Lifting Africa Sept-Oct 2017

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

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

Park Lifting and Mining - Exceeding customer expectation through specialized lifting and mining services



Sir, I want to be a LMI... ...? Ask the experts

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From the Chairman’s Desk



Need more than a crane to lift the market...



Prepare for the best-ever LiftEx



Hiab presents the pioneering HiConnect (TM) - a connected solution for load handling Fagioli uses Hydra-Slide HT500 to replace pipe bending machine Verlinde Cranes & Hoists deliveres the biggest Jib crane to block rock operations in South Africa Overhead track equipment - OHTE Loadshackle monitors sewer pump station cylinder removal

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Atlas Copco hydraulic magnet helps to pick up the pieces



“Hands-on” mobile crane technical skills training Modulift beams suspend full scale model fighter jet

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OVERHEAD CRANES Konecranes launches crane advisor customer support tool globally 28 TELEHANDLER

JCB launches 510-42 loadall telehandler for 10,000 lb capacity, no outriggers 29 HEAVY LIFT

Lifting wind farm maintenance Transportation and installation of heavylift components PSC crane & rigging skids boring machine at Cleveland tunnel projects

Grove crane brings mobility and smooth operation to challenging airport lift 36 CRAWLER CRANES



Linden Comansa in Montreal’s new champlain bridge Fascinating crane backdrop in Vienna Crane & hoist equipment to establish new benchmark

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Truck mounted lifting equipment for container handling


Morris supplies additional cranes to Voith Turbo South Africa


The Fassi difference MARKET PLACE

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Sir, I want to be a LMI... ...?

Park Lifting and Mining

+27 (0) 17 687-0236

Lifting Africa

Managing Editor Surita Marx Tel: +27 (0) 11 475-0010 Cell: +27 (0) 83 281-5761 Email: Web: Sales: Lusana Mrkusic Email: Production Manager: Jeanette Jordaan Sub-Editor: Debbie Janse van Rensburg

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Harbour Dredging: Hybrid duty cycle crawler crane with 300t capacity in operation in Piombino

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Circulation Bi-Monthly 4 198

Index to Advertisers Bonfiglioli 49 Cleveland Crane Hire 29 CJH Cranes 54 Cotac Oy 54 CraneMec 25 Elephant Lifting IFC, 3 Giovenzana International OBC Gunnebo 33, 37 Hydra-Slide 47 Haubner / Pintsch Bubenzer 52, 53 J Express Crane Services 21 Lifting Placements 54 LiftEx IBC MH Dawood 41 Palfinger 23 Park Lifting OFC Phakamisa 11 Powermite 13 Saxeni Equipment 19 Scaw Metals 5

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


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SETTING THE STANDARD FOR PREMIUM CHAIN FITTINGS Crosby is the leading manufacturer of premium accessories used in lifting, rigging and securement applications. Crosby has a reputation around the world for providing a broad range of products suitable for the most demanding of operating conditions with uncompromising quality. The Platinum Line: •

Is 20% to 25% stronger (size for size) than available Grade 80 fittings.

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Meets the performance, dimensional and functionality requirements of Grade 80 specification EN818 and EN1677. – Working Load Limit (meets industry standards) – Ductility (allows product to deform when overloaded) – Toughness (resistance to crack initiation and growth at all temperatures). – Fatigue (ability to withstand repeated applications of the load)

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Park Lifting and Mining – Exceeding customer expectation through specialized lifting and mining services In an ever-growing economy, it has become one of the utmost important rules that a company be flexible and expands as clients’ needs grow. In South Africa, both economic expectations as well as legislation have grown and expanded significantly. Over the years, the South African legislation has become more stringent, keeping abreast with everdemanding global trends.


ifting equipment employed on mines and also in general areas of construction and engineering has also been under the microscope for many years. Regional inspectors are incessantly working with employers, and trade unions to address specific problems in their areas of activity. Safety operations also include working together with international mining consultants, and local equipment suppliers in order to review designs and support parameters that present the guidelines and products best suited to a particular operation. As a company, Park Lifting and Mining, sees itself as a world class leader in the field of specialized lifting and mining services. With an ability to excel in all areas with proficient diversity, Park lifting and Mining, strives to continue to provide a world class service and support to its array of clientele. In order to achieve this, Park Lifting and Mining has acquainted themselves fully with all the required changes in legislation as well as all required standards within the mining and construction sector. Park Lifting and Mining works handin-hand with the ECSA (Engineering Council of SA) and LEESA (Lifting Equipment Engineering Association of SA), thereby remaining in the forefront of any new developments and changes to any legislation that have been promulgated.


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P.J Nel, the managing director and owner of Park Lifting and Mining

becomes apparent when his well focussed management team is in the forefront of all facets of daily business activities.

“It is a vision of every company to grow and sustain a healthy customer base. The main focus of such expansion is to manage this growth to its full potential. At Park Lifting we have adopted the following philosophy, ‘Envisioned Future’, which directs one’s hopes or ambitions towards achievement in every sphere of human endeavour. In other words: to Create, to Achieve, to Become. This has become the core guidance of every department that will open the way for achieving and sustaining positive growth”, said Marcel van den Bergh, General Manager.

Park Lifting and Mining has, over the years, acquired and excellent reputation in client satisfaction through their service delivery which is complimented by the array of certification it has received such as OHSAS 18001, ISO 14001 as well as ISO 9001. In saying this, not only is client satisfaction taken into consideration but also the wellbeing of the environment and its employees as well. Since the inception in 1999, Park Lifting and Mining has believed that dedication and commitment are two of the most important corner stones for an ever-growing business in today’s economic environment. A dedicated team, consisting of 7 Lifting Machine Inspectors (LMI), 2 Overhead crane technicians and 6 Lifting Tackle Inspectors (LTI), is

always readily available to provide any service to any of the array of clients in a moments instance. Park Lifting is well equipped with its own mobile test rig, its own Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP) as well as its own truck equipped with a truck mounted crane, all of which enables technicians to provide a fast and dexterous service to their clientele. This also allows qualified technicians to certify and issue valid test certificates onsite. As many of the clients are aware, P.J. Nel, the managing director and owner of Park Lifting and Mining, has a very stringent practice when it comes to applying and utilizing his some 26 years of experience in the mining industry. The meticulous way in which he leads the business


The management team, as lead by P.J. Nel, will say that being ‘hands on’ with clients will allow you to build a trusting relationship with a client. Once the trust has been established, long term business tends to flourish and excellent interpersonal relationships are established. The management team of Park lifting also has an array of expertise that they ‘bring to the table’, which also allows for client liaison to be conducted in a manner which is both professional and proficient.

A stable growth can be seen within the company where not only in Mpumalanga, but also in places like Kwazulu Natal, Cape provinces and Gauteng, projects are developing which allows the business to grow at a steady but profitable pace. With the stable growth of the business, the motivated and dedicated teams of technicians are able to handle all enquiries. The company is also the agent for many of the specialised manufacturers of equipment used in the fields of specialised lifting such as THIELE, GUNNEBO INDUSTRIES, RECOCEL, SPIDER WEBB and VAN BEES to name a few.

Contact Park Lifting and Mining, Tel +27 (0) 17 687-0236,, Lifting Africa - Sept/Oct 2017


Sir, I want to be a LMI……?


I felt it necessary to write the article as I am confronted with this question on a regular basis and as much as I appreciate and encourage the need to become a Lifting Machinery Inspector - LMI the minimum requirements to enable one to register with the Engineering Council of South Africa, ECSA as a LMI and what the applicant’s rights are after submission is very often misunderstood, which mostly stems from hearsay. Let me explain what is required to become an LMI;


First and foremost, is what I would refer to as the competence requirement; To be able to register as a LMI, ECSA requires a minimum of 5 years’ experience in the Lifting Equipment Industry wherein one must prove that one has the required knowledge and experience gained of possibly the erection, maintenance and repairs, inspections and loadtesting of the type of machine or similar machinery involved and has the required evidence of inspections (examinations) and load testing (performance testing) carried out under the supervision / mentorship of an existing LMI in the past two years of the type of

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Lifting Machinery or Hand Powered Lifting machine one is applying for. If the above minimum requirements are met, the next step is to complete the LMI application and submit the application as a portfolio of evidence (POE) containing all the required supporting documents as evidence, with the required application fee to ECSA’s offices as stated on the application. I would just like to make it clear that no one else besides the applicant and ECSA’s employees or contracted employees involved in the applicant’s registration may influence the applicant’s application for registration in any way once the applicant has submitted their application, as this could be perceived as unethical or in breach of ECSA’s rules. The same applies to even a recognised Voluntary Association (VA) like LEEASA recognised by ECSA as a VA or any other organisation or entity for that matter. The complete registration process from submission to registration is run by ECSA and only the applicant has the right to follow-up and enquire about the progress of their own application.

In many cases, just the fact that documentation submitted does not meet the requirements of the relevant standards and legislation and the applicants lack of knowledge of the mandatory inspection and testing standards or that they even exist, or the lack of sufficient supporting evidence submitted can leave the applicant open to been questioned about this lack of knowledge or understanding in the interview carried out by ECSA with the applicant before been found competent for registration as an LMI.

Arni Sommer - LEEASA Tel : +27 (0) 74 900-8378

What is a LMI and what is required? As the following questions are often asked when it comes to the desire to becoming a registered LMI; What is a LMI?

How does one become an LMI? (What is the minimum requirement for registration as an LMI)? A minimum of 5 years’ experience in the Lifting Equipment Industry in which on is able to prove that one has carried out under the supervision of an LMI inspections and testing to the required standards on the type of Lifting Machine one wishes to apply for registration for which meets the requirements of OHS Act. Driven Machinery Regulations – DMR 18

What does a LMI do? A LMI conducts, or supervises the load testing of specific types of lifting machines to the required inspection and testing standards as required by DMR 18.

What types of Lifting Machines may the LMI test? The LMI may only perform these duties on the specific types of lifting machines, for which he or she has applied to ECSA for, and been found competent by ECSA to do so, as their scope of competence.

The prospective LMI applies to ECSA to be registered for a specific type of lifting machine e.g. either a mobile crane, overhead crane or truck mounted crane etc. If he is found competent, he can only load test the specific type of machine for which he has been registered, and been found competent to do so, by ECSA. He/she also has to supply proof in most cases that he/ she is competent to inspect lifting tackle as requirement for the scope of competence for most types of Lifting Machines.

How is the prospective LMI assessed? He or she is assessed by ECSA after submitting a properly completed written application form and interview for final clarity of the application. This application form can be down loaded from the ECSA website – apply for registration – Application for registration as a Lifting Machinery Inspector.

How does ECSA assess the LMI? The assessment is done by a process known as RPL, which includes the applicants technical and personal background, 5year minimum experience, training and or qualifications, providing a referee report etc. ECSA does require that all potential LMIs to be personally interviewed before finally been found complement for registration.

Can a LMI carry out Inspections without an LME? The answer is no as the LMI has to work for, or be contracted by a LME, which is a company (entity) registered with the Department of Labour (DOL) as an LME. A LME cannot conduct a load test of lifting machines unless their LMI’s who are either permanently employed or contractual by them, are registered LMI’s registered for the same scope of Lifting Machines as the LME.


