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IN THIS ISSUE 6

Borger Cranes GM Shawn Borger provides an overview of the company’s heavy lifting capabilities.

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CICA: Queensland Chair Report Peter Koschel provides an update on the Association’s affairs in the Northeast of Australia.

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CICA: World Summit Review Brandon Hitch discusses what transpired at the World Crane and Transport Summit.

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CICA: Member Profile A detailed look into the history of Morgan’s Cranes with founder, director, and owner Wade Morgan.

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Preston Hire GM, Mike Thomas, and Head of Cranes, Stephan Becherand, give an overview of the company’s services.

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Tutt Bryant Heavy Lift & Shift Heavy Lifting Manager Carl Rigby provides insights into the complexities of seven 220-tonne lifts for the BORR project in WA.

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TRT Vamp Cranes’ GM, Ross Giammona, discusses the reasons behind his purchase of a second TIDD PC28-2.

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LEEA ANZ Regional Manager Justin Boehm discusses Australia’s LiftEx2024.

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X CMG D&D Diesel owner David Kapahnke opens up on his company’s history and why he’s aligned with the XCMG brand.

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RUD Chains Hulk Lifting’s Ben Rose goes in depth on the quality of RUD’s lifting and lashing solutions.

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Pace Cranes Larry Fuller is back, and he’s armed with a fleet of Maeda cranes to help him.

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WireCo Ben Baden and Kath Darr discuss the importance of proper wire rope management, distribution, and post-sale service.

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Gleason Cranes An overview of the Zoomlion brand from those who know best; people who’ve experienced the cranes firsthand.

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Queensland Rigging Company director Ben Fitzgerald elaborates on his company’s load testing capabilities.

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Kato Williams Cranes’ Smiley Williams discusses his latest Kato crane, purchased through national distributor Tutt Bryant.

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Baden Davis Crane Connection AWCON’s Andrew Ison elaborates on his acquisition of a TIDD PC282 and the service received from the Crane Connection.

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Advanced Cranes Project Manager Steve Malkiewicz and Lift Engineer Jaber Hassani explore the technical complexities of its recent dual lifts for Victoria’s Big Build.

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Potain A large number of Potain tower cranes are working on a mega construction project in South Korea.

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UAA UAA’s Chief Claims and Service Officer, George Grasso, explores the issue of rising insurance premiums.

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Andromeda Industries Founder of Andromeda Industries Raymond Maclaren expands the story of Superflex cable and how it was conceived.

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Tadano The Construction Industry Training Centre has purchased a new Tadano truck crane, with CEO Simon Last explaining how it will help train the next generation.

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Sennebogen Recently celebrating its 71st year in business, the German manufacturer discusses its corporate growth, technologies, and sustainability.

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FROM THE EDITORIAL TEAM Published by:

WELCOME TO THE DECEMBER ISSUE OF CRANES AND LIFTING UPSKILLING EXISTING WORKERS IS A

hot topic within the construction industry and crane sector. Upskilling can be a cost-effective and efficient way for crane hire companies to prepare workers for highly skilled work in our high risk industry. With an ongoing shortage of labour, especially for skilled positions, crane businesses can look to their existing workforce to find motivated workers ready to take their skills to the next level. As jobs require more digital skills, half of all workers will need to be upskilled by 2025. There are a few considerations to keep in mind when choosing between hiring new workers and upskilling existing ones. A range of factors like cost, time, and long-term objectives should be considered.

HIRING NEW WORKERS

Pros: Bringing in new workers may introduce fresh skills and perspectives. Cons: Recruitment can be timeconsuming and costly, plus new hires might require an orientation period. There is also a higher cost to train new workers.

UPSKILLING CURRENT WORKERS

Pros: Upskilling strengthens the existing team and may boost morale and loyalty.

Cons: Training takes time and resources, and there’s a risk that upskilled workers may seek opportunities elsewhere. Be sure you are following through to ensure your upskilled workers are happy. Balancing the two strategies is optimal: upskill the current workforce for retention and development while hiring externally to fill specific skill gaps and bring in new insights. Factors like project timelines, budget, and available talent pool can guide the decision on which approach is necessary for a company to prioritise. By upskilling your existing workforce, you can retain experienced employees, improve overall productivity, and adapt to changing industry demands without the need for extensive new hires. It’s an investment in both your employees’ careers and the long-term success of your construction company. In this issue of Cranes and Lifting Magazine Underwriters Agencies of Australia (UAA) discusses the high levels of crane incidents and how upskilling and training are key to brining premiums down. The Sydney crane market welcomes an industry stalwart who is back with a difference and Borger Crane Hire and Rigging discusses its continued investment in Heavy Lift capabilities. The team at Cranes and Lifting magazine has worked hard to bring you a strong mix of local news, developments and content and, as always, we hope you enjoy the read.

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UP FRONT / BORGER CRANE’S HEAVY LIFT

BORGER’S HEAVY LIFT CAPABILITIES Borger Crane Hire and Rigging continues its long-term strategy of investing in the latest crane technologies and recently took delivery of a Liebherr LG 1750 lattice boom all terrain. General Manager, Shawn Borger, explains why there has been a significant emphasis on heavy lift capabilities. “AS I HAVE ALWAYS SAID, BORGER CRANE

Hire and Rigging continues to invest in cranes that provide our clients with the most up to date capacities and technology to assist with best possible outcomes on their projects. “Over the years we have worked on all the major infrastructure projects in New South Wales and with these opportunities we could see how these projects were likely to evolve and how this would lead to significant demand for heavy lift capacities,” he said. “Today, projects involving Tunnel Boring Machines for example, demand heavy lift capacity and infrastructure projects are being designed and engineered with faster construction methodology using far larger components requiring fewer but significantly heavier lifts from the cranes,” said Shawn. “The infrastructure sector has been

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a major focus for the business for many years and will continue to be so. More recently, the Renewable Energy Sector and its requirements for heavy lift cranes has been a growing focus for the business. Our latest purchase the, Liebherr LG1750, is the ideal crane for wind turbine installation and maintenance,” said Shawn. Borger Crane Hire and Rigging has been working with Tier One and major builders for many years. Understanding what future projects will look like has enabled Shawn and his teams to invest in the right technology to meet clients’ requirements. Currently, Borger Cranes has an all-terrain crane fleet of two 300-tonne capacity machines, two 400-tonne capacity cranes. two 500-tonne capacity cranes, two 700-tonners, a 750-tonne lattice boom mobile crane, and

an 800-tonne all-terrain crane. On the crawler front, Borger Cranes has invested in one 600-tonne crawler and one 600-tonne narrow track crawler crane. “Borgers have worked with clients such as John Holland, CPB, Fulton Hogan, Accionna and many others for over 20 years and we have great relationships across all of their teams,” said Shawn. “The Port Botany Rail Duplication project in Sydney has seen some major lifts involving our 500-tonne, 700-tonne and 800-tonne all terrains along with our Liebherr LR1600 lattice boom crawler. These cranes have been utilised to complete lifts over 150 tonnes. “Our clients rely on the experience and professionalism within our teams to assist them to complete the works safely and on time. In some cases, these projects are high risk with very short windows available for our teams to complete the lifts. Time and again, we have delivered these projects in full, on time and within budget, which continues to generate high levels of confidence in the abilities of Borger Crane Hire and Rigging,” said Shawn. Shawn explained how the Borger Heavy Lift fleet is geographically located. “Our heavy lift fleet is predominately based in our Sydney and Brisbane depots so www.cranesandlifting.com.au


The Borger Crane Hire and Rigging’s Heavy Lift Team is packed with experience and the cranes themselves are spread across the Sydney and Brisbane operations.

we can cater for our client’s requirements along the east coast. As you can imagine, a fleet of heavy lift cranes requires a lot of space to house the crane components and we have strategically purchased property in locations which makes the mobilisation of the cranes cost effective and provides us with the ability to establish the crane on site with accuracy and precision,” said Shawn. “All of this is designed to save the client money through shortening the crane’s mobilisation and demobilisation times and delivering the lift with precision.” Borger Crane Hire and Rigging’s Heavy Lift Team is full of experience and the cranes themselves are spread across the Sydney and Brisbane operations. “Our Heavy Lift Team has plenty of experience and is led by Nathan Borger. The team includes Matthew Steain, Adam Little, Adam Courtney, Casey Doyle, and Logan Alexander. This team is responsible for coordinating the heavy lifts across the East Coast,” said Shawn. “To assist with the number of projects across New South Wales and Queensland, we have situated the cranes on the following basis. In NSW we have two 400-tonne all terrains, one 500-tonne all terrain, one 700-tonne all terrain, one 800-tonne all terrain, and the new Liebherr www.cranesandlifting.com.au

LG 1750 lattice boom all terrain. “In Queensland we have one 350-tonne all terrain, one 500-tonne all terrain, one 700-tonne all terrain. There will be another new addition arriving in mid-January 2024 which will be our second Liebherr LG 1750 lattice boom all terrain,” he said. “Queensland is starting to ramp up the preparations for the 2032 Olympic Games with significant amounts of major infrastructure projects commencing in the rail sector and with construction beginning on the major stadiums. “The last 12 years has seen Borger Cranes working on the $20 billion Sydney Metro Projects and this has certainly provided great opportunities for our teams to broaden their experience in managing major infrastructure projects,” said Shawn. “Across both states we are also heavily focused on the wind industry and will look to expand our operations in this space along with major renewable projects which require heavy lift capabilities,” he said. An important element of Borger’s heavy lift capabilities is the Borger Heavy Lifting Engineering team, said Shawn. “Behind the scenes, we operate a drafting and engineering team which assists with site pre-planning, lift studies in accordance with

design details and site parameters which helps determine the correct capacity crane and the lifting equipment required. “Generally speaking, the planning for our heavy lifts is managed by our Sydney team led by Stephen Bush including Erika Hung and Engineer Leo Tang, but we also have a heavy lift drafting team in Brisbane. Without these teams, we wouldn’t be executing lifts with the precision we pride ourselves on. December 2023 CAL / 7


UP FRONT / BORGER CRANE’S HEAVY LIFT

The infrastructure sector has been a major focus for Borger Crane Hire and Rigging.

“We always follow design lifting details provided by the supplier which minimises the possibility of any incidents occurring. With heavy lift cranes, some jobs are planned months in advance; however, if we have to act at short notice and we have the cranes available, our crews will readily adapt and have our cranes onsite as requested,” he said. Mobilising a Heavy Lift fleet involves massive logistical support, which includes prime movers, specialist trailers and rigging equipment. Ensuring the equipment arrives on site in the correct sequence is critical. “We have dedicated team members who program the delivery of the crane and the various components that go with it. This takes considerable planning given the Liebherr LG1750 requires approximately 80 semi-trailers to mobilise to site. “Our Logistics Team, led by Robert Buekers, meticulously plan the logistics involved in mobilising our heavy lift fleet ensuring everything turns up to site, on time and in the right sequence so we are ready to lift on time. This is a very complex process, and they are dealing with so many variables given the number of lifts the company is completing every day,” he said. “They have to ensure every piece of equipment is available for the mobilisation and demobilisation, so we are on site and off again quickly and efficiently. When you 8 / CAL December 2023

consider we are operating over 300 cranes, 50 prime movers and over 300 trailers, this is no mean feat,” said Shawn. One significant advantage for the Borger Heavy Lift team are the dedicated trailers for each of the cranes. “Over the years we have worked closely with TRT who design and manufacture dedicated trailers for our cranes. We understand the importance of having specific support vehicles that carry counterweights, outrigger pads and lifting gear. “Safety is designed into our trailers with each counterweight loaded onto the trailer

in a designated position to avoid any axle being overloaded and ensuring National Heavy Vehicle Regulator compliance,” he said. “These are dynamic times for the business and the industry in general, and we will continue to invest in the very latest technology, not only in the heavy lift capacities but across the entire fleet. “The arrival of the new Kobelco crawler cranes through the Baden Davis Crane Connection is testament to this ongoing strategy which hopefully ensures we have the right crane and lifting solution to meet our clients requirements.”

Understanding what future projects will look like has enabled Borger Crane Hire and Rigging to invest in the right technology to meet client’s requirements.

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CICA QUEENSLAND CHAIR REPORT

A YEAR IN REVIEW QUEENSLAND CHAIR REPORT:

This year CICA Queensland experienced a positive year in ongoing interaction with an active membership cohort. Our primary focus has been to concentrate on the key issues that directly affect member business operations. These include discussions that have focused on road access and compliance, safety, lifting equipment, industry training, insurance, contract law, worker health and well-being and CICA initiatives available to members.

HIGHLIGHTS:

Throughout the year meetings and social functions were held that provided members across the state the opportunity to attend and collaborate with their peers and the greater community. On average 30-50 members attended meetings that were held in Brisbane (North/South), the Gold Coast, Townsville and at the facilities of suppliers Terex, Tadano and TRT. The interesting and informative presentations included Bunzl Safety, Bullivants Lifting, Kallibr Training, NHVR, PNO Insurance, Level Playing Field Lawyers, Terex, Tadano and TRT. A strong and passionate committee of business leaders who kindly donated their time to be the voice of the Queensland Crane industry were elected at our AGM. These include: Chair: Peter Koschel Vice Chair: Mick Messer Committee: Danny Black, Tim Brouff, Isabella Burke, Charlie Camilleri, Steve Gonano, Jonn Grimmond, Mark Happer, Jason Perry, Scott Smith, Stefano Tiani and Launa Williams

UNDERSTANDING NEW PERMITTING INITIATIVES

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Pete Koschel, CICA’s Queensland Chair.

Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and the Queensland department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) attended a few meetings this year and presented on a range of topics including an overview of new permitting initiatives: The NHVR Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment project (SLGAAP) is an Australian Government-funded initiative to optimise heavy vehicle access on the local road network. The project assists local government road managers in undertaking heavy vehicle assessments of on-road assets, such as bridges and culverts. Working collaboratively with engineering consultants and local government road managers, the project supports councils to better understand their asset capability and inform heavyvehicle access decision-making. In addition, TMR is planning the implementation of a new permitting scheme that has been developed by the Tasmanian Government and is considered the gold standard for permitting and road access – the HVAMS Heavy Vehicle Access

Management System. HVAMS aims to streamline and regulate heavy vehicle movements, ensuring safety and promoting efficient transportation across the road network. The plan is to unite multiple road managers to improve road network access for the heavy vehicle industry with the aim of automating the assessment of road conditions and structures for heavy vehicle access decisions under HVNL.

