CPA updates tower crane guidance
Wed, 23/07/14 – 8:03 | No Comment

The UK’s Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) has published a good practice guide for tower cranes working alongside railways.

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Terex launches new CTL 1600 range topping luffing jib tower crane
Thu, 24/07/14 – 8:13 | No Comment

Terex Cranes new CTL 1600 luffing jib tower crane has two and a half times the load moment and a 10 meter longer jib than the previous largest Terex luffing jib tower crane. The new CTL 1600 tower crane will be produced at the Terex facility in Fontanafredda, Italy.

Terex lifting crane
Terex Cranes’ new CTL 1600 has two and a half times the load moment and
a 10 meter longer jib than their previous model.

Topping the existing Terex tower crane portfolio of eight CTL luffing jib models, the new extra-large Terex CTL 1600 crane integrates extensive feedback from customers to combine outstanding lifting power with easy assembly, operator comfort and jobsite safety.

Offering a maximum lifting capacity of 72 tons, a maximum load moment of 1600 meter tonnes and equipped with an extra-long 246-foot jib, this crane offers extremely high lifting capacities and reach as well as ease of transport and assembly. This model has a maximum freestanding height of 89 meters on a concrete base and 88 meters on a chassis. The CTL 1600 tower crane uses HD 33 tower segments, which come equipped with pre-assembled tower platforms, aluminum ladders, multiple lifting points and the new “Engage System.” This system includes all the required components for tower crane assembly already positioned and ready to be connected.

Besides being the largest and heaviest lifting model in the Terex luffing jib tower crane range, the new Terex CTL 1600 boasts several innovative features focused on increased performance, easier crane assembly and safety.

Standard safety features include jib walkways and handrails to provide a safe working environment for technicians during set-up and maintenance when working at height.

As for all Terex luffing jib tower cranes, all hoisting and luffing winch drums are linked to their own separate emergency braking system, which at the press of a button stops operation rapidly but gradually enough to avoid blocking.

An optional anti-collision system helps the operator to plan and execute lifts while avoiding collisions with other cranes or buildings. Two cameras and a display screen increase visibility and enable the operator to zoom in and out as required.

Cost-efficiency is improved thanks to a folding platform and folding A-frame, which can be carried in one piece on a single standard truck to reduce transportation costs. An automatic slewing ring lubrication feature also means less time spent on maintenance. Additionally, a third hoist on the counter jib can be conveniently used as a service derrick for assembly. The new CTL 1600 tower crane is also equipped with one or two pull lines to combine the ability of heavy lifting with fast lifting speeds.

Providing excellent ergonomics and comfort to help crane operators work safely and stay focused for long hours on the jobsite, the new CTL 1600 crane comes equipped with the Terex Cranes EVO 15 operator cab. Built with feedback from users, the EVO 15 cab features five large windows for excellent visibility. For ventilation, its front window and back door open. Sliding sunscreen blinds are available for side, front and upper windows. Two large windshield wipers help keep a clear view at all times. An all stainless-steel electronics panel is located in the cabin platform providing excellent protection from different weather conditions. An adjustable ergonomic operator seat provides the comfort while a new ergonomic joystick control helps maneuver loads more easily with great precision. A full color, anti-glare, multi-language display screen provides data feedback including load, wind speed, height, alarm history and on-line trouble shooting to maneuver and lift precisely and safely.

Author;  John Skelly

Source:

http://www.khl.com/magazines/american-cranes-and-transport/detail/item99190/Terex-Cranes-launches-new-CTL-1600-range-topping-luffing-jib-tower-crane?source=breaking-news

Court rules Sany infringed Manitowoc patent
Wed, 23/07/14 – 8:16 | No Comment
Court rules Sany infringed Manitowoc patent

Administrative law judge David P. Shaw of the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has issued an initial determination in the patent infringement and trade secrets case filed by Manitowoc against Sany cranes.

Potain tower cranes assist with $3.8bn dam build
Mon, 21/07/14 – 8:02 | No Comment
Potain tower cranes assist with $3.8bn dam build

A team of 19 Potain tower cranes are helping to build the 1,285MW Xayaburi Dam in Laos.

Truck mount overturn
Tue, 15/07/14 – 8:10 | No Comment
Truck mount overturn

A mid-size truck mounted lift overturned last night in Bournemouth Gardens, in southern England, while working on the Bournemouth Balloon a tethered helium balloon attraction.

CCO Certified: 100,000 and Counting
Thu, 10/07/14 – 8:48 | No Comment
CCO Certified: 100,000 and Counting

CCO certification reached a historic milestone last month when the 100,000th person to be certified through the nationally accredited program since its launch in April 1996 received his certification card.

Firefighters hold crane rescue exercise
Wed, 9/07/14 – 9:45 | No Comment
Firefighters hold crane rescue exercise

Firefighters from West Pierce Fire and Rescue scaled a massive tower crane, then lowered a gurney with a mock victim 175 feet to the ground during a training exercise at the Chambers Creek Regional Waste water Treatment Plant.

Grove cranes lift giant relics at the Smithsonian
Tue, 8/07/14 – 8:15 | No Comment
Grove cranes lift giant relics at the Smithsonian

Two Grove GMK7550 all-terrain cranes have been used to lift a pair of giant historical artefacts at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

CICB’s Houston Operations Have Expanded
Mon, 7/07/14 – 8:30 | No Comment
CICB’s Houston Operations Have Expanded

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the demand for quality training and certification programs for operators, riggers and safety personnel.

Bay Bridge Take-down
Fri, 4/07/14 – 8:32 | No Comment
Bay Bridge Take-down

Bay Bridge that linked San Francisco to Oakland to be dismantled with 2 Liebherr LTM 1160/s and 2 Link-Belt HTC 8690, to be totally completed by July 2016. The first nine months of the project were consumed with engineering and planning.

Crane tips
Wed, 2/07/14 – 8:42 | No Comment
Crane tips

A four axle All Terrain crane overturned yesterday in the town of Ober-Ramstadt, near Darmstadt, thankfully no one was injured.

Sicklesteel Cranes Donates Calculators for Use on CCO Exams
Thu, 26/06/14 – 8:35 | No Comment
Sicklesteel Cranes Donates Calculators for Use on CCO Exams

In support of the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators’ policy of providing calculators for certain CCO written exams, Sicklesteel Cranes (Mt. Vernon, WA) has donated 20,000 calculators for candidates’ use.