Lifting Machinery Inspector is a person who is registered with ECSA as a LMI under the requirement of the OHS Act. Driven Machinery Regulations – DMR 18 and the Engineering Profession Act 2000 (Act 46 of 2000)

What is meant by scope of competency?

Can a person do a course to become a LMI? No, the person may need to do multiple courses, including possibly a basic hydraulic course or a LTI - Lifting Tackle Inspection course which is required for most types of Lifting Machines which then becomes part of their portfolio of evidence that may be needed for LMI registration. Training, background knowledge and experience gained are essential requirements for LMI registration. ECSA will assess him/ her on the information as evidence he/she supplies.

Can a person do a course to become a LMI? No, the minimum requirement according to OHS Act DMR 18.10.e is a competent person. An LMI may in most cases be considered for appointment by the user in writing as the competent person as required. The most competent person should be a qualified Rigger as determined by the definition of “Competent Person”.

The above information is supplied as a guide only, without any prejudice to any party or person, and is the writer’s personal opinion.

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ASK THE EXPERTS Mr Tony Scott from Frontline Consultants asked LEEASA the following question: May an Excavator and Digger loader be used or classified as Lifting Machinery, or not? Mr Arni Sommer from LEEASA replied: “I have recently brought up this very same issue at the last DoL NCOP meeting at Labouria House in Pretoria. The question to them was: “does the DoL at any stage plan to include an excavator to being used as a Lifting Machine?” The answer from the committee was “Why?” “I explained that many construction companies were breaking the law when they laid pipes and used the excavator to lift the pipes and lay them in the same trench that the same excavator dug.” The answer then was “yes Arni you are right, they are breaking the law and the DoL will not tolerate this infringement of the law.” “I then pointed out that there is no NCOP code available to give the operator of that excavator a license to operate that excavator as a Lifting Machine. Even if that machine was fitted with all the required safety devices and a load chart was made available for that machine by the manufactures to be used as a lifting machine the problem will still lie with the licensed operator.” The DoL made it clear that this was not being considered at this stage as this was dealt with when the DoL added the Side Boom Crane code C60 to the NCOP. Excavators are earth moving machines and not classified as lifting machines by the DoL or ECSA! Mr Arni Sommer added: “I did my best to address this issue with the DoL but I was shot down in flames at the time. Should this issue be brought up again by the construction industry and proof is provided that, certain excavators are able to meet all the legal requirements and manufacturers standards as a Lifting Machine, then maybe the regulator might be convinced that this could be classified as such and included in the requirement of DMR 18 for LMI/LME and LMO. “(LMO – Lifting Machine Operator). “LEEASA can only deal with what is already classified as a Lifting Machine, hand powered Lifting Machines and Lifting Tackle as Lifting Equipment. We can make SMEs available in these areas but unfortunately an Excavator does not fall in this field of our expertise.” “I will even go so far as to say that a number of years ago I was aware of an LMI that tried to get excavators as part of mobile cranes under SANS 19, but he was rejected. Should it be the case that he did convince ECSA of this and I am made aware of this fact, I will have no choice but to report this fact to ECSA as a council member, that this was an oversight and advise ECSAs CRC who answers to ECSA council, to rectify it. How ECSA deals with that is up to ECSA and ECSA CRC (Central Registration Committee).”

Mr Tony Scott then asked: This being said, is it safe for me to assume that Digger Loaders are then also not considered as Lifting Machinery? Mr Arni Sommer then replied: “Yes, any machine that does not meet all the requirements of DMR 18 and specifically DMR 18.11, and a Digger Loader (Front-end loader) like an excavator, will in most cases not meet these requirements even if modifications are made to the machine itself. The problem still lies with a licensed operator. It is for this reason that I raised this issue and asked questions at the DoL NCOP meeting.” “As I’ve pointed out, LEEASA cannot make a ruling on this. We can only interoperate the law as it stands and ask the DoL when needed to give clarity where required. In this instance, the DoL made it clear that we must stick to law as it stands right now.” He continued: “LMIs should not be giving the User/owner the perception by issuing load test certificates (Certificate of Conformance) for a machine that is not classified as Lifting Machinery and not pointing out to the User/owner all the requirements and possible implications should an incident occur. Just by issuing that certificate as a Lifting Machine in accordance with DMR 18 and a SANS standard (Which is required), the LMI could be implicated as an accessory to a crime. 10 Lifting Africa - Sept/Oct 2017

Ken Greenwood. Chairman

Members must be reminded that this process was a lengthy and painful one. Our voluntary unpaid office bearers put us on the map by populating committees at ECSA, SABS, DoL and the Setas. The only committee/s that the CoET contributed to was ECSA, and our people were always the subject matter experts in all of these activities. LEEASA has appointed a permanent employee to take care of our daily admin matters like CoET. “Lifting Africa” started a new magazine for us and this has proved to be an amazing success. The Lifting Africa team is a very professional group who promote our cause very well.

LEEASA WEB SITE We must be reminded that our new website has been working for approximately a year now. Please use it at least once a month.

ANNOUNCEMENTS We will be starting a member’s only newsletter which will be sent direct to each member in future. This will improve communications with our members. Our Cape Town road show was postponed until further notice. We will be hosting a member’s meetings in Durban and Cape Town to bring members up to date with recent events in our industry. There could be a nominal fee charged to cover costs of refreshments. The venues will be announced shortly on our website and also backed up by direct emails.


Clarity required. LEEASA was formed in 2003 when a group of us were approached by ECSA to assist with the registration of LMI’s. To facilitate this, it was necessary to form an organization to represent our industry which could be recognised by ECSA. The rules at that time required that such an organisation should have at least 50 ECSA registered members to qualify. The LMI was a new category and therefore had no ECSA registered members. To achieve this, CEoT offered to include our group as a division of their organisation to qualify for this requirement until we grew and had enough registered members to qualify to be recognised as a fully representative association. There was a gentleman’s agreement that as soon as we were big enough, that we would break away. Eventually we were fully recognised by ECSA as a voluntary association and we broke away.

After this we will be holding our first SGM in Johannesburg on the 8th of November 2017. The invitations will be sent out shortly. Please look out for further information on all these events on our web site and in “Lifting Africa”.

Lifting Africa still makes a difference! Hope to see you in Cape Town, Until next time, Ken Greenwood, Chairman.

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Need more than a crane to lift this market.. The South African Crane market is at an all time low, with the lack of mining and large processing plants.


The main customers are relatively small factories. It is a small market and from over 1000 cranes being sold every year I will be very surprised to see 300. Customers generally drive a hard bargain, however, in this current economic climate, customers are even harder to find. Many crane vendors are of the opinion that the market is shrinking. The competition is brutal and the 4 major players are fighting for market share. Strategy is to introduce new technology. Currently a lot of smaller competitors are offering a new panel and a paint job as a refurbished crane. There is no emphasis on the Safe Working Period or even what workload the crane was previously subjected to. The purchase price of a new crane is the customer’s biggest concern and crane users seem more willing than ever to let someone else care for their cranes. These days profitability lies in the maintenance, service or spare parts business. Many times a client will puchase the cheepest crane in order to save money, without understanding the costs involved to maintain and operate the crane. These days cranes and their components are much more efficient and specifically engineered to fulfill its spesific


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Ken Watridge

purpose. They are also designed with specific lifetime standards as stated in ISO or SANS 4301 Part 1. Therefor it is critical for the customer to understand what crane he needs when selecting a susitalble supplier and product. Aspects such as duty, design, speed and hight of lift needs to

be considered when purchasing a crane. Unplanned Breakdowns are very costly to even the smallest production facility. So choose carefully and make sure all the standards, speed and technical information is highlighted to you.

Ken Watridge For and Behalf of the CMA

Prepare for the best-ever LiftEx


Organisers of LiftEx 2017 are putting the finishing touches to the most exciting package of visitor attractions in the event’s history.


ringing together a compelling line-up of conference speakers, an action-packed exhibition hall, ‘handson’ engineering challenges and unique networking opportunities, this year’s show is designed to offer something for anyone with an interest in overhead lifting and work-at-height solutions. Representing the UK’s only conference and exhibition dedicated to overhead lifting and work-at-height, LiftEx 2017 takes place on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th November at the International Centre Telford – right in the heart of England. The conference runs on the first day of the show, and will feature speakers drawn from the private sector, employer organisations and specialist training and engineering consultancies. A truly eclectic mix of issues will be explored, encompassing the impact of Brexit, the challenges involved in creating a proactive safety culture, the design of moving structures, benefits and applications of magnetic wire rope testing, and the specific demands of safe, legal lifting in the entertainment sector. Delegate places can be booked online at www.

Alongside the conference, admission to the two-day trade exhibition is free-of-charge. Here visitors will be able to see the latest offerings from around 100 leading suppliers. Lifting equipment inspectors can also find out how their skills measure up in LEEA’s new Proficiency Test Challenge. Meanwhile, in the Innovation Theatre on Thursday, suppliers have just ten minutes to pitch their latest products, services and applications. Contenders for the Innovation Fast Pitch Award this year include ground-breaking developments from Hydra-Slide, ROCOL, Van Beest, Sampson Rope and CMCO. Visitor registration is now open at Bringing together hundreds of end users, suppliers and other stakeholders, LiftEx also creates unrivalled networking opportunities. Furthermore, for the very first time, non-members of LEEA, the organisers of LiftEx, will be able to attend the association’s drinks reception and dinner dance on the Wednesday evening. Advance booking for this ever-popular social event is essential, with full details at ”Everything is now in place for what promises to be the best LiftEx ever,” said Christine Littlewood, marketing manager for LEEA. “For all end users of lifting equipment, LiftEx quite simply represents the quickest and easiest way of staying up to date with the latest developments in this safety-critical industry sector.” Full details of LiftEx 2017 can be found at 14

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Cristiano Giavedoni Blumano Ltd

Barrie Mordue Tensology Ltd

Richard Halstead EEF

Jeff Moran Mind Safety International

Anton van der Zalm Van Beest

Ian Hylands Eadon Consulting

Nigel Hancocks CMCO

Rui Jeronimo ROCOL

Alvin Abraham Sampson Rope

Janine Smith Hydra-Slide

Hiab presents the pioneering HiConnect (TM) - a connected solution for load handling


iab will make HiConnect available as a connected service for customers, enhancing the productivity of the Hiab equipment in their fleet. Customers will receive real-time insights of their equipment utilisation, operation and condition. "Through this information, customers can actively optimise performance and avoid unnecessary downtime. Currently, customers have limited, often manual-input based insights, and lack of information about their equipment utilisation rate, condition and operation. Now, HiConnect offers real-time insights via webbased dashboards with clear and simple overviews that provide status monitoring, service planning and help improve the operation of each unit and operator," explains JanErik Lindfors, Vice President, New Business Solutions at Hiab. HiConnect has been developed in close collaboration with selected customers through multi-market pilots since 2015. Hiab will structure the HiConnect service offering by introducing different tiers of business-critical insights adapted to specific business needs and fleet size. During Q4 2017, Hiab will present a HiConnect retrofit solution to selected existing HIAB loader cranes and MULTILIFT demountables and customers in five markets - USA, United Kingdom, France, Netherlands and Germany, with expansion of the HiConnect offering and market coverage during 2018.