AREAS OF FOCUS FOR CICA QUEENSLAND

A focal point for the committee this year has been: • T o highlight that CICA is more than just the green crane safe sticker and the initiatives, programs, and services available to members. • D uring COVID-19 the Crane Industry Code of Practice (COP) review was placed on hold. The COP review was reopened in December 2022 and as a result, the CICA Qld committee has reviewed the COP and highlighted areas of concern to the CICA National Office for further review. www.cranesandlifting.com.au


• P roactive delivery of compliance initiatives to assist members in aligning with legislation and regulations. CICA staff work closely with industry regulators to be our industry voice on a broad range of issues that influence the whole crane industry supply chain which ultimately assists and supports members with the communication of compliance initiatives and to support alignment with current government legislation and regulations. • E stablishment of sub-committees to provide more focus on aspects that are of primary concern to our industry: Training and issues related to training and HRW licencing; Improving relationships with statutory bodies such as TMR/ NHVR/Local Councils; Open communication with the WHS department to ensure our input/ development addresses issues; Grow membership group to ensure our industry is well informed. romotion of the CICA ASSIST • P program, the partnership with Holding Redlich that supports members. o ensure the Articulated Crane • T Training Course using the adaptative learning technique aligns with improvements to the HRW licence and individual crane road licencing, by supporting learning at all levels of experience; and For the industry training and licensing national committee, a focus on TLI Mobile Cranes Cert III and Cert IV and the requirements for onroad licencing. We are looking forward to the year ahead and working with the CICA community to support to ongoing development and improvement of our industry. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year. Pete Koschel Chair CICA Queensland Branch www.cranesandlifting.com.au

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CICA AND THE WORLD CRANE AND TRANSPORT SUMMIT

NAVIGATING NEW HORIZONS: A GLIMPSE INTO THE WORLD CRANE AND TRANSPORT SUMMIT

Singapore, the bustling metropolis known for its stunning skyline and vibrant economic landscape, recently played host to the prestigious World Crane and Transport Summit. THIS GLOBAL GATHERING OF INDUSTRY

professionals, visionaries and experts left attendees with a deeper understanding of the sector’s intricacies, helping the forge new connections and offering insights into the future of crane and transport.

Global Meeting of Minds

From October 4 and 5, the World Crane and Transport Summit brought together professionals from diverse backgrounds within the crane and transport industry. It was great to see so many international and local leaders in lifting and transport share projects and lifting methodology. Attendees hailed from all over the world, creating a dynamic and diverse environment of global collaboration and networking, reflecting the truly international nature of the industry.

The Summit followed the Singapore Crane Carnival and was part of Singapore Crane Week.

Impressive speakers and insights

The summit’s extensive program gave attendees a deeper insight into the sector’s latest developments, innovations and challenges. Australia was well represented with Andrew Taylor and Tom Clark’s presentation on multi-hook lifting of concrete elements a highlight of the event. Multi-hook lifting systems have emerged as a game-changing solution to the challenges that come with lifting pre-cast concrete elements. These systems employ multiple attachment points, distributed strategically across the concrete element, allowing for a more balanced and secure lift.

This innovation ensures even weight distribution, reducing the risk of structural damage and enhancing safety for both workers and the construction project. Tom and Andrew were also able to share the upcoming release of a Transport for NSW reference guide for riggers and doggers that can be used internationally. Sydney economist Dr Nicholas Fearnley of Oxford Economics told the crowd about the macro-economic factors shaping construction and the urban rate of growth, and Simon Marr discussed ways to boost efficiency by changing the way contractors engage with crane companies. Paul van Gelder, Mammoet Global CEO, was the keynote speaker and gave an interesting presentation on what is required to achieve the 2030 energy

CICA CEO Brandon Hitch presenting during the World Crane and Transport Summit.

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Australian representatives who presented at the Crane Safety Seminar. Topics included Transport for NSW’s Dogging and Rigging Guide, CrewSafe and using adaptive learning for the Lift Supervisor Course.

“The World Crane and Transport Summit was an immersion into the future of an industry that plays a vital role in modern infrastructure development.” transition. He shared the reality that if countries are focusing on offshore wind to generate electricity there needs to be 25,000 wind turbines added, generating 300GW, year over year to meet the 2030 goals. The supply chain for lifting and transport as well as raw materials necessary for component manufacturing cannot keep up with the volume of construction required over the next seven years. Beyond the year-over-year capacity growth, there needs to be a 17 per cent growth tate year-over-year in electricity, produced by wind to achieve the fossil fuel offset. www.cranesandlifting.com.au

On Friday, Australian representatives Pat Cran, Tom Clark, Andrew Taylor and Brandon Hitch presented at the Crane Safety Seminar. Key topics from Australia included: Transport for NSW Dogging and Rigging Guide (Andrew and Tom), CrewSafe (Pat), and using adaptive learning for the Lift Supervisor Course (Brandon).

A Sense of Collaboration

The numerous networking opportunities allowed attendees to establish connections that will undoubtedly

lead to meaningful partnerships and collaborations. Whether it was the exchange of details during coffee breaks or the enthusiastic discussions at the evening social events, the summit fostered an atmosphere of camaraderie and shared purpose.

The Future

The World Crane and Transport Summit was an immersion into the future of an industry that plays a vital role in modern infrastructure development. The insights gained, relationships formed and innovations discovered will undoubtedly leave those who attended better informed, and CICA members are encouraged to attend future events. Thank you to KHL for organising the event, and for inviting CICA to present at the summit. December 2023 CAL / 13


CICA MEMBER PROFILE MORGAN’S CRANES

The Liebherr LTM 1060-3.1 was recently involved in a dual shed roof lift.

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Wade Morgan has worked in the construction industry since he was 15 and has been running Morgan’s Cranes for over 20 years. Wade takes us back to the beginning. “I STARTED IN MY DAD’S CONSTRUCTION

business at the age of 15 and worked with him for years,” Wade said. “I watched him sign big contracts with large companies and struggle when he wasn’t paid on time. We were hiring cranes for various projects, and I wanted to borrow money to buy a crane for the business. Dad didn’t want to borrow or take the risk on the crane, so I did it on my own. “I spoke to many of the customers I’d worked for over the years, and they gave me endorsements saying they would give me work and the bank lent me enough to purchase a second hand Franna in 2004 and Morgan’s Cranes was registered the following year,” said Wade. After a year or two of running around Adelaide, and working through his network of contacts, Wade became involved in a number of large projects, including the construction of the Port River Bridge and Adelaide Desalination Plant. He was hiring cranes for much of this work and decided to borrow again to purchase a second hand 40-tonne rough terrain. He then went through a divorce 14 / CAL December 2023

which slowed down the progress of the business, as they tend to do. “I kept chipping away and bought my first brand new 55-tonne Liebherr in 2008-09, which was a big moment, and from there we just kept going purchasing a 95-tonner next, and then the 70-tonne crane. I then purchased a 90-tonne crane, which we call Nifty, after a good mate of mine Neville who sadly passed away.

“Then four years ago we bought a secondhand 200-tonne Liebherr which enabled us to take on some of the larger projects. Realistically, I’m just a small crane hire business with a dedicated, professional and experienced team around me. Our people are the reason we compete with the much larger organisations, every day,” said Wade. Morgan’s Cranes runs a range of allterrains in the fleet, but all are Liebherrs. The Morgan’s Cranes team celebrates the arrival of the Liebherr LTM 1060-3.1.

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“We’ve just taken delivery of the new Liebherr LTM 1060-3.1 which will work in well with our 70-tonne crane, the 90-tonner, 95-tonner and our 200-tonne Liebherr. We only have Liebherrs in the all-terrain fleet and we have several Frannas of varying capacities,” said Wade. With a maximum load capacity of 60 tonnes and a 48m telescopic boom, the Liebherr LTM 1060-3.1 is one of the most powerful and capable cranes in its class. Safety and comfort configurations ensure greater operability, and the hydro-pneumatic axle suspension and pneumatic disc brakes provide greater control and stability. Its five steering programs enable the operator to adapt to different environments with the touch of a button. Both the driver’s cab and crane cab are modern, spacious and dependable, and ergonomic features help prevent operator fatigue.

FEATURE-PACKED

Other key features of the Liebherr LTM 1060-3.1 include: • V arioBase, which is designed to make the crane’s support system variable. It enables each outrigger to be extended to a different length. This enhances safety – especially in constricted spaces. Depending on the configuration, the crane’s lifting capacities are significantly increased, particularly over the outriggers. • E COmode minimises both fuel consumption and noise levels when operating the crane superstructure. Crane operators can set the required working speed using the control lever, while the LICCON2 control system calculates the perfect engine speed for the diesel engine. COdrive makes the mobile crane • E significantly more comfortable and quieter by reducing the engine speed. Faster gear shifting delivers greater dynamic and traction off-road. On the road, the torque from the Liebherr diesel engine is used efficiently to minimise fuel consumption. Morgan’s Cranes provides customers with a quality service based on customer satisfaction and the team’s considerable experience, Wade said. “We are not one of the bigger cranes crane companies, so we need to have our own point of difference. We are a service driven www.cranesandlifting.com.au

Some of the Morgan’s Cranes team – Wade Morgan, Michaela Glaetzer and Ben Ortmann.

“In my opinion, CICA is getting stronger all the time. The CrewSafe and CraneSafe programs work well. We work in a high-risk industry and the wellbeing of our people and our customers is paramount. business providing tailored solutions for our customers. The Liebherr LTM 1200 enables us to offer our customers greater options for their projects, but the smaller three and four axled cranes are ideal for the taxi work that we do,” he said. Morgan’s Cranes runs a tight team of 12, including operators, riggers and dogmen. There’s also plenty of experience in the team which makes the difference, Wade added. “In my opinion our team is next level when it comes to working with our customers. Many of them have been with me for a long time and they know what is required day in and day out. Michaela Glaetzer, our Finance Manager, has been with me for 10 years and her husband a little longer,” he said. “Paul Glaetzer is basically my number one man and does everything he can for the business. Ben Ortmann joined as my manager a couple of years ago. People can be the hardest part of doing business, but they are also the most important part.

“Machines are machines and the Liebherr product is outstanding in terms of quality and reliability, but when there is an issue, it can be fixed. With people it’s not so straightforward. But we have a great team, they are very loyal to me and happy in their work. They are always striving to be better in everything they do, and I repay that enthusiasm and loyalty by backing them 100 per cent,” said Wade. According to Wade, being a member of The Crane Industry Council of Australia (CICA) is pivotal to Morgan’s Cranes. “In my opinion, CICA is getting stronger all the time. The CrewSafe and CraneSafe programs work well. We work in a high-risk industry and the wellbeing of our people and our customers is paramount,” he said. “I think we all agree there is still some way to go, it is human nature to sometimes cut corners to finish a job, but in this industry close enough isn’t good enough, that’s when accidents will happen,” he said. December 2023 CAL / 15


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Preston Hire leads the way in crane hire with a continued commitment to the leading industry body, the Crane Industry Council of Australia (CICA).

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responsibility of crane owners to make both worksites and equipment as safe as possible. “At Preston Hire, safety isn’t just a priority, it’s a core value of our business,” said Mike Thomas, General Manager. “We pride ourselves on presenting the highest quality products and services. Our longstanding involvement with the Crane Industry Council of Australia (CICA) helps us fulfill our commitment of maintaining the highest safety standards for our fleet.” www.cranesandlifting.com.au

Preston Hire’s early interactions with CICA goes back to the introduction of CraneSafe, followed by the CrewSafe initiatives. Both programs are perfectly aligned with Preston Hire’s own focus of ensuring their cranes, and the jobsites they are working on, follow rigorous safety guidelines. Now, a decade on, Preston Hire is helping lead the charge when it comes to implementing exacting safety standards for cranes and decks, with experienced staff members being a part of CICA steering committees. “At Preston Hire we appreciate the

important role CICA plays and are prepared to invest our time in this national peak industry body,” said Stephan Becherand, Head of Cranes. “In my position as Vice President of the CICA Technical Steering Committee for NSW, my focus is always to positively contribute to advancements in our industry. As one of the biggest crane companies in Australia, and the largest provider of mini crawler cranes, we recognise the importance of industry representation in working towards not only greater safety standards, but changes that December 2023 CAL / 17


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According to Preston Hire, the ability to help drive positive change in the industry is just one of the many benefits of CICA membership.

“We embrace the challenge of finding cranes that have small footprints but large lifting capacities and power.” will make crane owners and operator’s lives easier,” said Stephan. Preston Hire is participating in a steering committee that will decide on industry safety standards for loading platforms. “We take great pride in the position we have cemented in the industry with our SuperDeck retractable loading platform system and are confident that our Head of Decks, Anthony Walsh, will help drive positive change when it comes to safety standards for loading platforms,” said Mike. According to Preston Hire, the ability to assist in driving positive change in the industry is just one of the many benefits of CICA membership. Forming good relationships with like-minded individuals, OEMs, distributors and different agents is another advantage. Preston Hire recognises the important role CICA plays in liaising with federal and local government and regulatory bodies, to advocate on behalf of crane owners as this positively impacts day-to-day operations through improvements made to crane usage and efficiency as well as road access. When asked what the future looks like, Preston Hire said its focus will remain on finding solutions to meet customer needs. In response to the enduring call for more environmentally sustainable cranes, Preston Hire will continue to invest in emerging eco-friendly technologies, such as hybrid cranes, that will help make the vision of a more sustainable future possible. “We embrace the challenge of finding cranes that have small footprints,” said Stephan, “but large lifting capacities and power.”

