With hurricane season in full swing, there’s a lot at stake for the crane industry. Thankfully, hurricanes leave a good amount of time for preparation. By checking out the following pointers, you can prepare your worksite for the impact and aftermath of these deadly disturbances.
Crane spotters have been used since industrial cranes were first created, and not much has changed over the years. These "signal people” are critical to the safe operation of any crane project, and their knowledge has only increased with time. While performing such an important job, a crane spotter must always be on the lookout for the following.
A reliable lift director is someone who is dependable, trustworthy, naturally a leader, and experienced in executing safe lifting operations. When preparing for your lift, it is critical that you hire a lift director with the aforementioned qualities. Taking your time when selecting the right person should be taken very seriously.
When searching for a crane supplier, you need a provider that not only understands what your needs are, but will suggest trustworthy equipment that makes your projects easier and safer to execute.
Cranes are more than just the massive towering construction cranes that you see during skyscraper building. But there’s more to cranes than those types. There is more to it. If you’ve passed electricians repairing a telephone pole, for example, you’ve likely seen a telescopic truck and crane.
Not long after President Trump implemented 25 percent steel tariffs and 10 percent aluminum tariffs, construction industry insiders say their steel costs are already up to 10 percent, according to a report by National Real Estate Investor.
What is more expensive steel going to mean for the crane industry?
In today’s ecommerce-driven world, Amazon and other e-tailers have reduced the customer’s expected delivery time to hours (not weeks). The parts and service sector of America’s crane industry—led by innovators like LC Crane Parts—has responded in kind, with online parts catalogs and fast distribution systems transforming the way we meet our customers’ expectations.
Training someone to work with cranes means more than showing them how to inspect wire ropes, sheaves and drums, safety devices, hydraulic and electrical components, pumps and valves. It means teaching them how to take responsibility for a crew’s safety—and the success of the job.
As the name indicates, rough terrain cranes are used to navigate rough ground and unimproved job sites. They can also maneuver easily through confined areas with tight clearance, making them great for petrochemical facilities where there might be too much equipment in the way for less nimble machines.
When it comes to safely operating a truck-mounted crane, you have to know your equipment and properly plan your job. A mobile crane safety training course will help. OSHA-approved courses are designed to prepare crane operators, riggers, signalers, engineers, construction managers, contractors and inspectors for the safe execution of heavy lifts.
When most people hear about a mobile crane tipping over, they assume it’s because the load was too heavy. The truth is, a loss of stability is inevitable when operators fail to follow the crane manufacturer’s guidelines regarding crane ratings. In other words, incorrect boom length or boom angle are more likely the causes of tipping accidents.
The heavy-duty cranes used in mining are the toughest of the tough. These beasts carry the heaviest and most dangerous loads and are designed to withstand brutal conditions.
Untidy wire rope spooling doesn’t just look messy. Twisted hoist lines can bring a construction project to an abrupt halt. When that rope gets kinked, crushed or otherwise damaged, it has to be replaced. And you’ve probably learned the hard way that quality wire rope isn’t cheap.
Crawler cranes (or "lattice boom” crawlers) are usually the most eye-catching equipment on a job site. Their height and size let them handle loads that other cranes cannot support. With a reach up to 700 feet, they can pick up loads up to 2,000 tons.
There are several different types of mobile cranes used in construction, all with an array of models, functions and capabilities. All of them lift and hoist material and equipment by the ton. Without them, our modern world would look a lot different.
Mobile cranes are ideal for lifting loads where there isn’t much space to move around, but a miscalculation can spell disaster in these situations. That’s why there’s a strong business case for making the job site as safe as possible.
The cranes we work on are amazing examples of modern technology built on ancient understanding of physics. The many parts that go into building one of these machines have to work together in perfect harmony to get the work done right.
Structurally damaged cranes may be unsafe to repair, meaning manufactures won't take the job. And going to the distributor for even small repairs may mean a long turnaround and high repair costs.
Liebherr developed an interesting method to erect LR 1600/2 crawler cranes with long wind power boom systems. The smaller crane is used for counterweight in the boom and for setting the lattice boom crawler up.
The Terex RT 100 is a reflection of its design team's dedication. Created after extensive research and exhaustive testing, the model is a welcome addition to fleets around the globe. Researchers listened long and hard to customer feedback, and took an honest look at the real day-to-day needs of operators and owners.