"We are very proud to be the first in our industry to bring this comprehensive suite of connected solutions to the market. As a pioneer in load handling, it is part of our mission to continue shaping the future of load handling. We have worked closely with our customers and collectively see many benefits today and huge future potential in HiConnect. This upcoming initial market offering is just a start. Early adopters will now receive key insights and functionality, but will also be part of further developing the HiConnect platform based on their customer needs," says Roland SundĂŠn, President, Hiab. "Modern technology and connectivity has totally changed the way we operate our business. Now that we can track the vehicles in our fleet, we know exactly where they are and what they are doing. With this information, we can be more efficient and operate much more


Hiab, part of Cargotec, presents its Hiab HiConnect (TM) platform as taking another pioneering step in the load handling industry. With HiConnect, Hiab adds connectivity to its market-leading load handling equipment as an enabler to provide critical insights which will help customers unlock value in their businesses.

safely," says Andrew Hollingsworth, Fleet Technical Manager, Travis Perkins PLC. The combination of Hiab's market-leading equipment and comprehensive service offering including Hiab ProCareTM contracts and HiConnect as a connected solution, will give Hiab customers the benefit of increasing efficiency, productivity and safety in their businesses. "We stated our ambition that all new Hiab equipment shall be connected by 2018. That is what we are working on, connecting us more deeply with the customer to develop new ways of adding value to their business," concludes Roland SundĂŠn.

Contact Hiab, Tel: +27 (0) 11 865-1425, Lifting Africa - Sept/Oct 2017



Fagioli uses Hydra-Slide HT500 to replace pipe bending machine Houston, Texas-based Fagioli Inc. used its 500-ton capacity HydraSlide HT500 heavy track hydraulic skidding system and other rigging equipment to remove a 115-ton pipe bending machine and replace it with a spare system.


agioli accepted a scope of work to remove the existing machine from a pit, slide it to a loading area, load it onto a hydraulic trailer and repeat the operation in reverse with another pipe bender that was kept in storage for replacement purposes. Both systems were identical in weight and measured 5.5 m x 3 m x 2.4 m.

Fellow Texas company, Cowboy’s Services Inc. (CSI), a Wallisvillebased heavy haulage specialist, won the contract for transportation of the machines and subcontracted Fagioli to execute the replacement operation. All parties combined over three days of planning and a further three days to complete successful installation in the upgraded fabrication shop.

Edoardo Ascione, president and managing director at Fagioli Inc., said: “We already had plans to acquire a Hydra-Slide skidding system and securing the order [from CSI] was the tipping point to proceeding with the purchase. Given that we already had the contract, we were reliant upon Hydra-Slide’s speed of delivery and efficiency of service to honor

A HT500 and four 200-ton capacity hydraulic climbing jacks combined to lift and slide the 115-ton pipe bending machine.


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The pipe bending machine was raised 1.8 m out of a pit before being skidded over 18.3 m to awaiting transportation.

our commitments, which we gratefully received, allowing us to accomplish the challenging task in hand.” The HT500 is frequently chosen as the most cost-effective and accurate tool for moving, loading or unloading all types of heavy loads, including transformers, generators, compressors, pressure vessels and other machines where a rigid, load carrying track is required. In this case, appropriate skid track sections were selected to accommodate the dimensions of the pipe bending machines and the travel distances involved. The team also used four 200 ton capacity Fagioli hydraulic climbing jacks and timbers to raise the machine 6 ft. out of the pit before commencing the slide over 18.3 m. Ascione explained that due to limited headroom, the combination

of climbing jacks and skidding equipment was the only viable solution to replace the machine. The HT500 has a total height of only 205 mm, saving jacking time and suiting the product to such confined spaces. Ascione added: “The design information for the machines was not complete, as is often the case for such equipment. We estimated the center of gravity based on how the machine was supported in the pit. The capacity of the jacking system was a lot more than required, as a measure of safety. Once the jacks took the load we could confirm the position of the center of gravity and carry on the replacement operation.” CSI chief operating officer Keith "Bubba" Jannise and Simone Gabrielli, operations manager at Fagioli Inc., oversaw the project

in combination with additional representatives of both companies. Ascione concluded: “Keith, Simone, Hydra-Slide and others demonstrated the role collaboration has in challenging heavy rigging applications. Without bringing together such varied products and engineering expertise, this project wouldn’t have been possible.” Ascione also confirmed that Fagioli has two further applications lined up for the HT500, which he described as “easy to set up and smooth to operate”. He also anticipates placing additional orders for hydraulic skidding systems in due course.

Contact Janine Smith, Hydra-Slide Ltd., Lifting Africa - Sept/Oct 2017


Overhead Track Equipment - OHTE



This model variant is used to maintain the Overhead Track Equipment (hence the designation “OHTE”). his involves all the power supply infrastructure found on electrified rail networks. South Africa has roughly 22,000 km of rail network, of which some 40% is electrified.

The OHTE vehicle features a flat deck fitted with a Mobile Elevating Work Platform (“MEWP” or “cherry picker”). This can also act as a crane for lifting poles into position alongside the track. The cherry picker can be controlled either from within the basket itself, or from the deck. The vehicle seats three in the main cab.

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE: • Sales of New & Used SANY mobile & crawler cranes • Workshop & On-site Servicing • Calibrations & Load Testing of mobile cranes • Customised branding & Spraypainting • Training & Certification for operators • Refurbishing of equipment • Breakdown Call-outs • New Parts • Trade-in’s accepted • Spare parts

• The vehicle is based on the UD80 8-ton chassis. The main components are as follows: • Flat deck • Combination Mobile Elevating Work Platform (“MEWP”) / 3 ton.metre crane mounted to deck • Large vertical storage locker just behind the main cab • A pantograph mounted just behind the main cab on top of the vertical locker. This is used to provide a means of earthing the vehicle, as well as a means of gauging the height and lateral location of overhead conductors. The crane base can be side-shifted across the truck to ensure maximum stability, with tilt safety switches and an emergency cutoff in place for additional safety.

New Cranes (Pricing on request)

• Sany STC200

(20t) x2

• Sany STC500


• Sany SRC250 (25t)


• 1997 Grove AT990E (80t) • 2013 Sany STC500 (50t)

R 1 950 000 R 3 350 000

55 Harris Ave • Isandovale • Edenvale Tel: (011) 823 2028

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Loadshackle monitors sewer pump station cylinder removal Dynamic Rigging Hire (DRH) supplied a 25ton Wireless Loadshackle from Straightpoint and other rigging gear for removal of a large hydraulic cylinder at a Melbourne Water sewer pump station in Australia recently.


elbourne Water supplies drinking and recycled water, whilst managing the city’s water supply catchments, sewage treatment, rivers, creeks and major drainage systems. It is conducting an ongoing maintenance programme at one of its major pump stations in the western suburbs. Integral to the project was removal of the cylinder for overhaul at an offsite machine workshop. DRH provided the engineering contractor with all the required rigging equipment needed to lift and rotate the cylinder out of position. Utilising an SP Wireless Loadshackle and Hand Held Plus, it monitored the weight of the

An SP Hand Held Plus is used to monitor the weight of cylinder.


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cylinder as it was lifted from the floor of a deep shaft in the centre of the pump station. The cylinder weighed approx. 23ton, while another two, weighing 13ton, will be removed at a later date. Ross Johnson, general manager at DRH, explained that the cylinders are similar to smaller, hydraulic units that one might see under a tip truck or earth moving machine—just much bigger, he said. They open and close the gate (like a valve) in the sewer system. The contractor utilised a 55ton capacity overhead crane that spans the building in addition to a 25ton capacity mobile crane; each crane was connected to the load at two pick points. The overhead

DRH supplied a set of Gunnebo grade 100 alloy steel master links, rigged into a 55ton shackle and then the 25ton load shackle with the two-leg chain sling.

crane was rigged with grade 100 (grade 10 in UK) chain slings that connected at either side of one end of the cylinder frame as it was lifted vertically. The mobile crane, meanwhile, rigged with the same type of chain and longer, synthetic slings, lifted from the bottom as it was raised beyond the level of the shaft entrance. DRH supplied a set of Gunnebo grade 100 alloy steel master links for the main hook of the overhead crane, rigged into a 55ton shackle and then the 25ton load shackle with the two-leg chain sling. Johnson said: “We were chosen as a specialist supplier of the belowthe-hook equipment, including a force measurement solution

DRH provided the engineering contractor with the required rigging equipment.

An SP 25ton Wireless Loadshackle is integrated into the rigging setup.


The contractor utilised a 55ton capacity overhead crane that spans the building in addition to a 25ton capacity mobile crane.

aluminium electronics enclosure and an internal chassis providing IP67 / NEMA6 environmental protection even with the battery cover plate missing.

The cylinder was lifted from the floor of a shaft at the sewer pump station.

that could confirm the weight of the load so we wouldn’t exceed the capacity of the rigging gear, cranes and / or transportation. The Wireless Loadshackle was therefore intrinsic to the custom package we assembled for the

engineering contractor responsible for safe and efficient completion of the lift.� The Wireless Loadshackle is particularly suited to low headroom applications. Additional features include its hard anodised

DRH provides a comprehensive range of rigging, hoisting and load measurement equipment across Australia from Melbourne headquarters. It frequently facilitates provision of a wide range of kit to a diverse client base including crane, construction, engineering, manufacturing, offshore and service projects.

Contact David Ayling,

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Atlas Copco hydraulic magnet helps to pick up the pieces Atlas Copco’s HM 1500 fixed hydraulic (hydro) magnet, fitted to a 22.5 ton carrier, is efficiently and safely sorting and loading steel off cuts at a steel mill in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga.


ollowing a successful tender, service contract specialist, Real Tree Trading, was contracted to remove steel off cuts generated from the steel production process. “After being cut into various lengths, the steel I-beam off cuts, weighing anything between 150 and 300kg, have to be heaped and loaded onto trucks for transportation to a steel works in Vanderbijl where they are resmelted and recycled back into the steel fabrication process,” explains Real Tree Trading Group Manager, Gert Ootshuizen. Ably assisted by Masike Seritili – Contract Manager, Oosthuizen oversees the project that involves a team of 46 workers operating in the cutting, splitting, scrap and dispatch areas. “This is the first time that we are involved in scrap cutting and removal and we needed a fast, efficient and equally important, safe bulk handling solution. An OEM referred us to Atlas Copco Power Technique distributor, Riviera Hire, for a solution.” According to Riviera Hire Managing Director, Filippo Bevilacqua, following a site inspection they immediately recommended the Atlas Copco hydro magnet as the ideal solution. Atlas Copco and Riviera demonstrated the hydro magnet and impressed with the product’s performance, Real Tree Trading placed the order with Riviera Sales in Q1 2017. “We were able to supply the unit within a week,” confirms Bevilacqua. Established in 2004, machine and attachment rental and sales specialist, Riviera Hire is committed to forging long-term customer partnerships within the construction, plant hire and mining industries. The company provides a value


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add rental service supported by four pillars of excellence - product offering, training, service support and turnaround time. “We appointed Riviera Hire as a distributor almost three years ago and have supplied the rental company with a number of products including three Atlas Copco hammers, the EC140, EC135 and ES70, a compacter, a bucket crusher as well as the hydro magnet,” says Area Sales Manager for Atlas Copco Power Technique, Amanda Roets. “Thanks to our excellent relationship with Riviera, we conduct joint demos for end-users like we did for Real Tree Trading with the hydro magnet, indeed a win-win-win for Atlas Copco, our distributor and the enduser,” continues Roets.

