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

MAR/APR 2020

CONEXPO Report Back LEEASA Notice to industry


COVER STORY

Contents

As reefer season begins with two brand new cranes in Port Elizabeth

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

MAR/APR 2020

ASSOCIATION NEWS

From the Chairmans Desk

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ASK THE EXPERT

LEEASA Notice to industry

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OVERHEAD CRANES

When to replace, and when to refurbish Konecrane’s new S-series overhead crane Multi-role crane has beam-changing hoist

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CONEXPO Report Back LEEASA Notice to industry

FORKLIFTS

KEMACH launched forklift range with exceptional warranties and performance Diverse product range seals the deal

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HARBOUR & PORTS

Vert Energy’s automation solutions and engineering services for Port Logistics BLT World efficient handling equipment Efficient crane movement minimises port disruption

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MINI CRANES

A new minipicker for new building yard requirements

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PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Dana Incorporated introduces new series of Spicer® Torque-Hub® drives for crawler cranes, large tracked equipment Flow meters vs. Load cells: How do they measure up? Custom Caldwell Beam Lifts Electricity Cable Reels RGM Cranes facilitates heavy lifting at Betterect No aquaplaning during lifting!

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SCISSOR LIFT

Avoid common challenges by choosing the right lift

Liebherr Africa, +27 (0) 11 365 2000, info.laf@liebherr.com, www.liebherr.com

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Lifting Africa Managing Editor Surita Marx Tel: +27 (0) 87 153-1217 Cell: +27 (0) 83 281-5761 Email: surita@liftingafrica.co.za Web: www.liftingafrica.co.za Sales: Lusana Mrkusic Email: lusana@liftingafrica.co.za Sub-Editor: Debbie van Rensburg

INDUSTRY NEWS

Mammoet project site circuit Zandvoort opened before Dutch Grand Prix

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PLATFORMS

Increasing global job site productivity with a larger work platform

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TOWER CRANES

Innovation, local support ensure tower crane safety

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HYDRAULIC GANTRY

Super Lift Hydraulic Gantry - Safe lifts up to 400 metric tons in tight spaces

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MOBILE CRANES

First ATF 400G-6 goes to a leading crane services firm

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HEAVY LIFT

Safer lifting solution a winner in an offshore wind technology competition

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CONEXPO REPORT BACK

Toughness, reliability and power across the world New to Link-Belt’s telecrawler lineup New Potain MDT 569 launched at CONEXPO 2020 New design promises first-class performance Innovative solutions at Conexpo

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Index to Advertisers Alpha Load Test & Services Bonfiglioly Demag Giovenzana HP Cranes JExpress Konecranes Liebherr Africa Liftket Loadtech MH Dawood Morris Crane Aid Net Logistics Phakamisa Titan Equipment

IFC 37 27 IBC 15 19 5,21 OFC,OBC 41 31 11 25 23 7 33

BUYERS GUIDE 44 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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As reefer season begins with two brand new cranes in Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth Container Terminal (PECT) received two massive R80 million mobile harbour cranes.

These two new cranes from Liebner will reduce the equipment The Port Elizabeth Container Terminal’s (PECT) from this day forth as equipment the two new mobile harbour cranes offloaded from vessel Happy Dragon after sailing 20 days.

“Having lost an entire crane due to gale force winds really set us back. The arrival of these two modern cranes will ensure that our promise to industry is realised” said Michelle Phillips, Transnet Port Terminal’s Acting Chief Executive. She added that the cranes arrived at a critical time when the company’s terminals nationwide were prioritising the movement of much needed goods in the Eastern Cape, South Africa and abroad. “We are at the start of the 2020 Citrus season and we are very pleased that we are able to contribute positively towards the growth of this economy, especially during these challenging times,” said Phillips, Modern and high “Explained efficiency of the two Liebherr mobile harbour cranes, type LHM 600, have multi use capability. It can lift up to 104 tons and move up and down the quayside according to berth activity – boasting an ability to handle 4

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new Panamax container and Cape size bulk vessels alike. It are also designed for versatile and efficient cargo handling” said Phillips.

knocked down units. “We look forward to the commissioning of these cranes and to an improved operation in the PECT”.

“An operator simulator has been onsite for the past month with Liebherr providing training to our employees which was built in our purchase arrangement – and we are quite impressed with the skills employees are demonstrating,” said Phillips.

These mobile harbour cranes are part of Transnet Port Terminal’s R2 billion-equipment investment this year alone and are a response to industry calls for equipment that will improve performance across its operations.

Lastly, Phillips added customers and employees had been looking forward to these two pieces of equipment, which arrived as semi

Liebherr Africa, +27 (0) 11 365 2000, info.laf@liebherr.com, www.liebherr.com


ASSOCIATION NEWS

FROM THE CHAIRMANS DESK Just when we were getting into the swing of things for the year we were hit by a global epidemic and unexpectedly put into lockdown to protect our own lives and the lives of our families. The LEEASA conference/workshop that was supposed to take place at ERPM planned for the 16th April 2020 obviously had to be postponed and put on hold until lockdown is over and things get back to a reasonable amount of normality. We have all come to the realisation over this trying period, so far, that our lives and the rules of engagement might never be the same as before. "The ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where they stand at times of challenge, adversity and controversy." As South Africans we are well known for our ability to take on any challenge that is thrown our way and in times of difficulty. The South Africans desire to win Rugby World Cup 2019 was the key motivation to win and with typical South African determination and commitment towards an unrelenting pursuit to win against all odds, enabled South Africa to attain the success as the current champions of Rugby World Cup 2019. We can do anything as long as you have the passion, the drive, the focus and the support. ECSA’s COMMUNICATION, AN INVITATION TO THE VA’s (LEEASA) TO HEED GOVERNMENT’s CALL TO MITIGATE COVID 19 The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI), together with its entities and professional councils (ECSA) met in a virtual meeting on Thursday 16 April 2020 to discuss the collective response 6

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to the President’s call. The Minister of Built Environment through ECSA has therefore requested that we urgently establish a communication mechanism / system with the identified role players such as LEEASA and its membership post lockdown. This will be for online meetings, announcements, publications, notices guidelines and information on projects opportunities. Further, it was requested that the Council for Built Environment provides a list through ECSA of companies and individual professionals that are struggling with lack of jobs or have taken a hiatus from their professions, not for reasons of misconduct, but mainly because they were not getting work. That list must provide the reasons for unemployment as it is understood that there will be differing reasons. The Voluntary Associations (LEEASA) and through its membership base must take cognizance of Government’s announcements and any other developments regarding the COVID 19 and support the call to mitigate any spread of COVID 19. The Built Environment (ECSA) must rally behind the Minister and make their contributions that will mitigate the spread of COVID 19 during and post the lockdown period. The Built Environment must communicate in an organized and well-coordinated manner to give a maximized contribution in the fight against COVID 19. Should any registered LMI’s needs assistance with registration renewal that became due over this period of lockdown or assistance with claiming discount from annual registration fees at ECSA please do not hesitate to contact me directly. I will do my best to sort out the

problem with ECSA. SAUBC – South African United Business Confederation. Recently, before lockdown I approached SAUBC for LEEASA to join SAUBC as a member of SAUBC. This accepted membership has worked out in LEEASAs favour with regards to business practices coming to a standstill and the need to get back to work as soon as possible. As a member of SAUBC, LEEASA as part of a collective of all the members of SAUBC, where SAUBC is in a position to lobby government on how the business stimulus package should be rolled out to jump start the economy, by giving support to SMMEs and specifically those in the Lifting Equipment Industry. Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion. When going through a tough time we need to remind ourselves that it will not last forever, we will overcome, we will become a better people as we are strong enough to handle these challenges, wise enough to find solutions to these problems and capable enough to do whatever needs to be done, as our story will inspire others in the future. When you cannot control what is happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what is happening. Our power is the ability to stand together as South Africans to overcome whatever life’s adversity has place before us. We will prevail! Until next time stay safe and take care, From your Chairman Arni Sommer.


ASK THE EXPERT

LEEASA Notice to industry

Inspection of Fall Arrest, Lifelines and Rope Access Equipment This serves as a notice from LEEASA (the Lifting Equipment Engineering Association of South Africa) recognised by Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) according to the EPA (Engineering Professions Act 46 of 2000) to industry that an LMI’s (Lifting Machinery Inspector’s) competence is not determined by ECSA (the Engineering Council of South Africa) for the purpose of inspection of Fall Arrest, Lifelines and Rope Access equipment as this equipment cannot be classified as Lifting Equipment (Lifting Machines, Hand Powered Lifting Device and Lifting Tackle). This means that Fall Arrest, Lifelines or Rope Access equipment does not fall under the scope of competence of an LMI and registration at ECSA as an LMI. LMIs registered as registered professionals with ECSA according to the EPA and ECSA’s Rules may not practice outside

of their scope of competence according to their registration with ECSA regarding ethics and conduct as required by EPA and ECSA’s code of conduct. In conclusion the competence requirement for the inspections of Fall Arrest, Lifelines and Rope Access equipment must be

obtained and this competence needs to be checked separately over and above the LMI’s registration with ECSA.

LEEASA, Arni Sommer, +27 (0) 74 900 8378, arni@leeasa.co.za, www.leeasa.co.za

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When to replace, and when to refurbish Is it better to replace or refurbish an overhead crane reaching the end of its life? At least one South African firm reckons that there are advantages to both options, and Condra, a specialist in new crane manufacture as well as crane refurbishment, believes that the choice should be very carefully considered. According to Marc Kleiner, the company’s managing director, refurbishment allows the customer to immediately realise a cost-saving over buying new and carries the additional advantage of providing an as-new machine already familiar to his operators, avoiding any need for re-training. Production can continue as before, with no change to established procedure. Buying new, on the other hand, offers the advantages of lower operating costs quickly realised, a reduction in projected overall lifetime cost, and more efficient operation as a result of newer cranes’ increased speeds, lower weights and lower electricity consumption. According to Kleiner, hoists today are as much as 50% lighter than they were 30 years ago, and the consequent reduction in crane weight also reduces the rate of wear on the overall factory structure. Signs that an overhead crane will soon need either refurbishing or replacing include brittle electrical cable loop systems, failing contactors, extreme wheel wear, structural cracks and a general increase in maintenance costs. If the customer should decide to refurbish, then the procedure generally comprises a dismantling of the crane followed by inspection 8

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of all brakes and mechanicals, a change of bearings, and an assessment of the overall crane structure using MPI to inspect critical sections for rust. Crane girders and crabs are also realigned, and the girders checked to ensure that they remain true. All main components are then shotblasted, reassembled and painted. Condra refurbishes not only its own cranes but also competitors’ machines. Kleiner explained that competitor crane refurbishment is becoming increasingly popular because it allows the circumvention of delays caused by long component lead times of up to 18 months. Such delays are common among European companies because they have to import their spares. As an example, Kleiner pointed to a 20-ton crane originally manufactured by a German company but soon to be refurbished at Condra’s Germiston factory, which will either reengineer or re-manufacture any parts that are either no longer available or which will take too long to import. Recent refurbishments of Condra’s own overhead cranes have included an 80-ton machine for Sishen, and two hoists and a 25-ton, 20-metrespan crane for Implats, the latter involving conversion of the existing electrical configuration from 525V to 400V. The refurbishment of Sishen’s 80 tonners was more routine, with all bearings, ropes and brake linings being replaced, and the usual checks and inspections

Refurbished 20-metre-span Condra crane for Implats

carried out before the crane was re-painted and delivered back to the mine. Besides its own machines and competitors’ cranes, Condra also refurbishes overhead machines originally supplied by companies that have recently closed. Kleiner explained that the benefit Condra gains during refurbishing, whether one of its own machines or one from a rival firm, is that its engineers can ascertain from a technical perspective precisely how the machine has been performing. “If the crane is our own, then we


“To help him with this decision, we supply a range of solutions offering varying productivity gains, with alternative costs for each one.” Kleiner said that customers were almost always offered the option during the refurbishment of technically upgrading their machine. He explained that the productivity of cranes of 20 years or older can usually be improved through increased speed and easier acceleration and deceleration, all achieved through the installation of variable frequency drives. Enhancements can also be fitted, such as a digital read-out on the load, or remote control if the machine does not already have this option.

Refurbished 20-metre-span Condra crane for Implats

get the chance to look inside it, examine wear rates and make projections of expected component life,” he said. “One thing we’re seeing is that Condra’s component life expectancy presently far exceeds the international norm, and we will be reducing the size of some of the components for our 2025 models to improve efficiencies and reduce power consumption, especially within the gearboxes.” Kleiner explained that overhead cranes are sent back to the factory for refurbishment anywhere between 15 years and 30 years after commissioning, depending on the operator’s maintenance policy and how hard the crane has been working. He pointed out that Condra offers the option of changing both crane capacity and span during a refurbishment by fitting new hoists,

changing the rope and modifying the gear reduction. “Whatever the case, whether upgrade or refurbishment of a Condra crane or a competitor’s crane or one from a company that has closed, we work closely with the client on a solution that will deliver back a fully reliable, fully refurbished machine that will work happily for many years into the future,” Kleiner said. He pointed out that refurbishment is not always the better option, with the cost sometimes outstripping the benefits. Examples are when a crane is very old (35 years or more), or when a crane has been working in the open and rust has established itself inside the girders. “So the customer first has to consider the estimated price difference between new and refurbished,” he said, “and then he has to weigh the extra cost of

“So with refurbishment, we can give back to the customer a crane that is much faster and much lighter than it was before, and we can fit a frequency drive on the long travel to speed it up, and we can incorporate in the refurbishment any kind of modern technology that he wants, including hoists of different capacity,” he said. “We can also automate the crane during refurbishment, in which case we often improve the mechanicals to incorporate the new electrical equipment needed for automation. “These options are offered across the board, from standard 2M workshop cranes to the higherperforming machines such as Class 3 and Class 4.” Kleiner said that the time needed to refurbish a standard workshop crane was approximately two weeks, while heavier-duty cranes need anything up to six weeks including time for re-painting. All refurbishments carry a warranty of two years on machines originally manufactured by Condra, and one year for cranes made by a competitor.

Condra Cranes, +27 (0) 11 776 6000, sales@condra.co.za, www.condra.co.za Lifting Africa - Mar/Apr 2020

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a new crane against the benefits of increased crane speed and consequent gains in productivity.


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Konecranes new S-series overhead crane World’s first synthetic wire rope launched Into serial production with Konecranes new s-series hoist Konecranes has launched their new S-series overhead crane which after years of research, development and testing, includes Konecranes unique synthetic wire rope hoist. The synthetic wire rope hoist gives a barb free operation, reduced maintenance costs as well as safer handling and easier load carrying.

rope hoist, but also motor drives, off-set reeving systems, clutches and brakes – all elements that deliver equipment that performs better, lasts longer, delivers greater operational savings, a cleaner and quieter environment, and most importantly adds greater operational safety”.

Emil Berning, Managing Director of Konecranes and Demag (Pty) Ltd said “Konecranes has always believed that investment into research and development delivers improved performance and enhanced safety to their cranes and associated equipment where it matters most, on the factory floor, so we are exceptionally proud to launch this ground breaking wire rope hoist and are the first crane manufacturer globally to introduce synthetic rope in their standard serial product”.

“The S-series has been radically re-designed, in particular, the stepless hoisting movement and synthetic wire rope will make lifting more precise and powerful with enhanced control” said Berning.

“The S-series represents the next generation of our company’s existing industry benchmarked equipment. It offers our customers the latest in technology bringing innovation to, not only the wire 10

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The new synthetic rope is perfect for reeving and its stable symmetric structure eliminates traditional rope defects. Less surface pressure reduces wear and tear considerably. A Tilted drum and off-set reeving are two first-in-the-world innovations to eliminate peak rope forces and reduce the wear on reeving components. A standardised inverter for hoisting and unique Smart Features enable smooth and accurate load positioning with total control.

The newly designed main girder is the perfect fit for a runway, and the revolutionary sliding connection allows the end truck to better accommodate itself on the crane runway. The new integrated Smart Features ensures that the new S-series system offers a superior performance comprising of advanced automation and accuracy. Customers can access a real-time view of their crane with TRUCONNECT and see the benefits of our cutting-edge digital services. “A key criterion of the S-series redesign is that it offers users total reliability. Every component has been carefully assessed during the re-development phase. The new S-series has for example, eliminated over-heating issues and introduces improved cooling systems. The synthetic wire rope hoist gives the customer more versatility between beams or frames and a greater lifting power of up to 6.3 tons added Berning. “In addition to being barb free, the new synthetic wire rope requires no lubrication, thereby


The new S-series cranes are equipped with sensors and have the capability to collect and send data. Every customer can access, via the yourKONECRANES portal – the digital service for operators, technicians and management - that allows customers to access all the necessary operational information that will ensure that their equipment is performing optimally, and all importantly, safely. Advanced Technical Specifications • New synthetic rope: The evolutionary synthetic rope is durable but light and doesn’t require lubrication. The rope features a strong, symmetric structure for less rope defects and safer handling. • The next generation reeving: the tilted rope drum enables more direct rope angles to decrease

the wear and tear of reeving components. Offset reeving means more balanced wheel loads for less stress on the crane structure.

“We believe that our new S-series will reset the industry benchmark. Its radical redesign sets new standards.” • Independent brake: the redesigned independent brake is safer, quick and easy to maintain, and enables higher hoisting speeds. • Smart features for advanced handling and crane control: Rope angle measurement allows for the use of Smart Features including Hook Centering, Snag Prevention and Follow Me. • Hook Centering: hook centering

greatly reduces side pull during lifting by positioning the bridge and trolley directly over the load. • Snag Prevention: Snag Prevention is designed to stop all crane movement if the hook, sling or load is detected to be caught on an object. It really is not merely an update, it is the new benchmark, and I see major benefits to production industries such as food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, clean environments and general manufacturing” concluded Berning. Konecranes’ S-series is one of three new lifting products the company has recently launched; the other redesigned and improved equipment ranges are the C-series and the M-series.

Konecranes, +27 (0) 11 898 3500, richard.roughly@konecranes. com, www.konecranes.com

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reducing maintenance costs for the rope drum and sheaves. The revolutionary trolley and reeving arrangement also reduce wheel loads by up to 45% compared to previous hoist models”.


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Multi-role crane has beam-changing hoist A contract won by Witbank company GTB Industrial Services will see Condra manufacturing a technically complex crane to service a Mpumalanga colliery’s dragline excavator. GTB is Condra’s authorised agent for the Witbank region. The order, won against strong competition, calls for a maintenance crane capable of working within the very constricted area of the dragline house, which contains motors and gearboxes controlling the excavating boom and dragline, and large hydraulic cylinders to control the pontoons. Space is at a premium. Condra proved better able than its rivals to meet the complex criteria of the specification, chief of which was the requirement that the hoist is capable of separating from the maintenance crane and moving away along individual roof beams as an independently operated underslung hoist to recover machine components to the central working space. The hoist has also to be able to independently deliver loads to transport waiting outside the dragline house, should component repair within the house not be possible. The requirement was met by designing the crane’s 12,5-ton hoist as a beam changing machine and fitting the crane with an interlock to prevent the hoist from leaving it unless the crane is securely connected to the selected beam. Power to the hoist is supplied via a cable drum instead of by the 12

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crane’s cable loop system.Managing director Marc Kleiner said that Condra was able to draw upon previous experience of dragline maintenance cranes, overcoming engineering complexities to deliver a machine that allows a single hoist to carry out work that would more usually be undertaken by multiple units. “Our design office tabled an innovative proposal that was also able to deliver more working room than our competitors,” he said. “We can quite often pull a rabbit out of the hat when nobody else can, but we think that this time it was also our ability to manufacture within a short lead-time that helped win the order.” Lead time for the contract is just fourteen weeks.A key component of Condra’s overall design for the crane is its manual beam interlock, which incorporates an antiderailment limit switch to prevent hoist movement until beams are locked together. Besides rendering impossible any movement of the hoist close to the end of the beam, this design also delivers the large tolerances needed to cope with beam movement when the dragline moves position. Dragline movement takes place by

“walking” on pontoons which are repositioned for each step, tilting the machine house forward and placing stress on the structure as well as on the crane itself. A hoist from Condra’s K-Series was chosen for the design because of its adaptability and particularly robust construction, well suited to these stresses. K-Series hoists are produced in three main configurations: footmounted, underslung monorail and double-rail crab. Fully covered hoists in the series provide lifting capacities to 32 tons, while opendrum units have capacities over 250 tons. Features on all models include electromagnetic DC disc brakes, standard frame-size motors with parallel rotors, double-acting limit switches, solid bronze rope guides and enclosed splash-lubricated gearboxes. Lifting and reeving arrangements include centre-lift. Condra will deliver the dragline maintenance crane during the month following the easing of COVID-19 quarantine restrictions.

Condra Cranes, +27 (0) 11 776 6000, sales@condra.co.za, www.condra.co.za


FORKLIFTS

KEMACH launched forklift range with exceptional warranties and performance KEMACH has launched its new range of KEMACH Forklifts for the South African and Sub Saharan African markets, which will be promoted under their newly formed KEMACH Forklifts division. Speaking at their March 2020 presentation, held at their offices in Boksburg, Gauteng, Frans van den Heever, General Manager for KEMACH Forklifts said “We at KEMACH are delighted to announce the KEMACH Forklift range, in partnership with Anhui HELI, which we believe will complement our existing quality earthmoving products. The KEMACH Forklift range offers our customers a South African forklift warranty first - a five years/12,000hr warranty on the complete machine, not just parts of the machine”. The KEMACH range of forklifts have specified Japanese engines, Heli built ZF transmissions and robotically manufactured chassis, ensuring premium brand quality at very competitive pricing. "The range comprises a walk-behind powered pallet jack up to 45-ton container handling units, enabling us to compete in all sectors of the market. KEMACH has a national footprint of 11 branches and 8x sub-dealers across South Africa, giving us the biggest footprint in the materials handling industry when it comes to service-ability

and guaranteeing uptime for our customers" said van den Heever. The construction industry contributes 4% of the South African GDP and the forklift industry taps into more than 80% of the markets that form the GDP of South Africa, so we are confident and optimistic about our ability to successfully penetrate the materials handling markets, explained van den Heever. The supplier agreement between KEMACH Forklift and Anhui HELI was formed in January 2020. Anhui HELI is the biggest forklift manufacturer in China and complies with all European standards as well as being ISO approved. Local Input The forklifts will offer customers the lowest cost of ownership over the lifetime of the machine due to its reliability and competitive pricing. Local support features include aftermarket suppliers for battery and charger supplies, forklift attachments and management systems. Driver training and monitoring through KEMACH's forklift management system are also available.

