (310 tons) from barges on the Old Rhine River. “We knew there would be much planning and we would need a high capacity crane to successfully complete this heavy lifting project,” says Robin van Oss, Project Engineer for Sarens. Adding to the complexity, there was a narrow navigation channel through which barges carrying Sarens’ specialized lifting equipment had to pass. The required crane and supporting equipment would enter the river at Dordrecht, NL, and navigate nearly 50 km upstream to the bridge project site spanning the Old Rhine River. “The top challenge for working on water was the narrow, 11.4-m (37.4-ft) wide passage in some parts,” mentions van Oss. Searching through Sarens’ vast lifting equipment fleet, one crane model stood out as the best choice for delivering success on the project. With its track length just narrowly fitting channel requirements for Sarens, the Demag CC 3800-1 lattice boom crawler crane offered the right combination of compact footprint and heavy lift capacity required for this job.

Meticulous planning Sarens team members invested many months planning for the challenging lift. Because the hoists would take place from barges, the crane equipment needed to remain stationary on the floating bases, while tugboats and mooring lines did 16

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all the maneuvering. “The plan was to rig and position the CC 3800-1 crane in the correct set-up on the barges, and the crane would be used like a sheerleg,” explains van Oss. In addition to the Demag crane, Sarens’s plan called for a 100-tonne (110-ton) capacity mobile crane for lift support, a twin barge configuration and strand jacks. Sarens’ Sarspin device – with its four hydraulic leveling cylinders and up to 600-tonne (660-ton) capacity – would also be integral in helping the CC 3800-1 crane to position the pivoting bridge segments. To handle the 230- and 280-tonne (253.5- and 310-ton) weight of the two bridge segments, the Sarens plan required the Demag 650-tonne (715-ton) crane to be configured with its Superlift structure to increase crane capacity. Accommodating the 11.4-m (37.4-ft) canal width in some areas and crane positioning on the floating base, “We had to

The massive 30.7-m (100.7-ft) long bridge segments required LSL_2 configuration with 60 m (197 ft) of main boom for the CC 3800-1 crane and 36m Superlift mast.165t counterweight on the crane’s superstructure , 50t central ballast and 325t on Superlift tray were necessary to give the crane a 347-tonne (382.5-ton) capacity when working at the predetermined fixed 24-m (78.7-ft) radius. “We planned every lift detail and prepared for every possible contingency for about six months prior to the project start date,” mentions van Oss. In early July of 2016, Sarens’ crew members were able to put all of those preparations in action.

Smooth lift The CC 3800-1 was shipped directly from the Zweibrücken (Germany) plant to the mobilization site in Dordrecht. Sarens’ van Oss offers, “The crane looked beautiful. This was the first project for it.” Sarens’ 10-person crew had the crane rigged with main boom, Superlift mast and full counterweight within three days. The car body was maneuvered onto the first barge, while the Superlift tray and maximum counterweight was positioned on the second. Both barges navigated the narrow channel passageway independently of each other. Once reaching the Queen Maxima Bridge destination, Sarens’ crew members connected the two barges together and the Superlift counterweight tray to the crane. While a tugboat positioned the two barges carrying the lifting equipment, a separate vessel positioned the enormous balance trap type tail bridge main segment, upended on its wings, next to the crane barge. Crew members chose to position the west side bridge traffic lanes first. They used ballasting on the crane

barge to slowly hoist the tail bridge segment and transfer weight from the transport barge. “The bridge’s eccentric center of gravity challenged our work crew, but they used our Sarspin device to flip and rotate the bridge segment into its final position for connection to the rest of the bridge,” says van Oss. “When you work on water, you have a number of challenges to face – wind, weather, waves and weight transfer – and we faced it all on this job.” It took just short of four hours to lift the west side bridge segment to height and another two hours for moving the crane barges and load into installation position. Within a final three hours, Sarens’ crew attached the pivoting segment of the bridge to complete the first lift. The entire process was completed in one long day. The two crane equipment barges were then split apart and repositioned on the east side of the Queen Maxima Bridge. Attachment of the second moveable bridge segment went as smoothly as the first. Within two weeks, segment installation was complete and Sarens mobilized the barges with lifting equipment back to Dordrecht for derigging, leaving no sign that they were ever there. Speaking about the project, van Oss concluded, “The long-term and intensive engineering phase, our talented and experienced work crew, and the use of trusted lift equipment like the Demag CC 3800-1 crane resulted in an excellent and quite short two-week execution phase. We quietly arrived, did our job and quietly departed.”

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install the crane on one barge and the Superlift tray with counterweight on the other,” explains van Oss and adds, “The crane’s tracks were to be positioned perpendicular to the length of the barge, so its 11.3-m (37.1-ft) track tip-to-tip length narrowly passed through the channel.”

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EnerMech Targets African Growth For 2017 Aberdeen-based engineering services group, EnerMech, view the African continent as a market of huge strategic importance, moreso following the dip in the price of crude oil.


raditionally focussed on the international offshore oil and gas sector, EnerMech has realigned its core business to tap in to a number of opportunities in Africa’s onshore hydrocarbons, mining, industrial services, solar power generation and petrochemicals industries. The approach is paying off and EnerMech expects to double its African workforce to 300 by the end of 2017 and to increase revenues in the next 12 months from £16.5 million to £24 million. The company’s philosophy is to put “boots on the ground” and to build a solid operating infrastructure in-country. In South Africa, where the company has just won its first industrial services contract – for rope access services and blasting and painting oil storage tanks – EnerMech has bases in Cape Town and Johannesburg, recently opened a facility in the Northern Cape and has plans for a presence in Durban. Elsewhere, the EnerMech brand is well-established in Nigeria, Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo and a recent £5 million investment in facilities in Angola will create opportunities in the repair and refurbishment of drilling risers. Steve Ord, EnerMech regional director for Africa, said: “We are an international company with more than 2300 staff working from more than 35 locations but our core philosophy is to invest locally and establish a genuine presence in-country. We have been doing this in Africa since 2011 18

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and it is paying off with year-on-year growth and a flexibility which allows us to respond very quickly to changing market conditions and client demands. “Having equipment and key personnel on the ground leads to a strong understanding of regional markets, local customs, the complexities and challenges of working in a diverse landscape and gives us a competitive advantage over rivals who take the short-term approach of flying in squads of people and kit to do particular projects.