According to Bevilacqua, Atlas Copco attachments perfectly complement their hire fleet which includes 4x4 backhoe loaders all piped for hammer attachments and 20 – 35 ton tracked excavators which are ideally suited to hammer, crusher bucket and bucket applications. “The combination of Atlas Copco quality which is nothing short of exceptional and our commitment to service excellence, positions us to achieving lowest cost of ownership for our customers,” states Bevilacqua. The Atlas Copco hydro magnet is available in two models, the HM 1500 (1.5t) and the HM 2500 (2.5t). With respective lifting capacities of 2.6 tons and 3.5 tons and available as fixed or movable units, the high


quality, rugged magnets are ideal for sorting, cleaning and loading applications. Unlike a power magnet, the hydro magnet, fitted with a 13kW generator, is attached to the carrier with just the normal hammer line hydraulic installation. The elimination of powerlines ensures a safer working environment and speeds up installation. This plug-andplay solution ensures that the end-user is up and running in no time which is good for productivity. Incorporating German technology and with operating pressures of between 120 and 350 bar, the high quality hydro magnet delivers faster and safer load cycles presenting a total lowest cost of ownership solution to endusers. Atlas Copco and Riviera jointly conducted onsite training on the user-friendly hydro magnet to Real Tree Trading operators. Atlas Copco also provided technical training to Riviera who will be responsible for servicing of the easy-tomaintain unit. Oosthuizen reports extreme satisfaction with the hydro magnet’s quality and performance. “The robust unit saves us time and enables us to work fast and efficiently so that we can deliver an excellent service to our customer,” he concludes. Real Tree Trading 1, a fully compliant BBBEE company and part of the VESCO (Vanderbijlpark Estate Company) group of companies, is a leading service provider of safety training and related projects, workshops services, industrial and commercial cleaning services and is focused on job creation and service delivery. Head office is situated in Vanderbijlpark supported by branches in Vaal Triangle, Newcastle and Saldanha.

Contact Amanda Roets, Atlas Copco, Tel +27 (0) 11 821-9000,, Lifting Africa - Sept/Oct 2017



“Hands-on” mobile crane technical skills training Cranemec Group S.A specialize in “hands-on” training offering a complete line of training modules that provide your maintenance personnel with an opportunity to sharpen their skills, develop their knowledge base and apply newly learned techniques on how to check and repair lifting machines.


ur courses will not only save the company time and money, they will enable your personnel to quickly and accurately identify problems in need of repair/replacement before they malfunction. Today’s cranes are more complex than they have ever been and are now fitted with state of the art electronic and hydraulic systems which while making operations more efficient, increases the responsibility of the maintenance/inspection teams. They require effective maintenance and inspection programs to ensure efficient operation and prevention of downtime while increasing productivity and profit but most importantly reducing risks to human lives and property. One of the most expensive parts of crane repair is not the cost of the actual repair as many people immediately think, but the loss of operating income while the crane is out of service. Downtime costs can be extremely high when you consider the cost of hiring replacement machines and personnel. By carrying out regular maintenance and inspections these costs can be considerably reduced.


In the words of Benjamin Franklin “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I will learn”.

The importance of having a wellplanned maintenance schedule and correctly trained staff is the key to ensuring reliability and longevity of your cranes.

is proving to be the best solution as personnel are trained on the equipment they are accustomed to in their own environment through both theoretical and practical training modules. Maintenance personnel, operators, riggers and safety officers will all benefit from Cranemec’s in depth training courses.

Cranemec Group S.A can train your personnel at your site on your own equipment and to your specific operational requirements. This

Participants will be taken through every aspect of crane maintenance and inspection from understanding the difference between various

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types of cranes and their individual maintenance needs, to setting up a correct program. Cranemec Group’s courses are Engineering Council approved and carry Continual Professional Development points. “One of the most important objectives of the “hand-on” experience is for the students to have their moment of discovery so that all the new concepts and methods learned are firmly entrenched and more easily recalled when they return to their jobs”

Contact Richard Haddath Cranemec Group S.A Tel: + 27 (0) 16 366 1393 Fax: + 27 (0) 16 366 1392 Cell: +27 (0) 60 980 6171

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Modulift beams suspend full scale model fighter jet Four Modulift spreader beams were used to suspend a full scale, 10-ton model of an F35 Lightning II jet fighter, which was hung at the entrance to Edinburgh Castle’s esplanade at this year’s Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (REMT).


he F35 featured alongside a Lynx Mk III helicopter and a CGI projection onto the castle walls of an aircraft taking off from the deck. The annual celebration of music and entertainment took place this year from 4-26 August. Edinburgh-based rental firm Bernard Hunter Mobile Cranes received a scope of work from construction company Interserve, which was given the task by REMT organisers of positioning the replica jet underneath the Tattoo stand structure. Integral to the suspension phase of the project were four Modulift spreader beams—three MOD 24s and a MOD 50—sourced from Bernard Hunter’s below-the-hook equipment stock. The MOD 24 offers 24-ton capacity at 5m and lower capacities up to 8m, while the MOD 50 provides 50-ton capacity at 8m and lower capacities up to 13m. The beams were configured so the largest was beneath two smaller ones above the back of the plane that were rigged into the ceiling, and the final MOD 24 suspended the front of the plane. Nylon slings were each rated at 10ton working load limit.

The full scale, 10ton model of an F35 Lightning II jet fighter.

The rig was installed the night before the lift using a Palfinger loader crane, also from Bernard Hunter’s fleet. The following day, a 50-ton capacity Liebherr LTM1050-3.1 mobile crane and 20-ton capacity Kato CR200Ri city crane were selected for the lift, based on the space restrictions and lifting capacity required. The F35 was lifted from ground level, directly upwards to its final position. An aerial working platform was used to access the rig. Mark Rafferty, managing director at Bernard Hunter, said: “The plane 26

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The 50ton capacity Liebherr LTM1050-3.1 in the foreground and the 20ton capacity Kato CR200Ri behind.

had three lifting eyes manufactured into its design, one at the front and two at the back. Both cranes were rigged with slings below-the-hook; the Kato crane lifted the front and the Liebherr the back.”

The beams were configured so the largest was beneath two smaller ones above the back of the plane.

Various on-site meetings took place with Interserve and two engineering firms, Arup Engineering and George Brown Engineering. Arup provided important details about the roof structure, which was erected especially for the REMT. Upon further consultation with Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of the F35 model, the spreader beam concept was devised.


Rafferty explained that with only two weeks between receiving the contract and the lift taking place, it was important to gather as much information as possible to facilitate lift planning, with height restrictions associated with working underneath the stand the primary focus. He said: “We were working with only millimetres to spare above the cranes.”

Rafferty said: “We wanted to find a suspension solution that didn’t involve using heavy steel beams. Considering the Modulift spreaders was a game-changer; I’m not sure the concept would have been possible without them.” Bernard Hunter chairman, Jim Rafferty, conducted lift plans and oversaw execution of the project. Once the plane was suspended, George Brown Engineering completed tests on the rigging equipment; with safety of paramount importance, it continued to test the rig throughout the event to ensure it remained safe for people to walk underneath it. The team returned at the end of the month to detach and lower the plane using the same lifting equipment. Bernard Hunter boasts a fleet of nearly 30 cranes ranging in capacity up to 500-ton. Spierings mobile tower cranes, Kato city cranes, Maeda minicranes and Palfinger loader cranes are employed on a variety of projects in the city and further afield. In addition to the beams utilised for the F35 suspension, Bernard Hunter also stocks two MOD 12s. The F35 was lifted from ground level, directly upwards to its final position.

Contact Sophie Briggs Lifting Africa - Sept/Oct 2017



Konecranes launches Crane Advisor customer support tool globally


Finding the right overhead crane is now made a lot easier with Konecranes Crane Advisor, a quick online tool that helps customers narrow down their crane options with customized recommendations.


he tool is already being extensively used in North America and is now made available in Southern Africa as well, with new features and content. As a leader in the overhead crane industry, Konecranes invests in research and development to bring new technologies and novelties to the market. “Crane Advisor is a service that makes the information retrieval a lot easier and more efficient for customers,” says John MacDonald, Service, Sales and Marketing Director of Konecranes Southern Africa. “Crane Advisor offers the

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customer valuable information which is then customized according to their lifting needs.”

Driven by ease-ofuse and customized information Only four steps are necessary to get a crane recommendation. Crane Advisor asks the customer to answer four key questions – industry, capacity, span and duty class. The icon-based-design of the tool makes it extremely userfriendly. After submitting the answers, the user immediately

gets a personalized overhead crane recommendation. With this recommendation, the customer can familiarize himself with the product offering even before continuing discussions with a Konecranes sales representative. This approach saves the customer’s time and decision-making. In a world where time is money, this is very valuable.

Contact Leon Strydom, Tel +27 (0) 11 898-3500 , +27 (0) 72 603-7529,

JCB launches 510-42 loadall telehandler for 5-ton capacity, no outriggers JCB today announced the launch of the 510-42 Loadall, a telescopic handler with a 5-ton maximum lift capacity and 12.8 m lift height that requires no outriggers.



he 510-42 is available with a JCB EcoMAX109 hp engine requiring no diesel particulate filter, or a 74 hp engine requiring no diesel particulate filter (DPF) and no Diesel Engine Fluid (DEF). Developed in direct response to a customer demand, the 510-42 has already earned more than 25 orders from customers in North America. •

JCB 510-42 Loadall with 42-foot lift height delivers unmatched efficiency for large telehandlers • In 2017, JCB celebrates 40 years of telehandler manufacturing; more than 200,000 units sold “JCB telehandlers are in high demand across the globe and we are excited to expand the range in North America to 25 models, many of which are tailored to specific industry applications,” said Richard Fox-Marrs, president and CEO of JCB North America. “The new 51042 Loadall is unique in its capability, capacity and efficiency. It is an ideal machine for customers who need a large telehandler to move loads up to 5-ton and who will benefit from efficiency and productivity gains by not having to deploy stabilizers. ”The 510-42 Loadall features 500hour extended service intervals and simplified maintenance

procedures, with all daily checks performed at ground level. Maintenance planning is enhanced by JCB’s available LiveLink telematics system, which provides machine status information to remote devices. The 510-42 Loadall adds to the growing range of JCB telehandlers available in tool carrier, lift and place, and compact configurations, and can be ordered at more than 325 JCB dealer locations throughout U.S.A, Canada and Mexico. JCB is the world’s largest privatelyowned manufacturer of construction and agricultural equipment. At 22

plants spanning four continents— and countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, China, India and Brazil—JCB manufactures a range of more than 300 products including Loadall telescopic handlers, backhoe loaders, excavators, wheel loaders, compact excavators, skid steer loaders, compact track loaders, Access aerial work platforms, rough terrain forklifts, and Fastrac tractors.

