VFD’s for Lifting Applications

Invertek Drives, the UK-based designer and manufacturer of Optidrive variable frequency drives for electric motor control, has begun training technical staff from South African sales partner, iTek Drives, ahead of anticipated accreditation as an Optidrive full service and repairs centre. Accreditation will reinforce iTek’s position as a leading supplier of variable frequency drives (VFDs) in […]

UPS for Crane 

Steinweg, a global provider in storage, handling, forwarding, chartering, and commodity logistics, has successfully resolved recurring voltage and power quality challenges plaguing the main crane at its Amanzimtoti, Durban facility thanks to the expertise of Ultimate Electrical Services (UES), a channel partner of ABB. Steinweg’s vital operations depend on the crane, which operates ‘on-demand’ 24/7 […]

Centralised Servicing and Supply

Konecranes and Demag (Pty) Ltd, one of South Africa’s leaders in the design and supply of lifting equipment, recently moved to new premises in Linbro Park, Sandton. The new premises will offer customers a more centralised servicing and supply facility with easier access from all of the major industrial hubs in the Gauteng region. Ian […]

First Hydraulic Electric Crane

Mammoet has added the first electric hydraulic crane to its fleet: the Liebherr LTC 1050-3.1E. Its lifting movements can be powered electrically with full performance, generating zero emissions on site. Heavy construction projects across all industry sectors are seeking to reduce the carbon impact of their operations, to meet strict regulatory requirements and contribute towards 2030 […]

Orders Streaming In

A steadily increasing order intake from general industry and consulting engineers has led BB Cranes of Cape Town to step up production to meet demand. The upgrading of water and wastewater treatment plants in the Western and Eastern Cape is providing much of the additional business. Cranes and hoists are key to these plants, where […]

Cutting fuel consumption

Frequent downtime, high fuel consumption and excessive emissions are the bane of equipment operators in the material handling market. The total time interval between when a machine goes down to when it is fully operational can be financially crippling, especially when the downtime causes shipping delays and demurrage is charged in dollars. Increased fuel consumption […]

Monopile Transport System

As offshore wind turbines grow, their foundations are increasing in size, making transport and storage more difficult. Mammoet’s new jacking and cradle system minimises upgrades to grillage and sand bunds, helping customers to reduce costs. Monopiles are colossal cylindrical steel foundations that connect wind turbines to the seabed. They can weigh in excess of 3 […]

Environmentally-friendly Bulk Bags

Conceptainer, specialists in the design and local manufacture of labelling, packaging, transport and storage solutions, has developed solutions to protect product integrity and for efficient handling, stacking and storage. The company’s extensive range of products includes Tellap pallet-free bulk bags, collapsible thrift bins, stillage boxes, label holders, Polypropylene repair bag tape and anti-static Polypropylene corrugated […]

Dedicated LMI in Middelburg

Steinmuller Africa has expanded its plant and equipment hire services through its Middelburg depot. The company now offers a pool of over 24 000 items, including cranes ranging from 5 to 400 tons, trailers, tractors, welding machines, generators, rigging, grinding, and drilling equipment. The Middelburg depot serves clients in the power generation, petrochemical, chemical, mining, […]

Zero Emission, Heavy Transport 

A new zero emission heavy transport vehicle has been created, which can remove the carbon impact of installing large infrastructure such as bridges, wind turbines and power station components. Mammoet – the world’s largest heavy lifting and transport company – is responsible. It works by converting existing Self-propelled Modular Transporters – or SPMTs – from […]