To safely direct a load, a qualified signal person must be able to know the types of signals used at the work site. Here's an animated list of some of the more common mobile crane hand signals.
Seven years ago, Terex dropped the Terex Demag line. Fleet managers at-large were disappointed, as the Demag line was always known for its efficiency and durability. Fortunately, Terex has decided to bring the Terex Demag Line back. It will now be known solely as Demag, and Terex will continue manufacturing and selling these high-quality, German-made cranes.
As your crane ages, it will likely encounter problems you can't easily identify. Its existing parts will need to be replaced or repaired. But, whatever the issue may be, it's important to have a local crane service company you trust on-hand when these problems arise.
In today's age of increasing safety regulation, it's essential that your signal person and crane operator communicate clearly and efficiently. If there is any confusion between the two, the chances of an on-site accident are heightened, which can lead to damaged equipment, injured team members, and raised costs.
Demag cranes are among the most popular pieces of construction equipment in the world, due to their outstanding efficiency, quality, and reliability. Every crane and its corresponding components reflect decades of mastery and reliability from a valued partner in the industry.
Although military cranes can be used for standard construction activities, they can also fulfill military-specific purposes, such as ammunition handling, artillery barrel replacement, and other assignments.
The stakes are high when it comes to crane safety on the jobsite. Not only is there expensive property and equipment at stake, but a crane collapse can lead to tragic consequences. That's why it is of the utmost importance to always use a high quality anemometer to provide you with accurate wind condition data.
A crane's load chart is the key to its proper operation. In order to use the crane with maximum efficiency and efficacy -- and to avoid failures and accidents, the load chart must be consulted and accurately translated.
Larry Collier Crane Service is Atlanta's premier provider of Terex and Demag crane parts. The motto: "If you have cranes, we have what it takes to keep them up" isn't just a slogan. With thousands of cranes and crane parts for sale, the experts at Larry Collier can provide exactly what you need, right when you need it.
A major accident is every crane operator's worst nightmare, and while accidents like the recent tragedy in New York don't make the news every day, accidents are one of the primary causes of work-related deaths in the construction industry.
Many crane service companies are available for your lifting needs, and refurbished cranes can make the project more feasible. The customization and production of new cranes can take up to several months to complete, whereas used cranes are usually ready for the job when you need them. And we all know that less downtime means more productivity.
Tower cranes are on job sites all over the world. There are over 100,000 operating at any given time! Here are the basics you need to know about yours.
While counterfeit cranes may sound far-fetched, they are in fact a reality. Terex Cranes has publicly announced their cranes are now being counterfeited across the globe. Here's what you can do to protect yourself and your business.
Overhead cranes are especially popular in metal fabrication and manufacturing industries that take advantage of its two-directional travel. Learn more about them here!
Some holiday traditions take some heavy lifting. In Winterberg, Germany, the Bluggel company brought in a giant evergreen weighing 4,189 pounds. Friedrich Bluggel, owner of the crane company, selected a Terex Challenger 3180 to bring the tree into Winterberg.
Terex Material Handling's new V-type double girder overhead traveling cranecan handle a load capacity of up to 50 tons and vomrd with a standard span of 35 meters (with longer girder lengths available upon request).
Terex Material Handling and Port Solutions, a segment of Terex Corp., is currently celebrating 50 years of business excellence with the Demag cranes brand in North America. Larry Collier Crane Parts and Services has Demag and Terex parts, and also offers crane repair services on both Terex and Demag products.
Collier Crane recognizes that budget restrains, coupled with intangible benefits, can bring decision-makers to question the value of training programs. Today we'll address these concerns to help you find a proper training program, and introduce the concept of Return on Training Investment analysis to help put a dollar value to training.
Alloy chain slings are available in many configurations to suit a variety of load lifts. Join us as we discuss the benefits of chain slings, and review the different assembly methods you can take back to use on your projects.
Tower cranes are fascinating structures. Their sheer size makes them a visual spectacle in the sky, and their T-shape appears impossible to maintain. Perhaps the most interesting piece of the tower crane is its elevator. What are the details of these elevators, and how do they work?
Cranes are very powerful devices. However, since cranes can lift their own weight (if not more), there is a looming fear that they will tip over or lose control of the load. A strong foundation is key to maintaining the integrity of the crane's lifting potential.
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