Contact JCB, Tel: +27 (0) 11 571-0200,

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Lifting wind farm maintenance


Maintenance on wind farms is a complex operation especially when large, heavy components need to be replaced, and this calls for the expertise of a company that has the necessary experience and capability.


anet Barnes, key account manager at Johnson Crane Hire, says that removing and installing heavy loads at extreme heights brings with it additional particular challenges when these activities are being done in windy conditions. “Lifting on wind farms require careful planning and attention to detail to ensure that the lifts are conducted safely,” she explains. “Coordination between the wind farm operator and the lifting specialist is essential to ensure that all aspects of the lift are dovetailed to facilitate lifting and replacement of these components safely.” Due to the height of the wind turbine towers, which range from 80 to 115 metres, it is necessary to provide large capacity cranes that have the lifting capacity, as well as the required reach. Johnson Crane Hire has the necessary depth within its fleet of cranes to accommodate these challenging lifts. The company recently completed the replacement of the main bearings at the Jeffrey's Bay Wind Farm, the Noupoort Wind Farm and the Sere Wind Farms. Barnes explains that the main bearing is housed in the nacelle and weighs approximately 18 t. The wind turbine tower at Jeffrey’s Bay Wind Farm is 80 metres high, while the towers at Noupoort Wind Farm and Sere Wind Farm stand 115 metres tall. Barnes says that to access the bearing it is necessary to first remove the 60 t rotor and place it on the hard stand. Following this, the main bearing is removed from the nacelle and also placed on the


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Lifting on wind farms require careful planning and attention to detail to ensure that the lifts are conducted safely.

hard stand. The new main bearing is then lifted into position, and the rotor is then replaced. “This is an intricate operation that requires careful planning

as well as close communication between the turbine technician, the lift supervisor and the crane operator to ensure that equipment is handled and placed safely and


Johnson Crane Hire has the necessary depth within its fleet of cranes to accommodate these challenging lifts.

accurately during the lifts,” Barnes says. Describing the operation, Barnes explains that the rotor is lowered to a predetermined height where a blade clamp is attached to the lowest (vertical) blade in the star formation. “This is achieved by using a secondary crane to complete this tandem lift or "top and tail operation”. This process is repeated in reverse when the rotor is reattached to the tower,” she says. Because of the varying heights of the towers and the fact that these lifting contracts ran consecutively it was decided to use a lattice boom mobile crane which offers the capacity to remove and replace the main bearings. This was also considered the most cost effective solution for the customer.

“A major advantage when dealing with Johnson Crane Hire is the level of flexibility applied to complex and challenging lifts,” Barnes says. “Doing these lifts underscores this as it was necessary to commence work in the early hours of the morning when the wind was at its lowest on the site. This was done to ensure optimum levels of safety during the lifting activities.” While it is unsafe to undertake lifting work in windy conditions, the lifting or removal of the rotor is particularly sensitive to wind force due to the large surface area of the rotor, resulting in extremely low allowable wind speeds, in which these lifts can be performed. Johnson Crane Hire is continually updating its fleet with new and technologically advanced cranes

and equipment to ensure that the company is able to support the market and ever changing needs and requirements. “An essential element to operating such technologically advanced equipment is to ensure that our operators and support personal are continually trained and sufficiently skilled to operate this equipment. Training and certification is performed both in-house through our accredited training school and facility. This is supported by our equipment suppliers, who provide training and equipment familiarisation, performed both locally and in Europe,” Barnes says.

Contact Elmari Snyman, Johnson Crane Hire, Tel: +27 (0) 11 455-9242, Lifting Africa - Sept/Oct 2017


Transportation and installation of heavylift components


ALE has successfully transported 14 heavy concentrating solar power (CSP) components from the Port of Luderitz, Nambia, to Ilanga Solar One in the Northern Cape, South Africa, before installing them at the project site. Services Required ALE received the geared vessels at the Port of Luderitz on various specialised multi-axle transport combinations. The components, weighing between 37t – 291t, were staged in the port using the trailers’ hydraulics and steel staging sets. The components were then transported 845km through Namibia and South Africa to the Ilanga Solar One site. The specialised transport combinations ALE made use of are as follows: •

1 x 18-axle, 2-file drawbar trailer • 1 x 18-axle, 2-file gooseneck trailer • 2 x 20-axle, 2-file widening drawbars • 1 x 9-axle, 2-file gooseneck Once on site, various specialised installation methods were used to position the CSP components into their final position. A 400t mobile crane with Superlift and a 750t assist crane were used to perform various lifts, and a fixed gantry system comprised of four strand jacks were used to perform the installation manoeuvres. A hydraulic gantry lift and roll over was also utilised. It took two months to complete.

Contact ALE Heavy Lift Tel: +27 (0) 21 842-2762, 32

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PSC crane & rigging skids boring machine at Cleveland tunnel project


PSC Crane & Rigging, headquartered in Piqua, Ohio, supplied a Hydra-Slide HT500 heavy track hydraulic skidding system and four newly acquired JS250 jacking load shoes to setup and assemble a 8.2 m diameter boring machine at the Dugway Storage Tunnel in Cleveland, Ohio.


he equipment was integral to delivery of a heavy lift and transport contract for a crucial phase of the $150+ million project, part of a broader plan for the collection, storage and treatment of waste and rain waters, with the objective of reducing the level of environmental pollution in Lake Erie, one of the five Great Lakes in North America. The project is overseen by a joint venture formed by Lane Construction Corporation’s subsidiary, S.A. Healy, and Lane’s parent, Salini Impregilo. PSC accepted a scope of work to load the over dimensional, overweight tunnel boring machine components, transport them to an installation shaft, lower six of 12 pieces (the largest weighing nearly 500 tons), and assist with assembly 61 beneath the surface. The other six, smaller parts were lowered by crawler crane with the piecemeal descent taking place in sequence. PSC was then

PSC Crane & Rigging lowered six of the tunnel boring machine’s 12 parts.


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A 700-ton capacity hydraulic gantry served as a lift tower in conjunction with an 800 metric ton capacity Enerpac strand jack.

A crawler crane combined with the hydraulic gantry and strand jack to prepare items for lowering.

Hydra-Slide’s 250-ton capacity JS250 "Up ’N Go" load shoes.

Once on the shaft floor below, the HT500 combined with 250-ton capacity JS250 "Up ’N Go" skid shoes to slide the boring machine approx. 91.4 m.

Four “Up ’N Go” load shoes (orange) and the HT500 await the main shield as it is lowered down the shaft.

presented with a challenge to slide the reassembled boring machine approx. 91.4 m.

the capacity of the HT500 to 1,000 Tons [the total assembled weight of the boring machine was 671 tons] and, second, they offered us finite final placement and alignment capabilities. The HT500 and “Up ’N Go” load shoes added efficiency in setup, skidding, lifting and lowering operations.”

PSC loaded the components onto 20 lines of self-propelled modular transporter (SPMT) before moving them half a mile to the shaft. There, a 700-ton capacity hydraulic gantry served as a lift tower in conjunction with an 800 metric ton capacity Enerpac strand jack atop 24.4 m girder beams spanning the 15.2 mdiameter, 60.96 m deep shaft. Randy Sever, executive vice president at PSC, said: “The main shield or protective structure of the boring machine was the heaviest and lowered onto the HT500 first. Then we lowered the cutter head that was mounted onto the main shield. The other 10 parts of varying sizes and weight we

lowered sequentially by the strand jack and crawler crane.” Once on the shaft floor below, the HT500, which can be used to move almost all types of heavy loads, combined with Hydra-Slide’s 250-ton capacity JS250 "Up ’N Go" load shoes that are engineered as an add-on to the standard HT500 track. The shoes can be connected hydraulically with any number of other units, increasing the system capacity to multiples of 1,000 ton while maintaining equal load support and weight distribution between all points. The skidding system and load shoes were operated with a Hydra-Pac synchronous diesel pump, also supplied by Hydra-Slide. Sever said: “The advantages of using the "Up ’N Go" skid shoes were twofold. First, we were able to increase


The 496-ton main shield was lowered first.

The S.A. Healy-Salini Impregilo signed a contract to build the Dugway Storage Tunnel, which is 4.5 km-long, with a diameter of 8 m. To that end, the boring machine is already in full operation with tunneling well underway. The project is scheduled for completion in Q1 or Q2 2018.

Contact Janine Smith, Hydra-Slide Ltd., Lifting Africa - Sept/Oct 2017



Grove Crane brings mobility and smooth operation to challenging airport lift La Grange Crane used a Grove GMK5275 all-terrain crane to build an underground water detention system in Rosemont, Illinois, near O’Hare International Airport.


he 275 USt Crane lifted a series of 9 USt precast segments to construct the system, which will keep stormwater runoff under control for a planned commercial development. •

A Grove GMK5275 helped La Grange Crane to make lifts despite low height constraints near one of the busiest airports in the U.S. • The crane’s mobility enabled contractors to stay on schedule thanks to its ease of movement between the two lift locations. Since the job took place near an airport, crane operators for the Hodgkins, Illinoisbased Company had to stay within strict tip-height limits, as per FAA regulations. This meant staying below 30.5 m to avoid interference with the incoming paths of commercial airliners. Contractors also had to work around a preexisting pipe situated inside the job site, which called for a crane that could alternate between two lift locations with efficiency. Judi Mooncotch Jr., president of La Grange, said the GMK5275 was ideal for the job because of its mobility and the smooth operation of its boom. “This crane was perfect because it allowed us to stay low, telescope out and make all the necessary lifts without exceeding tip-height constraints,” she explained. “Mobility was also a factor—it’s not easy moving a crane when you also have to coordinate the delivery schedule of nearly 1,500 tons of precast, but the GMK5275 enabled us to get the work done on time.” La Grange Crane purchased the GMK5275 from Riverdale, Illinois-based Walter Payton Power Equipment. The contracting team built the underground water detention system over a two-day period in April of 2017. Overall, construction of the commercial development is scheduled for completion in 2018.

Contact Crane Load Tech, Tel: +27 (0) 11 323-9600, 36

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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

BALL-BEARING LIFTING POINT - BLP • • • • • • • TEL: 011 614 6078

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

FAX: 011 624 1300


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Harbour dredging: hybrid duty cycle crawler crane with 300 t capacity in operation in Piombino The currently largest duty cycle crawler crane type HS 8300 HD from Liebherr is presently carrying out dredging work in Piombino. The aim of the project is to remove deposited sediment from the mouth of the port and also to increase the depth of the water. For this purpose the hybrid duty cycle crawler crane is equipped with a hydraulic clamshell grab with a filling capacity of 22 m³. • • •

Dredging operation with 22 m³ grab in the Port of Piombino Removal of 600,000 m³ material during a six-month project Hybrid drive system Pactronic® convinces with higher performance and lower diesel consumption

Green Light for Shipping Traffic With its impressive capacity of 300 t the HS 8300 HD from Liebherr

is one of the largest duty cycle crawler cranes worldwide. Since this summer the powerhouse is carrying out dredging work in the Port of Piombino. In recent years the depth of the water at the mouth of the port has been reduced to as little as 8 m through sediment. The work not only involves the removal of the sediment. The depth of the water will also be increased to 14 m in order to allow for larger vessels to run into the port. The importance of trouble-free shipping traffic is underlined by the fact that more

The HS 8300 HD dredging in the Port of Piombino.


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than three million passengers per year pass through the port on their way to the Tuscan Archipelago, Sardinia or Corsica. The work in Piombino is being carried out in a six-month project by the Italian dredging specialist Zeta S.r.l.