Stock forklift machines can be delivered within two weeks, while non-stock machines can be delivered from the factory within 10-12weeks. KEMAH Forklift has a large local stock holding at their off-site stockyard.

The KEMACH Promise: Solutions Not Just Machines “We believe KEMACH Forklift is about offering solutions, not just selling machines - whether that be from charging stations to full battery bays or load handling to facility layouts. We will work with our customers to assess their requirements and subsequently recommend the best machine for the application. – if you need to move an object, we will offer you the most cost-effective way to do it!” commented van den Heever. The vision for the KEMACH forklift business is: 'to supply a world-class machine to the materials handling industry, serviced and maintained by a world-class facility like KEMACH'.

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Diverse product range seals the deal Sumitomo Rubber South Africa has taken delivery of 43 machines on a long-term rental from Goscor Lift Truck Company. The fleet comprises 15 DEC 5-ton (t) electric tow tractors recently introduced to the local market by GLTC, 20 Doosan diesel forklifts with capacities from 1,8 to 7 tons and eight Crown ESR5620-2.0 reach trucks with 11,5-metre lift heights.

cannot use conventional fork trucks and reach trucks are winning the day for us. Offering 11,5 metres of lift height capacity, the ESR reach trucks also assist with the height factor for storage at higher level racks,” he says.

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Explaining the rationale behind Sumitomo Dunlop’s decision to rent, Moodley says materials handling equipment is generally an expensive commodity to buy and maintain.

Jogen Moodley, Associate Manager Procurement at Sumitomo Dunlop, says the DEC electric tow tractors are deployed to transport workin-progress material used for tyre production within the factory. He says the machines are powerful and smaller and fit the bill for the factory’s confined working spaces. “Space constraints have created a challenge to move material within our factory. The DEC tow tractors can easily access confined spaces which cannot be accessed by conventional forklifts. Another key benefit is that these units use less gas or fuel, which in turn translates into both operational savings and fewer emissions, ensuring the health of our employees,” explains Moodley. Moodley explains that the forklifts are being used to move heavier loads than those handled by tow tractors. These include raw materials, equipment and tooling, among others. The eight Crown ESR 5260-2.0 ESR lift trucks are being used in the raw material and finished goods warehouses. Moodley explains that space between the aisles at the two warehouses is restricted. “Due to the space constraints, we 14

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“Outright purchasing would cost huge amounts of capital. That’s why we opted for the rental option with a maintenance contract for complete peace of mind,” he says. Renting offers the company the flexibility it needs, allowing it to easily adapt to business fluctuations. Rental offers a far lower upfront cost compared with the outright purchase of a new unit. Also, a rental can be written off as an operational expense and is generally far easier to deal with than the depreciation costs that come with a purchased asset. In terms of budgeting, a rental is far easier to forecast expenses than any unexpected repairs that may be needed during the lifecycle of an owned unit. The rental option also offers back-up machines in case of breakdowns to ensure that productivity is not affected while the machine goes for repair. The rental option also offers an easy upgrade or downgrade path without additional capital outlay when compared with outright

purchasing. “We have been working with Sumitomo Dunlop since the opening of its new TBR plant in Ladysmith. Staying true to our market-leading reputation, we have technicians and a workshop fully stocked with parts onsite to offer world-class support service,” says Rosewall. For peace of mind, all machines on site are fitted with Goscor’ s fleet management system. Rosewall says the fleet management system helps customers improve efficiency and reduce abuse costs. The fleet management system is a complete forklift fleet management product, which operates via the GPRS network. Data is sent via a corporate APN (Access Point Name), a point where a mobile device can enter an IP network. “There are three fundamental goals of the fleet management system: optimisation of fleet productivity, creating professional driver behaviour and monitoring equipment performance. In optimising productivity, the fleet management measures the utilisation of forklifts over a predetermined period, providing a ‘utilisation snapshot’ which establishes, among others, the optimum number of forklifts required in an operation,” says Rosewall.

Goscor Group, +27 (0) 86 123 25326, dmarx@goscor.co.za, www.goscor.co.za


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Vert Energy’s automation solutions and engineering services for Port Logistics Vert Energy – exclusive distributors for Leroy-Somer in Southern Africa – offers environmentally-sound automation systems and engineering services for the container, dry bulk terminal and port material handling. These solutions optimise the movement of containers and goods, at the same time maximising safety, energy efficiency and fuel savings. Leroy-Somer’s automation systems for port logistic operations encompass variable speed modular drives, high-efficiency motors and a dedicated Crane Management System (CMS). These compact systems are installed at harbours around the world, with the necessary power and control to maximise the automation, speed and reliability of cranes and material handling equipment.

“In conjunction with Leroy-Somer specialists, the Vert Energy team offers port operators completely new equipment automation installation services and also has the expertise to modernise existing port installed systems,” says Grant Robertson, managing director, Vert Energy. “This not only extends the lifetime of equipment and maximises benefits from the initial investment,

but also increases safety on-site and reduces operational costs. Furthermore, our eco-friendly fuel-saving solutions minimise environmental impact, by reducing CO2 emissions and decreasing equipment noise levels. “Projects vary from small logistic machine automation to comprehensive electrical turnkey port automation solutions. Specifically, our port logistics services comprise advanced drives and motors technology and scalable automation solutions, which extend from the simple drive and motor conveyor or hopper control to a complete crane or port handling equipment automation solutions. “Customised technical services encompass consultation, installation, commissioning, training, maintenance and repairs, to ensure optimum performance of port equipment. “The benefits of modular drives systems and advanced automation systems are vast and include fast turn-around of containers, bulk cargo or freight, by optimising

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the loading/unloading and storage cycles. Intelligent and safe automation solutions enhance the efficiency of crane operators and also assist engineering and maintenance staff to resolve and analyse faults.” Vert Energy’s LS drives and motor technology has specially designed features, to make port equipment safer. These include a range of motors and brake gear motors for static hold and dynamic braking and variable speed drives with built-in safety features for electric brake control and overspeed management. Leroy-Somer’s Crane Management System (CMS) which monitors the physical and operating conditions of port equipment on a real-time basis, is used to operate cranes, schedule maintenance, analyse faults, reconfigure the drives and provide crane production data.

crane and handling equipment movements, with built-in redundancy for continuous operations. The differential GPS control system (DGPS) is a highly accurate and safe automatic steering for cranes and yard tracking systems linked with the terminal operating system. Leroy-Somer’s comprehensive hoisting induction motor range has features for improved crane performance, including high-speed for greater productivity and low inertia for smoother start/run/ stop operations, as well as reduced maintenance requirements.

Single or multiple crane control systems communicate with the remote crane management system (RCMS) over fibre optic cables or via wireless communication systems, to reduce equipment maintenance and downtime. RCMS can be used at a maintenance level for service monitoring, operations level for equipment availability and management level for performance data. Fault-tolerant modular AC drives systems are used to control

Modular AC and DC drive crane systems can be set-up with an active front end (regenerative mode) where control of the brakes via the driver software and constant power hoisting via feedback from load-cells, prevents overload/overspeed.

developed together to maximise energy savings and performance. For example, Dyneo® permanent magnet solutions and IE2/3 induction solutions, are combined with variable speed drive technologies, to offer the highest levels of energy saving. RISGA is a compact, energy and fuel-saving system for dieselelectric cranes. This system, which is easy to install in new or existing crane cabinets, is designed to manage the generator, allowing its speed to be reduced when idling, but still supplies auxiliaries, such as lighting and heating. Savings of approximately 50% of fuel consumption are achieved when the crane is idle. Other benefits include fewer refuel stops, reduced wear and extended life of the diesel engine, generator and electrical auxiliaries. Emission and noise levels are also reduced.

Where appropriate, energy on cranes can be also be channelled into energy storage systems.

Through Vert Energy’s comprehensive range of highperformance products and extensive experience in port equipment automation solutions, the company can offer port operators faster turn around and delivery of cargo, while increasing productivity, improving safety and enhancing energy efficiency.

Electric motors account for nearly 65% of the electricity used by the port logistics industry. LS drives and motors solutions are

Vert Energy, +27 (0) 86 111 8378, ryan.robertson@vertgroup.co.za, www.vertgroup.co.za

During lowering operations, the system can automatically move into regeneration mode to feed energy back into the port grid system, providing significant savings in energy consumption.

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BLT World efficient handling equipment Dry-bulk cargo and container handling equipment improves efficiencies at ports. “We have seen a global trend in port infrastructure improvement initiatives, for maritime authorities to consider many critical factors in the selection of capital equipment - apart from a machine’s performance merits,” says Ken Mouritzen, managing director, BLT WORLD. “In addition to handling efficiencies, important features to consider in the selection of handling equipment, including the machine’s durability for operation in harsh marine conditions, its certification for safe use in potentially explosive atmospheres and the alleviation of environmental damage from fugitive dust. “BLT WORLD’s service to the shipping sector encompasses a detailed analysis of the port’s supply chain requirements, before the recommendation of equipment for improved efficiencies. Our team, with a thorough understanding of port logistics, offers customdesigned solutions designed to enhance handling performance and improve on-site safety, in line with the latest environmental regulations.” BLT WORLD’s Mobicon mobile container handling system efficiently lifts loads onto and off trucks and carries containers around sites at harbours. Containers can be efficiently moved through warehouse doors, 18

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effectively taking the container to the stock or the stock to the receiving point. This capability also increases goods security and safety. An important advantage of this system is that it utilises all parts of the yard and operates on pavements and in restrictive areas where a forklift or heavy equipment cannot go. This mobile container handler can turn in tight spaces and is also able to travel under awnings, inside buildings and up to docks. The Mobicon also eliminates the need for costly yard repairs. One of the biggest problems associated with using conventional equipment to load and unload containers is damage caused to yards and pavements that are not suitable for carrying heavyweights. These container handlers ensure improved productivity, faster handling times and reduced capital investment costs. Maintenance requirements are minimal and safety for workers, equipment and containers, is significantly improved. Meclift heavy lifting variable reach trucks and side reach stackers machines are designed for swift, efficient and safe handling of heavy loads at ports. Unlike conventional forklift trucks, these machines can drive into containers, or reach inside a container, for easy loading

and unloading of goods and equipment. BLT WORLD’s range of materials handling equipment for the shipping sector also includes a fleet of refurbished forklift trucks, container handlers and reach stackers. With banks now offering limited finance options, there is a growing trend for companies to rent equipment, rather than make a substantial investment in new machinery. For this reason, BLT WORLD supports its entire range of new and reconditioned machines with a rental option. A maintenance programme designed to suit each customer’s requirements is tailored for optimum performance and extended service life of every machine. The company – with a branch network in Africa, North America and Australia - offers a technical advisory and original spare parts service to all sectors, including shipping, mining and quarrying, civil engineering and construction, general engineering and agriculture. The team works closely with every customer to ensure all equipment meets exact performance and safety requirements.

