Two topless tower cranes over a historic district of Florence

Two topless tower cranes: a Raimondi MRT159 (equipped with the Deluxe R126 cabin) and a Raimondi MRT84, were erected by the Official Raimondi Cranes agent, Assistedile Srl., in a historic district of Florence in Italy. These two machines are used in the construction of a new luxury hospitality property, as well as the renovation and restoration of the San Paolo Apostolo church and convent, more commonly known as San Paolino. The cranes should stay onsite for approximately 16 months.

“We were pleased to take part in this important project in such a revered district in Florence. It required intense jobsite preparation as both cranes – positioned on embedded elements – had to meet strict provisions set by the archaeological superintendents that are put in place to protect the country’s historic structures and sites,” said Luciano Friso, Managing Director, Assistedile.

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. 

IDP distributes over 35 Potain tower cranes for a new city in Egypt

More than 35 Potain tower cranes are currently being used on the construction site of the new El Alamein city on Egypt’s northern coast. The on-site Potain cranes fleet includes MCT 85, MCT 205, MC 235 C and MC 310 K12 models. All these machines have been delivered by International Development Programmes (IDP), distributor of Potain cranes in Egypt for the past 44 years. The cranes started arriving on site in 2018 and are expected to stay there for at least 5 years.

The two most popular cranes on the job site are the MCT 85 and MCT 205 topless models. The first one has a maximum jib length of 52 m and a tip load of 1.1 t. It has a maximum capacity of 5 t. The MCT 205 is a topless crane with a maximum capacity of 10 t and it can lift 1.75 t at its maximum jib end of 65 m. Once completed, the new city will be able to accommodate 3 million people over an are of 21,000 hectares.

SMIE takes crane automation technology a step further

SMIE, manufacturer of anti-collision systems for tower cranes has taken further the crane automation technology. Using their remote 4G system they have been able to connect a Pro-SITE installed tower crane to their simulator system based 300km away. This adaptation requires no hardware modifications to the crane only a viable 3G or 4G connection. Where this is not possible, a WIFI connected system with direct internet connection can be used instead.

Nick Palfrey, Chief Marketing Officer said “For us, this is once again a conceptual exercise in how we as a technology provider can push the envelope. Whilst the technology works and is entirely useable, we are not presenting this as a solution we expect our customers to adopt today. In our view, this is part of a wider set of solutions that we are creating to make jobsites smarter.

Vincent Brach, Technical Director and Industry Expert added “we are achieving transfer rates of less than 100 milliseconds which is substantial and well below the levels of what is required to remotely control a crane. We added a safety feature to put the crane into a safety mode if this margin went above 100 milliseconds.”

Corleonis orders 19 flat-top tower cranes from Terex

The tower crane rental, sales and service provider Corleonis has been the official distributor for Terex tower cranes in Poland since the end of 2018. From the beginning of the year, Corleonis ordered 19 flat-top tower cranes from Terex Cranes, including the models CTT 91-5, CTT 132-6, CTT 162-8, CTT 561-32 and the brand new CTT 202-10 flat-top tower crane, officially presented for the first time at this year’s bauma.

“We value Terex Cranes as a highly respectable and reliable business partner with an honest and sincere passion for tower cranes. Moreover, the high level of awareness and acceptance of the Terex brand in Poland made it easy for us to enter into this business relationship,” says the owner of Corleonis, Arkadiusz Ertel.

The new distributor’s product portfolio ranges from Terex CBR self-erecting tower cranes and CTT flat-top tower cranes to CTL luffing jib tower cranes.

From left to right: Marco Gentilini (Vice President & General Manager Tower Cranes, Terex Cranes), John Garrison (CEO, Terex Corporation), Steve Filipov (President, Terex Cranes), Arkadiusz Ertel (CEO, Corleonis), Jacek Obrębski (Commercial Director, Corleonis) and Bartosz Irzyniec (Sales Manager, Terex Cranes).

Raimondi Cranes appoints Domenico Ciano as Chief Executive Officer

Tower cranes manufacturer Raimondi Cranes announced this appointment to the company’s official agents in the heart of Bauma 2019. After 17 years in the tower crane business, Eng. Domenico Ciano joined Raimondi Cranes in 2014 as the company’s Technical Director and will succeed Ahmed Alkhoshaibi, who served the Chief Executive Officer position since 2009.

“I am confident and proud that Raimondi will have a leader that both values its heritage and that will further invigorate the significant upward trajectory we have experienced these past years,” said Alkhoshaibi.

“Every Raimondi product launch has been welcomed by strong sales and repeat purchasing, itself an indication of client satisfaction and acknowledgement of our technical advancements and product fit-for purpose,” Eng. Ciano added.

The 21LC1400 joins the Flat-Top range of Comansa

During the Bauma trade show, the Spanish manufacturer of tower cranes Comansa announced the arrival of a new model in its flat-top range. This crane, named 21LC1400 will be available worldwide from September 2019 in two versions, with maximum load capacity of 50 or 66 t. Like the other recent models of the brand, the 21LC1400 will feature a modular design of the counterjib to significantly reduce the counter-radius in constrained jobsites. A new single and compact trolley has also been designed and will replace the former Comansa double trolley system. The main expected application of the new cranes is to work in PPVC and infrastructure projects and on the sites where is necessary to lift very heavy loads.

Lee Maynard new Global Sales Director for Terex Tower Cranes

Former Director of Sales for Europe and Russia in the Mobile Cranes field, Lee Maynard was appointed to this new position on February 1st. His mission is to develop and identify different growth opportunities in the global market for tower cranes in order to increase the division’s market share and profitability. Lee Maynard will also lead the global Terex Tower Cranes Sales Team in EMEAR, North America, East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Three new Raimondi MRT189s for Irish Cranes

Irish Crane & Lifting, official agent of Raimondi Cranes for Ireland, has received three MRT189 topless tower cranes. The MRT189 has a jib lengths of 65m and height under hook of 42m for a maximum load capacity of 10t. This machine is equipped with the newly launched 45 kW and offers improved usability thanks to its unique hook block. The first of three cranes, sold to KPH Construction Ltd (KPH), has already been erected on the Cherrywood jobsite in Dublin. The other two will enrich the fleet of Irish Crane.

AMCS technologies will present three novelties at Bauma

AMCS technologies will present for the first time its DCS 61-S (Driving Control System Safety), the new anti-collision and zoning system. It is a complete safety system developed with a higher level of requirement to ensure the safe execution of orders to manage the cranes in interference. This device will offer other new features, in addition to three essential functions, to be discovered on their stand.

loT Lifting

The company will also preview a telematics system called loT Lifting. By equipping the DCS 61-S anti-collision system with a SIM card, it will be possible to collect on a web portal the important data of each crane (when the crane is powered, in motion, by weathervane, etc.) in order to generate personalised statistics for each job site. The main objective of loT Lifting is to be able to precisely and remotely monitor the activity and productivity of the construction site.

SUP BIM

At last, AMCS technologies will unveil the SUP BIM, the construction site supervisor in BIM.