Great Tasks Require Great Machines Material amounting to a total of 600,000 m3 must be removed from the entrance to the port. With the duty cycle crawler


It takes less than 2 hours for the HS 8300 HD to load the vessel Maria Vittoria Z.

crane type HS 8300 HD, the contractor Zeta S.r.l. found a real powerhouse and a suitable solution for this dredging project. On the one hand, the challenge lies in achieving high levels of turnover and, on the other hand, in removing not only sediment but also larger stones. For this reason Zeta S.r.l. opted for a hydraulic clamshell grab from the Italian manufacturer Rossi with a filling capacity of 22 m³. Zeta S.r.l. has installed the HS 8300 HD without crawlers on its new dredger Maria Vittoria Z, on which a total of 3,000 t material can be loaded. Thanks to the large volume of the grab and also the short working cycles of only 45 seconds, the Liebherr duty cycle crawler crane handles 2,000 t of material per hour meaning it requires less than two hours to fully load the Maria Vittoria Z. Close by, the dredged material is being gainfully used for the expansion of the Port

of Piombino. The dredger is loaded and unloaded by the HS 8300 HD up to four times each working day between 05:00 and 20:00 hrs.

of the Pactronic system is its reduced noise emission, which is of significant importance for machines operating in residential areas.

Pactronic®: Lower Fuel Consumption Despite Higher Performance

Both the machine operator as well as Mauro Boscolo, CEO of the contractor Zeta S.r.l., are delighted with the environmental and economic advantages, “Double the turnover but with 60 l/h only half the diesel consumption.” The work in the Port of Piombino clearly confirms that the HS 8300 HD is a machine for heavy duty material handling.

The duty cycle crawler crane is equipped with Liebherr’s own hydraulic hybrid drive system Pactronic®. Through the storage and subsequent reactivation of surplus energy the turnover can be increased and, at the same time, the fuel consumption can be significantly reduced. In combination with Pactronic® the 725-kW diesel motor achieves a system performance that is comparable to a conventional drive system with 1250 kW. Despite high levels of turnover the duty cycle crawler crane has up to 50 % lower diesel consumption (60 l/h) in comparison to similar models. A further important advantage

Film The film shows spectacular images of the HS 8300 HD carrying out dredging work in Piombino:

Contact Francois Nolte, Liebherr, Tel.: +27 (0) 11 365-2000 Lifting Africa - Sept/Oct 2017


Linden Comansa in Montreal’s new champlain bridge


The tower crane manufacturer is presenting a new, far more spacious model of cab, in which operators will be able to enjoy optimum visibility of the working area


tower crane model 21LC550 is working on the construction of the main pylon of this infrastructure, which will replace the damaged Champlain Bridge, Canada’s busiest in traffic Open since 1962, the Champlain Bridge in Montreal is one of the city’s main road links and Canada’s busiest bridge, with an average of 136,000 crossings per day. Due to the extreme climate conditions in Montreal, as well as the use of road salt on the pavement, the bridge is suffering a progressive deterioration that different maintenance and repair plans have not been able to stop. Thus, the Canadian Government decided to build another bridge as a replacement.

Since 2015, the Signature on the Saint Lawrence Group, formed by SNC-Lavalin, ACS and HOCHTIEF, is working on the construction of the New Champlain Bridge, located in parallel and a few metres away from the current bridge, which is still open to traffic. The new bridge will feature a spectacular 170-metre tall main pylon, which is being built with the support of a Linden Comansa 21LC550 crane. The crane arrived to the jobsite in early September 2017 and was erected on the deck of the bridge with a height under hook of 67.8 metres. When the work of the crane ends,

the crane will be 180 metre tall from the base of the pylon, 123 metres from the deck of the bridge. Montreal’s 21LC550 has maximum load capacity of 25 tonnes, to lift large precast concrete structures and heavy formwork panel. Another version of this crane is available with maximum load of 20 tonnes The works at the New Champlain Bridge are expected to finish by December 2018.

Contact Richard Fletcher, Tower Crane Services, Tel: +27 (0) 11 865-3202/3,,

The Linden Comansa crane, model 21LC550, is building the bridge’s main pylon, which will be 170 metres tall.


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Fascinating crane backdrop in Vienna An urban development project is currently underway in the Second Municipal District of Vienna – the Austria Campus with a gross floor area of around 303,000 square metres. Around 20 Liebherr EC-H and EC-B tower cranes are in action on the site to ensure smooth load handling.


The construction work on the Austria Campus is currently one of the largest projects taking place anywhere in Austria. The material excavated from the trenches, 600,000 cubic metres, is enough to fill around four million bathtubs. The total of around 20 Liebherr tower cranes in action on the site forms an impressive backdrop and ensures that around 24,000 tonnes of steel can be handled. At peak periods there are up to 2200 construction workers on the site.


ccording to the developer, Signa Holding, five modern, sustainable office complexes with ideal public transport links are to be built on the site of the former Vienna North railway station by 2018. The campus' own infrastructure includes a hotel, a wide range of retail outlets, a conference centre, a medical centre, a kindergarten and a canteen.

Liebherr tower crane fleet at the Austria Campus in Vienna.Â

Contact Chris Cardoso, Liebherr, Tel: +27 (0) 11 365-2000,

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Crane & Hoist Equipment to establish new benchmark While a large market remains for rental tower cranes, this has to come to an end at some stage. This is according to Louw Smit, sales director of Crane & Hoist Equipment SA, who says there is already a distinct shortage of rental tower crane units locally.


ith more than 12 years’ experience in the tower crane sector, Smit was mentored by Quentin van Breda, the now retired founder and managing director of SA French, and believes there will be a turn in local market conditions towards the purchase of new tower cranes again. The recently established Crane & Hoist Equipment SA is a specialist operation that will supply new and refurbished cranes as well as construction hoists to the subSaharan markets.

“With an eye on being a sustainable business and keeping our customers top of mind, we have to ensure that there are options available for the built environment and infrastructure contractors, some of whom are feeling the effects of the slowdown in contracts being awarded,” he says. “Tower cranes are definitely not an off-the-shelf product,” he says. “Each tower crane is unique and configured for the exact application requirement of the contract.”

As an example, Smit points to the instance where a contractor is faced with space constraints. This is one of the more frequent challenges being experienced as more and more construction is taking place in heavily built up areas. In many cases, a construction site could be surrounded by buildings on three sides, and this can prove challenging for a contractor in terms of mitigating the materials handling activities while striving for optimum productivity.

Louw Smit, sales director of Crane & Hoist Equipment SA, who says there is already a distinct shortage of rental tower crane units locally.


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“The best option in this scenario would be the use of a luffing jib crane,” Smit says. Essentially, this crane is configured in such a way that the luffing jib is raised and this allows slewing to take place without affecting the surrounding buildings. On a large site, use of these cranes will also allow more than one to be in action at the same time. With structures becoming taller and taller within the built environment, it is essential to apply optimal material handling solutions to ensure productivity is achieved on the construction site while operating safely. Smit says that contractors who partner with competent technical tower crane experts are at a distinct advantage as they have access to people with an in-depth understanding of tower cranes configurations. He says that the special configuration of the mast will allow for a higher freestanding height of the tower crane itself, and this is a good solution for high rise structures. “But what is extremely important,” Louw cautions, “is for contractors to communicate directly with a specialist supplier such as Crane & Hoist Equipment SA prior to site layout to ensure that the materials handling solution is fit for the actual conditions and application.”

Crane & Hoist Equipment SA is excited about future prospects, and looks forward to serving the southern African construction and mining sectors for years to come.

“In the above example of the increased free standing height option, this tower crane would not have to be tied into the building or anchored and this will give the contractor both a time and cost saving on the project,” he adds. “Often when we are involved from the initial site layout, we are able to offer alternate materials handling solutions to the contractor, and in some cases it is preferable from a cost saving perspective to make use of a tower crane in the initial stage of the project and then to use a construction hoist,” Smit says. Construction hoists have gained traction in the construction sector as these are ideal for the vertical movement of personnel and materials, and significantly reduce the manual handling of equipment and materials. Hoists are not only suitable for almost all lifting activities on a site, but can travel at a speed that is both safe and effective, increasing productivity on site. Commenting on the new company, Crane & Hoist Equipment SA, Smit says he is excited about future prospects, and that the key to the company’s success lies in the wealth of experience of its management team and the commitment of its people. Operations director Danie Roos has, with over 18 years’ experience in the industry, has in-depth technical knowledge and will be

able to provide sound technical product support to clients. Significantly, Crane and Hoist Equipment SA strives to be a leader in the lifting industry, and managing director, Brenden Crous says that in the high risk environment in which tower cranes and hoists operate there is no room for error.


Crane & Hoist Equipment SA is a specialist operation that supplies new and refurbished tower cranes as well as construction hoists to the sub-Saharan markets.

“Quality and safety are a priority for Crane and Hoist Equipment SA and this translates to all our products and services,” Crous says. “Further by providing turnkey tower crane management and lifting solutions we offer a major differentiator to industry and this market offering will allow our clients to focus on their core business – construction knowing that their lifting and materials handling equipment is well maintained and compliant with legislation.” “We believe the Crane & Hoist Equipment SA team has the depth of experience and technical expertise needed to assist customers in selecting the most appropriate materials handling solution for any given application, whether it is a tower crane or a hoist and we look forward to serving the southern African construction and mining sectors for years to come,” Smit concludes.

Contact Louw Smit, Crane & Hoist Equipment SA, Tel: +27 (0) 83 413-7524,, Lifting Africa - Sept/Oct 2017



Truck mounted lifting equipment for container handling. With the invention of the shipping container in 1956, the landscape of transportation was forever changed. With this invention came new challenges for the loading and unloading of these large and often very heavy boxes.


arge gantry and mobile cranes were the only options for transferring containers between road and sea going vessels. The challenge posed by this was that containers could only be transferred at dedicated facilities with the necessary infrastructure. A solution was required to be able to load and unload these containers at various locations without requiring heavy equipment. At the time, truck mounted cranes were not yet a common site on the world’s roads. Palfinger manufactured their first truck mounted crane in 1959 in Austria and this opened new opportunities for mobile cargo handling. Due to the limited lifting capacity of the early models it was not often used in this application and mostly utilized for the loading and unloading of small, empty shipping containers. The role and the specifications of shipping containers have dramatically changed over the years but fortunately so have the capabilities of the lifting equipment. Today, there is a much larger variety of mobile / truck mounted lifting machinery available for performing the task of loading or unloading shipping containers at sites with no specialized infrastructure. One example is the use of empty containers as mobile storage or office units on construction sites. The truck mounted knuckle boom crane slots perfectly into this role. With its capability to fold away into


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a small space when not in use it enables transporters to have enough deck space to transport a 6-meter container on the same vehicle that can load and unload the container wherever it is required.

chains attached to the corners of the container.

A common mistake made when specifying a crane for handling containers is that only the mass of the container is used when calculating the required crane.

At first glance, it might seem that a 10-ton/meter crane will be sufficient for the job but in reality, a 14 – 15ton/meter crane is the minimum for lifting a standard 6- meter dry cargo container.

In reality there is a lot more to consider like, the lifting distance needed to reach the center of the container and additional reach required to position the container where it is needed. Another is the angle of the booms. In order to be able to lift and maneuver a shipping container the boom angles need to be sufficient to clear the top of the container and allow the container to be lifted above deck height of the vehicle as well as to compensate for the length of the

As the boom angles increase, the lifting moment of the crane is reduced.