BLT World, +27 (0) 31 274 8270, ken@bltworld.com, www.bltworld.com


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Efficient crane movement minimises port disruption The Port of Sines lies 150km south of Lisbon, processing over 50 million tons of cargo per year from more than 2,000 vessels. Following an investment of over R16,8 billion (1 billion Euros), its quay and handling equipment are being enhanced and expanded. As part of this work, a new ship-toshore crane was being built by steel construction experts URSSA. ALE’s experience in designing complex lifts and handling them safely, as well as their ability to mobilise quickly, made them well-suited for the project. The crane was received from the client in a state of partial assembly: its boom had been preassembled at ground level, while its legs were upright. ALE was tasked with the jacking-up of the boom structure of the crane at its fabrication location, then skidding it to its final position on rails next to the quay edge. The 910-ton boom structure was first lifted using a selection of strand jacks with 70 tons, 200 tons and

500 tons capacities, positioned atop the crane’s legs. Due to the boom’s 143-metre length, the lift operation required weeks of preparation for ALE’s engineers. Thanks to this preparation, the boom was in position three weeks after ALE first set hands on the crane. All 16 strand jacks were then removed from their positions. The next phase saw the team face further challenges, as the crane needed to be skidded 170m within a strict 20-hour time limit and take an amended route to stay within ground bearing pressure guidelines. This was crucial for the port’s handling operations. As a result, the first 75-metres of the skidding manoeuvre was diagonal, avoiding

several underground galleries close to the crane’s rails. The skidding equipment drove a force of 255-ton push-pull jacking capacity. The completed crane, weighing 1,425 tons and measuring 27.3 metres x 80 metres x 91 metres, was set onto rails over a week. Throughout the project, ALE’s team were in close contact with the client, communicating the status of the manoeuvre. This crane is now in active use, further expanding the cargo handling capabilities of the Port of Sines.

ALE Heavylift, +27 (0) 11 453 1946, d.shaw@ale-heavylift.com, www.ale-heavylift.com

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MINI CRANES

A new minipicker for new building yard requirements

The growing family of Jekko minipickers welcomes model MPK06, the new self-propelled electric crane that operates with either hook or manipulator A small machine is a great help while working. This is the promise by the newborn to the Jekko family: the MPK06 minipicker has a compact size and limited weight yet it lifts to 600 kg (1.322 lb) and serves the craft and the industrial sectors. “Model MPK06 is going to set the pace in the world of work – maintains Alessio Forcolin, Italian sales agent at Jekko – The requirements of building yards are evolving: skilled labour isn’t always available in the quantity needed but in the meanwhile, loads to be hoisted increase, no matter the sector, be it glazing laying, craft or industry in general. The market was waiting for this new concept of minipickers: compact, lightweight and deploying elevated lifting capacity, and Jekko has met the challenge”. Designed to operate with either hook or manipulator The MPK06 is the only minipicker that – in compliance with the EN13000 standards – has a dual operating mode, with a hook or a vacuum manipulator for glazing laying. Other unique features of this crane are the 360° continuous rotation of the manipulator and the 10° right-and-left electrical rotation of the turret, which moves the load to the sides still having quite 20

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a reduced overall size and enabling access to the most confined places. The machine is 100% electrically powered, both during travel and arm operation. It is fitted with a 3kW motor powered by 2 x 12V-155Ah traction batteries for constant performance during use. The electric motor is silent and emission-free for indoor operation; the new electric actuators, whose performance compares that of regular hydraulic cylinders, deliver up to three fast and smooth movements at a time without performance loss. The MPK06 has no hydraulic parts: this means lower maintenance costs and makes the crane ideal for work in the most sensitive contexts since oil leaks are prevented. The manipulator electric rotation and the electric extension of the second boom are available as an option. Easy to drive and operate Easy to use, the MPK06 doesn’t require any specific training to be operated. The convenient drawbar on board the machine makes it easy to drive it; a user-friendly wired remote control is also available, which allows travelling on wheels in a straight line in combination with the mechanical block on the drawbar, making work easier and more accurate for the operator during installation.

Removable counterweight The MPK06 is fitted with a simple system of modular and removable counterweights accounting for a total of 200 kg (441 lb). They can be removed whenever the machine has to be hoisted with a crane or moved in a lift so its weight it brought down to as little as 720 kg (1.587 lb). Competitive edge The unique features of this new minipicker by Jekko make it fit for several sectors. It is ideal not only for glazing laying and for the installation of windows and doors but also for the craft sector, for industrial maintenance and the hiring business in general. Equipped with sturdy metal sheet housings and off-road run-flat tyres, the MPK06 faces the most challenging yard conditions. For indoor operations, white no-marking tyres are available as an option. Compact in size and reduced in weight, this minipicker is ideal to be transported inside a regular van. “While developing the MPK06 we aimed at making the operator’s life easier and at improving the work conditions using a user-friendly, top-performance yet inexpensive machine,” ends Mr Forcolin. Jekko, info@jekko.it, www.jekko.it


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Dana Incorporated introduces new series of Spicer® Torque-Hub® drives for crawler cranes, large tracked equipment Dana Incorporated launched a new series of eight Spicer® TorqueHub® drives, expanding the company’s offering of drive and motion technologies for crawler cranes and other large tracked vehicles. With torque ratings from 80,000 N-m up to 450,000 N-m, the new drives offer flexible packaging and gear ratios to meet manufacturer preferences for tracked and wheeled applications. Spicer Torque-Hub drives can be packaged with Brevini® hydraulic pumps and motors to offer an optimized solution that delivers superior power density, increased torque and efficiency at start-up, and smooth starts and stops. The first three models in the new series of drives are currently available for field testing by original-equipment manufacturers, with production expected by the end of this year. “The Torque-Hub brand has delivered performance, durability, and reliability to small- and medium-sized off-highway applications for nearly 50 years,” said Aziz Aghili, president of Dana Off-Highway Drive and Motion Systems. “By extending Spicer Torque-Hub technology to the largest, most heavy-duty offhighway applications, Dana is ideally positioned to provide drive technologies across our customers’ entire range of equipment.” Spicer Torque-Hub Drives Offer Flexibility Dana offers more than 100 versions of Spicer Torque-Hub drives, starting at 1,000 N-m, for a broad spectrum of applications including self-propelled sprayers, mobile 22

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elevated work platforms, compact track loaders, and crawler cranes.

technologies for manufacturers of tracked and wheeled cranes.

They feature a compact design with a steerable four-wheeldrive configuration that delivers exceptional manoeuvrability. Also, Spicer Torque-Hub wheel drives can be easily integrated with Spicer® Central Tire Inflation Systems.

In 2018, Dana introduced a series of 13 high-performance Brevini winches for cranes and other applications with lift capacities from 1.1 tons (990 kg) to 33 tons (30 tonnes). Each winch in the series features a compact, high-speed piston motor for efficient operation.

Spicer Torque-Hub drives can be packaged with high-performance electric motors from the Dana electrodynamic product portfolio to deliver integrated e-Hub systems with superior efficiency. Dana leverages its global footprint to accelerate delivery times to customers’ final vehicle assembly facilities by manufacturing Spicer Torque-Hub drives in the United States, Italy, India, and China. Dana’s Extensive Support for Cranes The new Spicer Torque-Hub track drives join Dana’s large and growing portfolio of drive and motion

Additionally, Dana supports the work functions of cranes with a wide selection of Brevini slew drives, hydraulic pumps and motors, and proportional directional valves. For rough-terrain cranes, Dana engineers and manufactures advanced Spicer-branded transmissions, heavy-duty steer axles, and driveshafts that are fully customizable with additional features and configuration options to achieve the highest levels of fuel efficiency and productivity.

Dana Incorporated, www.dana.com.


While flow meters and load cells are two very different technologies, their paths may sometimes overlap, making it a challenge to decide which technology would be best suited for a certain application. A flow meter may come in many forms, but it is usually an in-line device that measures the rate or flow of a fluid—either in volume or mass. A load cell is a device that allows for the contents of mass to be weighed accurately. Flow meters work at their best when measuring continuous flow, rather than frequent starts and stops, and they are great for bulk receiving by weight or volume (depending on the meter). Flow meters may not always be accurate as the viscosity of the water may affect the reading. Liquids with entrained air bubbles or variations in viscosity may give flow meters trouble giving accurate readings, but this is no problem for load cells. For example – clean fresh water will have a different mass to dirty water or saltwater. The flow meter measures flow and cannot take into account the viscosity or density of the water. A load cell measures the weight of the mass under load, so delays are minimized and readings are accurate at all times, provided the load cell is calibrated. A load

cell is required to be calibrated regularly to verify their accuracy. Load cells offer a particular benefit when dealing with mass. Since the sensor is not placed under direct load, there is never a deflection or deformation of the sensing device, thus providing accurate measurements time after time. A load cell system is a good solution for precise measurement of mass. One must conclude that in the load testing application that a load cell will be better suited to accurately

measure the applied load to ensure that the test is carried out to legal standards and within 1% of the rated capacity of the lifting machine. Flow meters have proven not to be very effective and accurate and are not permitted to be used in Europe and the United Kingdom.

World Wide Load Testing Specialist, +27 (0) 31 572 4940, ops@wwlts.co.za, www.wwlts.co.za

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Flow meters vs. Load cells: How do they measure up?


PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Custom Caldwell Beam Lifts Electricity Cable Reels A 13-ton (26,000-lb.) capacity custom lifting beam from Caldwell is being used to lift reels of electrical cable off flatbed trailers. The adjustable beam, which spans 1.2 metres - 2.2 metres (48 in. to 87) in., was recently delivered to a high voltage electrical transmission contractor by Caldwell distributor Western Sling. The provider of lifting and rigging equipment has facilities in Denver, Colorado and Casper, Wyoming. The end-user was seeking a solution for repeated offload of reels of the electrical line that arrive by semi-trailer, where the weight and dimensions can vary with each lift, depending on the type, size, and length of cable. The custom reel lifter met the specifications where a standard, the fixed below-the-hook solution would have added time and complexity to each lift. Joey Detrick, inside sales at Western Sling, said: "The bottom hook dimensions were the key here. Beyond the adjustability of the solution, we always enjoy providing Caldwell solutions because the products are backed by history, quality, and safety. Further, we know the equipment will be delivered with all the relevant paperwork needed to satisfy buying decision-makers and supervisors at the modern-day job site." In a recent case study (pictured), the beam was used beneath the hook of a National Crane boom truck. However, it can be rigged with any crane that suits the requirements of the site, reels, and specifics of the project. Detrick explained that in this instance, 12,700 kg(28,000-lb.) capacity, 3-metre (10 ft.)-long wire rope slings were used at the recommended 45-degree angle to achieve the most efficient, safest lift. They were sourced from the Western Sling rigging store. 24

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The crane hook lowers the wire rope slings and beams down to the reel.

The beam and rigging configuration also saves the high voltage electrical transmission contractor time because only one rigger is required in addition to the crane operator. Detrick outlined the step-by-step rigging process: the crane hook lowers the wire rope slings that are already attached to the beam down to the reel. The rigger then utilizes the handle on the side of the adjustable portion of the beam and aligns it with a lip as it sets over the flange of the reel.

