Manitowoc to Launch New Crawler Cranes at ConExpo

Manitowoc2Manitowoc will introduce a new range of lattice-boom crawler cranes at ConExpo 2014. Among them will be the 180 ton (165 t) capacity Manitowoc MLC165, which makes its U.S. debut at the show. The crane will be joined by two completely new crawler cranes — details for which will be revealed at the show.

The Manitowoc MLC165 is designed for the global market. The crane was first shown at the bauma 2013 tradeshow in Germany. ConExpo marks its official launch stateside. Continue reading

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Terex Cranes Reveals Details of New ‘Boom Booster’

Terex Boom BoosterTerex Cranes has released preliminary specifications of a new capacity-increasing ‘boom booster’ upgrade kit for its CC 8800-1 crawler crane. The kit will undergo testing until the end of March next year with first shipments planned for summer 2014.

The ‘boom booster’ provides a significant increase in lift capacity for long system lengths, is easy and cost effective to transport in standard 40ft open top containers and is retrofitable to any CC 8800-1. Continue reading

Construction Spending Hits Four-Year Peak

construction spendingAn unusual surge in public construction in October pushed total construction spending to its highest level since May 2009 despite a dip in both private residential and nonresidential activity, according to an analysis of new Census Bureau data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials urged lawmakers in Washington to make water and surface transportation investment a top federal priority. Continue reading

Non-slip Pads From Nylacast

2011100_Nylacast_BigfootComposite component manufacturer Nylacast has introduced a non-slip ‘Getagrip’ crane outrigger mat.

Available as an option on its range of Bigfoot crane outrigger pads, a non-slip coating has been applied to the top surface in order to help prevent users or pedestrians from slipping on the hard cast nylon plastic surface in wet or wintery conditions. Continue reading

Van Beest and Hoist UK pick up LEEA Innovation Awards at LiftEx 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAVan Beest and Hoist UK have emerged as winners in the LEEA Innovation Awards held at LiftEx 2013, the annual trade exhibition for the overhead lifting industry. Van Beest’s Green Pin ROV shackles, which are designed for use with remote operated vehicles (ROVs) in sub-sea environments, secured the prize for Best Product, whilst Hoist UK’s Oblik modular lightweight load bearing structure picked up the award for Best Application. Continue reading

Wire Rope Exchange Article: B/A Products Proves That the Family That Works Together, Works Best

By Joe Nolan

B/A Products is the kind of company you used to hear about a lot – a busy little family affair that blossomed into a booming success. During a time when many entrepreneurs are questioning the American Dream, B/A is finding that the best way to build a future is through old-fashioned values like inventiveness, perseverance and the help of a hard working family.

When Mel and Enid Berman founded B/A Products Co. in Hollywood, Florida they built chain assemblies, punched rubber sling straps and offered other basic products aimed at the towing industry. Continue reading

Screener Crusher Processor Turns Heads on Windmill Farm

screenercrusherAll construction projects have unexpected surprises and last-minute changes. But a last-minute change helped The Morse Group discover new processes and uncover a new opportunity to save time and reduce cost on this and future jobs.

The Illinois-based electrical contracting giant was just about to start a Wisconsin installation of direct-burial high-voltage underground cables for six 262-ft. (80 m) wind turbines, each with three 135-ft. (41 m) blades, when it was informed that the engineers wanted to switch from hauling in fill material to using the native material. Continue reading

LEEA Elects Kenny Wright as Chairman

SONY DSCKenny Wright, business development manager for Servtech, has been elected chairman of LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association), the leading representative organisation for the lifting equipment industry. Oliver Auston, managing director of Checkmate Lifting and Safety, has been chosen to serve as vice chairman. Continue reading

Spider Promotes Steve Leon to District Sales Representative – Las Vegas

Steve LeonSpider, a division of SafeWorks, LLC, announces Steve Leon has been promoted to District Sales Representative of its Las Vegas operation center. In this role, Steve is responsible for solving the suspended scaffolding and fall protection challenges of contractors and facility owners throughout western Nevada, eastern New Mexico, southern Utah, and Arizona. Continue reading

Maine Wind Industry Proposal

Maine energy industry officials and lawmakers applauded on Wednesday the potential environmental and economic benefits of a 12-megawatt offshore wind project that could be built off the state’s coast, but a lot remains to be settled before construction of the two-turbine project is ensured.

In documents released Wednesday, officials estimated that the project proposed by the University of Maine and a host of partner companies could bring at least 340 full and part-time jobs during the three years of planning and construction and create $120 million in investments, half of which would be paid to Maine-based entities. But at 23 cents per kilowatt hour — significantly higher than current market rates — it will cost utility customers nearly $9 more a year on their bills. Continue reading

Shell Floats Hull of Enormous Rig

shellRoyal Dutch Shell PLC says it has completed building the hull of the world’s largest floating facility, which has been constructed to process natural gas off the coast of western Australia.

Shell said Tuesday that the 488-meter (1,600 foot) hull of the structure, known as “Prelude,” was floated out of the dry dock in Geoje, South Korea where it is being built. Continue reading