It should be noted that modifications to standard container like office conversions sometimes add a significant amount of weight and should be considered when specifying a crane. Palfinger’s PK 15500 has been the preferred crane for this job for many years. Palfinger Southern Africa recently introduced the PK 17.001 SLD into the local market.


With a linkage system to counter the effect of decreasing lift capacity due to increased booms angles and increased lifting capacity this model has proven to be very popular for this application. For the loading of 12-meter containers a minimum lifting capacity of 30-ton / meters is commonly required. The PK 32080 and PK 36080 are very popular models for this use and are mostly mounted behind the cab of a truck tractor, pulling a semi-trailer onto which the container is loaded. In most cases, the container can be loaded without uncoupling the semi trailer. If more reach is required, the PK 41002 is the preferred model. When it comes to heavier container’s it does not mean that truck-mounted cranes can’t be considered. There are many larger knuckle boom cranes available and these models will typically be mounted onto an 8x4 rigid truck that will pull a draw bar trailer. As an example, the PK 88002 can lift 19.6-tons at 4.0-meters and the latest

large crane model from Palfinger, the PK 165.002 TEC 7 is able to lift an impressive 29.2- tons at 4.1-meters or 12.1-tons at 10.1-meters. The need to be able to load and unload fully laden containers at any site was recognized by the New Zealand based designers of Swinglift who, in the 1960’s developed the world’s first container side lifter. Container side lifters are typically mounted onto semi trailers and are a self-contained transportation and loading device that has revolutionized the container transport industry. The Swinglift, also distributed by Palfinger Southern Africa opens a whole new level of transporting and loading shipping containers. With lift capacities of 35 or 40-tons this machine can load or unload any size, fully laden container virtually wherever it is required. There is also an option for double stacking containers. Another, more recent addition by Palfinger is the ISOtip hook lift system that is mounted onto a rigid truck and uses conventional hook

lift technology to load and unload standard shipping containers. Below are some basic specifications on some standard shipping containers. (Guidelines only) •

Dry cargo container. Type: 6.09 meter Length: 5.89 meter Width: 2.35 meter Weight: Empty – 2.37 ton

Type: 12.19 meter Length: 12.03 meter Width: 2.35 meter Weight: Empty – 4 ton Refrigerated container. Type: 6.09 meter Length: 5.44 meter Width: 2.29 meter Weight: Empty – 3.05 ton

Type: 12.19 meter Length: 11.69 meter Width: 2.25 meter Weight: Empty – 4.52 ton

Contact Tony Mota, Palfinger Africa, Tel +27 (0) 11 608-3670,, Lifting Africa - Sept/Oct 2017



Morris supplies additional cranes to Voith Turbo South Africa Morris Cranes, a Division of Morris Material Handling SA (Pty) Ltd), a wholly owned South African company and the Sub-saharan agent of ABUS Kransysteme GmbH has supplied and installed lifting equipment at Voith Turbo (Pty) Ltd.


or 150 years, Voith technologies have been inspiring its customers, business partners and employees all over the world. Founded in 1867, Voith today has around 19,000 employees and earns 4.3 billion euros in sales. It has locations in more than 60 countries and is one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe. As a technology leader, Voith sets standards in the energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive markets. Whether it’s a drive system, power transmission, power plant equipment or a unique solution, Voith are there to assist. They also have the capacity and ability to test, service and overhaul systems. The main facility consists of an extensive network of Voith representatives, distributors and agents ensuring sales, service and distribution coverage into the African continent. Operating from Witfield, Gauteng, the Voith office includes sales, workshops, stores and testing facilities. Voith Turbo South Africa utilises Morris cranes in their workshop. The company approached Morris Cranes for quotations on additional cranes for various workstations and the order was successfully secured during 2017. In the first bay there are 3 Jib cranes. One VS type Abus Pillar Mounted Jib Crane with electric chain hoist , SWL 0.5 ton , 6m reach, 4.909m height of lift. One VS type Abus Pillar Mounted Jib Crane with electric chain hoist , SWL 0.5


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ton, 9m reach, 4.812m height of lift used for sorting of finished goods. One VS type Abus Pillar Mounted Jib Crane with electric chain hoist, SWL 0.5 ton, 9m reach, 4.812m height of lift situated at the back end of the workshop.

In the wash bay, One Abus ZLK Double Girder Crane, SWL 25 tons, 9.7m span, 4.5m height of lift. As a global company, Voith are able to draw on their extensive network and have knowledge, skills and expertise from every continent to provide suitable results of leading edge technology and service which will allow your business to meet and exceed its full potential .


In the second bay, One Abus Pillar Mounted Jib Crane was erected with an electric chain hoist, SWL 1 ton, 6m reach, 3.472m height of lift.

Contact Morris Material Handling SA (Pty) Ltd, Tel: +27 (0) 11 748-1000

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The Fassi Difference


We all know about standard cranes and how they function, but have you ever heard of a knuckleboom crane? These models have an articulation near the middle of their booms that gives the boom the ability to bend back and straighten out again, adding a lot of functionality to the crane.


s a result, these unique cranes can be attached to trucks for easy loading and unloading, due to their compact size and versatility. Fassi is one of the biggest manufacturers of this type of loader cranes, and if you are looking for the perfect model for your business, you have come to the right place. At 600SA Holdings, we supply a wide range of Fassi loader cranes that will be ideal for industrial use, and can also be used for commercial purposes. These knucklebooms come in different sizes, and we start off with the smaller versions. Although these machines may appear to be small and compact, they perform as if they are big and rugged, and should not be underestimated!

Light-Duty Loader Cranes Fassi presents a smaller, lighter, and more compact version of their knuckleboom cranes with the F28A – being the smallest model available. Although this specific model is only limited to a 7-m outreach, it can handle an impressive 2,5 t/m, making it perfect for lifting compact cars onto flatbed trucks for transport. With overall dimensions of 0,5 × 1,8 × 1,5 m when folded up and not in use, this little Fassi loader crane is compact and capable of achieving much more than it appearance suggests. If you are looking for a light-duty model with more reach, the F110A is the ideal knuckleboom for you. With its dimensions coming in at 0,8 × 2,3 × 2,2 m, it is still quite small for its capability – reaching an impressive 16,5 m. Able to lift a load 48

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of up to 11,2 t/m, this loader crane is more than capable of handling itself in the industrial sector.

Medium-Duty Loader Cranes For all the bigger and stronger machinery in the industry, there is a Fassi loader crane to match it. These medium-capacity knuckleboom models are very dynamic and deliver great results. The F135A has a maximum reach of almost 17 m, and can pick up a load of up to 13 t/m. Although it is not quite as capable as the bigger models, this one still has the performance and capability of handling tough jobs and relatively big loads.

Moving on to the F335A, we find a Fassi loader crane capable of a 26,7-m outreach, boasting a lifting capacity of up to 31,7 t/m – very impressive for a crane that only takes up 7,3 m3 of total space when folded. Without any question, these knuckleboom models are workhorses and will not be put off by any sort of heavy lifting. If you want more information of the Fassi loader cranes available from 600SA Holdings, feel free to browse our website for images and documentation on these superb machines! Let us lift your game with proper machinery, today.

Tel: +27 (0) 11 966-2317

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Notice of the Special General Meeting Date:

08th November 2017 at 09h30


Conference Room G4, Mintek, 200 Malibongwe Drive, Randburg, Gauteng.

Agenda: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Welcome. The notice calling for the annual general meeting is read by the chairperson. Apologies for non-attendance and the attendance register is signed by all present. Confirm the minutes of the previous AGM. ** Read the annual financial statements. ** Receive the Chairman’s Report. Appointment of Auditors Vote for incoming Executive Council members: Chairperson; Two Vice Chairpersons; Secretary/Treasurer; Publicity and Marketing;

Two Non Executive Council Members;

1) KZN representative 2) W/Cape representative

9. Announce the new Council and Executive members. 10. Appointment of Chief Administration Officer. 11. General. 12. Close the formal part of the meeting. ** (Copies will be available at the meeting).

You are invited to enjoy tea / coffee on arrival at 9h00. Please RSVP before the 31 October 2017 so that we can make adequate catering, security and parking arrangements! Phone or E-mail Arni 0749008378 Kindly note that Mintek does not allow any weapons, food, drinks or cameras on the premises. Please note that the following current Executive and Council members are available for reelection but not necessarily to their current positions (Current positions shown in brackets) Messrs: Arni Sommer Surita Marx Roger Day

(LEEASA Vice Chairperson, ECSA Councillor, ECSA IC Committee member, ECSA EC Committee member, SABS TC 1020, 96, 110, 1035, 94, 105 committees. DoL.- NCOP committee) (LEEASA executive – PR & Media – Lifting Africa) (LEEASA KZN Representative)

Please Note;

Any member in good standing is eligible to stand for election to Council. You may nominate yourself. If you know of any member who is willing to stand for election for Council, please ask them to confirm this in writing (See form attached) if they are not going to be present at the SGM. A special appeal is made to female members and members from previously disadvantaged groups to actively participate in your engineering profession and assist in the running of the LEEASA. Meetings are kept to a minimum and tasks may only require a few hours of your time a few times a month.

For those who cannot attend the SGM a Proxy form is attached. Please note the above-mentioned forms must be received by email at least 48 hours before the SGM.

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NOMINATION FORM I ............................................................................ , being a member of LEEASA in good standing, do hereby nominate ................................................................................. a member of LEEASA for election to a position on the Council or Executive Committee. Such election is to take place at the Special General Meeting to be held on Wednesday 8 November 2017 at 09H30 at the Conference Room G4, Mintek, 200 Malibongwe Drive, Randburg, Gauteng. (Proposer) Print Name and Initials ................................................................ Signature ......................................... Nominated Persons Acceptance (Print Name and Initials) ................................................................... Nominated Persons Signature ....................................................... (This may be signed at the meeting). Contact Telephone No. .................................................. Email ...................................................... ____________________________________________________________________________________

PROXY FORM I ............................................................................ , being a member of LEEASA in good standing, do hereby appoint The Chairman of LEEASA or The Chairman of the meeting or.................................................................................being a member of LEEASA who is in good standing, to attend the Annual General Meeting to be held on 8 November 2017 at 09H30 at the Conference Room G4, Mintek, 200 Malibongwe Drive, Randburg, Gauteng. The proxy may speak and vote on my behalf. Print Name and Initials .........................................................‌ Signature ...................................... Contact Telephone No. .................................................. Email ........................................................ Lifting Africa - Sept/Oct 2017