Detrick reported that this application is indicative of current trends that see a slowing of coal and oilfield work. He said: “Business remains steady because we are actively diversifying and moving into the electrical and wind farm sectors. Construction and re-power jobs are also driving demand; we continue to service oil and coal projects as the need arises.�

Caldwell, dnoe@caldwellinc.com


Southern Africa’s largest crane company Manufacturers of EOT Cranes, Hoist and Accessories Servicing, Maintaining, Load Testing and refurbishing of all makes of lifting equipment Servicing all sub-Saharan African countries

Cranes + Hoists + Services + Spares + Training

www.morris.co.za sales@morris.co.za +27 011 748 1000


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RGM Cranes facilitates heavy lifting at Betterect RGM Cranes has supplied a 30-ton semi-portal crane and two 10-ton single girder cranes to Betterect. The recent purchases stand testimony to the fruitful 20-year relationship between the two companies, which entails the refurbishment of Betterect’s existing cranes, as well as the load testing, servicing and inspection of Betterect’s four cranes every six months and their lifting tackle every three months. Betterect has extensive experience in the fabrication and installation of structural steel, plate work, mechanical equipment and piping. “We also have broad installation capabilities and often install free issue equipment and steelwork on large projects. We can produce 650 tons of steel/ plate work per month with our existing setup and, if required, we have space and ability to increase this to 750 tons per month for specific projects. We rely on suppliers like RGM Cranes to provide us with solutions that enable us to guarantee these capacities to our customers,” says Francois Herbst, project engineer at Betterect. The two 10-ton single girder overhead cranes have been installed in the expanded workshop area and will be used to lift various items for the erection of semiassembled or fully-assembled tanks and skids. “The service we received from RGM Cranes from the enquiry stage through to execution 26

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of the installation was extremely professional. We feel confident in any solution they advise us on as they have an intimate knowledge of our specific needs and the team is highly experienced in matching best practice technology to the required application,” says Herbst. Superior lifting combination The single girder cranes supplied to Betterect are configured with a GMD-40 hoist unit and a Guralp pivoting end carriage. The GMD hoist unit has several features that ensure durability and longevity, including a monitoring system that records amongst others: • The working time of the unit • The average load lifted and total safe working time • Complete operation numbers when the hook is loaded. Other beneficial features of the GMD 40 hoist unit include: • A Guralp electronic braking system, achieving one million cycles before an adjustment is required • Guralp rope guides, which are hard-wearing, easy to remove and replace, and are cost-effective • Overload sensor and hoist limit switch for enhanced safety • Hoist motor/gearbox which has high-precision, long-wearing helical gears; high start and stall torque; PTC thermistor overheat protection • IP55 and IP65 Protection Class panels

• Soft start and stop with PLC and variable speed drive control. The wheels on the pivoting end carriages are manufactured from GGG70 sphero casting to provide high levels of tensile strength and abrasion resistance. The pivoting pin assists in preventing any premature long travel wheel wear as a result of gantry/rail misalignment. “The quality and performance of RGM Cranes’ equipment are of such an exceptionally high standard that our uptime on lifts is efficiently maximised. Not only are the cranes characterised by high-performance levels, but they also focus heavily on safety in design and operation, which is a critical factor for us given the fact that they are required to undertake heavy lifts in populated workshop areas,” says Herbst. RGM Cranes provides full advisory service on fit-for-purpose lifting solutions for several industries. Managing Director of RGM Cranes Alex Dowling says: “We have amassed a wealth of experience and expertise in our 30 years of operation and we invite potential customers to put our team to the test.”

RGM Cranes, +27 (0) 11 422 3690, emel@rgm.co.za, www.rgmcranes.co.za


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No aquaplaning during lifting! Secutex has developed the new “TopDrain” structure surface for lifting wet or oily components. Most of the damages at sharp or rough edges are caused by the movement of the load across the sling. In the case of loads with a “sharp edge” or with a very rough surface, a protective sleeve or fixed coating must be used to protect the textile lifting sling. If the load moves sideways, a cutting movement on the edge is the result. Similar to a knife blade, the edge can cut through the fibres

of the textile sling. The new “TopDrain” surface drainage provides good adhesion of the protective sleeves and the coated lifting slings even on wet and oily materials. The liquid can drain off into the surface hollows and the load lies securely in the lifting sling. The “TopDrain” structure works like drainage and ensures the frictional connection of the secutex coating to the load.

Both the secutex protective sleeves and the secutex permanent coating can be equipped with a “TopDrain” structural surface. Simply add the suffix “TD” for TopDrain to the order number of the product you would like to order.

Special Industrial Supplies, +27 (0) 86 104 0506, info@liftlash.co.za, www.liftlash.co.za

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Avoid common challenges by choosing the right lift When you’re selecting a lift at the beginning of a project or job, it’s important to consider everything from your budget to the specific tasks you need to accomplish. See why having too much or too little machine can present challenges on the job site, and learn what questions to ask when choosing a lift. Having too much machine for the job may not seem like a big deal, but rather than allowing you to do what you need to do and then some, using an oversized lift may restrict your access unnecessarily. For example, if you need to work indoors—particularly in narrow hallways or other tight spaces—a small low-level access lift or lightweight electric scissor lift is more effective than a large scissor. Smaller lifts are designed specifically to fit through standard doorways, operate quietly and have minimal impact on the surrounding environment. This makes them a better option for indoor jobs. On the other hand, if you need to work outdoors or on rough terrain, a larger, more powerful machine might be a better fit. Choosing a larger machine than you need may also increase your costs unnecessarily, due to the price of buying or renting a larger unit or the fuel and other maintenance costs that go along with it. On the flip side, not having enough machine may extend your timeline because it takes longer to accomplish the tasks you need to get done. Make sure you consider how many workers and what kinds of tools and materials you need to carry to height before selecting a machine. An appropriately sized machine will allow you to carry everything you need in fewer trips compared to a machine that’s too small. For rough terrain equipment, it’s important to ensure you have the right amount of horsepower and the proper tires to handle any ground conditions you may 28

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encounter. If you need to traverse especially soft or sensitive ground conditions, you may even consider a crawler-type machine. You’ll also want to make sure you have enough power to last an entire shift, so if you select an electric machine, the runtime on a single charge should be a crucial factor in your decision. How to Choose Just the Right Amount of Machine So, how do you ensure you’re using the most appropriately sized, cost-effective machine for the job? Ask yourself the right questions before you decide to buy or rent a machine—and then communicate these needs to the sales rep or rental company you’re working with. Get started with the list below. 1. What is your budget? If you’re buying, be sure to consider both purchase price and overall total cost of ownership. 2. At what height do you need to perform most of the work? 3. How much weight do you need to carry to the work area? 4. Are there space limitations to consider? Narrow doorways or hallways the machine needs to fit through? 5. What type and size of material or tools are you working with? 6. Will you be working inside, outside or both? 7. What types of surfaces and ground conditions will you need to navigate? 8. Will you have access to a consistent power source to charge a machine? 9. Are there diesel or propane requirements for indoor use at your

facility? 10. How long do you need the machine to run based on shift schedules? 11. Are there specific accessories that would be useful, like plumber’s or electrician’s racks? Are there any environmental or surrounding area regulations—like noise, emissions, etc.—that you need to comply with?

JLG, +27 (0) 86 100 3294, info@eazi.co.za, www.eazi.co.za


INDUSTRY NEWS

Mammoet project site circuit Zandvoort opened before Dutch Grand Prix Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen has opened Circuit Zandvoort near Amsterdam - venue for this year’s Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix. Earlier this year, Mammoet was selected as an official event supplier for the race. The track, which was opened in 1939, has undergone a R73 million (€4m) upgrade over the last six months to improve its safety, infrastructure and accessibility. Mammoet has been on site for four months already, mobilizing its cranes and expertise to help deliver this change. Specifically, Mammoet has aided renovation works to Circuit Zandvoort’s Hugenholtzbocht and Arie Luyendijkbocht corners; turns three and 14 respectively. The banking that is being added to these sections of the circuit will make it one of the most challenging and spectacular in Europe. A total of six Mammoet cranes are currently at Circuit Zandvoort, ranging in capacity from 100450-tons. As elsewhere for a range of customers across the petrochemical, mining and civils sectors, this equipment has been based on site for several months, performing a wide range of lifts according to the peaks and troughs of demand.

Dutch driver Verstappen, who finished third in the 2019 Formula 1 World Drivers’ standings, completed six laps around the redesigned course in his RB8 F1 car. After completing the opening ceremony, he was impressed by the two corners Mammoet helped to sculpt, which now feature slopes of up to 34%. “I liked it very much. In particular turn three and the last turn, that banking feels very special and there are many different lines that you can take in the turn. Interesting.”*

The Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix will be held between 1-3 May. During the weekend, Mammoet will deploy cranes and specialists to key areas of the track to assist in recovery operations during practice, qualifying and the race itself. It will be the first Formula 1 Grand Prix held in the Netherlands since 1985, when Niki Lauda took the checkered flag.

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PLATFORMS

Increasing global job site productivity with a larger work platform Genie® lift tools™ 13-ft (4-m) platform enables operators to get more work done at height. Designed for use on job sites around the world, the new Genie® Lift Tools™ 4-metre (13-ft) platform affords less work time interruptions so boom lift operators can get more work done, more rapidly and more comfortably. Built for use in conjunction with Genie S®-65 Xtra Capacity™ (XC™) boom lift, this new Genie platform measures 4-metre (13-ft) long x (0.91-metre (3-ft) wide, has a capacity of 270 kg (600 lb) and is rated for two occupants, offering operators the benefit of accessing a much larger working area quickly and easily. It can be installed on any new and current Genie S-65 XC units. This platform is currently certified for use in CE markets and will be ANSI certified by mid-2020. “For boom lifts working in constrained work areas, this new extra-large Genie platform enables operators to spend less time manoeuvring the equipment in tight, restricted access spaces,” says Amalija Kopac, Genie Product Manager, Terex AWP. “The larger platform also gives operators a more comfortable workspace for long, uninterrupted work. The Genie 30

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Lift Tools 4-metre (13-ft) platform is an ideal accessory for use in painting, masonry and shipyard applications." The Genie Lift Tools 4-metre (13-ft) platform is engineered with 14 lanyard anchor points, compared to eight points on the 2.4-metre (8-ft) platform, to take full advantage of the larger workspace. And for consistency within the Genie brand’s product offerings, this new accessory utilizes the same digital load sense system as all Genie XC booms. To increase transportability of a Genie S-65 XC boom equipped with this new extra-large platform, the Genie Lift Tools 4-metre (13-ft) accessory is custom-designed with an off-centre transport lock. The off-centre transport lock positions the swing at an offset to fit the platform onto a standard width trailer for shipping. "To increase the rROIC on this new platform, as well as the efficiency of transport from job to job, operators should keep the off-centre transport lock with the equipment delivery truck and no oversized permits will be required," says Kopac.

The new Genie Lift Tools 4-metre (13-ft) platform is compatible for use with standard foam-filled tires. It is not for use with Genie high float (HF) or TraX™ models. Also, this platform is not compatible with any bolt-on aftermarket accessory that adds weight to the platform, but it is compatible with standard boom features including the control box cover, power to the platform and the Genie Lift Guard™ Contact Alarm system. Genie, www.genielift.com


TOWER CRANES

Innovation, local support ensure tower crane safety Constant design improvements in tower cranes are making worksites safer, along with strict compliance with local safety regulations. Tower crane leader Potain innovates continuously to raise safety levels, according to David Semple, senior vice-president at Manitowoc, Potain’s owners. It does this by working with other industry players to develop worldclass standards. The safety features on its cranes are guided by these standards, ensuring safer working conditions.

safety. “This means always meeting OEM specifications in whatever work we do with Potain tower cranes,” says Crous. “As a highly experienced team, we are also registered with the Department of Labour as a lifting machine entity.”

As important is the ability to safely deploy and operate the tower crane on site, in line with the applicable safety regulations, says Crane & Hoist Equipment SA managing director Brenden Crous.

The capacity to conduct training in-house – whether for its own staff or for customer personnel –sets the business apart. The quality of training is certified by Potain. Detailed engineering studies also enhance safety by highlighting dangers including congested sites and difficult geological conditions.