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Tutt Bryant Heavy Lift & Shift (TBHLS) via the Cranecorp Tutt Bryant JV (CCTB JV) recently deployed a Sany SCC8000A, an 800-tonne capacity crawler for a complex series of lifts on the Bunbury Outer Ring Road (BORR) Project. Carl Rigby, TBHLS’s Heavy Lifting and Project Manager for the BORR project, offers his insights into the technicalities of the lifts. 20 / CAL December 2023

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The first lifts with the Sany SCC8000A, were seven longer span beams each weighing 220 tonnes with all the rigging. The crane was lifting at a 43.5m radius and with the crane operating with the superlift it was lifting at 95 per cent of its charts.

for the project, according to Carl. “The first lifts with the Sany SCC8000A, were for a bridge which was constructed in two sections. There were seven longer span beams lifted between Pier One and Pier Two and each weighing in at 220 tonnes with all the rigging,” he said. “We were lifting at a 43.5m radius and with the crane operating with the superlift we were lifting at 95 per cent of its charts. www.cranesandlifting.com.au

“These lifts were followed by another seven beams each weighing 115 tonnes with hook block and rigging and we were lifting these at a radius of 75.5m again at approximately 94 per cent of the crane’s charts,” said Carl. Featuring a Cummins QSX15 engine and a maximum lifting moment of 12016 tonne-metres, Sany’s 800-tonne crawler crane’s safety measurements are also of note, featuring a completely automated

load moment indicator, boom angle limit and closed-circuit monitoring system. One of the standout features of the SCC8000A is its flexibility relating to its boom. Displaying 99m of main boom on the standard crane, 111m of main boom with super lift attached, 123m of mixed (heavy and light) main boom in standard crane and 147m of mixed main boom and full super lift, the crane comes with 168m of power boom which includes 3.5m sections which are fitted. Featuring a superpower boom made up of two booms side by side for a certain portion of the main boom, TBHLS purchased the crane with a short fixed – wind jib which can be used to install wind turbines weighing over 100 tonnes at a hook height of 175m. It has a full luffing fly of 96m as well which can lift up to 68 tonnes at 194m hook height. According to Carl, TBHLS had limited space to conduct the lifts. “Because we had limited space, we only had access to one side of the crane. The bridge beams were brought in by the side of our crane and we had to lift them without the Super lift. With these lifts the crane was operating at 95 per cent of its charts so it was getting up there,” he said. Carl explained that due to the lack of space, significant logistical planning was required to ensure the right parts for the crane arrived in the correct order for the crane to be built. “Close to 60 trailers of equipment were required for the crane but because we were stacked on top of one of the bridges’ abutments, it meant there was no room for error in terms of the sequence of how the equipment was delivered. “A ramp up to the abutment had been constructed and we had no room on top of the abutment to dual handle or double stack or double handle any of the equipment. Our logistics team had to carefully plan the sequence in which the equipment was delivered otherwise we would have made life very difficult for ourselves,” said Carl. “We had to build the crane from the abutment, so we had an assembly pad built with ground bearing mats December 2023 CAL / 21


IN FOCUS / SANY AND TUTT BRYANT HEAVY LIFT & SHIFT The Sany SCC8000A lifted another seven beams each weighing 115 tonnes with hook block and rigging, and with a lifting radius of 75.5m it was lifting at approximately 94 per cent of the crane’s charts.

for us because we were pushing quite high pressure. “We then walked the crane off pad, collected the beams and ground bearing mats, moved them into the final position and then walk onto them again, so we were in our final lift position. “One of the biggest stumbling blocks for the project was the level of ground bearing pressure we were producing on the pressure points when we were lifting without the superlift, and with the final longer lifts. “The South West Gateway Alliance had to engineer a way around this problem and they settled on back-filling the abutment.Because we were pushing approximately 840kPa through the tracks before the steel mats, they were concerned about the fill pushing from the bottom of the abutment, but it all worked out in the end. “Another challenging part of the project was the co-ordination required with works over the rail corridor and the available lifting windows, which were generally limited to two or three per day. Carl talks about the execution of the lifts and how the crane performed. “The crane was literally brand 22 / CAL December 2023

“Considering it was its first journey out, the crane was amazing. It had 380 tonnes of superlift, out at 22m superlift radius with 90m of main boom and we were up at 95 per cent of the chart and she didn’t miss a beat. Everything was very, very smooth with the Sany.” spanking new, out of the box. It had only landed a month beforehand. We conducted the usual pre-checks and had it ‘Crane Safed’ in the best configuration, so it was ready to go. “We rolled it to site, and we were literally unpacking parts of it on site. Full credit to the Sany factory. Everything was there and the crane was ready to go,” said Carl. “Considering it was its first journey out, the crane was amazing. It had 380 tonnes of superlift, out at 22m superlift radius with 90m of main boom and we were up at 95 per cent of the chart and the crane did not miss a beat. Everything was very, very smooth with the Sany.” TBHLS worked closely with equipment hire company Rigging Rentals for all the rigging requirements, said Carl. “Felix Jr Marquez is our Engineering

Team Lead and he and our Engineering Team worked on detailed lift plans which took into consideration all the variables involved on the site. “Felix and his team worked with Rigging Rentals for all of rigging requirements and they were able to supply everything we required which was convenient for us. “We also worked with Global Hire who provided the Load Share Beams which helped address the ground pressure issues. The beams were 6m long bridging beam design utilized as GBP MATS. “It has been a very involved project with a number of variables, but as a result of all the detailed planning from TBHLS and the South West Gateway Alliance, it all ran very smoothly and the Sany SCC8000A performed perfectly,” said Carl. www.cranesandlifting.com.au



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Following two years of outstanding performance from the TIDD PC28, Vamp Cranes recently ordered a TIDD PC28-2. Vamp Cranes’ General Manager, Ross Giammona explains more.

The TIDD PC28-2 offers an enhanced pick and carry crane experience, thanks to recent upgrades driven by manufacturer TRT’s commitment to innovation and consistently surpassing customer expectations.

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early 2021 and it’s been a great asset for the business, we have recognised that the TIDD never takes a day off. “She’s clocked up over 2,000 hours in the two years we’ve had her, we’ve obviously kept up to date with the servicing and she’s remained excellent mechanically, there’s been nothing too major to worry about,” said Ross. “We’ve since had the PC28-2 upgrade which has enhanced the crane and we are extremely happy with that. The TIDD is a workhorse that is for sure,” he said. Leading from the front, manufacturer TRT continues to enhance the overall performance of the TIDD Crane, as well as the experience of its operator – driven by the company’s focus on continuous

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improvement, by continually listening to the industry and operator feedback. Among the many improvements made in the TIDD PC28-2 upgrade are its new, powerful front suspension cylinders which offer an average of 17 per cent greater lift capacity when articulated or working on a side slope – and up to 40 per cent better in lifting performance in some cases. New steps have been added to improve lift control, with an additional three steps on the TIDD PC28-2 load chart meaning its rate has improved significantly for the operator when the crane articulates. The Robway TIDD Crane operating software has been upgraded with improved functionality to enable faster processing and greater control responsiveness for the TIDD PC28-2 operator.

Ross is impressed with the TIDD’s lifting capabilities. “We have had the TIDD lifting pretty much everything and anything, from a heap of precast panels, factory removals, machinery, civil works – she just does everything. Anything that can be picked up and carried is the easiest way to describe it,” said Ross. “Our operators enjoy operating the TIDD. There was a little resistance from our more senior operators earlier because it was a new pick and carry crane to them, but they have gotten used to it now and I have not heard any complaints about it. There were some concerns about the TIDD’s safety features and how they might impact how the operator would work, but we have moved through these, and they are incredibly happy December 2023 CAL / 25


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with the TIDD. They also love the roadability of the TIDD,” said Ross. The width of the TIDD has proved to be a bonus for several projects, Ross adds. “The TIDD PC28 is significantly narrower than its closest competitor and we have been involved in several projects where we have had to get inside buildings or access narrow alleyways where the competitor pick and carry simply couldn’t go,” he said. “Obviously the TIDD PC28 has proven its worth because I’ve decided to stick with the brand and buy a second TIDD PC28-2.” TRT Australia general manager Neil Webb says the recent upgrades have given the TIDD PC28-2. “TRT has maintained the focus on delivering technological advancements that cater to the needs of TIDD crane owners and operators,” says Neil Webb, General Manager TRT Australia,” he said. “With operator and dogman comfort central to the design of the TIDD crane, the PC28-2 also features a re-engineered ROPS Style cabin. This has been tested with a measured reduction in cabin noise levels by 8dBa at 80km/h when on the road.” As well as these considerable upgrades, TRT has been focused on ensuring that TIDD customers and operators are fully supported for the life of the crane, from onboarding information for operators to parts and service support in Australia, New Zealand and globally. An additional three steps on the TIDD PC28-2 load chart deliver significant improvement when the crane is articulating, with better lift control.

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Advanced Cranes deployed its new 700-tonne Liebherr LTM1650-8.1 alongside its 450-tonne Liebherr LTM1450-8.1 mobile crane for 16 dual lifts on the new Surf Coast Highway rail bridge.

ADVANCING VICTORIAN INFRASTRUCTURE As part of the Victoria’s Regional Rail Revival, Advanced Cranes was subcontracted to perform 16 lifts on bridge beams weighing over 100 tonnes. Project Manager Steve Malkiewicz and Lift Engineer Jaber Hassani provide technical insights to the 16 dual lifts that took place over one weekend.

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for professional, competent, efficient contractors; and, with over one billion dollars invested, more than 1300 new jobs, and potential relief for over 29,000 commuters per day, the Surf Coast Highway level crossing removal represents a high-stake job. With the level crossing in place, the boom gates would be down for 22 per cent of the morning peak and 15 per cent of the evening. Also facilitating the accessibility for more modern trains, the new Surf Coast Highway rail bridge represents an integral infrastructure development within Victoria’s Regional Rail Revival. A key part of the job, however, was the lifting and placement of 16 plus-100-tonne L-shaped bridge beams; and, with a recent proficiency demonstrated by its work on a major level crossing removal project, Advanced Cranes was called on to supply the craneage and on ground staff to complete the lifting operations.

Founded in 2009, Advanced Cranes is based in three depots located in Ballarat, Derrimut and Bell Park. The family-owned crane hire company provides access to a large range of high-quality machinery for a wide range of clients conducting across the Southeast of Australia. For Project Manager of the Waurn Ponds operation, Steve Malkiewicz, the professional performance of the Advanced Cranes team within tight time constraints, close collaboration required with other teams working in the same space, and efficient nature of the lifts represented the high standards the team consistently exhibits. “Because of the four-night timeframe and the Highway’s general traffic requirements, there were a range of other contractors occupying the same space as us,” he said. “Working in collaboration with the surrounding teams that totalled over 40 people was essential to ensure we all completed our jobs in an appropriate time frame.” The 16 bridge beams lifted by Advanced Cranes, when assembled, form part of a new 1700-tonne rail bridge. Individually, there were four beams weighing 101 tonnes comprising of a length of 24.5m, and twelve beams that weighed 112 tonnes measuring in www.cranesandlifting.com.au


at 27m long. The client required Advanced Cranes to lift all the bridge beams across four nights over a weekend, starting on the Friday night. To facilitate this, the beams were transported by an external company to the job site each day from their manufacturing facility in Laverton. Aiding the operation was a team of seven skilled Advanced Cranes team members who were constantly on site: two operators, four riggers, and one supervisor. Despite the time pressure, the Advanced Cranes team was able to finish well within schedule and, according to Lift Engineer Jaber Hassani, could have been finished ahead of time if the logistical process allowed it. “Four bridge beams were delivered per night for us to lift, and we needed to wait until the next night to get moving on the next part of the project” he said. “We completed all our lifting within a two-hour window, between 11pm-1am.” With cranes ranging in capacity from its 800-tonne slewing Liebherr through to its 3-tonne Maeda crawler crane and everything in between, one might be forgiven for wondering about the reasons driving the decision to perform a dual lift. For Jaber, however, the answer can be drawn back to the ultimate principle in the lifting industry: safety. Logistically, the process of transporting the counterweight was as efficient as it could be for Steve and the team, using 16 trucks to transport the necessary equipment during the day on Friday to avoid any crossover with the other teams working in the area.

Four of the beams weighed in at 101 tonnes, while the other 12 weighed in at 112 tonnes.

Also deploying one of the company’s Franna pick-and-carry cranes to help set up the two Liebherr cranes, the preparation of the two Liebherr cranes was an altogether smooth process for Steve and the team. “The main challenge of the work was working around the other teams,” he said. “We needed to be mindful of the scaffolding around us when we were lifting, but the VarioBallast feature on our Liebherr cranes allowed us to navigate those problems relatively easily.” As previously mentioned, when conducting the lifts, Advanced Cranes configured its two machines in such a way to change its minimum radius mid-operation. After lifting the beams past the surrounding scaffolding, the operator was able to adjust the position of the counterweight, allowing the crane to operate at an extended maximum radius and place the bridge beams Advanced Cranes configured the 450-tonne crane with full counterweight, while the 700-tonne crane was configured with 135 tonnes of counterweight.

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perfectly. According to Advanced Cranes’ Lift Engineer Jaber Hassani, the VarioBallast feature came in clutch for the team on site. “With the VarioBallast feature, we’re able to adjust the counterweight from inside the cabin with the load still on the hook,” he said. “Ultimately, this helped us save our client a lot of time when it came to performing these lifts, because we could navigate the obstacles around us.” To enable the safe lifting of the bridge beams, the operating team concocted an in-house lift plan that had the 450-tonne Liebherr crane operating at a maximum radius of 19m and the 700-tonne crane operating at 22m thanks to its larger lifting capacities. Thanks to the VarioBallast system featured in the Liebherr series, Jaber and the team were able to plan for an adjusting minimum radius that provided the crane with extra capacity and flexibility when needed. After completing the work in the allotted time with no hitches and an entirely safe procedure, the team at Advanced Cranes came in for some high praise from the client who engaged its services, with the Victorian contractor praising the team’s efficiency and professionalism on site. For Steve, however, the dual lifts completed for the Surf Coast Highway rail project is representative of the high standard of the operations conducted by Advanced Cranes. “We’ve got an experienced team behind us,” he said, “and we pride ourselves on facilitating these bigger lifts for the important infrastructure projects that are designed to improve Regional Victoria.” December 2023 CAL / 29


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POTAIN BUILDING SOUTH KOREA’S TECHNOLOGICAL FUTURE More than 50 Potain tower cranes are working on a mega construction project for Samsung as it commits to five new chip plants in South Korea.