ERC 40 replaces mechanical rotary cam limit switches A particularly striking feature of mechanical rotary cam limit switches used in heavy industry is the high level of manual maintenance they require. That leads to long plant standstill times and increased costs for the companies. In response Johannes Hübner Giessen is now introducing onto the market the new ERC 40, an intelligent electronic rotary cam limit switch with as many as 15 relay outputs. This makes it possible to dispense with mechanical rotary cam limit switches – and implement additional, useful functions at the same time. It makes a huge contribution to operating plant economically, because amongst other positive aspects it automates, simplifies and reduces the expensive maintenance tasks required to date. Mechanical position switches such as gearing and spindle limit switches or rather rotary cam limit switches are installed in heavy industrial plants across the globe (for example in crane systems, mining, bulk material handling). They represent well-established technology; however, they do not fulfil today's safety requirements - and they require a lot of expensive maintenance. The time and cost involved to set the switching points of mechanical rotary cam limit switches is enormous as it entails manually turning cam disks, which under given circumstances can be difficult to access depending on the place of installation. The procedure is not a one-off affair following the initial installation of the devices, but needs to be repeated again and again during regular maintenance tasks, for example, when replacing ropes in hoisting equipment. The work involved to, set them up and production standstill that entails results in considerable costs over the lifetime of the devices.

feature of the ERC 40; this is because the system does not require timeconsuming work to setup individual cam disks. All in all the ERC 40 requires only very little maintenance. One reason for that is the configuration software included in the scope of supply; this makes configuration simple prior to or, alternatively, following installation. For instance, it is possible to copy position switching points directly from the application using a simple drag-and-drop operation. It is quick and easy to replace a device, if that should become necessary. The parameters previously saved as a data record are simply imported into the new device via the configuration software. The system is easy to calibrate via the pre-set input following installation or plant repairs – without having to invest a great deal of time. To meet respective application requirements it is optionally possible to supply the ERC 40 with 3, 6, 9, 12 or a maximum of 15 relay outputs. Each relay output can represent a cam with two switching points. Thanks to 28 bit resolution and adjustable switching hysteresis the device offers an extremely high level of switching accuracy. The

switch test function integrated in the configuration software makes it easy to test if the relays are functioning properly, which reduces the time and costs for inspections to a minimum as a result. In addition to switching outputs supplementary real-time data is also required to control and monitor many applications. In the event there are any deviations an active error message, which can be transmitted to the programmable logic controller (PLC) via a digital output, ensures the highest level of control and information. Alternatively, it is possible to configure one of the relay outputs to facilitate direct integration in emergency-stop or plant stop functions. The reset input facilitates simple error reset All told, high economic efficiency and low overall operating costs are compelling features of the new ERC 40. In addition to the attractive initial cost of procurement simple installation, timesaving start-up as well as low standstill and calibration times, mean there are hardly any additional costs – and it offers a longer service life to boot.

The new ERC 40 electronic rotary cam limit switch from Johannes Hübner Giessen reduces these costs significantly and – facilitates useful additional functions at the same time. For example, rapid availability following initial installation is a distinguishing

Contact Derek Colyn, Huebner Speed Monitoring, Tel.: +27 (0) 11 482-0088, Fax:Lifting +27 (0) 11 -482-8939,, 52 Africa Sept/Oct 2017


Brake Product Launches 2017 has been a big year for Pintsch Bubenzer with two major product launches, the BUEL Model G and the BRB Storm Brake.

Pintsch Bubenzer distribution company in South Africa, Huebner Speed Monitoring’s Managing Director, Derek Colyn shared the following information regarding the BUEL Model G. “The BUEL Model G was launched earlier this year in April 2017 at the TOC Asia in Singapore, and the aim of this product is to reduce problems with hydraulic power packs”. “Problems with the hydraulic power packs occur when the piping is of a poor quality and the oil is contaminated, these issues can be solved with a BUEL thruster”. “The BUEL Model G was designed to remove the hassle of having to lay out the pipes, check the fittings and to annually change the oil”. “The BUEL Model G hydraulic oil has the same lifespan as the brake and it is biodegradable” claims Derek. “The BUEL Model G can also be supplied ready for installation.”The brake arrives already piped with the BUEL” says

Derek. “No wiring or piping is required, you just take the brake and install it, connecting it electrically”. Derek also explained that “if pipes are not properly flushed, small pieces of metal can sometimes contaminate the oil, these bits of metal can get into the hydraulic power unite and then into the brake”. “Each time the brake opens or closes, the metal will rub on the seals and after time you have a leakage”. “Another big advantage of using the BUEL is that it only runs when you open the brake” says Derek. “As soon as you open the brake, the machine stops running, resulting in energy saving and fewer issues with wear” “The other big product released by Pintsch Bubenzer” says Derek Colyn, “is the new Storm Brake, a wheel brake known as the BRB and it was released at TOC Europe in June 2017”. “This brake also has a BUEL thruster to open

it, so hydraulic power units are not necessary, our customers will receive not just the brake, but the thruster as well”. “The BUEL on the BRB does not push but pull” states Derek. “It is used on the bogie-the non driven wheel of the drive of the crane”. “For example, if you have heavy winds, then you can apply these brakes and they will hold the crane wheel so that it cannot be moved by the wind”, he explained. “The BRB wheel brake also has sintered linings and can also rake dynamically”. According to Derek, problems have been found with the general wheel brakes currently on the market. “Some of the general wheel brakes on the market use Belleville springs, these springs crack easily because the brakes are not made for large opening and closing movements”. “The BRB on the other hand uses a normal coil spring, making it better adapted,” he said.

Contact Derek Colyn, Huebner Speed Monitoring, Tel.: +27 (0) 11 482-0088, Fax: +27 (0) 11 482-8939,, Lifting Africa - Sept/Oct 2017





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DEMAC SRL Stocking Distributor of High Performance Crane Rope


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AJM Engineering Services T: +27 (0) 11 453-0728/29 F: +27 (0) 11 453-0757 E: W:


600 SA Searle Hoist & Tool T: +27 (0) 11 882-2000 F: +27 (0) 11 882-2037 E: W:

T: +27 (0) 11 966-2000 F: +27 (0) 86 601-2607 E: W:

CJH Cranes Equipment & Plant Cleveland Crane Hire T: +27 (0) 11 626-1029 E: W:

MME Manufacturing Co.

Marlboro Crane Hire

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Yale Lift


Magnet Service Binder

South African Load Test Services


Searle Hoist & Tool

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Contact to advertise Tel: 011 475-0010

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Load Testing & Inspection Specialists

Elephant Lifting Equipment T: +27 (0) 12 661-6105 F: +27 (0) 12 661-6104 E: W:


Cranemec Group S.A

MH Dawood Plant Services

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MMS Mobile Cranes Park Lifting and Mining T: +27 (0) 17 687-0236 F: +27 (0) 17 687-0239 E: W:

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Cranes Direct

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Scaw Metals SA T: +27 (0) 11 601-8400 F: +27 (0) 11 601-8405 E: W:

Shutterlock T: T: +27 +27 (0) (0) 11 11 412-2918 412-2918 F: +27 (0) 11 692-3826 F: +27 (0) 11 692-3826 E: E: W: W:

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Saxeni Equipment

Link-Belt Cranes T: +27 (0) 11 966-2545 E: W:

LoadTech T: +27 (0) 12 661-0830 F: +27 (0) 12 661-0816 E: W:

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Shutterlock T: T: +27 +27 (0) (0) 11 11 412-2918 412-2918 F: +27 (0) 11 692-3826 F: +27 (0) 11 692-3826 E: E: W: W:


AJM Engineering Services T: +27 (0) 11 453-0728/29 F: +27 (0) 11 453-0757 E: W:

Materials Handling Lifting Equipment T: +27 (0) 11 823-2028 F: +27 (0) 86 594-6533 E: W:

Tadano T: +27 (0) 11 230-7300 F: +27 (0) 11 230-7892 E: W:


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By Carpel SRL - Italy

Stahl Cranes & Hoists

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PLATFORMS Condra Cranes T: +27 (0) 11 776-6000 F: +27 (0) 86 669-2372 E: W:

600 SA

Cranemec Group S.A

Demag Cranes

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Lifting Africa - Sept/Oct 2017

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Park Lifting and Mining

Saxeni Equipment

T: +27 (0) 11 963-0670 E: F: +27 (0) 86 619-7755 W:


Morris Material Handling SA


CJH Cranes Equipment & Plant

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Park Lifting and Mining


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Elephant Lifting Equipment

600 SA T: +27 (0) 11 966-2000 F: +27 (0) 86 601-2607 E: W: Contact to advertise


TESTING Linden Comansa

Gunnebo Industries

HIAB T: +27 (0) 11 865-1425 F: +27 (0) 11 866-1092 E: W:


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CJH Cranes Equipment & Plant T: +27 (0) 11 963-0670 E: F: +27 (0) 86 619-7755 W:

Authorised Stocking Distributor

MH Dawood Plant Services

CJH Cranes Equipment & Plant T: +27 (0) 11 963-0670 E: F: +27 (0) 86 619-7755 W:

J Express Crane Services T: +27 (0) 11 864-8402 F: +27 (0) 11 864-8408 M: +27 (0) 83 425-5535 E:


CJH Cranes Equipment & Plant T: +27 (0) 11 963-0670 E: F: +27 (0) 86 619-7755 W:




Scaw Metals SA


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To advertise in the Buyers Guide Contact Tel: 011 475-0010

MMS Mobile Cranes T: +27 (0) 11 421-6577 E: W: www.mmscranes.coza

South African Load Test Services T: +27 (0) 11 397-7890 C: +27 (0) 74 405-3955 E: W:

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Saxeni Equipment T: +27 (0) 11 823-2028 F: +27 (0) 86 594-6533 E: W:

Shutterlock T: T: +27 +27 (0) (0) 11 11412-2918 412-2918 F: +27 (0) 11 692-3826 F: +27 (0) 11 692-3826 E: E: W: W:

Park Lifting and Mining T: +27 (0) 17 687-0236 M: +27 (0) 84 512-6812 F: +27 (0) 17 687-0239 E: W:


Elephant Lifting Equipment

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Shutterlock T: +27 11 412-2918 +27(0) (0)11 412-2918 F: +27 (0) 11 692-3826 F: +27 (0)11 692-3826 E: E: W: W:

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Combi Lift T: +27 (0) 11 900-8010 E: W:

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Tower Cranes Africa T: +27 (0)61 245 6799 E: W:

Scaw Metals SA T: +27 (0) 11 601-8400 F: +27 (0) 11 601-8405 E: W:

Tower Crane Services

CJH Cranes Equipment & Plant


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Liebherr T: +27 (0) 11 365-2000 E: W:

600 SA T: +27 (0) 11 966-2000 F: +27 (0) 86 601-2607 E: W: Lifting Africa - Sept/Oct 2017


Cranemec Group S.A T: +27 (0) 16 366-1393 F: +27 (0) 16 366-1392 E: W:

Palfinger Africa T: +27 (0) 11 608-3670 E: W:

Smith Capital Equipment


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LMI Academy T: +27 (0) 11 475-5876 F: +27 (0) 86 605-7522 E: W:


Dymot Engineering Phakamisa Safety Consultants T: +27 (0) 11 462-9620/1 F: +27 (0) 11 462-9620 E: W:

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Transvaal Training T: +27 (0) 11 975-7312 F: +27 (0) 11 975-7322 E: W:


Elephant Lifting Equipment T: +27 (0) 12 661-6105 F: +27 (0) 12 661-6104 E: W:

MME Manufacturing Co. 600 SA T: +27 (0) 11 966-2000 F: +27 (0) 86 601-2607 E: W:

HIAB T: +27 (0) 11 865-1425 F: +27 (0) 11 866-1092 E: W:

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Winches SA T: +27 (0) 12 804-0758 E: W:

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