The approach is paying off and EnerMech expects to double its African workforce “Africa has huge potential both offshore and onshore and many of the hard lessons learned by working in the North Sea and other mature basins over many years has positioned us to play a central role in some of the largest projects which are just starting or will kick off in the next few years.”

EnerMech Tel: 021 512 3196 Fax: 021 511 3553 Email: Web:

FAST, with largest single caliber (500m) in the world, was completed days ago, which took 22 years to finalize site selection and construction. The project was spearheaded by National Astronomical Observatories, the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It is now in the stage of debugging and trial observation.


all-terrain crane, QY80V, QY55V truck cranes reach perfect balance in terms of control performance, working speed, action smoothness and fretting performance.

The project needed to assemble more than 400,000 small reflective panels into larger ones with different specifications. The curves consisting of these small panels have 120m2space at most in a single piece, weighing more than one ton at most and having different forms, thus making them easy to get deformed. The three TC6013 tower cranes hoisted the panels to the height of several hundred meters before installing them precisely in the valley with fierce wind.

“Our products use brand-new four-bridge truck crane chassis while holistically upgrading control performance, thus increasing power and ensuring stable and reliable driving, great adaptability to different working conditions and complete functions. Besides, the unique safety protection tactics also guarantee absolute safety in hoisting process. The machines have perfect performance in fretting, working efficiency, energy consumption and response speed of the system.�

Before this, the many engineering cranes of ZOOMLION also participated in other construction tasks of FAST. The QAY300

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lso known as Eye of the World, FAST is assembled with more than 400,000 reflective panels in the height of more than 100 meters above the ground. Hoisting was the most difficult work in the construction process and three tower cranes of ZOOMLION TC6013 spent more than one year completing the task.

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With Precision Hoisting, Zoomlion Tower Crane Helps With Success Of Fast Known As Eye Of The World


Local Crane Company Puts European, Chinese Rivals To Flight Three high capacity double-girder overhead travelling workshop cranes, completed on schedule for Exxaro and installed at Grootegeluk Coal Mine in Northwest Province during September, are undergoing commissioning trials.


he three cranes, ordered to assist with large vehicle maintenance, were manufactured by Condra on behalf of East Rand Cranes, the company’s authorised distributor for Northwest Province. East Rand Cranes secured the R7-millionplus contract in April. Two of the cranes are identical 18,4-metre span 50/20-ton machines fitted with variable frequency drives on the main hoists to facilitate precise positioning of very heavy loads. Exxaro’s third crane, also with a span of 18,4 metres, has one 20-ton hoist. Design of all three cranes was described

by a Condra spokesman as “standard”, although they feature live-axle drives across their design in place of the more common ring-gear configuration, part of Condra’s mandate to keep maintenance costs to a minimum. Other non-standard elements of the Exxaro contract include special LED lighting, limit switches on the long-travels and cross-travels, and armoured cable on all wiring. East Rand Cranes is thought to have won the Exxaro order because of a combination of competitive pricing, machine durability, after sales service and Condra’s ability to meet short lead times.

Although competitors for this contract included companies from Europe and China, they were not able to overcome East Rand Cranes’ record of very high levels of on-site after sales service, and Condra’s ability to manufacture on short notice

Although competitors for this contract included companies from Europe and China, they were not able to overcome East Rand Cranes’ record of very high levels of on-site after sales service, and Condra’s ability to manufacture on short notice. “We have developed manufacturing techniques over the past 50 years that enable us to fast-track production and accommodate the tight deadlines that today’s global markets often demand,” commented Condra’s managing director Marc Kleiner. “We also pursue a market-imposed mandate to continuously drive down machine maintenance costs, which is why we offer live-axle drives. “Our gearboxes were up-rated some years back to deliver additional power, and the company today uses a 36B case-hardened material on most pinions. This material, though expensive, is beneficial in extending crane lifespan. “Additionally, we fit our hoists wherever possible with high tensile-strength ropes to reduce rope diameter and enable a reduction in drum diameter and a smaller gearbox and motor. “These factors all help the customer to contain his costs,” Kleiner noted.

Condra (Pty) Ltd Marc Kleiner Tel: +27 11 776-6000 Fax: +27 (0)86 669-2372 E-mail:

One of Exxaro’s three cranes for Grootegeluk Coal Mine undergoing load testing at Condra’s Germiston factory


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Crosby’s Innovative Alternative To Standard Eye Bolts

The innovative new design of the Crosby SL-150 Slide-Loc™ provides exciting features not found on standard eye bolts – features that are sure to make your next lift faster and easier than ever before! The increased efficiency is evident, as the Slide-Loc™ seamlessly transitions from secure installation and swivel positioning to a reliable lift without the use of any tools.


ne of the most noticeable design elements of the SL150 Slide-Loc™ is the patent pending integrated locking mechanism. Simply slide the mechanism into one of two positions: against the bolt to lock into the Installation/ Removal Position, or away from the bolt to enable the Lifting Position. A red QUIC-Check® mark is visible when the Installation Position is engaged, indicating that the bolt is ready to be installed and not ready for lifting. Once properly installed, simply slide the locking mechanism to conceal the QUIC-Check® mark and the Crosby Slide-Loc™ is ready for lifting. The whole process is achieved by hand –

no tools are required, making your job easier and faster than ever before. Another important difference between the Crosby Slide-Loc™ and traditional eye bolts is the generous eye opening. This feature allows for easy rigging access and a firm grip when installing. The bail also swivels 360° to keep the load properly aligned with the sling leg. The best part of this feature? It maintains full Working Load Limit at any angle! Gone are the days of downgrading due to angular lifting, as is required when using traditional eye bolts. The Crosby SL-150 Slide-Loc™ is rated at 100% whether in line with the load or at a 45° or 90° angle.