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announced plans to invest approximately AUD$365 billion to build five new hubs in South Korea — a big move in line with the government’s ambitious aim to set up a mega semiconductor hub in Yongin, on the outskirts of Seoul. The investments for the project will continue through to 2042. The country’s move indicates that it is shoring up the domestic semiconductor production line to secure the supply chain as other countries, including the US, Taiwan, Japan and China, are scrambling to ramp up their domestic chip manufacturing to offset risks to global supply chain disruption. To enhance the speed of the construction process, over Potain tower cranes were erected for the construction of the first of the plants. These included Potain MR600, MR605, MR615, and MR608 series cranes. “It is expected that we would invest about 300 trillion KRW (AUD$365 billion) in the chip-making cluster through to 2042,” a spokesperson at Samsung said. South Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) unveiled its new project in a bid to invest AUD$670 billion by 2026 to promote six core technologies: semiconductors, electric vehicle batteries, autonomous vehicles, robots, displays and biotechnology. The government said it would earmark AUD$412 billion specifically for the chip space to develop system semiconductors by 2026, considering “semiconductors as strategic economic support and national security assets.” The mega semiconductor hub will also have a whole value chain of chip-making processes – from memory, foundry and design houses to material suppliers – and attract 150 domestic and global fabless companies and advanced chip materials and equipment makers, per the announcement by the country’s trade ministry. www.cranesandlifting.com.au

The South Korean government wants to foster high-tech industries by working with corporations and intends to offer expanded tax breaks for companies in the advanced tech space, the statement says. South Korea is not the only country to be making big moves to build out its own manufacturing operations. Japan has been partnering with global semiconductor and chip equipment makers to revive its own semiconductor industry. The world’s largest contract chip producer, Taiwan Semiconductor Company (TSMC), also has been expanding its manufacturing footprint both domestically and overseas in the U.S. and Japan. Samsung already operates a foundry chip facility in Austin, Texas, and it has recently announced additional investment plans for the AUD$27 billion earmarked to build a manufacturing facility in Taylor, Texas. In addition, it is considering investing AUD$317 billion to set up a further 11 chip plants in Texas.

Over 50 Potain machines, including the MR600, MR605, MR615, MR608 series cranes, are working on the monster project.

Samsung Electronics recently announced plans to invest approximately AUD$365 billion to build five new manufacturing hubs in South Korea.

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Incidents involving articulated pick and carry cranes are the highest frequency claims in UAA’s portfolio.

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With a significant increase in crane incidents, insurance premiums are on the rise. George Grasso, Underwriting Agencies of Australia (UAA) Group Chief Claims and Service Officer explained how the crane industry can help by committing to upskilling its work force. “WE’VE SEEN A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN

crane incidents this calendar year compared to last year. In terms of numbers, we’ve had an increase of 21 per cent of crane incidents. When you take into account UAA was managing a significant number of flood damage claims this time last year, this is not a good development. In terms of dollar value, claims have increased by 30 per cent, and it’s a developing situation. “An element of the 30 per cent increase is due to inflation, but the 21 per cent increase in incidents has made a significant contribution to increased costs, one way or another,” George said. “All claims vary of course, but an alarming example is the number of crane roll overs. We’ve had an increase of 48 per cent of crane rollover claims – all operator 32 / CAL December 2023

error – compared to 24 per cent of losses last year, so the trend is not good,” he said. George discusses UAA’s position on this development and how the industry can help itself and the insurer. “We understand the industry is facing many challenges. There is a significant skills shortage, there is lack of experience in some areas and the industry is increasingly busy. There is also a reduced ability within the industry to provide the competency-based training which is obviously required. All these factors may have caused a potential drop in a ‘safety first culture’,” he said. “It’s one thing highlighting to UAA and other insurance companies premiums are increasing, but there are reasons for this. As a business, we have to increase our rates to accommodate losses being incurred

by the industry, otherwise the business becomes inviable and unsustainable,” he continued. “In addition, our securities, the companies that back us, examine our portfolio and see that cranes are having an impact and questions are being asked. Is this the new norm? Is it an anomaly? What are we going to do to recover these costs? Are we going to continue to support the crane industry? “Our view is UAA will continue to support the crane industry, as it is our heritage, it’s where we first started, and we’ll continue to support it,” said George. “But we can only continue if the industry helps us by recognising that these incidents are occurring, at an increasing high frequency and at high costs.” www.cranesandlifting.com.au


“The industry needs to work together and find ways to reduce this exposure. We had a discussion with Brandon Hitch, CEO of CICA, and he mentioned CICA’s Articulated Mobile Crane Driver Education Course will receive key funding through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government. Brandon said the HVSI funding would enable CICA to deliver the Articulated Mobile Crane Driver Education Course and improve heavy vehicle safety for drivers. “UAA is very excited about this opportunity, and we are hopeful the industry welcomes it with open arms. I don’t believe there’s a fee for customers to get their operators trained on the basics of competencies for articulated cranes. “UAA and CICA are going to work together to ensure crane companies take advantage of this course and upskill their pick and carry operators wherever possible,” said George.

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With crane companies putting their operators through this type of training and receiving certificates of competency, UAA might also look more favourably at premiums. “Reducing premiums will occur when we start seeing a reduction in incidents. It is not an issue that can be fixed overnight, we need to see a trend over a two to three year period. UAA is able to reduce its premium rates when cranes are being operated safely, and there’s no need to increase rates unnecessarily,” said George. “We have margin targets in place as a budget, but we’re not greedy and we don’t increase premiums just for the heck of it. There are reasons why we increase our premiums and in the current environment, it’s due to the increase in incidents and increasing repair costs.” These costs are beyond the control of the industry and also UAA, said George. “It’s just a global issue, particularly when it comes to supply and demand, currently there’s high demand and low supply, commodities have gone up in price, there is a delay in the supply of parts and an increase in claim and repair cycle times. www.cranesandlifting.com.au

“These things are out of our control, but the issues within our control are safety, avoiding the high levels of incidents, embracing appropriate competency training and supporting initiatives such CICA’s Articulated Mobile Crane Driver Education Course.” “Incidents involving articulated pick and carry cranes are UAA’s highest frequency claims in our portfolio. It is problematic,” he said. “The incidents can be catastrophic and life-threatening to the operators as well as other third parties working around them. “At the end of the day, the key message that we want to make is that we’ll continue to work alongside the industry to help reduce risk and incidents and we’ll find the incentives for doing so,” he said. It is important for UAA to continue working closely with CICA and the industry in general, said George. “We believe the industry has to manage the issue of how to best operate articulated cranes in a self-regulated environment.

The last thing we want is an unworkable process being mandated where articulated cranes are transported to sites on low loaders for operation. “We have the opportunity to continue to operate them on the road, we need to work together to ensure continued self-regulation and create an environment that allows businesses and operators to operate these cranes in a safe manner,” said George. “We’ve seen over many years crane companies view their articulated crane as the lowest value asset in their fleet. When a new starter joins the business, the culture has been to put them in the least valued asset despite them being the most challenging crane to operate. “UAA hopes training and upskilling programs like CICA’s Articulated Mobile Crane Driver Education Course will encourage crane businesses to train a generation of dedicated drivers for articulated cranes which will go a long way to addressing the number of incidents we are currently seeing,” said George. December 2023 CAL / 33


IN FOCUS / TADANO AND CITC

TRAINING WITH TADANO

The Construction Industry Training Centre Incorporated (CITC) recently took delivery of a Tadano GT-300EL truck crane. The purchase is designed to provide CITC staff and students access to the latest crane technology and to save on crane hire costs. The CITC is also able to employ a full-time crane operator for the crane. Simon Last, the CITC’s CEO, explains more. THE CITC WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1994 AS

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a Not-for-Profit Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to fill an educational void that then existed by providing upskilling and licencing to both traditional and nontrades employees and those wishing to be engaged in the industry, Simon said. “Our vision is to contribute to the positive cultural change in society through appropriate training of workers. Our intent is to maintain high quality training programs which are cost effective and tailored to meet the specific needs of our clients as well as regulatory requirements”. “This is particularly the case with our Licence to Operate a Slewing Mobile Crane (up to 60 tonnes) TLILIC0023, C6 course. The course content has been designed to meet the requirements of the Unit of Competency for Mobile Cranes up to 60 tonnes. This is a requirement to be completed before an assessment can be conducted for the HighRisk Work Licence – which, in this case, is the C6 class,” said Simon. “We are training people who have www.cranesandlifting.com.au


The first class of students that was able to train with the new Tadano.

been involved in the industry and worked alongside the crane such as Dogmen and Riggers who wish to upgrade and upskill their abilities and we are also attracting people who wish to gain employment within the industry”. “The course allows an individual to operate a mobile slewing crane up to 60-tonne capacity without direct supervision. This is then followed up within the individual’s workplace with plantspecific training as required by the legislation to ensure competence,” said Simon. Buying the Tadano GT-300EL Truck Crane was an important move for the CITC, Simon said. “We purchased the Tadano to enable our staff and students to have access to the latest crane technology. The purchase also saves on hire costs, and we are able to employ a full-time crane driver at the CITC. Prior to purchasing the Tadano we would hire a crane and driver to undertake the training. “Tadano is a well-known and respected brand within the crane industry. Fortunately for the CITC, we had the opportunity to work with the same model crane that we had hired previously for training purposes. Tadano is one of the best and most reliable brands on the market and we wanted the best for our staff and students,” said Simon. The Tadano GT-300EL Truck Crane is www.cranesandlifting.com.au

built for mobility – created for worksites and jobs requiring long-distance travel, with simple operator functions for easy use. The GT-300EL features both Eco Mode and Positive Control systems, a high tensile four-stage boom and a two-stage underslung jib that makes installation in narrow spaces possible. From the very beginning, Simon said that CITC’s experience with Tadano was a positive one. “The service from the Tadano team, from start to finish was first class. Steve Lazenby and his team were great to deal with and we cannot speak more highly of them. Being a Not-for-Profit industry training organisation, it is important that we minimise the costs on plant and equipment and Steve worked hard to get us the best deal possible.” “It is a significant investment for the CITC, but it’s an investment which will benefit all involved including our staff and our students. Now, we are able to manage the usage of the crane at the CITC and the fact that the Tadano brand holds their resale value extremely well, we will be well positioned for potential upgrades in the future,” said Simon. Simon explained more about the C6 course. “The C6 certification course is nationally recognised and, on successful completion, a student obtains a Statement of Attainment and then is assessed separately for a High

Risk Work Licence from SafeWork SA, which is a part of the course itself. The course runs for 40 hours/5 days,” he said. The CITC currently has five trainers who are SafeWork SA Accredited Assessors for this class. “All of our trainers are very experienced having spent many years working predominately within the construction industry with all existing registered assessors holding a higher crane licence such as C1 (up to 100-tonne) or C0 (open crane). “They are regularly exposed to current industry changes and regulatory requirements which have them at the forefront of training and work practices for our industry,” said Simon. Subjects in the course include: • Plan for the work/task • Prepare for the work/task • Perform the work/task • Pack up and secure “Most of our participants are from the Adelaide metropolitan area and regional South Australia. “ A number of larger companies use our services exclusively and we also have a number of students from interstate and occasionally we have international students attend the course due to the reputation of our trainers and the content of the course we deliver,” said Simon. December 2023 CAL / 35


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IN FOCUS / LEEA

ANNOUNCING LIFTEX2024

LEEA’s ANZ Regional Manager Justin Boehm discusses the history of LiftEx and reveals the location for the 2024 event in 2024. LIFTEX IS THE GLOBAL EVENT SERIES

for the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA). It was established in 2006, as a trade show - drawing attention to the growing significance of our industry. LiftEx was also my first introduction to the industry, when I travelled to the UK to meet the team in 2018 following my joining of LEEA. Coming from a non-lifting background, the event showed me the vast scope and importance of our specialised field. It really was a great introduction to the industry. The following year, in 2019, I revisited LiftEx with a mission from our members to establish LiftEx in our region. Fortunately, with support from the Head Office, plans for a biannual event series starting in 2020 were granted - until the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic halted our progress. Fast forward three years, and with unwavering support from our members and the wider industry, LiftEx Regional - Sydney happened in May this year. This event provided a valuable platform to share information and reignite connections that had waned during the tumultuous COVID-19 years. Buoyed by the success of LiftEx Sydney 2023, we are now gearing up for a grander event in 2024. I am thrilled to announce that we are taking LiftEx to the Gold Coast, with a vision for a larger showcase event. Unlike the 2023 event, we’re hosting a full exhibition, open to both end users, stakeholders and industry participants. It will be an event to show the latest technological advancements and services available in our industry. To ensure maximum exposure for our event in September 2024, the LEEA Australia and NZ Regional Council set up a stand at the recent LiftEx UK - Liverpool. The primary goal was to attract an international presence for our www.cranesandlifting.com.au

Justin Boehm stands with Deputy LEEA CEO Andrew Wright, CANZ President Sarah Toase and LEEA CEO Ross Moloney.

“Buoyed by the success of LiftEx Sydney 2023, we are now gearing up for a grander event in 2024. I am thrilled to announce that we are taking LiftEx to the Gold Coast, with a vision for a larger showcase event.” Gold Coast event and to foster better connections of Australian firms into the global market. Our efforts were rewarded with strong commitments from key industry players, setting us firmly on the path for a successful event. As a business development opportunity for our members, we distributed materials to interested visiting organisations, aiming to develop our members’ connections into the global industry. Our region is increasingly becoming a preferred destination for international firms, thanks to its safe and reliable market. Discussions

revolved not only around distributorships and partnerships but also highlighted the appealing lifestyle our region offers. We emphasised attractive job prospects in the region, accompanied by a vivid representation of our major cities’ sunny, sandy and vibrant lifestyle, creating a sharp contrast against the chilly, overcast Liverpool weather. This we hope will go some way to alleviating the employment issues we are facing. Stay tuned for more updates on LiftEx Regional - Gold Coast 2024. Exciting times lie ahead! December 2023 CAL / 39


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IN FOCUS / RUD CHAINS

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Established in 2008 by now co-Directors Ben Rose and Mitch Atkinson, Hulk Lifting seeks to supply high quality engineered lifting solutions to whomever engages its services. Collaborating with German manufacturer and global supplier RUD Chains, Ben goes in depth about the quality of RUD’s products and their impact on the lifting and rigging equipment industry.

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IN 2006, BEN ROSE WORKED ALONGSIDE

his two colleagues Mitch Atkinson and Dan Bell in the gear locker for P&O Ports. The trio, doing their time in the stevedoring industry maintaining and inspecting lifting equipment, worked hard to keep all the products that came across their path up to a high standard, while constantly seeking new ways to further develop the equipment on the Queensland port for cargo handling. “Of course, it was at P&O Ports that we brainstormed and developed a selfequalising flat chain,” said Ben. “That was the inception of Hulk Lifting.” Officially beginning in 2008 and now run by Ben and Mitch in the Brisbane suburb of Newmarket, the duo has expanded Hulk Lifting to distribute its lifting solutions across Australia. Designed predominantly for cargo handling in the stevedoring industry, Hulk Lifting’s products are capable of standing up in any environment according to Ben. “We pride ourselves on creating innovative, engineered lifting solutions,” he said, “that are dependable, durable, and quality.”

To supply the market with high quality, bespoke lifting solutions, Ben is well aware that the foundation products need to come from high quality manufacturing. As luck, fortune, serendipity, or – most likely – the importance of maintaining good relationships in the industry would have it, the team at Hulk Lifting already held a relationship with one such manufacturer: RUD Chains. Globally renowned for its technical expertise in manufacturing and recently receiving a high appraisal from SureLift Crane Hire owner Mark ‘Chopper’ Read in the October issue of Cranes and Lifting as the “only products” he’ll use for lifting and lashing solutions, the German-based manufacturer’s product range features more than 700 lifting slings and lashing points. For Ben, the introduction to RUD’s products came in 2004, through Product Manager Stuart Nolan. Ever since then, like SureLift, Hulk Lifting has consistently turned to RUD for any lifting and lashing solutions it needs, according to Ben. “Knowing that we’re using RUD’s products provides us with a sense of comfort and reassurance,” he said. December 2023 CAL / 41


IN FOCUS / RUD CHAINS

Hulk Lifting’s flat-chain slings are comprised of RUD’s ICE chains, testament to the high regard Ben and the team view the manufacturer in.

“RUD gives a top-end service that is supplied by top-end people providing a top-end product to the Australian market.”

“RUD really are ‘best-in-show’ for us: through the design, manufacturing and final build stages; everything we receive is simply top notch.” Supplying its products across the country and, in some instances, globally, Ben is well aware of the importance of providing equipment that is structurally and physically sound, not least because of the safety element involved in the lifting, stevedoring and bulk-handling industries. 42 / CAL December 2023

At the forefront of its products is the “globally renowned” flat chain sling that inspired the inception of Hulk Lifting; at the core of its flagship product is RUD’s Grade 120 chain. RUD’s ICE Grade 120 chain carries 30 per cent less weight than the next nominal grade chain and a 60 per cent higher breaking force than a grade 80 chain, which offers a significant safety advantage to anyone using its products. Designed and manufactured back at the company’s home base in Germany, the chain slings are then assembled and proof load-tested at its Australian facility in Brisbane, where the products go through a rigorous testing process to ensure the chains meet Australian Quality, Environmental and OH&S standards. On top of this, the global manufacturer also holds LEEA and NATA accreditation, ensuring it is part of the movement in the lifting and rigging industry that focuses on supplying the market with internationally accredited, quality products.

For Ben, this gives the team at Hulk Lifting better peace of mind. “We sleep easier at night with RUD’s engineering because, in our experience, it really is the safest,” he said. “We’ve worked with other products, and we’ve seen RUD’s chains consistently exceed others in their performance.” Supplying the Australian lifting and rigging market with high-quality, durable, sustainable products comes at a price when compared to its single, two-time, maybe three-time use counterparts. The price, however, is one well worth paying, according to Ben, with the environmental, financial and operational benefits all paying large dividends to those who decide to invest. “People who’ve worked with highquality lifting and rigging equipment know the value of manufacturing such as RUD’s,” he said. “Safety needs to be paramount in the lifting and rigging industry, which RUD’s chains provide to anyone using them.” It’s not, however, just the ICE Grade 120 chains that put Ben and Mitch’s minds at ease. As manufacturers, RUD also designs and creates a host of lifting beams, spreader beams and lifting and lashing points, with over 700 tested boltable and weldable lifting point variants featuring load ranges all the way up to 250-tonnes. Working with RUD to provide customised lifting solutions, Ben points to the first production lug in the world which was the 31.5-tonne capacity ABA, which the manufacturers shipped to Australia for Hulk Lifting to weld onto a lifting beam. As Ben was quick to highlight, it’s that high-level of commitment to anyone using RUD’s products and services which ensures the German manufacturer remains a highquality partner, from product through to post-sale service. “Whenever we get something in from RUD, there’s always an engineer coming afterwards to inspect the product and ensure that it’s performing exactly as it should,” he said. “Ultimately, RUD gives a top-end service that is supplied by top-end people providing a top-end product to the Australian market.” www.cranesandlifting.com.au


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IN FOCUS / WIRECO

IMPORTANCE OF WIRE ROPE MANAGEMENT

Ben Baden and Kath Darr.

Ben Baden Services has been a distributor of WireCo products for many years. Ben Baden and Kath Darr, WireCo’s National Crane Division Account Manager, discuss the importance of wire rope management for crane businesses. WIRECO IS THE MARKET, MANUFACTURING

and technical leader in wire and synthetic rope manufacturing, offering a consultative approach to give customers a single, reliable source for solutions that fit their specific application and budget needs. WireCo has continuously invested in manufacturing equipment and test facilities over the years, for products to be subjected to extensive inhouse testing and quality assurance standards. All WireCo’s manufacturing sites utilise the same corporate system, ensuring that the same quality processes are followed regardless of manufacturing location. “We have been a distributor of WireCo products for many years and what stands out for me is the technical support they provide. They have a lot of people with in-depth knowledge of the products,” said Ben. “When you have a problem with a damaged rope or the problem is visually obvious, then it’s easy, you discard it and put a new one on. But you can have a range of other issues with ropes. “Ropes can twist up, or you can have ropes not spooling correctly onto winch drums, and you can have various other problems with them that are not so straightforward,” he said. “In these instances, they need someone with a bit of expertise to try and work out what the problem is. WireCo has this technical expertise available.” Supporting Ben’s point, Kath Darr said WireCo prides itself on its post sales and product support. “Tony Duricin, WireCo’s National Mining Division and Services Manager, along with his team can assist with any challenges that they may arise for customers 44 / CAL December 2023

utilising our Casar, Oliveira and Drumet WireCo Branded Products nationally,” she said. Wire ropes can be an expensive item, especially when you are working with the larger capacity cranes said Ben. “When you start getting into the larger capacity cranes, wire ropes can be a large expense. On the smaller capacity cranes the costs are not too bad, but when you start looking at cranes with capacities of 250 tonnes and upwards, you’re starting to get into tens of thousands of dollars,” said Ben. “Now with the huge 750-tonne, 800-tonne – and more – capacity cranes building and servicing the wind farms,

expressed by Ben, saying WireCo is committed to working with its distributors and end users long term to help them manage their wire rope assets. “Our focus is to provide the best rope, with the best possible service life, and with

“For wire ropes to continue operating at optimum performance I would recommend that they are inspected by a technical professional at least once a year.” for example, you are talking somewhere between$30,000 to $80,000 worth of wire rope. With this type of cost involved, resolving issues relating to the performance of wire ropes can be crucial. “There are a lot of basic checks that can be done, and advice can be provided over the phone, but there have been occasions where WireCo has sent a technical expert to site to go over the machine, view it and rectify the problem,” Ben said. “This level of support is important when you are talking about cranes operating on wind farms or mines where the performance of the wire rope and the crane is critical and any down time is seriously costly,” said Ben. Kath agrees with the sentiments

the best long term value proposition. We hold large stocks of wire ropes for all types of cranes at our distribution centre, located on the Gold Coast in Queensland.” WireCo offers three tiers of ropes, Casar, Oliveira and Drumet – which are all manufactured in Europe. This gives the clients a range of ropes to suit their specific requirements. Ben highlights a few issues relating to wire ropes that crane owners can look out for. “People don’t realize that worn sheaves make quite a big impact on rope performance. Traditionally in the Australian market, a sheave stays on for the life of the crane, unless it has been physically damaged,” he said. www.cranesandlifting.com.au


“But sheaves wear, and this wear is not immediately apparent visually. This tends to happen on older cranes, and if you’re having rope issues, this can be one of the causes. “Another cause of poor rope performance can be the result of incorrect installation of a new rope. Again, that becomes more complex with the bigger cranes,” Ben said. “Like everything in our industry, ropes have become more technical, and with all technology, you need a good, technical support network to assist when they go wrong. It’s fine when everything is working smoothly but when something goes wrong you need to be confident the support is there, which WireCo provides,” he said. Kath elaborates. “We don’t just supply ropes, we can fit all types of end terminations including sockets and spelter buttons. We proof test every termination and supply a NATA certificate in every instance. In addition, we offer the client the education and expertise needed to enhance product performance and value,” she said. Ben had some advice for crane owners around the maintenance of wire ropes. “For wire ropes to continue operating at optimum performance I would recommend that they are inspected by a technical professional at least once a year,” he said. “In terms of wire rope maintenance, frequent lubrication is really important and can sometimes be neglected,” he continued. “Lubrication is something that should be considered a lot more during general maintenance of the machinery.”

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To choose the proper Resin Spelter Button forResin aTo Terex crane’s ropes and attached to the original socket. choose the prop ropes and attached to the original socket. To choose the proper Spelter Button RETRACTION ROPE CASAR PARAPLAST FEED ROPE hoist, match the button Type, the rope diameter, the button diameter andType, thebutton overall length dimension with52 hoist, match the button the250 rope diameter, button diam RSBTX-26-52-209 A/RSBTX-26-52-209 26 52BETALIFT 209 2160 CASAR PARAFIT STRADDLE CARRIERS DRILLINGCASAR PILING CASAR SUPERPLAST8 hoist, match the button Type, the rope diameter, the diameter andthe the overall len AShown 26 ARSBTX-26-52-209 26 52 209 2160 Shown below are thebuttons Resin Spelter Buttons available forhoist Terex cranes. For convenie below are the Resin Spelter Buttons Shown below are thecurrently Resin Spelter Buttons currently available forhois Tec CASAR TURBOPLAST CASAR PARAFIT the current button on thethe crane. 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500 40 562160 80 175 201 371 2160 RSBTX-40-80-371 BRSBTX-40-80-371 40 80 B 371 500 SUPERPLAST10MIX RSBTX-28-56-201CASAR CRSBTX-28-56-201 28 56DOUBLEFIT 2160 250 92 RSBTX-28-56-201 C 28 C 2840CASAR 201 2160 250 Rope Button Button Maximum Size Rope Maximum Button Button M Rope Button Button Size CASAR STARLIFT PLUSOLIVIERA HD 8 TROLLEY HOIST ROPE HOIST ROPE CRSBTX-28-56-201 KCASAR PPI SUPERPLAST8 OLIVIERA DP 8 K ResinDiameter 28 56 C 201Wirelock 2160 250 RSBTX-28-56-201 C 28 5 28 56 Diameter ® ResinCASAR Spelter Button RSBTX-28-56-201 Diameter Resin Length Grade Kit Broom Length SpelterTensile Button Diameter Length ®2160 Ten Spelter Button Diameter Diameter Length Tensile Grade201 Wirelock Kit TURBOPLAST CASAR POWERPLAST CASAR371 EUROLIFT CASAR ALPHALIFT TOWER CRANE OVERHEAD CRANE CASAR DOUBLEFIT 40 80 2160 500 175 *Increased wire strength RSBTX-40-80-371 Bdimensions 40 80[mm] 37 *Increased wire strength CASAR strength PARAPLAST CASAR EUROLIFT *Increased wire Description Type [mm] 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Doshown, not substitute “nearly263 the same” button CASARnot SUPERPLAST8 CASAR EUROLIFT CASAR ALPHALIFT To28 Suit: CASAR EUROLIFT CASAR DOUBLEFIT RSBTX-40-80-371 B56 40CASAR 802160 37140201 2160 500 RSBTX-40-80-371 B56 92 40201 8 RSBTX-28-56-201 CRSBTX-28-56-201 20128SUPERPLAST10MIX 250 C 28• RSBTX-40-80-371 B56 80TEREX 371 CRSBTX-28-56-201 2160 250 2160 *Increased wire strength • LIEBHERR *Increased wire strength CASAR TURBOPLAST *Increased wire strength TROLLEY CASARnoSTARLIFT TOWER CRANE OVERHEAD CRANE • LIEBHERR • TEREX CASAR STARLIFT Wire rope visual inspection, matter how rigorous, could leave your company exposed CASAR EUROLIFT CASAR ALPHALIFT CASAR EUROLIFT PARAPLAST CASAR CASAR TURBOPLAST *Increased wire strength *Increased wire strength *Increased wire strength HOIST ROPE CASAR HOIST ROPEFAUN RSBTX-32-64.5-263 ARSBTX-32-64.5-263 32• 64.5 ARSBTX-32-64.5-263 26332STARLIFT 250 A 32• 64.5133 263 •FAUN MANITOWO 64.5 263 2260* 250 to the risk of unexpected rope failure. •2260* MANITOWOC CASAR STARLIFT PLUS CASAR EUROLIFT CASAR TURBOPLAST CASAR SUPERPLAST8 CASAR STARLIFT CASAR PARAPLAST LARGE AVAILABLE 5 54mm For TerexSTOCK button dimensions not shown, please inquire. Do not substitute “nearly the same” butto For Terex button dimensions not shown, please CASAR DOUBLEFIT RSBTX-40-80-371 B 40 80 371 2160 500 175 For Terex button dimensions not shown, please inquire. Do not substitut CASAR STARLIFT PLUS RSBTX-40-80-371 B 40 80 371 RSBTX-40-80-371 B 40 80 371 2160 500 CASAR SUPERPLAST8 To please Suit: CASAR SUPERPLAST10MIX For Terex button dimensions not shown, please inquire. Do not substitute “nearly same” buttons. For Terex button dimensions not inquire. CASAR DOUBLEFIT RSBTX-40-80-371 BRSBTX-40-80-371 40CASAR SUPERPLAST10MIX 80 BRSBTX-40-80-371 371 2160 500 175 40 80 371 For Terex button dimensions not shown, please inquire. Doshown, not substitute “nearly th 40the 80 B 371 2160 500 Do Visual inspection is not the only method available. • LIEBHERR • TEREX TROLLEY To Suit: TROLLEY CASAR EUROLIFT CASAR TURBOPLAST CASAR EUROLIFT CASAR ALPHALIFT • FAUN • MANITOW *Increased wire strength *IncreasedCASAR wireSTARLIFT strength *Increased wire strength Wire rope Non-Destructive with CASAR EUROLIFT Testing is a method of examination used•in conjunction CASAR ALPHALIFT LIEBHERR • TEREX *Increased wire strength *Increased *Increased wirearea strength wire strength visual inspection, to inspect the complete cross-sectional of your wire rope. During LARGE AVAILABLE 5 please - dimensions 54mm CASAR STARLIFT For TerexSTOCK button dimensions shown, inquire. Doshown, not substitute “nearly the same” buttons. For not Terex button dimensions not please inquire. sub For not Terex button please inquire. Doshown, not substitute “nearly Do the not same” HOIST ROPE CASAR EUROLIFT

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tension force from 2t capacity up to 300t capacity and in compression from 50t capacity all the way up to 1000t capacity. The tension load cells are all supplied with shackles at no extra charge, and we do this to ensure the correct shackles are used with our load cells to reduce the risk of damage to the load cell during use,” said Ben. “Recently, we added a 4 x 250t compression load cell to our fleet which has the capacity to weigh loads in compression up to 1000t which is one of the largest kits available in Australia for dry hire. This kit uses the same software as our other compression load cells and we can assist in setting them up for data logging and recording, whilst still having the capacity to add and remove up to 100 cells from the one handset. “We also have the ability to be able to synchronise the cells to read on one display and the newer models have a peak hold function for displaying the maximum force under a dynamic force test. Future plans for our load testing division include working towards steel weights to test up to 50t and this is a

“Recently, we added a 4 x 250t compression load cell to our fleet which has the capacity to weigh loads in compression up to 1000t which is one of the largest kits available in Australia for dry hire.”

Queensland Rigging Hire has the ability to test loads over 400 tonnes with help from its interstate network of rigging and lifting equipment partners.

to ISO9001:2008 with full compliance certification,” said Ben. “I have received factory training from the team at Seaflex which enables me and my team to maintain and repair their Water Load bags when required and of course, I am passing on this training and my experience to our team here at Queensland Rigging as we grow our fleet of Water Load bags and rigging equipment in general,” he said. A recent project involved testing a jib crane 10 storeys up in a tower. 48 / CAL December 2023

“Traditionally, steel hand weights would have had to be hand carted up to the top tower to conduct the test, but by accepting our advice and using our equipment, the testing officer was able to throw an empty 1t bag over their shoulder and carry a load cell up the stairs in one trip,” said Ben. “Over the years we have made a significant investment in our range of load cells and we now have over 70 in our hire fleet. All are wireless with full NATA calibration and they come in

goal we hope to achieve in the next 18 months,” said Ben. “This is a very exciting time for Queensland Rigging Hire and for the lifting industry in general. We continue to invest in equipment and technologies that provide our business with a significant competitive advantage. Our customers know we take great pride in the quality of the solutions we provide, and we like to think the service and support our growing team provides, is second to none,” said Ben. www.cranesandlifting.com.au


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IN FOCUS / ANDROMEDA INDUSTRIES

THE SPLICE OF LIFE!

The exclusive Superflex cable manufactured by Andromeda Industries can be found in some of the biggest rigging houses across Australia. Innovator, engineer and founder of the Moonbi-based company Raymond Maclaren discusses the company’s journey and what sets his invention apart in today’s market. WALKING OUT OF NEWCASTLE TECHNICAL

University College in the year 1957, a young Raymond Maclaren could be forgiven for being in an unassuming mood. With the sun beating down, students scrambling everywhere, and a mind full of the day’s lessons in the thermodynamics of mechanical engineering, the innovation of one of Australia’s most trusted slings seemed eons away – yet it wasn’t. Every day at work at steel tube manufacturer Stewarts and Lloyds, Raymond would see old Jock, the company rigger, performing his magic: splicing wire rope slings. He was absolutely fascinated by this ancient skill that would convert a length of wire rope into a Wire Rope Sling. He asked Jock to teach him to splice the wire rope during his lunch break, and soon Raymond would splice a sling while Jock smoked his pipe. That was the beginning of a life-long passion for wire ropes and their termination systems that, coupled with his engineering capabilities, would result in a career dedicated to manufacturing wire rope slings. After graduating from Newcastle University, the 1960s had come around and he decided it was time to start his own business: Slingmakers Tamworth. Originating in Tamworth, Raymond worked diligently, hand splicing hundreds of wire rope slings and strops for councils, power authorities, and crane operators. It was during his time at Slingmakers that one of his trusted clients, a crane operator from Wagga Wagga, provided Raymond with some of the most integral feedback he would receive in his professional career; his steel slings were just not flexible enough. It was at that time in the mid 1960s that Raymond put his mind to work and called on 50 / CAL December 2023

all his mechanical engineering nous to create a machine that would last for over 50 years; the orbital square plaiter. This machine, specifically designed to create the Superflex product, was conceived by Raymond over a period of two years; it would then take a further three years to design the machine, before taking five years to build and operate, eventually being commissioned in 1975. The first orbital square plaiter is responsible for the product he calls a “climax design”; Andromeda’s Superflex cable. Andromeda Industries’ ‘Superflex’ design is a specialised steel cable that the Moonbi-based manufacturer holds exclusive rights over. At the core of its design are 912 individual wires which are then woven into the completed wire rope. By point of

Raymond’s passion: splicing wire rope – Townsville, Queensland (1962).

“We can look at problems that are brought to our notice by people using our products and apply an engineering-based solution,” he said. “All our machines are designed and created in house; we hold full control over them, and today they consistently churn out the Superflex steel cables and slings that have come to play a pivotal role in Australia’s lifting and rigging equipment.”

“We’re NATA accredited because we understand the importance of high standards of quality in the lifting industry; a sling failure is a big deal, and the onus is on us as the manufacturer of the product to make sure everything that leaves our facility is of the highest standard.” comparison, a standard 6x36 wire rope features 216 individual wires. The unique feature of these steel cables is that they are plaited – not laid or twisted – providing a high-degree of flexibility as opposed to the rigidity of ordinary Wire Rope. For Raymond, the design and creation of these specialised cables is reflective of his engineering background, allowing him to design and manufacture the machines needed to make the cable flexible and critically engage with the central mechanics of his product.

Sentiments such as these are all well and good coming from the innovator, inventor and engineer of the Superflex cable. His words, however, are echoed across the crane industry by those who possess first-hand experience in dealing with Andromeda’s products. In the October edition of Cranes and Lifting, Borger Cranes’ Queensland Yard Supervisor Hennie Geyser labelled the structural integrity, versatility and capacity of the Moonbi manufacturer’s Superflex cable as “unmatchable”. With Hennie citing the products as “clutch” www.cranesandlifting.com.au


Andromeda Industries is the exclusive manufacturer for the unique, highly acclaimed Superflex cable, a design which holds roots back to the late 1950s.

Raymond with the Superflex product, then and now.

for jobs in hot environments requiring the use of equipment capable of handling high temperatures, Raymond pointed to the efficacy and durability of using steel as its material of choice. “In the past few decades, fibre has made its mark on the industry and come through as a very competitive product,” he said. “However, the reliability of steel, the obvious nature of its wear and tear, and its increased resistance to high temperature means it is still the core material of choice for us.” www.cranesandlifting.com.au

With reliability embedded in its exclusive product, safety is also a key feature of Andromeda’s Superflex range. Manufacturing with W.L.L of 84 tonnes in straight pull slings up to 165 tonnes and strops up to 168 tonnes, ensuring everything that leaves the Moonbi facility meets the highest standard is imperative for Raymond and the team. To facilitate this, Andromeda holds NATA accreditation, is a full member of the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) and tests all its products to Australian Standards before

they’re distributed to a client. Aiding them in these tests is a 300-tonne capacity horizontal test bed that was installed in 2019 and its 40-tonne capacity vertical test bench that provides assurances of the products’ load proofing. For Raymond, Andromeda’s stringent testing procedures are emblematic of the ideals that the NSWbased company was founded upon. “High quality manufacturing is at the core of what we do at Andromeda Industries,” said Raymond. “We’re NATA accredited because we understand the importance of high standards of quality in the lifting industry; a sling failure is a big deal, and the onus is on us as the manufacturer of the product to make sure everything that leaves our facility is of the highest standard.” All this is because, for a mechanical engineer whose wire-rope splicing career was started by old Jock, the Pipe smoking splicer at Stewarts and Lloyd’s, the exclusive Superflex cable range represents a passion project, a hobby, and an opportunity that he seized with both of his hands. “Ultimately, Superflex’ design has not changed for 50 years,” he said, “which is testimony to the level of quality perceived in our product by end-users, by ourselves, and testimony to the time, effort, and care we put into our work.” December 2023 CAL / 51


IN FOCUS / SENNEBOGEN AND PACE CRANES

SENNEBOGEN CELEBRATES 71 YEARS

Established in 1952, Sennebogen is very well positioned after 71 years and with a keen focus on corporate growth, technologies and sustainability, the German manufacturer is now larger, more innovative and more interesting than ever before. SINCE SENNEBOGEN’S LAST BIG IN-HOUSE

exhibition in 2017, its broad portfolio of handling and crane technology, which includes numerous size classes and technologies, has grown to an impressive level – as has the number of employees and locations worldwide. Specifically, this currently means 2200 employees at five locations in Germany’s Bavaria region, two steel plants in Hungary and branches in the USA and Singapore. The sales and support for the green material handlers, cranes and telehandlers built in Straubing and Wackersdorf are carried out by a comprehensive network of dealers with over 180 sales and service partners at over 300 service centres worldwide. The past few years have not only recorded average sales growth of 16 per cent to now more than €600 million (AUD$990 million) in annual sales but have also seen investments in existing and new locations as the workforce continued to grow. However, despite all this growth, one thing always remains the same: Sennebogen is and remains a family company – now managed in the second generation by Erich and Walter Sennebogen and in the third generation by Anton and Sebastian Sennebogen. The two other grandchildren of the company founder are already in the starting blocks and are involved in all the important appointments and events. Shareholder, Erich Sennebogen, said he is optimistic about the future. “Our customers are amazed by the dynamic approach and agility of the company, and we are sure that the investments will have a very positive impact on further development,” he said. 52 / CAL December 2023

“The business areas have become more diverse and customer demand for quality products and services is growing constantly. To stay ahead of the competition, we invest in our product portfolio and locations every year.”

CONSTRUCTION AT MANY LOCATIONS

One of the largest construction projects in recent years was the Customer Service Centre in Steinach, which opened in September 2021 and bundles all activities from the areas of spare parts, customer service, and the rental and used machine fleet of Sennebogen Vertriebs GmbH & Co. KG. Over an area of 87,000 square metres, there are now two office buildings, spacious halls and a state-of-the-art spare parts warehouse, that features automated warehouse technology and optimised logistics processes. There were also expansions at the Wackersdorf site. In addition to the new shipping area, a new 1,000 square metre electrical test centre was built, which is used specifically for testing and finishing the electric machines.

A second steel plant in Litér, Hungary, has also been created completely from scratch. A 29,000 square metre production hall and an office building were built on an area of over 13 hectares. The new plant is designed for handling large and heavy components up to 30 metres in length and 25 tonnes in weight and offers capacity for 20,000 tonnes of steel structures per year in the current expansion stage. “With this investment in Hungary, we are not only expanding our capacities for steel structures to meet the growing demand, but also building reserves for the future,” shareholder Walter Sennebogen said. The brand-new product development campus at the Straubing/Port site will also be officially inaugurated for an in-house exhibition, consisting of the new 1,200 square metre prototype centre, a 1,300 square metre research and test centre and a 3,000 square metre design and technology centre. Here, new machine development, Over an area of 87,000 m², the new Customer Service Centre in Steinach bundles all activities from the After Sales area.

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testing and prototype construction are brought together to enable a more intensive focus on the development of new technologies. This was accompanied by the establishment of a separate department for prototype construction. Sennebogen said the open concept of the new buildings creates synergies between the research halls and offices and enables an agile and innovative response to the increasingly complex requirements on technology. “Modern control systems, electromobility, battery technology and innovative drive systems are topics that employees can focus on even more intensively in the future,” said Erich Sennebogen, explaining the background. “This is because continuous expansion of our own development work in the company and an ever-increasing focus on new drives, automation and digitalisation of machines require not only innovative power, but also space to optimise processes and fulfill the increased order volume.”

SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENTS FOR THE FUTURE

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IN FOCUS / D&D DIESEL & XCMG

THE FOUNDATIONS OF GOOD SERVICE With over 35 years of experience in the industry, David Kapahnke has built D&D Diesel’s business on providing exemplary post-sale service and support. Recently enhancing the sales aspect of his operations, he’s been chosen by XCMG to distribute its products because of the after sale service he provides. TRYING TO KEEP 50-YEAR-OLD DAVID

Kapahnke on topic as we walk around the yard of D&D Diesel, on the busy South Gippsland Highway in the Melbourne suburb of Dandenong, is a challenge. As the Melbourne sun starts to beat down, our conversation is interrupted by a phone call, a brief conversation and an ensuing apology. “Sorry, I had to take that.” Picking up where we left off discussing the formative stages of his entry to the industry, David once again stops the conversation to pick up a call from a customer. Again: a phone call, a brief conversation, and another apology. Despite his apologies, it’s evident to see that it’s this kind of commitment to providing his customers with a high level of post-sale service and support that has held David in high regard since he began the business he’s about to elaborate on back in 1994. But David’s story begins before then. David Kapahnke began his career as a 54 / CAL December 2023

D&D Diesel founder and owner, David Kapahnke, stands in front of the XCA160 at the CICA exhibition.

15-year-old back in 1988, completing an apprenticeship as a diesel mechanic on construction machinery. Working for a now defunct company, his work predominantly revolved around earthmoving and excavating equipment, with a part of his work pertaining to repairs on small cranes. After leaving his first foray into professional work, David then furthered himself at Australian crane hire company Aitkin Cranes, where he continued his trade repairing and servicing cranes. Following Aitkin Cranes was a venture into the big leagues with Tutt Bryant, until he came to the realisation that if he wanted to complete work for customers on his own terms, he would need to start his own business. “That’s how D&D Diesel came about,” he said. “Post-sale service and repair has always been the backbone of my passion in the industry; it’s now the backbone of the business we provide.” Based out in Dandenong in Melbourne’s south-east, D&D Diesel was conceived in 1994 and began by operating out the back of a couple of utes with David driving a couple of trucks around to help whoever contracted the company’s services. The last 30 years, however, have seen David and the company go from strength to strength, developing extensive experience in construction equipment as well as trucks, cranes and other diesel or hydraulic machinery. Armed with an ever-expanding yard, D&D Diesel holds a large space for storage of machines that need to be serviced as well

as a big sales yard. Included in its servicing capabilities is a storage facility containing some spare parts with others readily and quickly shipped in from overseas, and a large number of trucks with smaller cranes on the back to facilitate easier transport and servicing. Furthermore, on top of the abundance of machinery it now sells, D&D Diesel also completes 10-year testing and major inspections on cranes. To aid D&D Diesel’s work in repairing, maintaining and servicing its customers’ machinery, David employs a team of seven in his workshop, a servicing manager and two team members to monitor and aid with the inventory of spare parts the company stocks on standby for its customers. Growing over the years by consistently providing the construction and mining industry with a high-quality service, D&D Diesel has now expanded its operations to become the Victorian distributors for XCMG’s equipment range as well as the “proud” East Coast Sales and Service distributors for XCMG’s cranes. Walking around the yards, XCMG’s 25-tonne truck crane and the 40-tonne all-terrain XCA40_E which was recently on show at Inside Construction Expo in Melbourne gleam in the sunlight, with an XGCT100 awaiting in the company’s Muswellbrook yard. As reported on in previous editions of Cranes and Lifting, XCMG’s reputation in Western markets still confronts obstacles which hinder the brand’s products in Australia. When quizzed on why he chose to www.cranesandlifting.com.au


go take up the opportunity to supply, sell and service the Chinese manufacturer’s cranes, the answer is simple for David. “XCMG has put in a lot of hard work over the years,” he said. “The machines are consistently getting better, so when the opportunity came across our desk to be the dealer for XCMG, we thought it was too good of an opportunity to pass up.” Being sold at a more attainable price in today’s market of rising inflation rates and with a quality that matches the levels displayed by European and American cranes according to those with hands-on experience of operating the machines, distributing XCMG’s products ties in perfectly with D&D

Diesel’s driving philosophy of providing great equipment with great service at a great price. XCMG is placing a high emphasis on who it selects to distribute its products in the Australian market after its last foray Down Under. On top of choosing highly regarded dealer and servicing company Ronco, D&D Diesel was also offered the chance to distribute the Chinese manufacturer’s products because of the high attention to detail the company exhibits with its post-sale service, according to XCMG’s ANZ Sales Manager Stephen Broomfield. “We’re looking very carefully at who we appoint as our dealers,” he said. “It’s not a case of just grabbing someone who wants to

“The machines are consistently getting better, so when the opportunity came across our desk to be the dealer for XCMG, we thought it was too good of an opportunity to pass up.”

sell some cranes and make a quick dollar; we want companies who are firmly established that possess workshop facilities capable of servicing cranes and providing a customercentric mantra, listen to feedback and make sure their product support is second to none.” The sentiments expressed by XCMG’s Crane Sales Manager encapsulate D&D Diesel’s mantra down to its very core. After all, as David pointed out, XCMG’s attitude to consistently improving the quality of its product and hard work in ensuring the products supplied to the Australian market are up to standard is evident to see – and supplying quality machinery at an affordable price in a trying economic environment is at the core of both businesses’ operations. “Post-sale service and support is what D&D Diesel was founded on,” said David. “Without service and support, we’re nothing. We’re distributing XCMG’s products because it wants to make a positive difference, and so do we.”

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IN FOCUS / PACE CRANES & FULLERS MOBILE CRANES

Fullers Mobile Cranes has made a significant investment in new cranes and construction equipment.

LARRY’S BACK WITH MAEDAS

Following the ‘retirement closure’ of Fullers Mobile Cranes and the sale of assets, Larry Fuller’s retirement lasted two weeks. Fullers Mobile Cranes is back, but with a difference. The focus is on dry hiring mini crawlers and telehandlers with Larry and wife Christine purchasing a range of brand-new Maeda models. Larry takes up the story. “AFTER TWO WEEKS I RECOGNISED

retirement wasn’t for me, at least not yet. You retire young, you die young and you’re a longtime dead is my personal philosophy, and I also knew everybody missed me. Not!,” he said. “Prior to the auction I’d planned to sell all the assets, but the Franna AT40 didn’t make it. I wasn’t sure what to do with it, but my son Lachlan wanted to keep it and continue with the family business name, so we kept that crane. I decided I wanted to go in a different direction with the rest of the business which didn’t involve big cranes. “We run a tight ship, and I work in the office with Anita Karso, our Office Manager, and Lachlan works with the AT40. I’d like to think that as the business grows there will be a time when we are all back together, but we’ll see how that plays out,” said Larry. “I phoned some mates in the industry about the idea of dry hiring mini crawlers www.cranesandlifting.com.au

cranes, and it was apparent there would be demand. I called David ‘Chalky’ White and Michael Cawston from Pace Cranes and we sat down to talk about the various models in the Maeda range,” said Larry. Larry purchased four Maedas and also a Tracked Carrier 2200 Pro which will play a support role to the mini crawlers. In addition to these, he purchased a number of telehandlers including a 7-tonne capacity Manitou with a rotating winch, and a 3-tonne capacity telehandler. Larry explains his decision to invest in mini crawlers and the Maeda brand. “I had mini crawlers in my previous fleet, and although they weren’t Maedas they were well utilised cranes. I like to stick to the one brand, and when I knew Maeda had the capacities I was after, I jumped on them,” he said. The smallest mini crawler purchased by Larry is the Maeda MC305C, a compact

crawler crane which despite its small size is very powerful – making it perfect for hard-to-access locations. It features a load capacity of up to 3-tonne, is only 1.28m wide and has a maximum lift height of 12.52m. The MC305 also features an outrigger safety system. Larry said he is impressed with the Maeda, particularly with how intuitive he finds the controls and how smoothly the crane operates. “The Maeda is really impressive and has a 3-tonne capacity while also lifting nearly 300kg with its 12.5m max radius,” he says. The second Maeda Larry purchased is the MC405 C-3. With a maximum radius of 16m and a lifting capacity of 3.83 tonnes x 2.7m this is a powerful crane suitable for a range of jobs and sites. The MC405C-3 also features an outrigger safety system. The latest addition to the mini spider crane series and Maeda’s biggest model, the December 2023 CAL / 57


IN FOCUS / PACE CRANES & FULLERS MOBILE CRANES

Anita Karso, Fullers Mobile Cranes Office Manager, Pace Cranes’ David “Chalky’ White, Larry Fuller, Product Support Manager Greg Muller and Michael Cawston of Pace Cranes.

MC815C model has a capacity of 8.09 tonnes x 2.4m with a maximum working radius of 18.8m and maximum lifting height of 19.6m. An optional hydraulic fly jib and searcher hook are available. Larry has also purchased the new CC1485S-1 crawler crane. This features the new Isuzu EU Stage3B engine (40.3kW) which Provides up to a 40 per cent increase in fuel efficiency compared to the previous LC model. Among the key features of the CC1485S-1 is its high-rigidity heptagonal main boom which has a lifting capacity of 6 tonnes x 2.6m. Able to lift a load 16.7m high – 22m with an optional fly jib, the new crane has a pick and carry capacity of 2 tonnes and a four and two fall hook block. Measuring 100mm shorter and with a minimum tail swing 50mm shorter than the previous model, the CC1485S-1 also has wider foot space in the cabin, as well as a rear view monitor and a new 18cm Programable moment limiter with a single monitor. Larry’s new Tracked Carrier 2200 is built for transporting heavy goods through confined spaces. Only 950mm wide, the 2200 R and 2200 Pro models are heavyweights in compact packaging. Tracked Carrier’s R models use stateof-the-art technology while being simple 58 / CAL December 2023

to operate, reliable and easy to maintain. Pro models offer increased features such as gradient-monitoring, information feedback and a smart auxiliary output, ideal when increased safety measures are required or powered attachments make the job easier. The Pro has a capacity of 2200kg and measures 950mm wide and 365mm high. The Pro is battery powered with maintenance free AGM batteries which power an efficient direct AC drive. The Pro features fully proportional remote control, a switchable motion alarm on board diagnostics, an adaptable and extendable platform, LCD information screen on remote control, a smart auxiliary output socket and automatic gradient/speed monitoring. Bringing these products together into the new dry hire model is quite different to the original Fullers Mobile Cranes business model, but Larry has worked out where the new niche is going to be. “I have been back to all the Fullers Mobile Cranes clients which includes the Tier One and Tier Two builders and the problem we are facing is they already have their dry hire companies in place and they have agreed terms on the current projects they are working on,” said the owner of Fullers Mobile Cranes.

“I’ll wait until new projects are on the table and that’s when I’ll get a crack at tendering my cranes and equipment. Having brand new equipment in this business is going to account for a lot and I’m confident the opportunities will present themselves. “I’ve had some brochures made, I know it’s old school, but that’s me. Clients know what I’m doing, they know the service they will receive from me, and they know I’m not going anywhere,” said Larry. Larry adds that he’s been impressed with the team at Pace Cranes in his early dealings with them. “I’ve been around a long time, and I’ve dealt with all the major crane OEMs and I can see the team at Pace Cranes know their machines and they back up the product with good service,” he said. “When I’ve needed questions answered and I’ve called, no matter what the time is, the team have picked up. More often than not, when you call a multi-national is goes through to voice mail, so in terms of service and support you can certainly tell the difference when it comes to a family business. “It’s the same for me, when a client calls, I pick up. Even though I’m in a different game now, clients still call and say ‘Larry, we’d rather deal with you, we know you’ll turn up, and you’ll know to make sure the job is done’. They know I won’t let them down and I’ll help wherever I can,” he said. Larry is confident the mini crawler market will grow as the awareness of the capabilities of these small cranes increases. “The new models are unbelievable. The 8-tonne machine features a luffing fly and hydraulic needle; who would have thought technology would ever come on a mini crawler? And you’ve got 20m of boom within 10 seconds, and it’s the same with the larger crawlers,” he said. “The reason hydraulic crawlers are becoming more popular is because you don’t need truck after truck to build the jib – you push a button, and you’ve got 60m of boom in three minutes. Before, with the old pin jib system, it would take five hours. The mini crawlers are being designed to suit almost every application and it’s going to get to a point where there’s nothing the mini crawlers can’t do and Maeda is leading the way,” said Larry. www.cranesandlifting.com.au

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IN FOCUS / GLEASON CRANES & ZOOMLION

WALKING THE TALK

Based in Victoria, national Zoomlion crane distributor Gleason Cranes has seen a large number of sales this calendar year. The feedback from those using the cranes corroborates the message coming from the Braeside dealers themselves: the cranes are practical, safe, cost-effective and come with outstanding post-sale service. BEING ABLE TO TALK ABOUT THE QUALITY

of a product without possessing direct experience with it is easy enough: give some general accolades, feed into classic stereotypes and a message catches on. This is an attitude that permeates the crane industry – particularly when it comes to the quality of machinery coming from Eastern manufacturing brands such as Zoomlion. However, the people directly operating the cranes in recent years hold dimmer views of these assumptions, and as Sales Director at Gleason Cranes Chris Logan has pointed out, those assumptions are likely to be on the wrong side of history. “A lot of brands that expanded outside of Asia have successfully completed what Zoomlion is currently doing now,” he said. “If you go back to the 70s and 80s, the Japanese and Korean crane manufacturers really struggled with their reputations in Australia but successfully turned it around. Now, everyone knows the quality of Tadano, Kato, Kobelco – what they did in the 70s and 80s is what Zoomlion is doing right now.” The hydraulic boom crawler crane that LTE Construction purchased surprised the operators, according to Director Nick Maric.

