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).

A delicate and unprecedented challenge for AMCS technologies at the Hinkley Point C site

The anti-collision and zoning solutions provider AMCS technologies was chosen to ensure the safety of tower cranes at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in UK. 20 of the 55 tower cranes expected on the site have already been installed and equipped with the devices designed by AMCS technologies.

Among all these machines, the Favelle Favco hydraulic luffing tower crane with a capacity of 220 tons, one of the cranes with the highest lifting capacity in the world, was also equipped with the DCS 61-S. This crane is distinguished by its two arrows, a 70m and a 30m jib, each equipped with a hoist winch and a hook capable of working simultaneously or separately.

The installation of the DCS 61-S, that ensures the management of prohibited overfly zones as well as anti-collision with interfering cranes, jib by jib, and cable by cable or together, has been an unpriced ended challenge for AMCS technologies’ R&D teams.,Indeed it was necessary to guarantee the safety of the construction site and therefore the management of the two hoist winches on the same crane with two jibs.The DCS 61-S system, thanks to its adaptability and ability to manage the collision avoidance and zoning by successively integrating new machines into its network, proved to be perfectly suited for this task.

Four new Raimondi LR213 cranes for Dubai

Nurol Construction Co, part of the Nurol Group, has recently received four new Raimondi LR213 luffing jib cranes in Dubai. They will be used on a construction project of 27 residential towers overlooking the Arabian Gulf whose completion is planned for August 2021. Three teams were mobilized to carry out the offloading, assembly and installation of the new machines. Two of the new cranes, each with a jib length of 50 meters, are the first-ever Raimondi LR213s to be erected internally in existing structures onsite in the UAE, while the two cranes installed outside of the structures both have jib lengths of 55 meters.

“Raimondi’s Middle East operations team will be performing monthly onsite maintenance, and as part of the overall after sales care package we will later execute the jumping procedure to enable the cranes to reach 150 meters in height,” said Wael Hasan, Middle East Commercial Director, Raimondi Cranes.

“Nurol decided that the Raimondi luffers were the best fit for this job site based on a number of factors including the LR213’s agility and its 14 tonne maximum capacity,” explains Thasin Tahmaz, PTD Manager, Nurol

Demag AC 500-8 all terrain crane lifts 19 t chimney liner

On behalf of Munich City Utilities, AKM Autokranvermietung lifted a chimney liner weighing 19 t into the existing chimney of a cogeneration plant in the Freimann district of Munich. With a required lifting height of 119 m, crane operator Klaus Kellner opted for hid Demag AC 500-8 crane.

“Of all the eight-axle cranes available, the Demag AC 500-8 is the only crane that can safely handle the required loads of up to 19 t at this height – otherwise we would have had to use a larger and thus more expensive 700 t or even 750 t crane,” explains Sven Bauer, General Manager of Technology at AKM.

The AKM team had equipped the Demag crane with a 47-m main boom and a 72-m luffing jib in the SSL 60° configuration with 180 t of counterweight.This configuration was calculated from the factors lifting height and weight: “It was clear to us that we didn’t have much room for manoeuver with the lifts. That’s why we also placed bog mats under the outriggers of the AC 500-8 in order to raise the level of the crane and thus gain a little more height,” reports AKM crane operator Klaus Kellner.

AKM also had a customized spreader made of highly tempered steel built especially for this application, in which the holes to accommodate the load slings were precisely matched to the liner segments. “This ensured that we could really go to the maximum allowable hook height,” explains Sven Bauer.

Vertikal Days opens its doors !

The Vertikal Days opens its doors at the Donington Park in the East Midlands, one of the famous grounds of British motorsport. This two day event, which takes place on May 15th and 16th, gathers the biggest actors of lifting, handling and access platforms. A number of new products made their way over from Bauma in Munich to be shown for the first time in the UK. Visitors can be prepared for several product launches from crane, access and telehandler manufacturers as well as component and ancillary service companies. We wish a very successful edition to our colleagues from Vertikal !