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Safety First – "Open-Heart Surgery" On A Natural Gas Treatment Plant A job carried out by an LTM 1500-8.1 operated by Hüffermann Krandienst in Northern Germany featured a high level of safety precautions. A refurbished gas flare had to be erected at a height of around 100 metres at the ExxonMobil natural gas treatment plant in Grossenkneten. In addition to the large eight-axle crane, two additional Liebherr mobile cranes were used for the setup and adjustment work.


he plant is located around 40 kilometres to the west of Bremen and is designed to purify and treat the natural gas before it can be used. As for all ExxonMobil plants, the safety requirements for working on the site in Grossenkneten are very high.

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Gas detectors and protective filters are mandatory for everybody as are generous lifting capacity reserves for crane work. In normal conditions, the assembly work on the gas flare supervised by Euro-Rigging could have been completed using a smaller mobile crane.

Since, however, 25 percent more lifting capacity must be available in reserve, the 500-tonne Liebherr mobile crane was the machine of choice for Hüffermann's Project Manager Klaus Flege. The capacity of the plant had been reduced for the duration of the crane work for safety reasons and a large area around the site had been cordoned off.

Liebherr Tel: +27 113 652 000 Fax: +27 118 173 884 Email:

Konecranes Southern Africa has upped the level in the crane service industry by introducing a new Service Procedure and a new Service Manual for all makes of cranes and hoists.


he aim is to reduce customers’ operating costs of running cranes and hoists by reducing breakdowns and increasing the availability, safety and efficiency of operation.

“We have drawn up this brand new Service Manual based on the experience of 607 Konecranes service branches worldwide, working with over 420 000 cranes under service contracts - with over 1.4m service calls annually worldwide”, said John MacDonald, Service, Sales and Marketing Director of Konecranes Southern Africa. Konecranes Service experts will inspect and service the equipment and revert to the customer with a full report and recommendations within the parameters of the new Manual. Each crane and hoist has its own Service Manual, which the customer retains. In addition to the Service Agreement, Konecranes also offers two unique inspection tools: RopeQ, which checks the state of the inside and the outside of the wire ropes and the ‘RailQ’

Runway Survey which is an advanced survey technique that uses a remote controlled robot trolley along the runway of the crane. Another innovation unique to Konecranes is the Truconnect Remote Monitoring that allows customers to check on the performance of the cranes on their own computer through online access to a special Konecranes report-back system. Truconnect is available for all makes of cranes and hoists. The new Service Manual initiative checks the effectiveness of the procedure, records the servicing details and necessary repairs, ensuring that preventative maintenance is done. This results in a significant decrease in maintenance costs and an increase in availability and safety of the cranes and hoists as well as increased production capacity.

Konecranes John MacDonald, 011 864 2800, 083 251 3995 Email: Visit for more details.

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Konecranes SA Uses Worldwide Experience For Improving Service


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The Potain new Hup 40-30 represents a new era in selferecting cranes

Manitowoc Launches Pioneering Potain Hup 40-30 Self-Erecting Crane SA French, the Southern African Potain tower crane distributor, reports that Manitowoc has officially launched the Hup 40-30, the second model from the new Potain Hup range. The pioneering self-erecting tower crane, which was first shown as a prototype at Bauma 2016, boasts a range of innovative design and technology features. The crane was unveiled during an event at Manitowoc’s factory in Niella Tanaro, Italy, with more than 320 guests in attendance.


ean-Pierre Zaffiro, global product director for Potain self-erecting cranes at Manitowoc, said the new Hup 40-30 represents a new era in self-erecting cranes, with new technologies enabling more versatility than ever before. “We are at the forefront of self-erecting crane development and our new Hup 40-30 demonstrates this,” he explained. “We have introduced several new features with the Hup range that will increase speed, efficiency and versatility for our customers. These advancements will certainly increase return on investment for many lifters.”

A new era in versatility The Potain Hup 40-30 has a 40 m jib and boasts 16 configurations, which is unique to this category of self-erecting cranes, enabling it to be easily adapted for a range of job site applications. The crane has a maximum capacity of 4 t, while it can lift 1 t at its jib end of 40 m. As with the Hup 32-27, the new Hup 40-30 features a telescopic mast for a range of working heights. This design boosts the height under hook attainable by the crane to 25.6 m in its “low position,” and 30 m when extended to its greatest height. The logistics are also improved, as no extra mast is required to install the crane.

The Potain Hup 40-30 boasts a range of innovative design and technology features


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Further versatility is delivered with the crane’s luffing jib that offers three positions: horizontal, 10° and 20°. These options give the crane a height under hook range of 20 m to 40 m. Shortening or extending the jib is a swift and straightfor-


The Potain Hup features new technologies enabling more versatility than ever before

ward operation, with the Hup 40-30 offering convenient configurations for both short and long jib lengths. Agility on the job site is a key consideration for the new range. The Hup 40-30 has a high-performance slewing radius that allows it to be positioned closer to buildings. With a transport package that is only 14 m long when folded, the Hup 40-30 is easy to move from job site to job site. “Customers will benefit from even greater flexibility and adaptability with these new designs and technologies, enabling them to cover a much wider range of jobs with a single machine,” Zaffiro explained.

On-site advancements Operator efficiency on the Hup 40-30 is maximized through Manitowoc’s remote control unit. The remote features a large, colored screen with easy to use navigation and optimized ergonomics for operator comfort. Its new Smart Set Up software delivers on-screen step-by-step information during crane erection and enables automatic folding and unfolding of the crane from the crane’s remote. This new remote system also offers three selectable profiles for operators that vary the working speed of the crane to suit the application: “dynamic,” for quick and easy lifting; “standard,” for typical lifting applications; and “high precision,” for precise load positioning.

SA French, the southern African Potain tower crane distributor, reports that Manitowoc has officially launched the Hup 40-30

Additionally, the Hup 40-30 features a new Power Control function that enables it to work on a variety of job sites. With this technology, the crane is able to operate via a wide range of power inputs, including from low-level power supplies. This versatility means that the user may not have to provide additional power supplies, which could lower both the costs and preparation for many projects. The new Potain Hup range replaces existing Igo models of self-erecting cranes, and deliveries of the Hup 40-30 will start in early 2017.