As the local Potain distributor, he says there is no room for compromise when it comes to

Crane & Hoist Equipment SA can even call on experts at Potain for specialist studies, says Crous. The

ready availability of spares also contributes to safe operation. “We ensure smooth logistics with Potain so that parts reach customers quickly,” he says. “Our experience with regular maintenance means the right part is correctly installed with minimal downtime.” Potain’s tower crane design optimises interchangeability of parts between models, notes Crous. This further improves availability and service by streamlining dealers’ inventory.

Crane & Hoist Equipment SA (Pty) Ltd, +27 (0) 83 413 7524, louw@che-sqa.co.za, www.che-sa.co.za

ULP - Tension / Compression Shearbeam S-type Tension Compression Tension Link Wireless Tension Link Wireless Shackle Load Cell Rope clamp Shear pin load cells custom designed

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Super Lift Hydraulic Gantry - Safe lifts up to 400 metric tons in tight spaces

Enerpac announces the Enerpac SL400N Super Lift Hydraulic Gantry, the latest addition to the Enerpac Telescopic Hydraulic Gantry portfolio. Designed to overcome the capacity limits of existing narrow track gantries, the SL400N can lift to 400 metric tons (first stage) with a 7.7-meter lifting capacity on a narrow 0.6-meter skidding track. “The SL400N is designed based on the significant growth seen in relevant industrial markets and the need for greater lifting capacities in tighter spaces,” said Pete Crisci, product line director—Heavy Lifting Technology at Enerpac. Moving to a wider track to achieve a higher heavy lifting capacity is not an ideal solution. Working in tight spaces with industrial facilities, equipment must be compact and efficient. Enerpac engineers were able to increase lifting capacity on this newest gantry without the need for a wider gauge track. The SL400N increases the lifting options where traditional cranes will not fit or are too expensive to mobilise. By using a narrow track gauge, the gantry can be easily moved around obstacles

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during industrial moves. As well as spending less time either navigating obstacles or moving them, operators will need fewer resources to mobilise and demobilise the equipment.

less space and track. It’s also safer—synchronised movement maintains safety because having a significant difference in leg position can lead to load imbalance, damage to equipment, or accidents.

Other Enerpac innovations not only make the gantry safer and easier to set up and operate—but they also come as standard. These include self-contained hydraulics, self-propelled rollers and wireless controls.

The Enerpac Intellilift wireless controls provide users with a safe, easy and reliable way to operate the gantry. With no cables, there are no tripping hazards or risk of incorrect connections. Wireless controls save time during set up as there are no cables to connect. Plus, it allows unrestricted operator roving position, synchronised movement, and has built-in safety alarms.

Each gantry leg has a built-in hydraulic pump which eliminates trip hazards by removing the need to connect hoses and makes the equipment easier to set up. Powered by the Enerpac Drive System, the self-propelled rollers allow for synchronised travel, continuous movement, and require

Enerpac, +27 (0) 12 940 0656, karel.van.galen@enerpac.com, www.enerpac.com


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MOBILE CRANE

First ATF 400G-6 goes to a leading crane services firm Companies can only really claim to be truly reliable if they act that way all the time. Tadano Brasil Equipamentos de Elevação Ltda. offers its customers first-class service and strong presence at any time. And now it’s paying off. Recently, for example, the company has sold an ATF 400G-6 to Real Guindastes, the leading crane and equipment hire firm for the steel and mining industry in the Minas Gerais region. This 400-tonner had been manufactured in Lauf an der Pegnitz, and the German team even took care of the delivery, commissioning, training, and support with the initial projects. Following the recovery of several major markets, the Brazilian crane industry is on the rise once again. The future is set to see further modernizations and a whole lot of maintenance work on industrial units to ensure the high technical and safety requirements are all met. The same goes for the iron ore and steel industry, particularly when it comes to the associated heavy maintenance and lifting work. It is with all of this in mind that an investment in the ATF 400G-6 makes sense. After all, the 400-tonner offers not only unparalleled performance within its class but also maximum safety. Heavy lifting with various qualities The 5-section 60-metre main boom complete with luffing jib, telescopic to 76 metres, a maximum system length of 122 metres, powerful engines, and the smallest 360° turning radius in its class make the compact 400-tonner an 34

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The ATF 400G-6 equips its luffing jib on the factory premises in Real Guindastes

exceptional heavy lifting crane. And that’s not forgetting its safe performance control afforded by a variety of safety devices. These include the flexible TRAM system, an exceptionally effective fall protection mechanism, and the exclusive integrated lift & release adjuster that can only be found in Tadano cranes. When picking uploads, the adjuster prevents any swinging forward, and when set down, it prevents the loosened hook block from swinging backwards. Three countries with one major player By the end of 2019, the time had come: The technical handover took place at the headquarters of Real Guindastes in Nova Lima, which can be found near Belo Horizonte, capital of the state of Minas Gerais to the north-west of Rio de Janeiro. Before this, all topics and dates relating to commissioning, training

and maintenance were planned with the assistance of technicians from Brazil, Germany and Japan. The actual implementation work was handled entirely by the team from Lauf, which included the operators providing support on the initial projects using the 400-tonner. But the Tadano factory team did not have to start from scratch – Real Guindastes has several crane operators and highly skilled professionals who are already familiar with large and complex equipment. The extensive company fleet includes mobile cranes up to 500 tons as well as telescopic crawler cranes and revolving tower cranes. So all things considered, the situation certainly looks positive for the first ATF 400G-6 to start doing its job in Brazil.

Babcock, +27 (0) 10 492 7370, www.tadano.com


HEAVY LIFT

Safer lifting solution a winner in an offshore wind technology competition Mammoet’s Conbit operation is proud to have been announced as a winner of the Floating Wind Technology Acceleration Competition, funded by the Scottish Government and run by the Carbon Trust’s Floating Wind Joint Industry Project (Floating Wind JIP). Conbit’s modular lifting system won the competition’s challenge for a floating wind technology that could provide ‘safe and costeffective exchange of large turbine components offshore when floating foundation structures are moving due to wave motion’. The Floating Wind JIP, a consortium of 14 leading offshore wind developers, launched the competition to accelerate the development and commercialization of floating offshore wind technology. It aimed to attract technology that will overcome key challenges in the sector and placed a particular emphasis on moorings and Operations & Maintenance (O&M). Exchanging heavy components

at high altitude while the base is moving due to waves and wind is one of the most demanding challenges within offshore operations. Conbit’s modular lifting system enables the replacement of heavy components inside the nacelle and provides the accuracy needed to ensure a safe installation. The funds released as part of the competition will be used to increase the development of the modular lift technology towards a fully operational system. Wind farm owners and developers, as well as turbine OEMs, will be consulted during the development program. Conbit will collaborate with turbine manufacturers especially, as the lifting system will be adjusted to their design.

Bram van Oirschot, Manager Sales at Conbit, adds: “The market seems to be ready to adapt current practices for replacing heavy components inside wind turbines. The increasing heights and weights require a different O&M approach, which is less dependent on large crane vessels and jack-up barges. Conbit is devoted to investing in a maintenance system that supports the growing needs of offshore renewable energy and by allowing components to be exchanged, turbine manufacturers will be able to benefit from our technology.”

Mammoet, +27 (0) 11 882 4499, Ryan.Amos@mammoet.com, www.mammoet.com

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Toughness, reliability and power across the world

Compact footprints and precise lifts make Grove rough-terrain cranes a favourite with customers at job sites everywhere. The launch of the Grove GRT8120 at CONEXPO 2020 saw Manitowoc unveil its latest new designation rough-terrain cranes. Ever since the first of the new generation cranes launched back in 2016 they have continued to grow in popularity, with customers praising their reliability, versatility and durability on the job site. Since the first GRT units began rolling out of the factory gates, Manitowoc has launched a

succession of new models in nearrecord times. It also expanded production of GRT cranes outside the U.S., setting up a production line at its Niella Tanaro plant in Italy to meet growing demand in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and AsiaPacific.

is a key factor in explaining why both Grove's newer GRT cranes, as well as previous generation cranes, have been so successful worldwide. They're versatile too and can be found in a range of applications, from construction to mining, and from energy to industrial projects.

Each of Manitowoc's cranes is designed and built following extensive customer research, incorporating feedback from dealers, owners and operators. This

CLT Cranes +27 (0) 11 323 9600, sales@craneloadtech.co.za, www.cltcranes.com

CAMINEX 2020 POSTPONED

The Copperbelt Agricultural & Commercial Show Society the organisers of CAMINEX 2020 (Copperbelt Agricultural Mining Industrial Networking Expo) regret to inform all its Partners, Exhibitors, Sponsors and both Foreign & Local visitors of the Postponement of CAMINEX 2020 which was scheduled to be held from the 2nd to 4th June 2020. This postponement is in line with the directive from the Minister of Agriculture with regards to holding Agricultural Shows and also the Government’s guidelines on the COVID-19 Pandemic. CAMINEX is an important event for the Copperbelt of Zambia and brings together a number of local, regional and foreign exhibitors and visitors. In light of the spread globally of the COVID–19 Pandemic, we believe that in the interest and safety of all our partners, we have no option but to postpone 36

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CAMINEX 2020 to the new dates set at 1st – 3rd June 2021. The Show Society Board believes that by moving the date by one calendar year, will enable everyone time to settle and prepare for CAMINEX in 2021. The Show Society will hold and honour all payments already made for 2020 in 2021 without any price (or inflationary) adjustments.

The Copperbelt Agricultural & Commercial Show Society (CACSS) will respond to whatever procedures that are in place locally and globally and as directed nationally and by the World Health Organisation. We are committed to protecting our staff, exhibitors, visitors, suppliers and all stakeholders. Karen O’Neil, +260-966-783075, karen.oneil@cacss.co.zm


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New to Link-Belt’s telecrawler lineup

An all-new 80-ton (75-mt) Link-Belt TCC-800 telescopic crawler crane debuted at ConExpo 2020. The new 80-ton telescopic crawler crane will begin field-testing early spring 2020, and first shipments scheduled in fourth quarter 2020. Its predecessor, the top-selling telecrawler TCC-750, has been a cornerstone of the telecrawler market since its initial debut in 2008. The TCC-800 comes with a new four-section 11.8 - 36.5-metre (38 ft. – 120 ft.) full-power boom that reaches a maximum tip height of 56.2 metres (184.5 ft.) with full boom and Link-Belt’s SmartFly pinning system. Link-Belt SmartFly helps ensure proper fly erection and stowage sequence while minimizing work at height. This SmartFly system continues to get high marks from industry owners. The TCC-800 offers optional one or two-piece 10.6 – 17.6 metre (35 - 58 ft.) fly. New to Link-Belt’s telecrawler lineup will be variable side frame track positions (V-CALC) on the TCC800. “VCALC, in the case of the new TCC800, offers the added flexibility to operate the crane with side frames in asymmetric configurations. Pulse 2.0 monitors actual side frame position, auto-selecting the correct chart,” said Scott Knight, Product Manager Lattice and Telescopic Crawler Cranes. TCC-800’s variable side frame 38

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combinations, new cab with 20 degrees of tilt and Pulse 2.0 offer an operator a multitude of options for any job site - everything from pile driving, bridgework to plant work, and general construction. TCC-800 will utilize a stage 5 dual-compliant Cummins QSB 6.7 engine with 232 hp at 2000 RPM for greater fuel economy, improved quiet operation and cold-start capability. Other advancements include pressure read-out on all hydraulic circuits, viewable on Pulse 2.0 display. Total vision package with right-side swing camera, winch-view camera, and rear-view camera gives the operator great job site visibility during setup and lifting. Single-axis or joystick controls are also available both offering operator selectable foot or hand controls for travel operation. Textured paint on all vertical surfaces and slip-resistant paint on all horizontal surfaces improves durability and footing. New high-performance variable displacement pumps provide power control and load sensing on the TCC-800 for the smooth functioning of all operating processes. Matching 19 mm (3/4 in.) grooved drums have 254.2-metre (834 ft.) of rope

capacity with 7 656.6 kg (18,603 lbs.) maximum line pull and 485 fpm (147 MPM) maximum line speed. The list chart on the TCC800 also includes a maximum four-degree list chart for increased performance in varying job site conditions. The TCC-800 self-assembles with 17 463 kg (38,500 lbs) of upper counterweight and two 1 360 kg (3,000 lb.) sections of car body counterweight. For transport, the TCC-800 moves in two loads: the main unit transports under 45 359 kg (100,000 lbs.) with fly, side frames attached, hook block and ball, lifting sheave and full tank of fuel; overflow includes counterweight sections and stays below 20 184 kg (44,500 lbs). Clearance height on a lowboy transport trailer stays below 3.9 metres (13 ft). Optional Wireless Remote TCC-800 has an optional wireless remote control system which allows the operator to be out of the cab and still have control of the crane.

