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.
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.
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 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.
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.
At last, AMCS technologies will unveil the SUP BIM, the construction site supervisor in BIM.
The Spanish tower crane manufacturer Comansa will be exhibiting at Bauma its latest model, the 21LC1050 flat-top tower crane. This model can load up to 50t and has a maximum radius of 80m.
Available for purchase since September 2018, the 21LC1050 has been designed to work in large industrial or infrastructure projects as well as in construction with heavy precast or steel structures.
The 21LC1050 is delivered equipped with the new CUBE cab in its XL size. It has a fully glazed front and offers excellent working comfort. It will be exhibited at ground level for all visitors to see its ergonomic qualities and usable space.
The Liebherr Group has collaborated with the Austrian rope manufacturer Teufelberger to design a new type of high-tensile fibre rope for hoisting applications. Approximately 100 different fibre rope prototypes, measuring around 70,000m in length were developed and tested on test benches or in the field for nearly 50,000h. According to Liebherr, this new cable has a lifespan four times longer than a conventional steel rope while being lighter by one fifth. Moreover, because of its plastic fibre structure, this cable does not require any lubrication. Other improvements such as better identification of wear and end of life of the cable have also been added.
This new product will be presented at Bauma next year before being marketed in April 2019.
On the jobsite of Downtown Bursa, a town located in the South of Istanbul which will gather residences and facilities, the Turkish agent of Raimondi cranes Akem Group has just erected the first MRT159 topless tower crane of a total of six planned for this project. With its 48m height under hook and a 65m boom length, it can lift until 8t of maximum load. With two collars, its final HUH reaches 98m. Currently at work, the flat-top crane will do so during a period of 20-28 months. Among the five other topless cranes, four MRT159 with a 8t capacity and a HUH of 60m are also expected. The last one, a MRT152, also with a 8t capacity, beginning with 54m high will reach a final height under hook of 80m with one collar.
The Australian sales and service company of the Liebherr Group has announced the acquisition of the business activities, including all the employees and locations of Morrow Equipment in Sydney, Brisbane and Wellington on the 1st of January 2019. Liebherr will continue to support all existing contracts and customer relations as well as all Morrow employees can become part of the Liebherr team. Thomas Schröder and Craig Jones, the new managers of the tower cranes division at Liebherr-Australia, have declared their impatience to consolidate and develop the brand’s activity in the region. They will benefit from the know-how of the staff and the rental fleet of about 100 tower cranes and 40 hoists.
In Turnhout, Belgium, multiple apartments buildings and a museum are under construction and will form the Turnova District. To erect them, the Dutch crane rental company Stravers Torenkranen B.V has been chosen on behalf of the construction company Interbuild N.V. They are currently using six Terex flat-top tower cranes to do so, including two CTT 332-16 and four CTT 231-10. The first one has a 16t maximum lifting capacity and 3t at maximum length, with 75m of jib length. The second flat-top tower crane can lift until 10t and 2t at 70m high. To bring the cranes to the job site, Stravers used 72 trucks from its location in Veghel, in the South of Netherlands. A team of four people erected the six cranes during six full days. They will stay on site during a year and a half to lift prefab components, building materials and concrete buckets. The Owner and General Manager from the Dutch company, Berry Stravers, explained why he chose the CTT. “There were two reasons why we decided to only use Terex cranes for this work site: Firstly, they had the required lifting capacities. Secondly, it was remarkably easy to position them in an overlapping arrangement on the available space.” In total, almost the entire Stravers fleet is made up of Terex tower cranes (120 on 130).
The British lifting company Bennetts put into action a Raimondi LR330 heavy capacity luffing jib tower crane, the first ever manufactured worldwide. The machine has been deployed on a construction site in the Royal Borough of Kensington, London. It « will be joined later this year and in 2019 by another LR330 ant two Raimondi LRH174 », as stated the manufacturer. The machine, with 18t maximum lifting capacity, is fitted with a new jib profile, which reduces storage transport dimensions and offers a shorter out-of-service radius. At the maximum radius, it can lift 3300 kg in ultra-lift mode. Seven different jib length configurations, from 30m to 60m, satisfy all needs in terms of specific jobsite configurations. Edward Seager, Managing Director of Bennetts Cranes, said : « We believe the LR330 is going to become a very useful crane within our fleet with such a large lifting capacity ».