SMIE’s anti-collision system operates in Sweden

The Swedish construction company Skanska in a joint venture with Danska MTH has been commissioned to build the Hisingbron Bridge in central Gothenburg. Working within a proximity to residential areas, roads and public transport systems, the company has equipped two Liebherr 280EC-H tower cranes with the ProSITE anti-collision system, launched by SMIE in 2016. Thanks to its WiFi capabilities, the system can be configured and managed remotely from any connected location. One of the reason they have chosen the ProSITE anti-collision system is also the local support from SMIE Nordic engineers.

Due to completion in 2021, the Hisingbron Bridge ties two river banks together providing ships with 12 m and 28 m crossings when lifted.

Singapore’s first MCR 295 already at work

Dragages Singapore construction company has hired the latest model in Potain’s MCR line of luffing jib cranes, the MCR 295, to help build CapitaSpring, one of the tallest buildings in the country’s financial district.
The Potain MCR 295 luffing jib tower crane is available in three versions, each with their own rated capacity and load chart, but each capable of working with up to 60 m of jib. The three versions H16, H20 and H25 have maximum capacities of 16 t, 20 t, and 25 t, and for the CapitaSpring project the contractor selected the H20 model.

Julien Esch, Managing Director of Dragages Singapore, explained: “With the MCR 295, we were able to configure the jibs to just 40 m so the crane can operate within the tight constraints of the job site.”

“With a compact 2 m by 2 m footprint and optional Top Tracing II anti-collision system, the MCR 295 is ideal for congested urban projects,” added Suman Das, Regional Sales Manager for Tower Cranes at Manitowoc.

In addition, the tower crane rental company Manta Equipment also supplied four other Potain luffing jib cranes, two MR 295 units and two MCR 225A machines. The new 280m development is worth $1.82 billion and will feature 51 stories of Grade A office space, ancillary retail space and a serviced residence.

AMCS technologies ensures safety on Chanels expansion project

AMCS technologies’ DCS 61-S anti collision systems equip four Potain tower cranes (MD 285, MD 345 and two MDT 308) required for the construction of the project that expands Chanel’s leatherwork factory in Verneuil-en-Halatte in France.

AMCS technologies also installed manometer sensors on every single crane to measure the wind speed. Each sensor is connected to the anti collision system of the crane on which it is attached, so that the wind speed is displayed in real time on the screen of the DCS 61-S placed in the crane operator cabin.

A job site supervisor, the SUP 61, completes the safety tools installed on this site. This allows to view and record on a computer screen (or tablet) placed in the offices the data relating to the positioning, movements and events of cranes equipped with the DCS 61-S system in real time.

This project is due to completion by the end of 2020 and will increase from 21 000 to 25 000m2

New addition to Comansa’s Flat-Top range

The Spanish tower crane manufacturer Comansa has added a new model to its range of large-capacity Flat-Top cranes, the new 21LC1400. This model has an 85 m jib as standard, extendable up to 90 m and a new cage. COMANSA’s most recent developments in the 21LC family will feature a modular design counterjib, a new single and compact trolley-hook and a the new CUBE cab as standard. COMANSA also announces the addition of “Quick Set”, exhibited in Bauma, an electronic limitation system that reduces the set-up time of the cranes from 3 hours to 45 minutes. This technology will also reduce the number of staff required during this operation. The new model is expected to be used mainly in infrastructure and PPVC (Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction) projects.

Two new Demag all terrain cranes to Windhoist UK

Windhoist UK, one of the world’s leading wind turbine erection company put into service two brand new Demag AC 220-5 all terrain cranes. The two machines were delivered from the plant in Zweibrücken to a large site in Sweden, where the company is currently erecting a wind farm. The total order consists of four machines with the delivery of the two other cranes, one Demag AC 300-6 and one Demag AC 160-5, scheduled at the beginning of 2020.

New Demag all terrain crane for Czech crane service provider

Czech crane service provider Radek Malina has taken a delivery of a new Demag AC 100-4L all terrain crane.

“The main reasons we decided on the AC 100-4L were its 60-meter-long main boom and its compact design. With a width of 2.55 meters and 16.00-size tires, it’s simply perfect for work in tight indoor spaces, where its excellent performance characteristics and large lifting capacities under all operating conditions make it shine,” explained owner and General Manager Radek Malina.

The new crane was picked up from authorized distributor ISOS Trade in Brno and was handed over by Demag Sales Manager Andreas Schramm.

Left to right: Peter Lesko (Radek Malina), Oldrich Shromadzil (ISOS Trade), Andreas Schramm (Demag Mobile Cranes), Radek Malina & Nela Jaklova (Radek Malina), and Marek Shromadzil (ISOS Trade).

Duncan Salt appointed new CEO of Wolffkran

Duncan Salt, the former Head of Sales and Service, is the new CEO of Wolffkran. He replaces Peter Schiefer, who has held this position since 2005. He will retain his position as Delegate of the Board of Directors and should focus on the development strategy. Peter Schiefer handed over his position as CEO on August 1, 2019.

Duncan Salt joined Woffkran in 2015 to lead the international sales team. In January 2017 he was promoted to take overall responsibility for Sales & Service alongside a position on the Executive Management Board.