The Hup 40-30’s hoist unit features Potain’s High Performance Lifting (HPL) technology that can deliver unparalleled lifting speeds on the job site. The crane is able to deliver this maximum speed as soon as it’s configured on the job site, thanks to its standard four-fall rope configuration.

“The new Hup 40-30 represents a significant investment in research and development by Manitowoc, including a period of extensive testing that led to the creation of this advanced model,” Zaffiro said. “This crane is an entire generation ahead of the competition and reaffirms Manitowoc’s position as the global leader of self-erecting cranes.” .

The crane’s High Performance Slewing (HPS) technology enables load moment optimization, even as the crane swings. Integrated maintenance warning indicators also support crane maintenance throughout its lifecycle.

SA French, Quentin Van Breda Tel :+27 011 822 8782, Web: Email : Lifting Africa - Nov / Dec 2016



ALE Holds Global Operations Forum Earlier this year, ALE held a three-day summit with the Operations Managers from all corners of the globe convening in Breda, the Netherlands. In addition to bringing everyone together, the agenda was determined by a variety of sources, including client responses to the customer satisfaction survey distributed prior to the event. The summit covered HSQE, in-house training programmes, staff engagement, maintenance, purchasing and the new developments in business systems.

The forum was really successful. As ALE’s regional teams work together to utilise the global network or personnel expertise and equipment, this was the ideal platform for networking, sharing best practice, maintaining and improving standards globally as well as bringing greater consistency across our business.” Following the forum, a number of working groups have been established in order to drive through the changes that were identified.

With 19 years of experience in the field, I went on to be the Cranes and Lifting Operations Manager and have recently been promoted to Regional Training Manager for South Africa.

Q: Describe your role and what it involves? A: As Regional Training Manager for South Africa, I’m now in the role of overseeing all training, such as internal training and SSOTs which includes; ALE’s jacking and skidding equipment, gantries, trailers and cranes. In addition, I oversee the external training and mentoring for riggers to become Red Seal qualified riggers. The day to day training works hand in hand with the HR department as well as the HSQE team, to ensure the best training is given where needed in the region. This is so we can perform at 100% for the needs of our clients.

Q: What is a typical day like? A: I’m still actively involved in the same day to day jobs as an ALE ‘black belt’, making sure that the equipment falls in line with the SSOT internal training. Therefore, it works hand in hand with the new role as a Training Manager, where I train, mentor and assess the up and coming ALE employees for the future. ALE’s South Africa branch has developed training for cranes as well as the SSOTs, and the biggest part of my job is getting ALE operators to the highest standards that we can achieve together. I spend a lot of time with the Engineering Manager to find alternative solutions that will be communicated to the rest of the teams to form part of their training to calculate and read drawings. Head of Operations and myself work hand in hand to build possible brown and black belts in the South Africa region.

Mervin Cunningham – Regional Training Manager in South Africa. Q: When did you join ALE? A: I joined ALE’s Cape Town office four years ago in 2012 as a Rigging Supervisor, before working my way up within the company.


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Q: What is the focus within the region? A: The regional aim is to promote ourselves at a certain standard and we guarantee this with our experience, by providing the best value for our clients. We set our standards at the highest level of professionalism. As a result, we plan and identify what we need to achieve in our gap analysis and build a level of experience through our internal SSOTs, so

Helene Griffin, HR Manager, said: “As a company, we identified the critical skills required and as we have been looking to recruit Red Seal Riggers, which can normally take up to five years to qualify. “They spend their time on different project sites, learning key skills and working through the ALE SSOT book.

our clients can feel confident with the skills that we provide. The key to our success is in the training of our people; being at such a level makes our company so unique and above the rest. We have top of the range equipment and highly trained staff. This is the ultimate winning combination.

Q: How has the branch changed since you have worked here? A: Having started with 40 members on our team, ALE’s Cape Town branch has now grown to become one of the largest leading companies in the industry locally. With the introduction of wind and renewable projects, the amount of employees has increased to over 200, resulting in increased focus on training.

Our Regional Training Manager, Mervin Cunningham, will spend time coaching them and assessing their progress. Half of our learners are female; as this is a field not usually considered by women, it is great to see how well they are performing and the shift in the industry. Our learners are currently working at the Port in Coega, under the supervision of a Red Seal Rigger and a Crane Supervisor, and we will be sending them to various sites until April 2017 to gain different experience.” At the end of the learnership, ALE hopes to be able to appoint the best performers as permanent employees.

ALE Telephone: +27 (0)11 453 1946 Fax: +27 (0)11 86 56 50032

Q: What do you enjoy most about working for ALE? A: The challenges that are faced on a day to day basis are what I enjoy the most. ALE is on a different level to most companies. We specialise in innovation and challenge the conventional, in a field where most companies do not. I’m proud to be part of that; there are always new and different training skills to learn and pass on.

CONTINUAL STAFF DEVELOPMENT: CANDIDATES ENROL ON LEARNERSHIPS IN SOUTH AFRICA In recent months, ALE has offered six learnerships in the Cape Town branch, South Africa. Learnerships are part of a training scheme set up by the South African Government to give practical experience to those entering specific fields of study and are unable to gain the experience. ALE has taken on six junior riggers who will complete the practical part of their learnerships with ALE. This learnership is renewable annually over a period of three years. During the learnership, each candidate is provided the opportunity to gain practical experience and to understand the business and learn the essential skills pertaining to their role in the business. They function under the supervision of a senior Lifting Africa - Nov / Dec 2016



supervisor in their field who acts as mentor and will complete log books to keep track of progress.


Spectacular Dredging Application of a New Liebherr Duty Cycle Crawler Crane in the Swiss Alps

An HS 8130 HD in dredging application in the Swiss Alps.

A 130-ton duty cycle crawler crane from Liebherr is currently operating in the midst of an imposing mountain backdrop in the Swiss canton of Ticino. Its task is to free the reservoir’s drain of deposited sediment. For this purpose the machine, which is fitted on a barge, is equipped with a specially designed mechanical clamshell bucket.


ince the beginning of the summer, a duty cycle crawler crane type HS 8130 HD belonging to the newest generation from Liebherr, is operating amidst the Swiss Alps.

The duty cycle crawler crane is being used to dredge large amounts of sediment on the filter grids of the Lake Luzzone reservoir. “In future, this should ensure the unhindered flow of water to the power station in the Ticino town of Olivone,” explains Andrea Baumler, one of the Directors of the Maggia Kraftwerke AG.

In future, this should ensure the unhindered flow of water to the power station in the Ticino town of Olivone At depths of up to 200 m, a total of 125,000 m³ of material has accumulated in close proximity to the power station. In order to carry out the dredging work the HS 8130 HD is equipped with a mechanical clamshell bucket from Negrini, which was specially produced by the Italian manufacturer for this specific assignment. Thanks to its large filling ca-


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pacity of 10 m³, an average hourly handling performance of about 130 m³ can be achieved. The HS 8130 HD is fitted with a V-8 diesel engine from Liebherr with 505 kW / 686 hp that fulfils the European emission standards and US standards Tier 4 final. “Through its sophisticated hydraulic system the machine convinces with low fuel consumption. For the dredging assignment here in Ticino the duty cycle crawler crane requires a mere 35 litres of diesel per hour,” states Florian Gabriel, the responsible Product Manager from Liebherr-Werk Nenzing GmbH.

Challenging Delivery The delivery of the HS 8130 HD to Lake Luzzone imposed an immense challenge for Liebherr, S.E. Levage the French owner of the crane, as well as the transport company JMS Risi AG. On the way to its job site the duty cycle crawler crane did not only have to negotiate numerous hairpin bends but also pass through two narrow tunnels and cross a 225 m high dam. Furthermore, shortly before transportation the road had to be cleared of fallen rock. This journey to the unusual job site required close cooperation between all three of the companies involved. A lot of time and effort was spent in an intensive planning phase.

POST ELECTRA MINING CRAWLER CRANES Equipped with a specially produced clamshell the duty cycle crawler crane is used to dredge sediments at depths up to 200 m.

“The high number of bends in the last stretch of the road, the bad weather with heavy rainfall and the danger of falling rock were a real challenge. Thanks to careful planning and the right vehicle everything went without a hitch,” explains Paul Hotz, Operations Manager at JMS Risi AG. In order to pass through the two narrow tunnels the duty cycle crawler crane had to be transferred to a smaller carrier shortly before its destination. Due to the extremely limited amount of space the uppercarriage and the undercarriage of the duty cycle crawler crane were delivered separately. Thus, the basic machine’s low transport weight of only 51 tons and the maximum transport width of a mere 3.5 m were an enormous advantage. The assembly was carried out directly on the shore of the reservoir with the aid of a Liebherr mobile crane. Subsequently the duty cycle crawler crane was driven onto and mounted on a barge, which was also assembled on-site. And so the work could begin. Thanks to its robust design and the high-strength fine grained steel the Liebherr duty cycle crawler crane is ideally equipped for the dynamic forces which especially influence the uppercarriage in dredging operation. As successor of the proven and successful HS 885 HD, the HS 8130 HD has two hydraulic free-fall winches with 35 tons line pull each - about 17 % more than the previous model. Further benefits of the winches are the increased rope capacity as well as the automatic adjustment of the rope speed for all working ranges.

An intelligent control system provides for easy handling of the machine and allows for short working cycles. The Liebherr customer S.E. Leverage is very impressed with the high level of operator comfort, “The handling of the HS 8130 HD is extremely smooth and precise. This contributes immensely to the fact that, so far, the work has progressed according to plan.” Two-year Operation on the Reservoir Is of Utmost Importance It is anticipated that the duty cycle crawler crane will be operating on the high altitude reservoir in the Swiss Alps, between May and October, for two years. Only after the completion of this work can the power station in Olivone be put back into full operation. The importance of this project derives from the fact that a yearly average of 180 million m³ of water flow through the turbines of the Olivone power station and consequently warrant approximately 234,000 MWh of energy. The same water subsequently flows on to the Biasca power station which produces 304,000 MWh of electricity per year. It is clear that a decelerated and impaired flow of water from the Lake Luzzone reservoir would not achieve this amount of electricity.

Liebherr Tel: +27 113 652 000 Fax: +27 118 173 884 Email:

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The Meclift Range form BLT SA Meclift variable reach trucks - available exclusively in South Africa from BLT SA - are designed for swift, efficient and safe handling of heavy loads in diverse industries, including steel and aluminium logistics.

Meclift machines are compatible with a range of specially designed attachments that offer the versatility for one machine to be able to safely handle different materials, with no damage to the goods,” says Charity Gumede, marketing director for BLT SA. “Unlike conventional forklift trucks, these compact variable reach trucks are able to drive into containers or reach inside a container for easy loading and unloading of goods and equipment. Meclift’s versatile solutions ensure total control over logistics in ports, factories and cargo holds and also increase efficiency and safety during materials handling procedures. Operating costs and handling times are significantly reduced.” Meclift loading boxes, which are designed to effortlessly lift, carry and lower aluminium bundles, also prevent scratches or bending of goods. These loading boxes handle rod diameters between 152 mm and 254 mm, a 7 000 mm maximum load length and a maximum load weight of 11 300 kg.

Meclift ML3018RC with C-hook for handling steel coils Meclift has extended is range of accessories for the steel industry to include new C-hooks. These robust C-hooks have a hydraulic 360˚rotation and 64˚ tilting and are compatible with all Meclift machines and coil attachments to enable the efficient transportation and accurate positioning of coils. The C-hook attached to an ML3018RC variable reach truck, can handle steel coils up to 32 metric tons. Coil ram and clamp attachments, with customisable dimensions, enhance the performance, efficiency and safety 32

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during the handling of steel coils. Compact variable reach trucks can load the container from the back end, by driving steel coils inside the container. It is also possible to load a container from the outside by using the side shift feature to carefully position cargo. Lifting beams are recommended for handling extra long objects, including steel tubes, beams and sheets. Meclift air cargo pallet forks (ACPF) act as an extension to a roll conveyor during loading and unloading of air cargo in confined spaces, especially inside containers. This system lifts pallets off the ground and lays them directly on the roll conveyor by rolling and can also be used to slide sheet materials into the container. Meclift variable reach truck with coil ram attachment for handling steel coils Meclift’s double fork system also enhances the flexibility and performance of cargo handling. This special double fork attachment offers many benefits when loading and unloading containers or trailers. For example, four pallets or a similar load can be easily handled at the same time and it is possible to fully load a 20 ft container with only two lifts. Double forks use the same fixing points as normal forks, which means switching between the two is effortless. Fork positioning can be altered from inside the cabin, without the operator having to get out to manually adjust the gap between the forks. BLT SA supplies a diverse range of heavy lifting equipment in South Africa and also offers a technical advisory, spare parts and support service.

BLT SA, Charity Gumede Tel: (031) 274 8270 Email: Web:

The business of SANY has made remarkable achievements in African continent, since it sold the first pump machinery to Africa back in 2002. The establishment of SANY Central and Southern Africa (hereinafter, SANY CSA) in 2006 continuously expanded SANY’s business in the local market and neighboring countries.


he SANY CSA locates its headquarter office in the capital Johannesburg, and in 2012, SANY CSA set up five subsidiaries with the aim to cover over 30 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and began its fine development in the central and southern African markets.

Business development strategy At the early stage of entering the South African market, the CSA adopted the way of equipment renting to build the SANY brand. As more SANY machines were used in the construction projects, the product performance, service quality and rich parts supply were generally recognized by the local clients, which lays the firm foundation for the later procurement tendering. For sake of focusing on key markets and products, SANY CSA chose South Africa, Angola, Zambia, Ghana and Congo as the first batch of key promotion regions to sell key products of cranes, excavators and rollers. In addition, SANY CSA actively develops the network of local dealers by providing comprehensive support to them, including market promotion, financing, aftermarket, branch office and service training. The competent and stable dealer network is the key to SANY CSA’s success, thanks to the long-term cooperation and the dealers’ efforts in maintaining good client relationships, improving service and parts availability and building brand awareness.

International cooperation In 2015, SANY CSA attended the 2nd BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA in Johannesburg, and obtained the orders valuing 12 million USD and orders of intention valuing 8 million USD. In May 2016, SANY Group Chairman Liang Wengen visited South Africa and was received by the President Jacob Zuma. They exchanged opinions in terms of the housing industrialization as well as development in energy and transportation. SANY’s first overseas precast concrete house was also completed and open to the public in Johannesburg during this visit, serving as an affordable housing model in South Africa areas. Nowadays, SANY has been devoted itself to the provision of comprehensive technical solution as the way to deepen international business. The housing industrialization projects in several African countries, for instance, will be carried out through EPC (Engineering Procurement Construction) solution. By 2013, the sales volume of CSA exceeded 1.2 billion yuan (US $ 180 million), ranked 2nd among all SANY’s overseas business units. The past 13 years have witnessed SANY’s stronger presence in African markets with over 6,000 units of machines sold covering concrete machinery, port machinery, cranes, road machinery and excavators.

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SANY Expands Business in South Africa


New CML190 Luffing-jib Crane by Comansa CM

Comansa CM launched the new CML190 luffer in Bauma China

The Bauma China trade show was the perfect scenario for the launch of the first series of luffers from the Hangzhou manufacturer


ith more than 170.000 visitors, Shanghai’s Bauma China is Asia’s most important trade show for construction machinery. Therefore, Comansa CM chose it as the right place to launch its first luffing-jib tower crane, named CML190. With this brand new model, Comansa CM releases the CML Series of luffing-jib cranes, which will be completed in the following months with more cranes.

The CML190 crane comes in two versions of maximum load capacity (12 and 18 tonnes), both with maximum reach of 60 metres and different jib configurations every five metres. This luffer, as well as the upcoming models of the CML Series, have been designed under Linden Comansa’s modular system. Therefore, every component of the crane is light and compact to allow an easy transportation and a fast erection. Furthermore, the hoisting and luffing cables come preinstalled from the factory for a faster installation of the crane.

The main technical features of the new cranes are: -- Hoist mechanism placed in the front of the slewing part, which allows more drum capacity and a reduced counter-jib radius.


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-- Different hoist winch options, to achieve maximum hoist speeds of up to 178 metres per minute and drum capacity for up to 1,280 metres of wire rope. -- All hoisting, slewing and luffing movements are frequency controlled for smooth and precise manoeuvres. -- The new CML cranes feature a control system, popularly known as “Level Luffing”, which allows electronic coordination between the luffing and hoisting mechanisms. -- A hydraulic push and retention system allows a smooth luffing movement of the jib. -- The speed of the luffing movement changes depending on the jib angle to ensure a fine approach of the load. -- Both hoist and luffing movements allow microspeed mode for an optimal positioning control. -- The luffing drive includes a double brake system to boost safety. Both versions of the new model will be available for customers in Asia, Middle East and Oceania, from 2017. Comansa CM is confident that the CML Series will have a warm welcome in markets such as Thailand, South Korea or Malaysia,


in which there are many high rise construction projects and the demand of luffing-jib tower cranes is increasing. Actually, the exhibited model has been sold to Thailand dealer Smart (1994) Ltd.

Main characteristics of the current CML Series: Along with exhibiting the new CML190, Comansa CM also taught customers and visitors about its recent novelties: the new 8 metre folding cross base, and the CM1600 Series of FlatTop tower cranes. These new models are available since last September and have maximum load capacity of 10 or 12 tonnes.

These new models are available since last September and have maximum load capacity of 10 or 12 tonnes Also, a few details of the upcoming LCL700 luffing-jib crane from Linden Comansa were revealed. This new crane, the biggest luffer from the Spain based manufacturer, will come in two versions of maximum load capacity: 50

Comansa CM exhibited the CML190 with maximum load capacity of 18 tonnes

and 64 tonnes. It will be available worldwide from March 2017. The Bauma China trade show was again a success for Comansa CM. In addition to the agreements signed in Shanghai, including three units of the CML190, Comansa CM and the Linden Comansa group greeted many customers not only from Asia and the Middle East, but from all over the world.

The CML190 model is Comansa CM’s first ever luffing-jib tower crane

Tower Crane Services Tel: (011) 865-3202/3 Fax: (011) 865-3219 Lifting Africa - Nov / Dec 2016



Hydraulic Skidding System Completes Emergency Operation at Electrical Plant noon and worked around the clock until the replacement

Heavy rigging and haulage specialist transformer was set in its place, working five consecutive shifts until Sunday morning. We spent two to three days on HWP Rigging used a Hydra-Slide the front and back end mobilizing equipment and assembling / disassembling the modular trailer onsite. The work HT500 system to skid a failed transformer out of an electric The turntable, designed for generating facility and replace it with rotating heavy and oversized a new one during an emergency loads, was first used to lift and callout recently.


ne of the Missouri plant’s four generators was out of service due to the failing step-up transformer, which increases the voltage of electricity that is generated by the turbine so it can be transmitted through the grid to homes and businesses.

The 500t capacity heavy track system skidded the transformer 120 ft. clear of the existing foundation before a replacement was unloaded from a self-propelled modular transporter (SPMT) and slid into position, again utilizing the HT500. Both transformers weighed approximately 400 tons; the replacement unit was designed to be as close a match to the original as possible. Steve Hentrich, project engineer, HWP Rigging, said: “We started removal of the failed transformer on a Friday after-

remove an overhead bridge crane in a foundry was completed ahead of schedule and without incident.”

HWP owns four HT500 skidding systems, from Canada-based manufacturer Hydra-Slide, which are typically employed in the power distribution sector. They are one of the most cost-effective and accurate methods for moving, loading or unloading such transformers, in addition to generators, compressors, pressure vessels and other machines where a rigid, load carrying track is required.

Turn the tables HWP is widely acclaimed in the heavy rigging and haulage sector for utilizing a custom 500-ton capacity turntable, also manufactured by Hydra-Slide. The turntable, designed for rotating heavy and oversized loads, was first used to lift and remove an overhead bridge crane in a foundry, hold it for a short time, and place it back on its foundations in one continuous motion. Hentrich said: “Typically cranes are put in place before completion of a new building so that it is possible to set the equipment through the roof of the building with a mobile crane. In this case the work had to be done with the building roof and walls intact, which eliminated the possibility of using conventional construction equipment to do the work.”

A HT500 skids a failed transformer out of an electric generating facility during a recent emergency operation


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HWP used a set of hydraulic gantries and the turntable to lift the 75-ton load and rotate it almost 90 degrees to clear its foundations before lowering it to the

Increasing demand Hentrich said: “In recent years we have observed an increasing demand for transportation and rigging of new power distribution and generation equipment to replace our ageing infrastructure. This equipment includes large power distribution transformers, steam turbines, generators and industrial electric motors. In some cases new equipment is installed as part of a scheduled maintenance project. Other times failed or failing equipment must be quickly replaced in order to restore power to homes and businesses.”

HWP is widely acclaimed in the heavy rigging and haulage sector for utilizing a custom 500-ton capacity turntable from Hydra-Slide

ground. After a short time the crane was again lifted, turned back to its original orientation using the turntable, and set in place on the foundations.

He added: “The Hydra-Slide skidding systems and turntable are an integral part of many of these projects. Their products can be utilized to efficiently and safely move large loads in confined spaces and allow for precise placement and alignment of heavy loads. We will continue to collaborate with Don Mahnke, president and Janine Smith, vice president to find innovative lifting and rigging solutions that make our work safer, faster and more efficient.”

Hydra-Slide Ltd., Janine Smith

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The turntable measures 10 ft. in diameter and weighs approximately 5 tons. Hentrich explained that the parameters were selected for ease of transportation and handling. It can be placed on a road truck and hauled to a jobsite as needed, he said. It is light enough to be handled with a rough terrain construction forklift, which are commonly found on jobsites. The turntable is sufficient to handle most large distribution power transformers.


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at Bauma China 2016. These “milestone” products in the field of building construction machinery cut a conspicuous figure and showed the latest fashion and trend of high-end building cranes. engineering. The T7020-10 is composed of strong universal components that enables the tower and other components to be used interchangeably with 160-315tm ones, which reduces equipment idleness and increases investment efficiency. Many quick couplers are used for components such as crane jib and platform, allowing fast, convenient and easy installation, and an increase in disassembly and assembly efficiency by 20%-30% compared with similar products. Zoomlion employs the ZRCV control technique for the swing mechanism, contributing to wind-resistant performance of swing, reverse operation and quick restoration. Introduction of the product optimizes Zoomlion’s product range of tower cranes and maintains differentiation advantages with its competitors. Construction hoist SC200BG/SC200BZ: creating a “new dimension” of humanity and intelligence Construction hoists are widely applied for the construction of urban high-rise and super high-rise buildings. Since Zoomlion acquired Raxtar, a leading company in international hoisting industry, the two have carried out comprehensive collaboration and complementation of advantages, greatly enhancing the competitiveness and brand influence of Zoomlion hoists in global markets. Zoomlion is becoming a leader in the global construction hoist field.


ower crane T7020-10: representing the latest techniques in the world and expanding Zoomlion’s product range of tower cranes

Zoomlion has firmly dominated China’s tower crane market in virtue of its outstanding technological advantages and strong manufacturing capability. Tower crane T7020-10, which was exhibited this time, is a 4.0 product developed by Zoomlion by integrating the most advanced technologies in the world, which features high performance, high reliability, low energy consumption, safety, convenience and humanity. The product has been upgraded in dimensions such as hoisting performance, transmission and control, and arm length combinational configuration. With the internationally recognized JOST topless technique, a German high-end tower crane expert, the product has excellent performance and is especially suitable for prefabricated construction (PC)

Zoomlion also brought construction hoist SC200BG/SC200BZ to the exhibition, with the former featuring high-frequency variable speed and the latter featuring medium-speed frequency conversion. Based on “humanity”, Zoomlion has initiated intelligent and remote control techniques on the two products in the industry. The intelligent control system that is integrated in the products, provide functions such as one-card start up, identity authentication, status display and fault diagnosis. The remote control technology allows maintenance of construction hoists and personnel management on mobile APP. The newly designed manual-automatic leveling function can effectively reduce impact damage in electrical components due to frequent inching. The innovative connection between the cage and driver reduces vibration and can greatly increase operation stability. The products have achieved comprehensive technological breakthrough and provide green, energy-saving, intelligent and comfortable experiences. These 4.0 construction hoists that integrate Chinese and Western technologies will be a campaign of Zoomlion to march into the global high-end market in the future.

Tower Cranes Africa, +27 (0) 61 245 6799 Lifting Africa - Nov / Dec 2016



Zoomlion Construction Hoisting 4.0 Machineries Shined At Bauma China Zoomlion recently exhibited their 4.0 tower cranes and construction hoists


Alignment Shoes Rapid Response Solutions (RRS) doubled its exhibition stand at LiftEx trade show and utilised the extra floorspace to showcase Hydra-Slide AS500 alignment shoes, used for final positioning of loads. RRS is the first company to take delivery of the shoes, offering 450t capacity, in the UK.


ydra-Slide equipment was already the centrepiece of the RRS exhibit, but expanding into neighbouring space has an opportunity to show more of the portfolio at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) in Scotland, on 23-24 November. Paul Barber, managing director at RRS, said: “Final positioning of heavy loads can be really difficult. Traditionally this would have been done by jacking the unit up, putting wheels underneath, winching into position then jacking back down, hoping the load wouldn’t move as you did so. I

recall bobbing back and forth for ages using the traditional method, but with the alignment shoes one can accurately move a load while keeping it close to the ground.” RRS, which was recently named the only international sales partner of the Canadian manufacturer of hydraulic skidding systems, will look to engage visitors from the oil and gas marketplace, with the show taking place in the Energy Capital of Europe for the first time. However, Barber explained that the alignment shoes in particular will appeal to the diverse demographic that LiftEx, now 12 years old, historically attracts. He said: “All engineering markets have a requirement for alignment. Our project teams, for example, will be using the shoes primarily for final positioning of factory machinery, as well as final alignment of new transformers. They will be used with light and heavy loads equally. There is no other product similar to the alignment shoe available and I envisage its application with large injection moulding machines, engines, transformers, mills, presses, modular plant rooms and more.” The exhibit will further raise the profile of jacking equipment; heavy track and low profile skidding systems, including the new LP350 unit; and offer demonstrations with two scale working models. LiftEx visitors will learn how the skidding systems can move a load into an approximate position before final adjustments are made using the alignment shoes. Barber said: “The market for the alignment shoes will actually be bigger than the full skidding systems so investing in the extra exhibition space to accommodate them should pay dividends. The shoes can make an awkward task quick, easy and safe, while the purchase price is not restrictive and with the manpower saved, any investment is easily justifiable.”

The set of four pushing shoes includes two push cylinders, allowing accurate movement in either direction, or on slight angles


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He added: “The UK is still very much behind many other countries in embracing new ideas and techniques. The products offered through the Hydra-Slide range have been commonplace in America and Canada for many years and have been designed based on years of experience to make the world of heavy moving safer, removing the risks associated with traditional methods and manual handling. RRS has proved through

Smith said: “I am thrilled that I’ll be at LiftEx later this month and so pleased with the positive response to our new alignment shoes. The crew at RRS are extremely forward-thinking; they immediately saw the potential for the equipment, not only as an addition to a slide system but as a standalone investment for rigging crews.” She added: “The design is purely based on industry demand so I’m honoured to be able to unveil this new product to industry leaders in person and, like Paul, I believe it will be very successful. It’s great that we’ll have the actual kit at the show so we can demonstrate the high quality of our fabrication as well as the shoes’ compact size and portability. Photos are great but seeing the actual system and being able to handle it is just fantastic.”

All parts are hand-portable, with the heaviest component weighing 58kg

Rapid Response Stuart Trinder Email:

its own tasks that using the equipment is cost effective and reduces time and labour. We intend to keep building our fleet around the Hydra-Slide range to offer hire and sale options.”

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Janine Smith, vice president at Hydra-Slide Ltd, will join Barber and RRS colleagues, including Stuart Trinder, sales and distribution manager; and Roger Wheeler, sales manager, at the AECC.


LiftEx Report Back Lifting Africa had the privilege to attend LiftEx 2016, the Lifting Equipment Engineers’ Associations’ (LEEA), UK’s leading lifting exhibition. It’s the first time in its history that it took place in Scotland. The 12th edition of the event took place at the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre on 23rd & 24th November 2016.


nown as the Energy Capital of Europe, and with over forty years’ experience in oil and gas operations, Aberdeen is established as one of the most influential, innovative and proactive energy cities in the world.

LiftEx has become the go-to event for the lifting industry, comprising of the Exhibition, Industry Conference and Innovation Fast Pitch over the 2 days. Over 100 exhibitors demoed their latest lifting products and services, and 1,500 dedicated industry professionals and end users from a wide range of vertical markets attended, including oil & gas, energy, road & maritime transport, construction, utilities and manufacturing The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) is established across the globe as the leading representative body


for all those involved in the lifting industry worldwide. LEEA is the respected and authoritative representative body for their Members who work in every aspect of the industry, from design, manufacture, refurbishment and repair, through to the hire, maintenance and use of lifting equipment. LEEA has played a key role in this specialised field for over half a century, from training and standards setting through to health and safety, the provision of technical and legal advice, and the development of examination and licensing systems. They represent their Members at the highest levels across a range of both public and private bodies, including various government departments, as well as nationally and internationally recognised professional and technical institutions.










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