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Founded in 1992, Zoomlion sells its products to over 70 countries across the world. In Australia, the company has recently seen a large boost in its inventory through Gleason Cranes, with a range of new truck cranes, crawler cranes, roughterrains and all-terrains arriving at the Braeside distributor’s yard. The year began, however, with the launch of a brand-new product at ConExpo 2023: the Zoomlion ZRT110, a 110 metric tonne rough-terrain crane that holds a five section, 49m main boom specifically designed to target the dustier conditions experienced in both Australia and North America. After launching the new machine, Gleason Cranes saw a range of Zoomlion cranes fly out the door, with large commendations coming from purchasers of its truck cranes. Leading those buyers is Nathan Randles and his start-up business NR Cranes. After working in the crane industry for around 10 years, he decided to return home to the Central Coast, NSW, and pursue his own

business in structural steel work. At the forefront of his operations was a brand new ZTC251V, a 25-tonne truck crane with a four-section, 33.3m main boom. The reason he went with the Zoomlion brand was simple: during his previous 10 years in the industry, he’d worked alongside a Zoomlion crane sold by Gleason Cranes, and he’d consistently seen the machine stand up in the harshest of working environments. Nothing that he’s experienced so far with his new 25-tonne truck crane has changed his mind, either. “It’s a very easy crane to use – maybe the easiest I’ve experienced in my lifetime,” he said. “It doesn’t overcomplicate itself and it drives really well on the road; I didn’t expect it to be so efficient on fuel consumption.” The high-level of practicality the Zoomlion brand presents to operators is a recurring motif among the people who have used the cranes. Despite encountering the classic, often unfounded stereotypes that tarnish construction machinery coming from East Asia, operators getting into the cabins of Zoomlion’s cranes find the machines to be easy to use, very functional and, most importantly, safe to use. This was underscored by a decision Saunders International Limited made in purchasing its second Zoomlion crane this year, a hydraulic telescopic crawler capable of lifting 60 tonnes at its maximum rated capacity. It had purchased a ZCC750H-1 crawler crane back in 2021, according to Saunders’ Plant and Equipment Manager Matt Nixon, and the operators were left so impressed by the machine they placed an order for the ZCT600V. “I think people have been critical of the Chinese brands in the past, but the current Zoomlions are an impressive piece of machinery that can keep up with the rest,” he said. “Speaking with the operators, however, they’ve been really impressed with the Zoomlion; one said it was the best crane he has driven, while the consensus from the team was that the cranes are smooth and fast on site, with an impressive capacity.” This sentiment is echoed by Managing Director of LTE Construction Nick Maric who, as well as praising his new ZCT600V’s price point compared to others in its class, said the machines really “stood up”. www.cranesandlifting.com.au


The ZTC251 truck crane, a model purchased by both Mirri Cranes & Rigging and NR Cranes.

“Once we took delivery and had it out working, we were impressed by how reliable they are,” he said. “Sometimes people can have low expectations for these Chinese machines, but it has really exceeded our expectations and not missed a beat since we had it.” In tandem with their capabilities when it comes to lifting large objects from point A to point B, what also discerns quality from an operator and company owner’s perspective is the level of sale and post-sale service and support made available to the purchaser. When it comes to the service provided by Sales Director Chris Logan and the team at Gleason Cranes, there is one uniting, driving philosophy underpinning the work completed by the Braeside construction machinery dealers. “We want to sell quality equipment at an affordable price, and then provide a post-sale service and support that eclipses all our competitors,” said Chris. “All of our staff want to work together, and we know if we do that, then we’ll sell more cranes because we’ve provided a good service that everyone’s happy with.” According to the team at Gleason Cranes, the sales process is easy and personable. Holding over 50 years of experience in the crane industry combined, the team walks its customers through the specifications of each machine to ensure the right crane is given to the right person for the right job. www.cranesandlifting.com.au

Those with hands on experience of the Zoomlion brand hold the cranes in high regard as a practical, financially attainable option.

Furthermore, as the cranes have already been shipped and are in Australia, there’s a minimal turnaround time between purchasing the machine and taking delivery of it. Coming with the purchase of the crane is personal instruction and training provided by industry veteran Peter Webb who holds 57 years of experience, while delivery of the crane is organised on behalf of the company – a feature included in the sale price. This commitment to mid-sale and post-sale service in Gleason Cranes’ work is reflected in the words espoused by those who have purchased its products. LTE’s Nick Maric labelled the backup support provided as fantastic; Mirri Cranes & Rigging, upon receiving its new Zoomlion ZTC250V, said it could not fault the efforts

from Gleason Cranes and feels as though all the necessary support is available; Nathan Randles of NR Cranes said Chris could not have been more helpful in aiding him to select the right crane to start his business; and Saunders’ Matt Nixon emphasised the high-level of post-sale service received from Gleason Cranes, calling the efforts provided by Chris and the team at the Braeside dealer “second-to-none”. Having distributed the company’s products for over 15 years across the Oceania region, the team at Gleason Cranes firmly believes the quality of Zoomlion is apparent for all who use the machines, and is determined to support the product suitably. “We know the quality is there,” said Chris. “If it wasn’t there, we just wouldn’t sell it.” December 2023 CAL / 61


IN FOCUS / KATO

MORE SMILES WITH KATO Williams Cranes & Rigging recently took delivery of two new model, CR200Rf Kato City Cranes. The business has been operating Katos for 20 plus years and they’ve always performed exceptionally well said owner, Smiley Williams.

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from its depot in Pinkenba, Queensland, and predominantly supplies wet hire crane services to the SE Queensland area. The company also dry hires cranes and lifting equipment all over Australia and PNG. “Our largest crane is a 100-tonne capacity all terrain and we go right down to the two-tonne crawler cranes. We run a number of brands including Liebherr, Demag, Kato, Tadano, Maeda and Franna’s,” said Smiley. Williams Cranes & Rigging recently took delivery of two new model, CR200Rf Kato City Cranes. The business has been operating Katos for 20 plus years and they’ve always performed exceptionally well said owner, Smiley Williams.

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“What do we like about the Katos? They are incredibly reliable and operator friendly. They are also well-engineered with great hydraulics. What have they done for our business? They have worked in numerous applications including construction, steel erection and the petrochemical chemical sector. With the small footprint, they are ideal for getting into tight locations, but they still offer plenty of lifting capacity,” he said. “In my opinion Katos are built with traditional Japanese engineering values. They feature the latest technology, but they are constructed with a strong focus on the engineering which makes for a fundamentally ‘sound’ crane. For me, and I’m going back 40 years, everything to do with Japanese cranes is focused on reliability and longevity. Kato’s cranes work hard over a long period of time.” Smiley discusses the evolution of the business in terms of the Kato City Cranes. “We’ve been operating Katos for years. We’ve gone through the 13s and the 20s, and in 2021 we took delivery of a new 25-tonne class Kato, the CR-250Rv City Crane. We’ve just bought another two new 20-tonne cranes to replace the older two 20-tonne Katos in the fleet,” he said. “We’ve found the Kato to be a really reliable crane. We haven’t had any technical issues and we like the Japanese approach to the engineering and manufacture of the crane, it’s full of traditional Japanese values,” said Smiley. The Kato CR200Rf 20-tonne city crane features a number of new technologies designed to make the crane more operable in city type applications. The newly developed jib system makes for an easy and efficient jib operation and the latest Automatic Crane System (ACS) and various monitor cameras (as optional extra equipment) are available to provide safer crane operations. The Kato CR200Rf boom features six sections and is hydraulically telescopic, with a length of 6.5m to 28m and a maximum height of 29.1m. It also has a fly and needle with a maximum lift height of 34.8m. “It’s also a very handy crane for the sectors we service where we find many of the jobs have challenges like tight and compact spaces to operate in. The Kato has a tight tail swing and is a very compact crane. www.cranesandlifting.com.au


The operators like them, and they are nice and easy to operate on site,” said Smiley. The cab is designed with the operator in mind with a roomy wide cab, comfortable reclining seat and wide foot space. The slanted boom provides a wider view of the work site. Various safety monitor cameras assist with safer operations and driving. Features also include ACS with a touch panel, colour information display, which the operator can use to save on fuel consumption by checking the working time on the display. The ECO switch controls the engine speed during operation as well during driving. Up to 10 per cent energy savings can be made compared with regular driving on flat roads.

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The cab impresses with an all-round excellent field of view and provides outstanding operator comfort due

to the hydro-pneumatic suspension. Furthermore, it has a built-in IC tag providing high-level security, therefore reducing the risk of crane theft. There are a number of important safety features included on the CR-250Rv. The Kato Automatic Crane System is (ACS) is an automatic safety device feature that instantly responds to any direct changes in various operating configurations. It has a range of limiting functions that increase safety during operation. With its high-intensity colour LCD, the new ACS makes operations easier as it provides illustrated key switches, enabling quick identification of their functions for each operation. “We work closely with Peter Lawgall and his team at Tutt Bryant Equipment. Their service has been excellent, and they are great to deal with. Whenever you need

something, they are there. They answer their mobiles when you call, and they do what they say they are going to do. They know how to look after you,” said Smiley. “We have a great relationship with Peter. He does a wonderful job of running the sales team and supplying excellent machines. We have worked with Tutt Bryant and earlier Kato distributors for many years,” he said. “We have always had good relationships with all the departments at Tutt Bryant, including sales, product support and parts. Each team has great communication skills and always keep us in the loop whenever any of our cranes have an issue.” “The Katos are out there all day everyday doing their job, doing what we bought them for and doing it well,” said Smiley. “We’ve got six in the fleet now and they don’t miss a beat.”

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R The TIDD PC28-2 can increase its load capacity by up to 12 per cent when using the 1.1-tonne superlift configuration.

CONNECTING SAFETY WITH PERFORMANCE Having purchased a new TIDD PC28-2, AWCON’s Fleet Manager Andrew Ison discusses the expanded operational capacity the company expects to experience and the quality of service received from East Coast dealer the Baden Davis Crane Connection.

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shop assistant at Woolies and concludes with managing a large fleet of cranes is one worth telling – and AWCON’s Andrew Ison has one such tale. With industry experience entailing mobile, heavy plant repairs and maintenance, as well as a wealth of experience with stationary plant mechanic repairs, Andrew is fleet operations manager at civil works and mining services company AWCON. Andrew’s current role at the national – and sporadically international – infrastructure company pertains to acquiring, dispatching, mobilising, and demobilising all the machines in AWCON’s fleet. Working at the company for nearly a decade now, he said his time at the Orange-based group has brought on personal development and growth. www.cranesandlifting.com.au

“I began as a mechanic in 2015, before eventually moving upwards to move into the role of fleet manager,” he said. “The job presents multiple different challenges in different environments, so I’m always kept on my toes.” Originally established in 1998 as Australia Wide Concrete, AWCON rebranded to the name it is known by today in 2014 to better reflect the range of works the company carries out, such as underground construction, pipe and civil works and mining services. Working in projects of all types and sizes mainly in Australia but with jobs in Papua New Guinea and Mongolia, AWCON’s operations service the civil infrastructure and mining sectors, with its flagship project to date being a $73.6 million job with Newcrest Mining it completed in June 2022. Today, with its head office based in Orange, NSW, and

employing over 200 people, AWCON’s services are being expanded to include plant and equipment hire, a part of the business that operates “hand in hand” with the work AWCON undertakes, according to Andrew. “Mobile plant and equipment hire is something that we’re capable of doing and spend time investing in, but our main focus is on completing infrastructure works in the civil and mining sectors,” he said. “Most of our equipment is working on the projects we’re undertaking.” It’s in the name of expanding AWCON’s operations that Andrew announces the company recently purchased a brand-new TIDD PC282 from East Coast dealer Baden Davis Crane Connection. TRT’s 28-tonne capacity pick and carry crane features an 18.65m, telescopic, full power boom, a 75 per cent December 2023 CAL / 65


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when working on undulating terrains, is imperative for safe work practices.” TIDD PC28-2 is the second crane AWCON has purchased through the NSW-based Baden Davis Crane Connection, which supplies TIDD, LinkBelt, and Kobelco cranes. Having had the Baden Davis experience for the second time in his career, Andrew was nothing but complimentary of the way the East Coast crane company conducted its business. “We need our machines to be available borderline immediately in the kind of work we conduct, because contracts pop up from nowhere and catch us on the fly,” he said. “The lead times for availability were incredible: we ordered a crane and, a month and a half later, the TIDD PC28-2 turned up on our doorstep.” Conceived in 2010 by Anthony Davis and Ben Baden after the duo saw an opportunity in the market and joined forces, sales, service and repair has always been the cornerstone of operations

The “compact” and “safe” machine allows the AWCON team to gain access and operate within more confined job sites, according to Andrew.

stationary chart for heavy lifts, and a 66 per cent pick and carry chart. Additionally, the machine has a 1.1-tonne superlift counterweight option which provides users with a 12 per cent increased lifting capacity which, for Andrew, was one of the main selling points when purchasing the machine. “The superlift configuration provides a tangible point of difference for us, especially on road works such as the ones we’re currently undertaking in South Australia,” he said. “Additionally, as our work also revolves around the mining sector, the crane’s narrower dimensions provide us with a higher degree of flexibility when working in underground mining sites and space is limited.” For Andrew, however, the lifting capacities and dimensions only make up one half of the purchase; the TIDD PC28 holds a range of safety features such as a dynamic load moment indicator for safe operation across all slopes and angles. Its key point of difference, however, is the Slew Safe feature, which features an 66 / CAL December 2023

“Additionally, as our work also revolves around the mining sector, the crane’s narrower dimensions provide us with a higher degree of flexibility when working in underground mining sites and space is limited.” indicator on the lifting chart that changes between green, amber, and red. If the machine enters the red zone, the Slew Safe will be activated; reducing the speed of the steering to 15 per cent, making turning the steering wheel harder, a ‘loaded up engine’ that makes an audible sound change, and a constant alarm going off inside and outside the cabin to warn of overload. For Andrew, the Slew Safe feature’s ability to derate the crane in a linear manner when bringing the machine back to a safe working position is clutch for the safe operation of the machine. “As well as the roll-over protective structure (ROPS) cabin, Slew Safe was another big selling point for us,” he said. “TRT has paid a lot of attention to the safety features of the crane which,

for the dealers based in New South Wales’ Arndell Park. Having gained experience from working under Ben’s father Gerhard in the original family business G.M. Baden., the two business owners have added refurbishment and the selling of used cranes to the Crane Connection’s arsenal. These are aspects of the business Andrew and the team at AWCON have already reaped the benefits of, citing the high level of thoroughness, quality, communications and affordability offered by the Crane Connection. “We’ve never been disappointed with the service received from the Baden Davis Crane Connection,” he said, “and the quality of service received when purchasing our new TIDD PC28-2 is reflective of that.” www.cranesandlifting.com.au


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