EIE Group, +27 (0) 11 395 0600, www.linkbelt.com


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New Potain MDT 569 launched at CONEXPO 2020

The new high-capacity topless crane features industry-leading load charts of up to 32 tons (35.3 USt) capacity, easy transport and quick operation. While the crane isn’t physically displayed at the event, its compact size and speedy assembly are set to impress the lifting world.

already well-known easy transport, fast assembly and industry-leading performances that our other topless cranes deliver.”

Manitowoc has introduced the new Potain MDT 569, the latest model to join its MDT topless crane range. Designed to be one of Potain’s most high-capacity and versatile cranes, the MDT 569 crane’s modular design features optimized component sizes and weights, facilitating easy transport and assembly.

The MDT 569 can lift large loads of material at a time: Options for its maximum hoisting capacities are 20 tons (22 USt), 25 tons (27.6 USt) and 32 tons (35.3 USt), while its maximum jib length is 80 metres (262 ft). Tip capacity is up to 4.2 tons (4.6 USt) when using the 25ton (27.6 USt) capacity model and working with 80-metre (262 ft) jib.

The crane’s impressive load charts, along with its premium technology package, make it an attractive new option for North American customers.

Maximum line speed is 195 m/ min (640 ft/min) when the crane is equipped with the 150 HPL hoist. The crane can be equipped with a new 8-metre (26 ft) cross-shaped base that is simple to assemble and more cost-effective compared to previous bases.

Thibaut Le Besnerais, vice president of global products for tower cranes at Manitowoc, said the MDT 569 combines smart design with abovethe-competition performance. “We have seen strong demand for larger topless cranes in recent years,” he said. “The new MDT 569 topless slewing crane will help meet our customers’ needs for greater capacities, while also preserving the

The MDT 569 is also more compact for transport than previous cranes, needing only nine standard containers to transport the crane’s upper assembly. The topless design adds flexibility to sites where multiple cranes overfly the construction zone at

the same time. Operators will find comfort and efficiency when using Manitowoc’s Crane Control System (CCS), as well as the crane’s ergonomic controls and Ultra View cab. Plans are for the first crane to be shipped in July 2020. “Our focus is to bring to the market a robust crane in a compact design, offering multiple transportation options without compromising performance,” Le Besnerais said. "Also, the MDT 569 can be fully assembled and erected in only two days, with time-saving features such as fast jib and counter-jib connections, and an automatic tensioning and slackening system for the trolley rope." The new MDT 569 announcement is in addition to the unveiling of the Potain MRH 175 tower crane, a new topless hydraulic luffing jib crane that made its debut at CONEXPO 2020.

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New design promises firstclass performance PALFINGER presented two new crane models in the 60 meter-tonne segment. The range of available comfort functions combined with the new design makes it possible to work more efficiently and precisely. PALFINGER is setting new standards in the 60 meter-tonne class with its two new crane models, the PK 55.002 TEC 5 and the PK 58.002 TEC 7. Both cranes feature an impressive outreach of 33.7 metres with a fly jib. The maximum lifting moment for the PK 55.002 TEC 5 is 53.1 meter-tons and, for the PK 58.002 TEC 7, 55.5 metre-tons. This makes it considerably easier to lift heavy loads such as steel beams. 'The PK 55.002 TEC 5 and PK 58.002 TEC 7 crane models represent a completely new design in the 55 to 60 meter-ton segment. This goes for both the steel construction and the electronics,’ explains Michael Völker, head of Product Management for cranes. The next level The complete PALFINGER TEC-range features a functional design. Covers are not just elegant, but well-thoughtout, down to the very last detail. The internal hose guide via the crane column and main boom offers enhanced protection against mechanical damage and the elements. TEC cranes are well known for their variety of features and comfort functions, such as their tried-and-tested Dual Power Systems for the utilisation of full 40

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lifting power in fly jib mode, the DPS-Plus for TEC 5 and DPS-C for TEC 7, and the HPSC-Plus modules LOAD, GEOM and FSTAB for improved stability in every situation. Exactly this functions in combination with the sophisticated design make the new range and especially the two new models in the 60 meter-ton class stand out from the crowd. Stable till the boom tip Mechanical extensions are now available not only on the fly jib but also on the TEC crane itself. These can be integrated into the overload protection system in combination with the MEXT function. This enables the PK 58.002 TEC 7 to achieve optimal performance in its daily work. For the new crane models, there are two P-profile fly jibs on E, F and G extensions: the PJ150 and PJ090. The PK 58.002 TEC 7 F achieves outstanding performance in combination with the PJ150 E. This allows the crane operator to lift weights of more than one tonne to heights of just over 20 metres thanks, in part, to the DPS-C. The lightweight design of the polygonal profile (P-profile) ensures that the extension boom system remains

very stable till the boom tip despite its low dead weight so that it can be used to complete work more efficiently and safely – be it in the structural or civil engineering segments, or in city centres, where precision and finesse are required. Flexibility and an edge in expertise Thanks to Power Link Plus, tasks such as reaching through low door openings and working inside buildings no longer present a challenge. Power Link Plus is a double-linkage system that increases the crane’s lifting power thanks to the special connection between the knuckle boom and main boom and the main boom and crane column. The knuckle boom can also be over-extended by up to 15° and offers the crane operator even more potential applications with the PK 55.002 TEC 5 and PK 58.002 TEC 7. With the WEIGH function on the TEC 7 model, it is particularly quick and easy to weigh loads at the site of deployment.

Palfinger Africa, +27 (0) 11 608 3670, antondp@palfingerafrica.co.za, www.palfinger.com


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Innovative solutions at Conexpo Manitou Group, the world leader in material handling, personnel lifting and earthmoving, presented a comprehensive range of connected solutions to meet the needs of the construction industry and the mining sector at the Conexpo. Since January 2019, Manitou Group marketed its connected machines worldwide as standard equipment. Today, the Group recorded more than 10,000 active connected machines. The connectivity of the machines ensures optimized machine use and reduced downtime, thanks to simplified preventive maintenance and improved spare parts delivery times. There are many benefits for users, making it easy for them to reduce their total cost of ownership. Rental companies also like these connected machines. Their fleet management is optimized, thanks to maintenance alerts and information reporting in real-time. All the data is collected using the dedicated EasyMANAGER system, accessible via a web platform and a smartphone application. An API solution has been developed by Manitou Group for easy connection of the systems already used by the rental companies and key accounts for their fleet management, making it possible to meet their specific needs. Applications to increase productivity In keeping with its goal of offering users innovative solutions, Manitou Group provides owners of Manitou, Gehl and Mustang by Manitou connected machines with two smartphone applications to track all pertinent information about their machine. 42

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As part of the group's drive for digital transformation, the “MyMANITOU” and “MyGEHL" applications are conceived and designed first and foremost to provide immediate service. The operator can at any time find out the location of their machine or machines (up to five), their fuel consumption and fuel level, and detect potential technical problems. To avoid productivity-sapping downtime, the operator can contact their dealership easily via these applications to anticipate any work by a technician on the machine. All the necessary documentation is also available: warranty, in-service date, machine operation guide, etc. Two-year warranty included The services associated with the

connected machines enable users to improve their monitoring and receive a two-year warranty. They retain the option of extending the warranty by one to four additional years. This peace of mind can be extended to six years by covering the machine with the maximum warranty extension, or a total of 6,000 hours of use. There are now two distinct levels of coverage. The first, ESSENTIAL COVERAGE, relates to the engine and the transmission, and a secondtier, TOTAL COVERAGE, applies to all the components, including the mechanical, electrical, electronic and hydraulic parts of the machine. With this extended service, Manitou Group provides added


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reassurance for operators using their machine daily. A super-compact model Launched in 2019, the Gehl RS 4-14 telehandler is presented at Conexpo with a new sealed cab, which provides optimal protection of the dashboard and the electrical components. The boom head has also been redesigned to improve visibility of the load carried on the forks, providing greater safety for the operator. With a width of 14,9 metres (4 ft 9 in.) and a height of only 1.49 metres x 1.90 metres (6 ft. 24 in.), the RS 4-14 is very easy to use and is the ideal partner for home renovation work, where space is often limited. Although it is the most compact model offered by the group, the RS 4-14 has a maximum load capacity of 2 tons (4,000 lb) and a lift height of 4.3 metres (14 ft. 3 in.) This new version of the RS 4-14 ensures that the user's total cost of ownership is optimized, with a 10% reduction in preventive maintenance compared with the previous version. Solutions tailored to the mining sector Manitou Group also exhibits the full scale of its offering with a range of solutions dedicated to mining. The MHT 790 presented at Conexpo is a good example. It has

a maximum load capacity of 9 tons (19,840 lb) for a lift height of up to 7 metres (23 ft.). This model has a load management system (LMS) integrated into the dashboard, enabling very heavy items to be moved safely. The MHT 790 is a particularly versatile machine, designed for oil and gas sites, demolition and mining. The Manitou MHT telehandler range consists of seven models ranging from 9 to 33 tons and has a wide range of original attachments dedicated to mining applications (platforms, tire and cylinder clamp, pipe clamp) to ensure safe maintenance of equipment and mining sites, optimizing machine use and production. The whole of this range and attachments are designed and produced on the group's Italian site based in Castelfranco. Every machine/attachment pair is validated by the Manitou Group by a specific procedure. The VJR 26 is the ideal machine for interior applications at medium height. Thanks to its working height of 8 metres (26 ft.), this new platform facilitates maintenance operations, including fitting electrical conduits, plumbing and other tasks related to industrial finishing. Its compact size enables it to access narrow spaces for a smooth ride. Easy to operate because of its compact size and intuitive controls, the VJR 26 gives the operator a high level of safety with unobstructed visibility due to

the compactness of the telescopic mast. There are fork pockets on each side of the turret to safeguard loading operations onto trucks and reduce the time taken. The EDGE range of attachments is expanding The new EDGE Power Rake has a 25-degree hydraulic angle. It is equipped with a builtin motor, which reduces machine downtime. The design of this attachment enables the rake to be kept level for a smooth, even finish. This model ensures rapid preparation of the seedbed and adapts to a wide variety of soil conditions, thanks to long-lasting carbide tooth tips. The plates at the ends of the rake are removable and make it easier to trap collected debris. The Power Rake attachment has a bi-directional rotating drum, which operates forwards and backwards. Designed for the construction sector, the new EDGE bucket has a width of 1.37 metres 954 in.) and an optimized capacity of 12.9 ftÂł (0.34 mÂł) . This bucket gives the user a great breakout force and excellent visibility of the load. Its power and versatility are therefore appreciated on construction sites. This attachment is integrated into a range of more than 15 models designed for construction and is available with or without built-in teeth.

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BEAM CRAWLS & BEAM CLAMPS

Elephant Lifting Equipment

T: +27 (0) 12 661-6105 F: +27 (0) 12 661-6104 E: info@elephantlifting.co.za W:www.elephantlifting.co.za

BLOCKS

EQUIPMENT HIRE

World Wide Load Testing Specialist

T: +27 (0) 31 572-4940 E: ops@wwlts.co.za W: www.wwlts.co.za

FORKLIFTS

Toco Lifting Jungheinrich

T: +27 (0) 10 596-8460 E: info@jungheinrich.co.za W: www.jungheinrich.co.za

T: +27 (0) 11 776 6000 E: sales@condra.co.za W: www.condra.co.za

Fastlift Cranes & Services

T:+ 27 21 140 1514 (CPT) T: + 27 10 141 0237 (JHB) E:bradley@fastliftcranes.co.za W: www.fastliftcranes.com

T: +39 02-9784488 F: +39 02-97003509 E: info@demac.it W: www.demac.it

LIFTING TACKLE

AJ Cranes

T: +27 (0) 78 599-0610 E: hannes@ajcranes.co.za W: www.ajcranes.co.za

HYDRAULIC TOOLS MH Dawood Plant Services Kiloton

T: +27 (0) 861 707-707 F: +27 (0) 861 707-706 E: sales@kiloton.co.za W: www.kiloton.co.za W:www.onlinetoolshop.kiloton.co.za

INSPECTION

HOISTS

Condra Cranes

COMPACT CRANES

DEMAC SRL

Kemach JCB

T: +27 (0) 11 826-6710 E: info@kemachjcb.co.za W: www.kemachjcb.co.za

T: +27 (0) 11 345-8800 E: toco@toco.co.za W: www.tocolifting.co.za

HOSE AND CABLE REELS

T: +27 (0) 11 496-1007 F: +27 (0) 11 496-1198 E: info@mhdawood.co.za W: www.mhdawood.co.za

Scaw Metals SA

T: +27 (0) 11 601-8400 F: +27 (0) 11 601-8405 E: wbyleveldt@scaw.co.za W: www.scaw.co.za

Load Testing & Inspection Specialists

Cranemec Group S.A New Height Lifting

T: +27 (0) 82 304 9814 E: lolita@newheight.com W: www.newleight.com

Yale Lifting Solutions

T: +27 (0) 11 794-2910 F: +27 (0) 11 794-3560 E: crm@yalelift.co.za W: www.yale.co.za

T: +27 (0) 16 366-1393 F: +27 (0) 16 366-1392 E: info@cranemec.co.za W: www.cranemec.co.za

CB Lifting Equipment

T: +27 (0) 11 023-5414/5 (JHB) T: +27 (0) 22 719-1435 (CPT) E: info@cblifting.co.za W: www.cblifting.co.za

CRANE HIRE

Yale Lifting Solutions

T: +27 (0) 11 794-2910 F: +27 (0) 11 794-3560 E: crm@yalelift.co.za W: www.yale.co.za

LOAD TESTING AND RE-CERTIFICATION

AJ Cranes

T: +27 (0) 78 599-0610 E: hannes@ajcranes.co.za W: www.ajcranes.co.za

EnerMech Marlboro Crane Hire T: +27 (0) 11 882-8301/2 F: +27 (0) 11 882-8303 E:hire@marlborocrane.co.za W:www.marlborocrane.co.za

Morris Material Handling SA T: +27 (0) 11 748-1000 F: +27 (0) 11 748-1093 E: sales@morris.co.za W: www.morris.co.za

CRAWLER CRANES

Liebherr

T: +27 (0) 11 365-2000 E: info.laf@liebherr.com W: www.liebherr.com 44

T: +27 (0) 21 286-4000 T: +27 (0) 21 512-3160 E: Africa.Sales@enermech.com W: www.enermech.com

C: +27 (0) 82 854-5143 C: +27 (0) 72 395 4342 E: info@gregbev.co.za W: www.gregbev.co.za

Premier Load Testing & Services Yale Lifting Solutions

T: +27 (0) 11 794-2910 F: +27 (0) 11 794-3560 E: crm@yalelift.co.za W: www.yale.co.za

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GregBev Enterprise

T: +27 (0) 14 596-5100 / 5026 C: +27 (0) 72 043-4018 E:savannahm@premierload.co.za W: www.premierload.co.za Loadtech T: +27 (0) 12 661-0830 C: +27 (0) 82 774-5223 E: glen@loadtech.co.za W: www.loadtech.co.za


By Carpel SRL - Italy Premier Load Testing & Services

T: +27 (0) 14 596-5100 / 5026 C: +27 (0) 72 043-4018 E:savannahm@premierload.co.za W: www.premierload.co.za

Yale Lifting Solutions

T: +27 (0) 11 794-2910 F: +27 (0) 11 794-3560 E: crm@yalelift.co.za W: www.yale.co.za

COTAC Oy

T: +35 840 069-9469 F: +35 842 016-6959 E: office@crane.fi W: www.crane.fi

Fastlift Cranes & Services

T:+ 27 21 140 1514 (CPT) T: + 27 10 141 0237 (JHB) E:bradley@fastliftcranes.co.za W: www.fastliftcranes.com

T: + 39 (0) 39 532-0952 F: + 39 (0) 39 532-0825 E: info@bycarpel.it W: www.bycarpel.it

AJ Cranes

T: +27 (0) 78 599-0610 E: hannes@ajcranes.co.za W: www.ajcranes.co.za

Demag Cranes

T: +27 (0) 11 898-3500 F: +27 (0) 11 898-3533 E: richard.roughly@demagcranes.com J Express Crane Services W:www.demagcranes.co.za T: +27 (0) 11 864-8402 F: +27 (0) 11 864-8408 M: +27 (0) 83 425-5535 E: jexpress@telkomsa.net

MAINTENANCE Liebherr Insu Tech Corporation

T: +91-866 999 7733 T: +91-866 999 7833 E: info@insutech.net W: www.insutech.net

T: +27 (0) 11 365-2000 E: info.laf@liebherr.com W: www.liebherr.com

HP Cranes Consulting

T: +27 (0) 11 740-9725/28 E: donavan@hpcranes.co.za W: www.hpcranes.co.za

T: +27 (0) 14 596-5100 / 5026 C: +27 (0) 72 043-4018 E:savannahm@premierload.co.za W: www.premierload.co.za

MINICRANES

Cranemec Group S.A

T: +27 (0) 16 366-1393 F: +27 (0) 16 366-1392 E: info@cranemec.co.za W: www.cranemec.co.za

T: +27 (0) 82 773-7019 C: +27 (0) 82 956-3176 E:bianca@iysafetyinspection. co.za W:www.iysafetyinspection.com

Konecranes Liebherr

T: +27 (0) 11 365-2000 E: info.laf@liebherr.com W: www.liebherr.com

T: +27 (0) 82 304 9814 E: lolita@newheight.com W: www.newleight.com

SLINGS

MOBILE CRANE SPARES IY Safety

Premier Load Testing & Services

New Height Lifting

T: +27 (0) 11 898-3500 F: +27 (0) 11 898-3533 E:john.macdonald@konecranes. com W: www.konecranes.co.za

Andromeda Industries

T: +61 (0) 2 6760 3773 M: +61 (0) 448 668 308 E:zelman@andromesaindustries. com.au W:www.wireropesling.com.au

Scaw Metals SA

T: +27 (0) 11 601-8400 F: +27 (0) 11 601-8405 E: wbyleveldt@scaw.co.za W: www.scaw.co.za

SPIDER CRANES

OVERHEAD CRANE Fastlift Cranes & Services

T:+ 27 21 140 1514 (CPT) T: + 27 10 141 0237 (JHB) E:bradley@fastliftcranes.co.za W: www.fastliftcranes.com

AJM Engineering

T: +27 (0) 11 453-0728 E:info@ajmengineering.co.za W:www.ajmengineering.co.za

Jekko s.r.l.

T: +39 0438 1410083 F: +39 0438 1710123 E: info@jekko.it W: www.jekko-cranes.com

Morris Material Handling SA T: +27 (0) 11 748-1000 F: +27 (0) 11 748-1093 E: sales@morris.co.za W: www.morris.co.za

Fastlift Cranes & Services

Yale Lifting Solutions

Jekko s.r.l.

T:+ 27 21 140 1514 (CPT) T: + 27 10 141 0237 (JHB) E:bradley@fastliftcranes.co.za W: www.fastliftcranes.com

Condra Cranes

T: +27 (0) 11 776 6000 E: sales@condra.co.za W: www.condra.co.za

T: +27 (0) 11 794-2910 F: +27 (0) 11 794-3560 E: crm@yalelift.co.za W: www.yale.co.za

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BUYERS GUIDE

REPAIRS

MOBILE CRANES


BUYERS GUIDE

STEEL WIRE ROPES

TRAINING

Artisan Training Institute New Height Lifting

T: +27 (0) 82 304 9814 E: lolita@newheight.com W: www.newleight.com

Scaw Metals SA

T: +27 (0) 11 601-8400 F: +27 (0) 11 601-8405 E: wbyleveldt@scaw.co.za W: www.scaw.co.za

T: +27 (0) 11 022 0100 T: +27 (0) 11 475 3443 F: +27 (0) 11 672 3888 W:www.artisantraining.co.za

Cranemec Group S.A

T: +27 (0) 16 366-1393 F: +27 (0) 16 366-1392 E: info@cranemec.co.za W: www.cranemec.co.za

STRADDLE CARRIER Global Training Combi Lift

T: +27 (0) 86 999-0843 E: info@globaltraining.co.za W:www.globaltraining.co.za

T: +27 (0) 11 900-8010 E: victor@solutions-4u.co.za W: www.combilift.co.za

TESTING

LMI Academy

T: +27 (0) 11 475-5876 E: info@lmi-academy.co.za W: www.lmi-academy.co.za

CJH Cranes Equipment & Plant T: +27 (0) 11 963-0670 E: info@cjhcranes.co.za F: +27 (0) 86 619-7755 W: www.cjhcranes.co.za

TOWER CRANES

Phakamisa Safety Consultants

T: +27 (0) 11 462-9620/1 F: +27 (0) 11 462-9620 E: potto@icon.co.za W:www.phakamisasafety.co.za

WATER WEIGHT BAGS Liebherr

T: +27 (0) 11 365-2000 E: info.laf@liebherr.com W: www.liebherr.com

DOOWIN Water Bags

T: +86-532-87788178 M: +86-185 5486 9267 E:sales@doowin-dooflex.com W: www.doowincn.com

WINCHES

MH Dawood Plant Services

T: +27 (0) 11 496-1007 F: +27 (0) 11 496-1198 E: info@mhdawood.co.za W: www.mhdawood.co.za

Dymot Engineering

T: +27 (0) 11 970-1920 F: +27 (0) 11 970-1979 E: pa@dymot.co.za W: www.dymot.co.za 46

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