“My goal is to drive the symbiosis between lifting services and crane technology. We are uniquely placed at Wolffkran and through a greater emphasis on our common goals we will position Wolffkran at the forefront of our industry setting benchmarks in service, quality and innovation, ” said Duncan Salt.

Manitowoc unveils new Potain topless crane

Manitowoc has recently launched the Potain MCT 325, further expanding its MCT range of topless cranes. The company unveiled the new crane during a special event at Manitowoc’s factory in Zhangjiagang, China on August 29.

Available in two versions, the MCT 325 offers jib length configurations from 40m up to 75m, in increments of 5m. At its 75m jib end, the MCT 325 can handle 2.5t for the 12t version and 2.3t for the 16t version. According to Manitowoc, on a well-prepared site, the MCT 325 can be setup within 1.5 days, with the complete jib and counter-jib erected in four lifts.

The MCT 325 is designed to work with the 2 m x 2 m L68 and L69 mast systems and can be utilized with fixing angles in a regular high-rise construction; in an internal climbing configuration; or mounted on a chassis in order to provide maximum versatility. The crane also features a new square design of the crane’s counterjib. To ensure easier assembly on site, the complete jib and counter-jib can be erected in two lifts each. There are also dedicated sling points on the counter jib and transport brackets on the jib to facilitate easier loading into the crane’s compact transport configuration.

The cranes are available with a variety of options for the hoisting, slewing and trolley mechanisms. The 12t version comes with the standard 75 LVFC 30 winch or the option to upgrade to the 75 HPL 30. The 75 LVFC 30, a 55 kW-rated hoist, offers a rope capacity of 766 m and can lift 1.5 t at up to 114 m/min. The 16 t version comes with the standard 75 LVFC 40 or there’s the option to upgrade to the 75 HPL 40 or 100 LVF 40. The 75 LVFC 40, a 55 kW-rated hoist, offers a rope capacity of 637 m and can lift 2 t at up 90 m/min. The winches are available with a safety brake option. 

Deliveries of the Potain MCT 325 will begin in September and the crane will be sold across Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Russia and the CIS countries. 

Tadano completes acquisition of Demag Mobile Cranes

Tadano Ltd. has announced the completition of its $215 million acquisition of the Demag Mobile Cranes business on August 1st. Demag’s mobile cranes give Tadano one of the most complete ranges of lifting equipment solutions available from a single manufacturer, expanding the product line with eight lattice boom crawler crane models with lift capacities from 400 to 3,200 t, including 15 all terrain crane models enhancing Tadano’s maximum lift capacity in-segment to 1,200 t. After this acquisition, the Tadano Group’s total lifting equipment line now includes more than 80 models, including rough terrain cranes, all terrain cranes, lattice and telescopic boom crawler cranes, truck cranes, and more.

“The Tadano Group’s strategy is to become the global leader in the lifting equipment industry and the premier choice with our customers. The Demag Mobile Cranes acquisition is one vital step toward achieving that goal,” says Koichi Tadano, president and CEO of Tadano Ltd. “It expands our penetration into many markets throughout the world, adds lattice boom crawler cranes to our overall product line, and enhances the capacity range of our all terrain cranes. By working together, we can better respond to our customers’ needs and give them greater added value than ever before.”

“Demag’s dedicated stakeholders, including customers, distributors and suppliers, among others, infuse the company with great value. As our journey with Demag begins, our most immediate goal is ensuring ‘Business as Usual’ for current Demag customers,” added Mr. Tadano. “We are committed to a seamless transition that allows these stakeholders to continue with their important business smoothly and successfully, while we continue on with the Tadano Group Vision of ‘Pursuing Further Excellence for the World and Future.’”

As a subsidiary of the Tadano Group, the Demag mobile cranes business’s legal entity name will be changed to Tadano Demag GmbH in the following weeks. Furthermore, as of August 1st Demag is now led by Jens Ennen, the new CEO of Tadano Demag GmbH.

Jens Ennen, CEO, Tadano Demag GmbH

Van Schaften: Largest fleet of LR 11000 cranes in the world

Crane rental company Van Schaften Leasing BV has placed an order for three Liebherr LR 11000 lattice boom crawler cranes at this year’s Bauma. The three 1000-tonne crawler cranes are equipped with the new F2 fixed jib, specially designed for the erection of wind turbines, which can be used with the main boom system even without a derrick. The F2 is a fixed lattice jib with a significantly increased lifting capacity of 250 tonnes rather than the 179 tonnes of the standard jib. The head rollers and hook block are designed so that the block cannot become twisted. The hook speed on the new jib is significantly faster since the block is operated by two parallel winches. It also features a runner.

Johan van Schaften, the company’s owner, explains: “The LR 11000 has outstanding lifting capacities and is perfect for wind turbines on 100 metre towers with its F2 system without a derrick. Its high performance and low cost transport make it absolutely unique on the market.”

After the delivery, the Dutch company will have a total of 8 of this model, making it the largest fleet of LR 11000 cranes in the world.

From left to right: Martijn Tuijtel (Van Schaften Leasing BV), Han Rekers (Liebherr Nederland B.V.), Dick Post (Van Schaften Leasing BV), Sophie Albrecht (Liebherr-International AG), Florian Ritzler (Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH).