The Rise of Second Hand Construction Equipment Amidst COVID

It comes as no surprise that the outbreak of coronavirus affected the functioning of countries significantly, but it also affected specific industries, their production, and the supply chain. One such sector is the Construction industry with its halt in working and progress. However, this temporary break has given the domain time to plan, structure, and make a striking comeback.

By now, plenty of businesses have been actively preparing their long-term prospects and returning to the new normal working condition slowly. They are making changes and amendments to their operations accordingly to ensure the safety of their staff. Another requirement for this industry is to equip itself with proper machinery to meet future project demands.

For those considering second hand tower cranes, NFT has previously covered all factors to consider when make the decision to invest. 

 

What is the solution?

As supply has been affected due to “lockdowns”, the demand for new products has increased substantially. Moreover, taking a look at the requirement of used construction equipment- it is expected that this market will withstand the pressure and expand. It has now become a trend in the construction sector to purchase second-hand construction equipment.

One of the most prominent advantages of getting used construction equipment is that one can acquire these at much better and budget-friendly price than newer ones. Having a smooth working production line, with these pieces of equipment, can promote better productivity. These are also great for having reduced operational costs and fuel efficacy.

Getting second-hand construction equipment can make the business more agile. The used types of equipment are also ideal to be employed in short-term projects that have a specific requirement. With less value depreciation, you may even resell the equipment after the project is over. These are also the best options for projects that need a distinctive machine for a job.

With the economy slowly stepping back into its usual phase, the demand for the construction industry will increase as the global markets experience a boost in infrastructure. Therefore, this decision making would make a difference.

Highlighting the Advantages of Buying Second Hand Construction Equipment

  • Effective Budget-Management

As all construction businesses will be recovering from the sudden drop, they will have to keep a close eye on their budget and expenditure. This means that using second-hand equipment would be a reliable option; rather than buying expensive equipment or hiring agencies. This will also save you from making extra savings as the used equipment does not face a high-value depreciation as new ones. Additionally, the expenses on additional accessories, sales tax, and operational licenses will be saved.

 

  • Wider Variety of Equipment

As mentioned above, the supply of the construction equipment is scarce- this imposes that a limited product range will be made available to the buyers. However, if we look at the second-hand equipment market, it already consists of a wide range of products that are ready to be purchased. This could be a positive sign for the industry as they can have substitute machinery for the time being.

 

  • Ideal for Future Resell Prospects

Unlike the new machines, these equipment have low depreciation value; that will help collect good returns when sold again. The new equipment loses its value the moment it is taken out from the showroom; almost half of its total value. However, if you purchase used construction equipment make sure that you keep complete track of its performance, servicing, and all related information. The more information you provide for resale, the higher the price you get.

 

  • Finding Spare Parts is Easy

Whenever you buy second-hand equipment, there are chances that you will require a few spare or replacement parts. As these machines have been used before, they might get easily worn down. However, this aspect only adds on to the benefits of second-hand equipment. Just like the extensive equipment range, the availability of spares is effortless as well. You may also change the old part with a new and compatible one to enhance the equipment’s functioning.

  • An Eco-Friendly Choice

Reshaping the former industrial relations would become a challenge for many construction-related businesses. However, using equipment that has low carbon emission could help you establish the pre-COVID era image again. Second-hand construction equipment also decreases the generation of industrial waste. One can also get used recycling and waste-management units to control the waste generation.

  • What’s the Final Verdict?

While new machines can and will render dependable performance and quality assurances, buying second-hand construction equipment could be more advantageous. You can buy a machine as per your project demand and then trade it to other interested buyers. This means you will have to check your requirements adequately and then search for available options. These will support smoother operations, all while boosting your productivity.

Not only are these cost-effective options for the restart of the global market but also demand less input and can be improved by adding spare parts over time. As the supply of machines is delayed due to the ongoing pandemic- an innovative, definitive, and effective solution for the need for construction equipment in the industry can be fulfilled through the second-hand options.

NFT’s stock of second hand cranes 

SELF ERECTION
Type Y.O.M Jib (m) Hoist winch
IGO21 2008 24 8LVF9
IGO36 2004, 2005 32 15LVF10
IGO50 2008 40 15LVF10
GTMR360A 1977, 1981, 2004 30 to 40 PC
GTMR360B 2004 40 PC
GTMR386A 1987,1989,1990,1991,1992,1994,1997, 2002,2004, 2006,  2009 40 to 50 PC
GTMR386B 2006, 2007, 2008 40 to 55 PC
GTMR400A 1985, 1987, 1993, 1990 40 to 50 PC
EUROPEAN HAMMERHEAD RANGE
Type Y.O.M Jib (m) Hoist winch Mast type (m)
MC80 1995 38 33PC MC1.2×1.2
MC85B 2004, 2005 40 25PC13 MC1.2×1.2
MD185-h10 2002 60 75LVF25 MD1.6X1.6
MD125A 1999 55 45RCS15 MD1.6X1.6
MD125A 2000 50 RCS MD1.6X1.6
MD150 1996 45 33LVF20 MD1.6X1.6
MD175A 1992, 1998, 1999, 2000 45 to 55 33LVF20 MD1.6X1.6
MD175B 2002 50 50LVF20 MD1.6X1.6
MD208 2002 50 50LVF25 MD1.6×1.6
MD238 – 10T 2002, 2008 55 to 65 50LVF25 MD1.6X1.6 & MD 2×2
MD238 – 10T 2002 60 33LVF25 MD1.6X1.6
MD238 – 12 T 2008 65 100LVF30 MD2X2
MD238 – 12 T 2008 55 to 65 75LVF30 MD1.6X1.6 & MD2X2
MD238-12T 2003, 2004 60 to 65 50LVF30 MD1.6×1.6 & MD2x2
MD220 G12 1993 60 LVF MC2x2
MD235 1999, 2000 45 to 50 50LVF25
MD235A 12T 1999, 2000 60 50RCS30 MD2X2
MD235 1996, 1997 55 to 60 55RCS25 MD1.6X1.6
MD250J12 1993 60 to 65 55LTV 30 MD2X2
MD250J12 1993 45 70RCS30 MC2x2
MC265 1998 65 70RCS30 MC2x2
MD265B1 2006 50 50LVF30 MD2x2
MD265B 1999, 2008 30 to 65 75LVF30 MD2x2
MD265 1997, 1998 45 70RCS30 MD2x2
MD265A 1997, 1999 55 to 60 55RCS30D MD2x2
MD265 J12 1996 65 RCS MD2x2
MD265 2007 55 100LVF30 MD2X2
MD285 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006 2007 50 to 70 75LVF30 MD2X2
MD285A 12T 2000 60 50LVF30 MD2x2
MD305B 2000 60 75LVF30 MD 2X2
MD310 L12 2006 45 50 LVF 30 MD2x2
MD345B L12 2009 65 100LVF30 MD2x2
MD345B L12 1998 60 75LVF30 MD2x2
MD345B L12 2009 55 50LVF30 MD2X2
MD345B 16T 2000, 2001 75 75LVF40 MD2x2
MD365 L16 2007 55 75LVF30 MD2x2
MD485-25 2005 70 150LCC63 MD2.45×2.45
MD500 1993 70 55RCS40 K2.5×2.5
MD550 2003 80 150LCC63
MD550 2008 80 100LVF50 MD
MD900 1987 50 120LMD80 MD4X4
MD1100 2018 80 270LVF100 R98A
MD1100 2010 80 250LCC100 R98A
MD1100 2008 80 250LCC100 K4X4
ASIA HAMMERHEAD RANGE
Type Y.O.M Jib (m) Hoist winch Mast type (m)
MCI 85A 2013 50 25PC13 MC1.2×1.2
MC115B 2005, 2010 50 33PC15 MC1.6X1.6
MC125B 1997, 2014, 2015 60 33PC15 MC1.6X1.6
MC125 2018 60 40LVF15 MC1.6×1.6
MC175B 2007, 2008 60 45RCS25 MC1.6×1.6
MC175B 2008 60 50LVF20 MC1.6×1.6
MC175C 2018 60 60LVF20 MC1.6×1.6
MC180-2C 1997 55 70RCS25 MC1.6X1.6
MC180-2C 1997 50 55RCS25 MC2x2
MC180-2C 1996 45 55RCS MC1.6X1.6
MC205B 2011 60 55RCS25 MC2X2
MC235A 1998 65 55RCS30 MC2x2
MC235 2006, 2005 65 50LVF25 MC2x2
MC235BJ10 2011 65 75LVF25 MC2X2
MC235BJ10 2014 65 55RCS25 MC2X2
MC235BJ10 1998 65 33LVF25 M2X2
MC235C 2016, 2017 65 60LVF25 MC2X2
MC300L12 1998 60 70 RCS30 MC2X2
MC310 K12 2010 70 50LVF30 MC2x2
MC310 K12 2008, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019 70 70RCS30 MC2x2
MC310 K12 2006, 2009,  2010, 2013, 2014, 2015 40 75LVF30 MC2x2
MC310 K16 2014, 2015 70 75LVF40 M2X2
MC465 2018 80 100LVF63 M619
MC475 2017 80 100LVF63 R87
EUROPEAN FLAT TOP RANGE
Type Y.O.M Jib (m) Hoist winch Mast type (m)
MCT88 2007 52 LVF MC1.2×1.2
MDT178 2005, 2006, 2007 50 to 60 33LVF20 MD1.6X1.6
MDT268 J12 2009 65 100LVF30 MD2x2
MDT368 L12 2009 60 to 75 75LVF30 MD2X2
MDT368 L16 2009 75 100LVF40 MD2x2
MDT368 L16 2009 50 to 75 75LVF30 MD2x2

 

 

ASIA FLAT TOP RANGE
Type Y.O.M Jib (m) Hoist winch Mast type (m)
MCT85-F5 2015 52m 25PC15 MC1.2×1.2
MCT205-10 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019 65 60LVF25 MC2X2
MCT325 L12 2019 75 75LVF30 MC2X2
MCT385B-14T 2016, 2017 75 75LVF35 M619A
MCT385 2C 2019 75 75LVF35 L69B2
MCT385 2C 2019 75 75LVF35 M619
MCT385 2C 2019 75 75LVF35 MC2x2
MCT385-20 2014 30 to 75 100LVF50 M2x2

 

EUROPEAN LUFFING RANGE
Type Y.O.M Jib (m) Hoist winch Mast type (m)
MR160B 2004 50 50LVF25 MD1.6X1.6
MR160C 2008 50 100LVF25 MD1.6×1.6
MR160C 2008 50 75LVF25 MD1.6×1.6
MR220B 2003 150LCC30 MD2x2
MR225A 2006, 2010 55 100LVF35 MD2X2
MR295 2010 60 150LVF63GH MD2x2
MR415 2010 60 180LBR120 MD2.45×2.45
MR418 2016 60 150LVF120 MD2.45×2.45
MR418SP 2016 60 270LVF120 2.45X2.45
MR608 2018 60 270LVF80 MD2.45×2.45
ASIA LUFFING RANGE
Type Y.O.M Jib (m) Hoist winch Mast type (m)
MCR160 2017 50 60LVF25 MC1.6X1.6 & MC2x2
MCR225 2008, 2009, 2017 55 75LVF35 MC2X2
MCR225 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2018, 2019 55 100LVF35 MC2x2
MCR295-20 2018 60 100LVF50 M619
MCR295-20 2018 60 150LVF50 M619

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The rise of PPVC and Precast Construction

The construction industry witnessed the rise in concern to change existing designs, construction processes and enhance construction productivity. In an attempt to reach efficient solutions, the industry embraced the concept of Design for Manufacturing Assembly.

DFMA is a new approach that has made its way in the industry. This concept allows for planning work to be done off-site, due to which there is reduced wastage of time and labour to complete construction projects. It ensures a safe work environment and reduces the negative impact on the living environment. Prefabrication methods are now intensively used to improve construction production in the labour-intensive industry.

Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction is a new technology that supports the approach of DFMA. It focuses on speeding the construction process and productivity.  PPVC is a construction method where volumetric modules are manufactured and assembled in a fabricated facility according to the ascribed fabrication methods, and then the modules, including ceiling, floor, finishes for walls, are installed in a building under building works.

The rise in importance of PPVC is due to the benefits it provides as follows:

  • Improved Productivity: PPVC allows for a reduction in on-site construction activities. It speeds up the construction process as the fabrication process can be performed off-site at the same time, while other construction activities are taking place on-site. It has a significant role in improving productivity effectively. It can increase 40% productivity in terms of the labour available on-site and saves time up to 20%.
  • Reduce Labour Force On-Site: Improving worksite safety, PPVC is a game-changing technology. It allows for better working conditions for labour as most of the construction is performed off-site due to which less workforce is required on-site, which can save a lot of time in on-site installation. It significantly reduces construction, workforce, and installation activities on the site. Most operations are performed outside- in a controlled manufacturing environment- due to which there are fewer chances for any accidents occurring on work sites. It significantly reduces the chances of on-site injuries which the workers could face otherwise.
  • Better On-site Environment: PPVC affects our environmental footprint as well. With most operations performed off-site, the method allows for a significant reduction in noise and environment pollution. Project site construction causes severe disturbances for the surrounding neighbourhood; PPVC plays a remarkable role in reducing that. Off-site activities also mean less water spreading which leads to cleaner environments.
  • Quality Control: The quality and reliability of the final product are far more enhanced with operations taking place off-site. Planning of tasks and logistics cooperations can efficiently take place. PPVC can also be used for many multi-room constructions, including hotels, nursing homes, hostels, institutions, dormitories, and residences with a certain amount of ease.

PPVC has become prevalent due to its proprietary system of manufacturing PPVC modules. Incorporating PPVC in the design stage can be very useful in providing technical solutions and enhancing productivity.

Precast Concrete Construction is another construction product where the concrete cast is moulded into a reusable product in a controlled environment. The method takes place at another location; it can either be a factory or a building site. It is then transported to the construction site where it is fixed properly. Precast concrete buildings are made by combining different component pieces.

Precast Construction is ideal for the construction of identical components. It is perfect for constructing low cost, identical apartments. There has been a rapid increase in Precast Concrete Construction because of its following advantages:

  • Versatile: Precast Concrete can be moulded into any shape, colour, or size and allows for a broader range for the designs that can be produced. It, therefore, allows for versatile designs to be made.
  • Climate Control Structure: Any factor that could result in the delay of projects, such as rain, cold, storm, dust, heat, is eliminated since the tasks are performed in climate-controlled structures.
  • Environmental Resistant: The structure of precast concrete is resistant to disasters, insects, fires, and moulds. It also provides low maintenance cost as it is resistant to rain, earthquake, damage, termites, and wind. Its material is far better than other building materials.
  • Low Cost: Precast concrete components are manufactured off-site and transported when they are required. This allows for saving time, ensuring safety for people on-site, reduce on-site disruption, which will reduce the overall cost of the project as there will be fewer trades and people on the site. Along with this, they can make as many identical components as they want by making specialised reusable moulds, which can further help them in cost reduction as they can save material cost while producing parts in large quantities.
  • Easy Construction: The process of Precast Concrete Construction makes operations easier as it is done on the floor rather than on height. Moreover, as the components are manufactured beforehand, construction projects can be completed swiftly.

Precast Concrete Construction is highly in demand because of its strength, durability, and affordability. It is a highly effective and practical method of concrete construction. Both PPVC and Precast Construction have made their way in the construction industry of the UAE due to their efficiency in improving construction productivity. The significance of these methods has drastically increased over the past few years. They are both now being used actively in construction processes.

Statistics reveal that depending on the complexity of the project PPVC can potentially achieve productivity improvements of up to 50%. The terms depend on the capability of man and time-saving. Pollution from dust and noise are also significantly reduced with this method. The brunt of construction work and the personnel required to do it are often shifted offsite to a regulated area, which may theoretically improve health.

After careful considerations, Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction (PPVC) has emerged as the smart go-to construction strategy. With improvements in productivity to up to 40%, efficiency in time reserves, and better construction environments, experts say it could be the future of the construction industry. However, there are specific design considerations to be made while wanting to utilise PPVC in projects. Here are a few:

  • Involvement of contractors: Developers need to acquire contributions from the PPVC provider or producer just as the Main Contractor at the design stage. This helps in creating robust specialised solutions for the undertaking. For instance, the decision of material will direct the size and number of modules in the design as weight is a significant thought for the lifting of the modules.
  • Site/venture the executives: The state of the streets encompassing the task must have the option to oblige the weight and size of the PPVC module transportation. Access to and inside the site must have the option to accommodate stacked trailers. It may not be reasonable to store numerous enormous PPVC modules on location, and a Just in Time (JIT) establishment would prevent unimportant double stacking of material. The crane sent nearby should have the option to deal with the heaviness of the PPVC modules and its area ought to be appropriately arranged so it can arrive at blocks for the establishment of modules.
  • Support, substitution and redesign: It is a reasonable practice for designers/manufacturers to give a user manual to the homeowner for the design of PPVC projects. For any remodel works, it is prescribed for homeowners to hire a redesign contractual worker, who might utilise the suitable apparatuses and adhere to the directions given in the user manual of the property.

Regulations to be Followed

  •  Prerequisites by respective agencies: The design, construction and establishment of the proposed PPVC framework for building construction will conform to the necessities by respective agencies, for example, BCA, Land Transport Authority (LTA), Ministry of Manpower (MOM), National Environment Agency (NEA), PUB, The National Water Agency, Singapore Civil Defense Force (SCDF), Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), Housing and Development Board (HDB) and JTC Corporation.
  • PPVC Acceptance Framework: To guarantee that the distinctive PPVC frameworks being utilised are durable and sturdy, BCA has set up a PPVC Acceptance Framework comprising of building administrative offices just as industry specialists to assess the design and materials utilised. PPVC providers and producers need to get approval from these authorities.
  • Sites with PPVC need: The utilisation of PPVC is required for chosen private non-landed Government Land Sale (GLS) destinations from 1 November 2014 onwards. Details of these destinations and the compulsory PPVC prerequisites are listed in the Building Control (Buildability and Productivity) Regulations and the Code of Practice on Buildability 2017.

Case Study: The Lincoln Showroom built by Fujeirah National Construction where NFT had erected two Potain MD 1100.

The Potain MD 1100 and MD 900 are ideal for projects in PPCV and PPC thanks to their high lighting capacity at tip load and their maximum lifting capacity. Most car park projects and mall structures are using these tower cranes:

Case study:  the Clement Canopy in Singapore.  It is a residential condominium located along Clementi Avenue 1 and in the vicinity of three schools and other residential blocks. The project combines both traditional construction methods and the PPVC. Conventional construction methods took place on the basement floor, multi-storey car park and first floor of the blocks, whereas, the 2nd to 40th floors adopted PPVC. The Clement Canopy is currently the tallest PPVC concrete building in the world.

Reasons to Apply PPVC in these case studies:

  • Heightened productivity: Depending on the scope of projects, PPCV increases efficiency by 40%.
  • Improved and healthier environment: Projects that apply PPVC in installation activities will see reduced pollution that is produced by dust and noise while decreasing the efforts of man.

To conclude, while considering to work with PPVC Projects, one must take care of four basic things. Design of the PPVC module, manufacturing the module, logistics of the module and lastly the legal regulations.Ultimately the use of PPCV helps all project stakeholders achieve shorter building times, better quality workmanship, cleaner construction sites and less damage to surrounding buildings.

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Measures to consider during the COVID-19 pandemic (Part II)

The new coronavirus outbreak has hit the economy hard. With businesses closing, city curfews, manufacturing shutdowns, there has been a detrimental effect on the global economy.  Here’s a summary of measures taken by countries and construction companies  to address the pandemic.

There is a lot of uncertainty when it comes to dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, especially for contractors and small businesses in the construction industry. It’s important for any business, especially companies whose work involves going into people’s homes and places of business, to act when an unpredictable pandemic like coronavirus suddenly emerges. While many businesses have been forced to halt operations indefinitely, some essential businesses, which in many states includes construction (critical trades), are still operating. To better protect themselves, their employees, and their clients, those business owners should consider the following tips.

TAKE YOUR HEALTH SERIOUSLY

During times like this, no potential signs of the virus can be allowed on the jobsite. If anyone is displaying acute respiratory symptoms (e.g., coughing, fever or shortness of breath), they pose a potential virus transmission risk. No one should return to work until their temperature is lower than 37.8° C for at least 24 hours and they feel well enough to do their job effectively.

For businesses with more than one employee, owners should review sick-leave policies and make sure they are flexible enough to accommodate the current environment. It might not be the employee, but their family member, that ends up sick, so be prepared for people to have to miss work to care for a sick child or relative. Finally, waive any requirements for notes from health care professionals to validate illness. Physicians’ offices and medical facilities are extremely busy, and those requests are not their priority.

BE PROACTIVE WITH PREVENTION

Viruses and bacteria can linger almost anywhere for hours, so regularly wipe down cell phones, workstations, handles, doorknobs, truck interiors and tools with a disinfectant. Contractors should wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at least three to four times throughout the day and avoid touching their faces. If possible, purchase 60% to 95% alcohol-based hand sanitizer and apply it in addition to regular hand washing.

FOCUS ON SOCIAL DISTANCING

With many businesses temporarily closed and a lot of people working from home, there may be opportunities to take on projects in vacant office spaces or businesses. If contractors can pivot to those types of projects, they are protecting themselves, their families and the general public. For projects that involve contact with other people, contractors should be sure to follow guidelines about maintaining two meters of distance.

TRANSITION TO PAPERLESS PROCESSES

Another way to practice social distancing during this time is to work towards going paperless and automating business processes that were previously handled manually. Contractors can upgrade the tools they use to conduct everyday business, such as mobile invoicing and estimating, as well as add an easy online option for payments. This will reduce the amount of person-to-person contact and enforce social distancing protocols by eliminating the need to collect checks in person or visit a crowded bank. By moving more functions online, contractors can show they are adapting to the current environment, as well as create efficiencies that are effective now and will continue to be in the future.

STAY INFORMED ABOUT THE NEWS OF THE DAY

With COVID-19 making headlines every morning and information changing hourly, it’s important to have the most up-to-date information. Staying on top of breaking developments will help contractors make better-informed decisions regarding their day-to-day operations and help them prepare for the impacts of new safety measures and restrictions. Contractors staying informed on, and following, the latest recommendations from health care professionals and government officials will also demonstrate that they are taking the situation seriously and give customers peace of mind about working with them.

SET UP A CRISIS MANAGEMENT TEAM

Ideally, this would constitute of senior managers from HR, Admin, HSE, and Finance. Get the full team aligned with the true severity of the macro COVID-19 situation and worst-case financial scenarios. The Crisis team should set safety as the number one priority and set cash conservation and liquidity as a secondary priority. Avoid inaction or “wait and see” approach which could damage the company. The team should have an Agile Methodology in announcing policies and mode of operations.

PLAN URGENT COST CUTS TO CONSERVE CASH

You can control the sending hand brakes by initiating immediate actions (e.g. hiring freeze, opex, capex, working capital). Similarly, set aggressive break-the-glass cost actions triggered by more extreme revenue scenarios. Outline a medium-term plan to lean out the cost structure for the future. It should be a plan that is more automated, more variable and, more shock resistant.

STABILIZE OPERATIONS FOR THE NEW NORMAL

Stabilize supply chains of physical goods from likely geographic and labor disruptions while building contingency operational plans for all aspects of the business.

BE UP FRONT WITH SUPPLIERS/CUSTOMERS ABOUT THE LATEST POLICIES

Many contractors and small construction businesses will likely have to pause their work at some point because of safety recommendations. When that happens, it will be vital that they communicate quickly and clearly with their suppliers about why projects have to be delayed, an updated timeline if possible and what suppliers can expect moving forward. Regularly calling suppliers with updates will also go a long way in maintaining that relationship in the long term.

LOOK AT THE BIGGER PICTURE

It’s the hallmark of a great business owner to keep things in perspective and not allow the quick tempo of the current situation to affect the company’s priorities. Along with listening to and being there for clients and employees, business owners should be a source of steady guidance. The current obstacles are temporary, but clients and staff won’t forget effective, calm leadership. This is an opportunity to learn, work together and become stronger in the long run. Viewing it as such will benefit contractors, clients and the industry as a whole.

What about Government Measures taken during the COVID-19 crisis?

Europe’s construction sector has issued a joint statement calling for urgent measures to protect workers’ health, support economic activity and help the sector to recover in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. Specific short-term measures requested of European Member States are as follows:

  • Put in place tailor-made health and safety measures, protocols and guidelines with the active involvement of relevant stakeholders
  • Support the construction supply chain by putting in place measures allowing the efficient functioning of the EU (European Union) internal market
  • Carry out massive support and stimulus program
  • Ease the administrative burden and the conditions for employers to implement temporary unemployment measures.

The statement added: “A performing construction supply chain is crucial for maintaining the activity, with proper health and safety conditions. It is therefore essential to guarantee the circulation of construction products; equipment and provision of services in full respect of the instructions delivered by public health authorities.

The UAE has proved to be an example of countries’ proactive initiatives to addressing the pandemic.

  • Complete sterilization of public spaces. Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has completed the sterilization of the Dubai Metro and the Dubai Tram. This includes all 47 metro stations, 79 trains, 11 tram stations and Dubai Trams. The RTA will also be sterilizing its 1,372 buses, five bus depots and 17 bus stations. The sterilisation covered the entire fleet of Dubai Taxi, limousines and shared transport (smart rental) operating in Dubai, which exceed 17,000, as per the RTA. Roads and Transport Authority has taken all the necessary preventive measures during the past few weeks to ensure the highest levels of protection for users of public transportation, whether through continuous sterilization and cleaning operations for all of these means, or through the precautionary measures that it imposed and began applying in regulating transportation use Public and ensure physical separation and other measures aimed at preserving health and safety for all, and reducing the chances of spreading the virus.
  • Screening Facility, drive-thru testing in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Taking the new centre developed by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company-SEHA, allow for The mobile testing facility to dedicate efforts for testing individuals for coronavirus, as part of the country’s precautionary measures to address the spread of COVID-19.Checks are done in 5 minutes, while the center provides services to about 600 people daily starting from 8am to 8pm daily.
  • Increased regulations to promote social distancing by closing all leisure industries and imposing lockdowns and curfews. To support the current precautionary measures in cooperation with the Health Authority, the TRA (Telecommunication Regulatory Authority) in coordination with the service providers launched an awareness voice message when making a phone call, and SMS alerts sent 30 minutes before the lockdown and again 1 minute before lockdown. In Dubai, the 24 hour sterilization campaign will last for 2 weeks during which only vital industries such as healthcare, supermarkets, logistics and construction are active, and this is controlled through the issuance of permits.
  • Drivers of cars need to be wearing masks and only 3 passengers are allowed in sedans, and a 20% reduction of capacity in buses.
  • Labor camps are under strict scrutiny to test all suspicious employees

In addition to the focus on tackling the spread of the coronavirus, the UAE government is also addressing head on any collateral damage resulting from the economical slowdown. On April 4th, the UAE’s central bank doubled its banking stimulus package to US$70 billion as business sentiment eroded in the Gulf’s commercial centre. The announcement followed new measures to guarantee liquidity in the banking system. The package expanded on a previously announced AED126 billion (US$34.3 billion) program to assist its lenders. The central bank has also postponed the planned implementation of certain Basel III capital standards to 31st March 2021 for all banks with the aim of diminishing the operational burden on the financial industry. The overall stimulus which consists largely of monetary and off budget measures account for more than 10% of the UAE’s economy.  On April 1st, the UAE cabinet announced additional measures, notably improving payment terms for contractors involved in government contracts as well as exempting companies from any fines that accrue from any delays caused by the COVID-19 virus. For payments, the cabinet instructed federal ministries and bodies to pay contractors and suppliers within 15 days; while for contract delays, suppliers impacted by COVID-19 are exempted from fines for delays on federal government contracts for a renewable period of three months. The cabinet also directed that small and medium suppliers will be awarded 90% of federal government purchases. Those measures come after the UAE cabinet approved a US$4.4 billion economic stimulus package that includes a renewable six-month suspension of work permit fees and reduction of labor and other charges that aim to accelerate major infrastructure projects across the federation. On March 16th, the Central Bank of UAE (CBUAE) lowered key lending rates, following a 1% rate cut by the Fed to counter the economic effects of COVID-19, which will adversely impact profitability of UAE banks, according to rating agency Moody’s. Leading Dubai banks have announced a series of relief measures for customers affected by COVID-19

Contractor Case Study: The example of RAQ Contracting

The pandemic has impacted almost all sectors and industries, posing severe challenges for businesses, including the contracting companies, like RAQ Constracting. The supply chain for special items required by the construction industry has been affected as many vendors, suppliers, and manufacturers have either stopped working or are working in reduced capacities. One of the most immediate challenges was the reduced capacity on UAE’s transport infrastructure, resulting in labor shortages and productivity on project sites. To combat this, RAQ provided additional vehicles and buses for staff transportation and some making multiple trips during the day to ensure healthy progress on site. Understanding the critical nature of the current situation, RAQ has begun conducting COVID-19 awareness sessions to its staff and workers in order to keep operations running in a safe environment. RAQ persists during the COVID-19 crisis by carrying out a deliberate strategic plan and keeping projects’ progression in check, along with ensuring the well-being of the employees. The Contractor is committed to doing its part by ensuring the health & safety of its employees and visitors by following these guidelines:

  • Check-in/out is done through iris or facial recognition instead of biometrics
  • Forehead temperature of employees and visitors are taken by an infrared thermometer and recorded for the HSE heads to take action if required
  • Personal items, desks, chairs, and other unattended items are being disinfected before and after working hours on all sites
  • Social distancing is practiced among employees and other visitors. Employees who can work remotely are encouraged to stay home to maintain working individuals at the office to “essentials only.”
  • Hand sanitizing dispensers are placed at entrances and exits of every room.
  • Pantry staff must wear gloves and masks at all times
  • Self-quarantine is imposed on employees experiencing symptoms or returning from travel
  • Staff and workers dorms along with site offices are undergoing periodic disinfection
  • RAQ had implemented a new seating chart policy for its employees to reduce the office capacity by 30% and ensure that social distancing is practiced
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are being distributed daily amongst RAQ employees
  • Furthermore, all transport vehicles are disinfected regularly, and commonly touched surfaces are sanitized twice daily. Hand sanitizing dispensers are fixed on all vehicles. To ensure that regulations to adhere to strictly, a clear instruction list has been issued to all transportation/logistics and sites to reduce the capacity to 25% in all transport vehicles.

Supplier Case Study: The example of NFT

At NFT, we are committed to our customers, employees and communities.

Our occupational activities are relatively safe and in line with provisions taken to combat spread of COVID-19. We work with steel structures in open spaces that are exposed to the sun and high heat, which makes it resistant to spreading of the virus by nature. However, the exposure remains with the human element outside those activities such as commuting to work and personal lives’ activities. This is why we are monitoring closely the latest developments surrounding the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, and updating our action plans with full vigilance according to the latest protocols of health and safety shared by the UAE authorities as well as international recommendations. The health and safety of our employees and customers are and have always been our number one priority.

First step in facing any hazard is to conduct risk assessments and act according to the scientific recommendations to tackle the hazards. Our response covered several aspects to insure safety of our employees as our prime concern, and continuation of flow or work as long as the construction sector is still active in the UAE. We adjusted our modus operandi and adopted several work procedures according to International Recommendations and mitigation measures mandated by the UAE Government. Our updates, guidelines and recommendations come from trusted sources who are experts in the field, such as Department of Health in the UAE, World Health Organization (WHO), or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

From the very early stages, we set up Crises Management Committee formed from out top management, QHSE, Administration, Operations, and HR departments. The job of this committee is to follow up on the current situation, development of COVID-19, contact with UAE officials, contact with our sister companies overseas, and come up with measures in line with the official recommendations. NFT conducted more than 15 dissemination and awareness sessions about the virus and methods to control its spread to different groups in multilanguages. We made sure that the sessions we tailored to each group to reach all our employees and each in their vocation. Special attention sessions and trainings were conducted with sanitation people, drivers, or the more vulnerable groups who can be more exposed as per our risk assessment surveys.  In addition, flyers, posters, videos, and publications were circulated wherever possible inside the offices, workshop, vehicles, and even labor camps dormitories.

Highest risks and challenges occur while commuting to work or living in labor camps that have high concentration of people. With the extraordinary efforts of the health authorities in the UAE, we managed to screen all our working force and implement extra precautions in collaboration of labor camps management. Commuting to work according to the UAE authorities directives, follows 30% occupancy in the vehicles. Effectively it means, we tripled our busses to labor camps, we increased our fleet/trips of small vehicles and minibuses. In addition, we added separate plastic sheet inside the busses in order to separate the driver from the passengers. Deep disinfection is carried out for the whole yard periodically and upon need. On the other hand, all teams were divided into segregated groups that work in isolation from each other. In case any symptoms appear on any of the team members, the one with symptoms would go for check up, while the others in the same team would be sent to self-isolation until further verification of the health conditions. Meanwhile, the job would be carried out with another group, hence keeping work flow uninterrupted.

In parallel, the same measures were conducted to maintain social distancing in the office, when possible the employees could carry out their jobs without the need to come to office. In case coming to office is essential, we restructured the office distribution as to maintain necessary social distancing as recommended. An infrared gun thermometer was placed at the reception for all those entering to voluntarily check their temperatures. A special team is deployed for disinfecting all surfaces, office appliances, door knobs, handles, restroom facilities, round the clock during working hours. Paper circulation was reduced to minimum, and when necessary special disinfected plastic files were used to carry the papers.Masks and gloves are distributed in different types and frequency according to the risk analysis.Special awareness sessions and measures are put in place for the more Vulnerable people (by virtue of their age, underlying health condition, clinical condition or are expecting). They follow the highest strict precautions.Fingerprinting for sign in/out were temporarily deactivated and replaced with photo/ web sign in/out.Provided additional handwashing facilities with soap, and if not available hand sanitizing solutions, especially in vehicles, and at building hallways, entrances, and exits.We increased rubbish bins number and rubbish collection, and spread them in order to reduce any remaining.We reduced site meetings to absolute necessary ones whether external meeting or internal. When possible, we use virtual meetings using technology as Microsoftteams.

Manufacturer Case Study: The example of Terex

Guided by the Terex Way values, the tower crane supplier is working hard to ensure business continuity while following strict preventive guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety.  They continue with shipping equipment, the fabrication of parts and the full operation of service centers. Globally, the parts customer service is open with team members working remotely, equipped with the required tools and access to respond to customer inquiries through a number of channels, including parts.terex.com for Materials Processing businesses, gogenielift.com for Genie, utilitiesparts.terex.com for Terex Utilities, and Terex Service Centers, call centers and other flexible delivery alternatives. However, Terex has temporarily suspended manufacturing operations in certain locations, responding to changing customer demand and complying with government mandates to close facilities.  Nonetheless, this has not stopped the manufacturer from releasing their field service team from supporting customers on site. Technicians are supporting customers and others virtually (e.g., phone, video conference) as much as possible

An Opportunity amidst the crisis

It should come as no surprise that the COVID-19 global pandemic hasn’t impacted all industries equally. Some businesses, including department stores, traditional restaurants and childcare centers, have suffered devastating losses as a result of stay-at-home orders and social distancing protocols; others, such as food delivery businesses, digital advertising agencies and subscription services, are experiencing unprecedented surges in sales.

As example is Saudi Arabia’s local online retailer BinDawood Holding who, since the escalation of the Covid- 19 crisis, has had average sales on a 10-day basis increase by 200%, while its average order value rose by 50% and app installations by 400%. The company has two e-commerce platforms – BinDawood and Danube – which are connected to their respective supermarket and hypermarket chains, enabling customers to purchases groceries and other goods online.

Elsewhere, fellow Saudi grocery delivery app Nana has also benefitted from the recent turn towards online shopping, raising $18m in a Series B funding round in late March to expand operations across the Middle East, with investors including venture capital funds Saudi Technology Ventures and Middle East Venture Partners. This follows a Series A funding round that raised $6m last year. The company has expanded capacity three-fold following a surge in demand associated with the Covid-19 outbreak. This is expected to continue in light of the Saudi government’s decision to impose tighter curfews in major cities.

The surge of video conferencing is remarkable. An example is the Zoom, who despite scrutiny over security issues, has seen its market value skyrocket to some $35 billion. As people around the world stay home due to coronavirus risk, Zoom has become a go-to service for remote education, exercise classes, games, church services and happy hour celebrations. Couples have gotten married in “zoomed” ceremonies. Birthdays have been celebrated. Funerals have been virtually attended.

In addition to the increase in production of PPE and flu fighting supplements and medication, there is an increasing trend of building remote testing facilities by governments. To address the need for testing in urban areas for those without vehicles, CannonDesign architect Albert Rhee created a walk-in testing booth that is slated for public use. Keeping medical professionals healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic is essential in both slowing the rate of infection and meeting heightened staffing needs. Many governments and healthcare providers are finding this to be a difficult task due to the global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies. A walk-in testing booth provides an alternative solution that eliminates physical provider-patient exposure in a modular format that is simple to deploy for temporary testing operations. The design is based on testing operations already in place at Yang Ji General Hospital in Seoul, South Korea (featured in this YouTube video). Similar solutions have emerged throughout the world, but design development and production seem to be limited to single-user, single-site applications.

The Covid-19 pandemic has also pushed some companies to launch new products catering to the fear amongst consumers. Paint manufacturer Caparol has announced a new interior paint product with anti-microbial properties that that it says uses silver ions to bind and destroy the cell membrane of biological contaminants, including bacteria and viruses. Caparol Arabia, the UAE arm of the German paints multinational, claims its ‘CapaCare Protect’ is “an innovative and sustainable solution that provides better protection against harmful micro-organisms”. The new solution, which contains the company’s patented and advanced ‘SILVERbac’ technology, is said to secure walls and surfaces from bio-harm. Since the outbreak of Covid-19, Caparol Arabia says it has launched further testing to check its antimicrobial paint effectiveness at reducing the spread. However, the antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties of silver ions and silver compounds have been extensively studied for years.

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Did You Know?

Termed as one of the most important construction equipment, construction cranes have come a long way since they were first built by the Ancient Romans in 500 BC. Over the years, the types and size options of construction cranes have increased but their purpose remains the same to this date; to help lift and place heavy materials.  In a world without cranes, we would not have been able to witness the rise of bridges, skyscrapers, and some of the most marvelous works in the architectural field. Here are some interesting and little known facts about our unsung saviors: Construction Cranes.

 Animal powered Cranes

The first cranes built by man were by the Ancient Greeks in 500BC. Made of wood and in its most primitive stage, the cranes back then were used to pull heavy objects. Contrary to the highly advanced construction cranes of the modern world today, the Greeks had animals, and sometimes even humans, power their cranes to build some of the most beautiful structures of their day.

Origins of the Name

Cranes are named after the world’s tallest flying birds- Cranes. With their boom resembling the slender long legs, the jib resembling the lanky necks, and being large, it was hard to miss the fact how alike the two looked. Apart from resemblance, cranes are also one of the largest manmade tools to be made and, thus, the more reason to be named after the majestic bird.

Big Carl: The World’s Largest Crane 

The tallest crane in the world reaches a height of 250 meters, carries more than 3000 tons, and is called ‘Big Carl’ (feature image).The Big Carl was designed by a Belgian crane rental service and was carried to Somerset, UK, on over 250 trucks for months. Big Carl is being used to build the first nuclear power plant in the UK in 30 years. In terms of tower cranes, The KROLL K-10000 has held the title of one of the world’s largest tower crane for over 40 years. Standing almost 400 feet tall with a 266 foot jib reach, the standard jib model can lift 120 tons at a radius of 269 feet. The long jib model can lift 94 tons to a radius of 330 ft. The K-10000 can rotate 360° once it has been bolted to its 40 foot diameter concrete base. This allows the crane to cover an area of 7.5 acres, or approximately 6 football fields. A second servicing crane is attached to the top for the original construction and future maintenance of the K-10000. A system of three counterweights, one set and two mobile on trolleys, weighing a total of 100 tons, are used to balance the crane. Under this load the crane can withstand wind speeds of up to 175 mph. With its immense jib span and load capacity the K-10000 decreases the time for construction on huge construction projects by eliminating the need for small cranes and crawlers.

The First Known Crane to Man 

Even though the Greeks invented the first manmade crane, the first crane-like device to be known by man is called the ‘Shaduf’. The Shaduf was used by the Egyptians for more than 4000 years and is still used in some parts of Egypt and India. The primary function of the Shaduf was the transportation of water. With an upright frame with a suspended long pole or branch, the Shaduf is the earliest crane-like tool with a lever mechanism.

The Human Knuckle Mimicry 

Key parts of a construction crane’s body are the boom and the jib. A crane’s jib has been designed specifically to copy the natural movements of a human finger. This design decision was made to hook products and hoist them at a more acute angle, allowing movement on a wider range, and navigating materials in tight spaces.

A Crane for Every Need

Hammerhead cranes cannot be used for construction projects that take place at sea. This is why Floating cranes have come about to serve projects like ports and oil rigs.

With the help of modern technology, a different type of crane has come into existence to cater to every construction need. Fixed cranes, themselves, have over 10 types of cranes available for use. Each type of crane can be used for different projects, terrains, and environments.

In summary, construction cranes are more than just tall standing structures. They enable modern structures and are undoubtedly the backbone for any construction project.  With over 35 years of experience construction cranes, NFT takes pride in knowing all there is to know about construction cranes, especially tower cranes. Our services range from sales to maintenance, to technical services, also providing training for those who wish to learn more.

Conexpo 2020 in Las Vegas

ConExpo has dealt a new hand to visitors and exhibitors at this year’s show: the outdoor Gold and Silver lots attendees are used to are being replaced by a new lot, in a new location. The new location is a six-minute taxi drive from the Las Vegas Convention Centre, at the junction of Sahara Avenue and Las Vagas Boulevard, close to Circus Circus. Dedicated shuttles and the monorail will allow visitors to get between the locations: there will undoubtedly still be plenty of relevant exhibitors in the halls, as well as the larger outside exhibits in the new venue. The new ‘Festival Grounds’ will replace the space lost in the Las Vegas Convention Center’s Gold Lot due to an impending expansion to the facility.

Despite the rise of the COVID-19 virus, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), organisers of ConExpo, has reassured the industry that the show is on track to go ahead. Exhibits are being set-up, and the AEM is taking careful steps to ensure a healthy show. The AEM says that its top priority continues to be the health and safety of all participants at ConExpo, including attendees, exhibitors, vendors, staff, industry partners, and others involved in the show. The organisers are closely monitoring the news and will follow any protocols that are provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Hand sanitizer will be available in all registration areas, media rooms, information stands, the international trade centre, meeting/education spaces, workforce and VIP areas. Further, staff will also be cleaning those areas more frequently, especially tables, keyboards/screens, door handles. We have also confirmed hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the grounds. However, some exhibitors have dropped out such as the Platform Basket. The northern Italian spider lift manufacturer has taken the decision not to attend Conexpo next week in order to ensure there is no chance or concern of spreading the Covid 19 virus. In a thoughtful and sad statement to Vertikal.Net the company said:

“Our company is located in the North of Italy (Emilia Romagna), where Covid19 has affected part of the population and where some restrictions have been outlined by our department of health.” “For this reason, and in respect of the North America people, Platform Basket has decided to give up the exhibition, even if we are now very close to the opening and the event is one of the most important international shows in the access platform field. And where it was a very important occasion for us to display our spider lift range and to present our new model the Spider 20.95.”

On the other hand, Manitowoc is looking forward to Conexpo to showcase the new hydraulic luffer and self-erecting tower crane models. Potain is to launch its new MRH 175 luffing jib tower crane at Conexpo next month and follows the launch of its MRH 125 a year ago.

Maximum capacity is 10 tonnes and maximum jib length is 55 metres with a tip capacity of 1.5 tonnes or 2.7 tonnes with a 50 metre jib. Fully luffing the jib takes less than two minutes and the maximum line speed is 215 m/min when paired with the high performance 90HPL25 hoist. Manitowoc says its fixed counter jib and topless structure design helps fast erection and dismantling as well as making it more compact for transport needing only four standard containers. The crane elements weigh less than 7.7 tonnes.
The MRH 175 has an out-of-service radius of 10.2 metres. Freestanding heights of up to 62.8 metres are available with the two metre K-mast sections and the crane is also compatible 1.6 metre K-mast sections. Almost 1,000 metres of rope is available with the 90HPL25 winch.
Potain is to launch its new MRH 175 luffing jib tower crane at Conexpo
Thibaut Le Besnerais, vice president of global products for tower cranes, said: “Hydraulic luffing topless cranes have a very strong future in our industry, and we’ve been pleased with the uptake over the past two years. Potain customers have seen the advantages these new cranes deliver and how they help them achieve a stronger return on investment on their projects. We have a strong technical training program to accompany our new MRH cranes, and the feedback from the market has been very positive.”

Manitowoc is also to unveil the Potain Hup M 28-22 – complete with a new transport axle for the regional market at Conexpo.

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NFT at The Big 5 Heavy 2019

To start with, The Big 5 Heavy has always been a good opportunity for NFT to see customers face to face, catch up on their objectives for the coming year and hear their feedback on the past year. Customers can also benefit by sitting and talking directly with NFT’s CEO and Potain’s VP of Tower Cranes, as both will be present during the show.

Introducing the MDT 809 model

The launch of the MDT 809 is one of the most significant Potain tower crane launches of recent times: Over the past 10 years we’ve seen consistent growth in demand for topless cranes, with customers benefiting from their fast assembly and compact design, which makes it easier to get more cranes onto a job site to complete work quicker. Alongside this we’ve seen an increase in modular construction, with contractors needing to lift heavier loads. It’s clear to us that there is strong demand for bigger topless cranes. But we wanted to be sure that any new model we launch not only satisfied demand for greater capacity, but also preserved the easy transport, fast assembly and industry-leading performance our other topless cranes deliver. The MDT 809 provides all that and more. Here are some of the added value of the MDT 809:

Lower costs

With its highly optimized assembly and disassembly, owners can install the crane on site in the shortest possible time and move it off site rapidly once work is completed. Alongside that, the crane offers up to 40 t of lift capacity and can accommodate up to 80 m of jib. For transport, the crane is especially compact, with everything but the slewing mechanism capable of traveling in a standard container.

The whole crane transports in either 10 or 11 containers, depending on the winch option selected, which is four to five fewer containers than is typically required for a crane of this size. Smart design features to aid shipping include protective packaging for the jib sections; optimized space usage for containerization and a cab that rotates for transport. The crane also has a new 8 m cross base that offers the performance characteristics of a 10 m chassis, but which requires only one container for transport.

High-speed assembly

The Potain MDT 809 is not only fast to transport, but also fast to assemble once on site: typically, around twice as fast as other 40 t cranes and also requiring less space. With its full complement of jib, the crane can be assembled at a 50 m working height in less than three days. The 8 m cross base is not only easier to transport but also faster to set up than the 10 m alternative.

There are dedicated slinging points on the crane to aid on-site assembly and jib sections can be assembled either on the ground or in the air, depending on site conditions and available space. The rotating cab and easy-connect points for the counterjib further simplify erection. Options for assembling the jib range from the 30 m minimum up to the 80 m maximum in 5 m sections.

High performance

From the range of regular frequency-controlled hoists, options for the crane span from the 100LVF to the 270LVF. An optional 150HPL is also offered, from the High Performance Lifting range, for the ultimate in speed and strength. These winch options give the crane a maximum available capacity of 25 t, 32 t or 40 t. Tip loads of up to 9 t are available at the 80 m maximum. With the new reinforced K-mast system, freestanding heights of up to 80 m are possible.

Users can choose from a two-fall configuration on the trolley for faster duty-cycle lifting, or four-falls for heavy lifting. Inside the cab a simple push-button solution enables the operator to activate the cable-tensioning system automatically. This is particularly useful for long-running job sites, where tensioning is required more frequently. The Crane Control System (CCS) features too, with its customizable operator profiles; simpler commissioning; load curve P+ functionality and much more.

Introducing the hydraulic luffer MRH 175

More information on the advantage of hydraulic luffers can be found in our previous blog post. However, here’s a recap of some of the benefits:

Innovative crane, the hydraulic luffer is the first in the European range to combine luffing jib and topless capabilities; and it also uses hydraulic power for the luffing movement, for greater efficiency. As with the MDT 809, Manitowoc has placed a strong emphasis on return on investment for owners. The crane has an adaptable design making it suitable for all kinds of congested urban job sites, while transport and assembly times have also been optimized. Just four containers are required to transport the upper portion of the crane, with the counter jib and jib foot traveling as a single package. The unique VVH hydraulic luffing mechanism and cylinders are pre-connected at the factory, meaning no assembly is required on site.

A further advantage over traditional luffing jib cranes is that the hydraulic power of the VVH mechanism means there is no requirement to install luffing rope during installation. The hoisting winch, maintenance derrick and jib wind side plate are also pre-installed. Plus there is no need to adapt the wind-sail plate on site, no matter what length of jib the crane is erected with.

On-site the crane delivers outstanding operating performance, no matter how constrained the job site. The jib can be raised from the horizontal to near vertical (88°) in just two minutes, while the counterjib measures just 7 m and is simple to connect during assembly. The out-of-service weathervaning radius of just 10 m, whatever the jib length, adds to its impressive features for tight job sites, while the cab has the option to attach to either side of the mast to suit project conditions.

Sneak Peak into the MCT 565 coming in 2020

Why does NFT represent a brand like Potain?

Potain have been manufacturing tower cranes for 90 years so they are ahead of most manufacturers when it comes to innovation. New products with the customer requirements in mind are released on a regular basis. At every construction exhibition event no matter the continent, you can see a Potain stand with new products.  It is a global manufacturer with factories all over the word therefore they have policies in place for every segment of their business, whether it is manufacturing, procuring the right materials, or welding two joints together. The diversity of their fabrication facilities also mean they have different product offerings for specific market needs. The Potain name is known to historical contractors as a guarantee of safety and quality. When we did the research study, most of our customers scored high on variety, availability of spare parts endurance safety, reliability and quality.

They have a dealer network which we believe is second to none in this industry, and the manufacturer regularly organizes training / events to connect and educate those representing the product. As part of this dealer network, we can find used cranes and spare parts almost anywhere around the world. The main attributes of a Potain tower cranes include:

Innovation – Innovations include the Vision Cab, the Dialog control system and the LLC range of hoists.

Endurance – Potain cranes are especially adapted to perform strenuous work expeditiously. They offer frequency control systems for all modern and advanced operations, quick assembly and dismantling, full rotation system control and cart while, at the same time, they occupy minimal space for storage and transportation.

Quality: Potain tower cranes undergo serious testing under various conditions. It takes years for Potain to release new products because of the amount of time it takes to test all tower cranes. 2 testing centers: Lusigny and Charlieu in france.

High resell value – A Potain crane is an investment because of its guaranteed resale value. The brand name itself is well recognized by customers worldwide. In addition, the manufacturer guarantees the availability of Potain parts for all cranes, even those that are more than twenty years old! The well established Potain Second Hand crane market gives the highest residual value for the crane.

Adaptability – for building tall towers on  sites with several cranes, fast and easy installation in dense urban areas, for building narrow towers while saving on ties, for industrial construction – in fact just perfect for any type of work

French EngineeringFrench Engineering: Designed and tested in France. Assembled and manufcatured in Europe and Asia accordingto the same quality standadars in France. Regardless of where it is made, Potain is Fundamentally a French product.

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https://www.manitowoccranes.com/en/news-events/news/2019/190408-Manitowoc-unveils-biggest-Potain-topless-crane-at-bauma-2019 

Self-Erecting Tower Cranes Vs. Boom Truck

In our earlier posts, we touched base on the advantage of using self-erecting tower cranes over telehandlers and mobile cranes. Today, we discuss again the benefits of using self-erecting tower cranes for low rise building. NFT has supplied over hundreds of self erection cranes in the GCC over the past year and continues to promote its cost saving and increase capacity over other cranes. Today, NFT has 40 self erecting tower cranes in its fleet, ranging from 1 to 10 Tonnes.

Increased Efficiency

Efficiency when using self-erecting tower cranes is improve by:

  • Reducing number of framers required
  • Eliminating need for rough terrain forklifts and tow motors
  • Eliminating need for hydraulic crane for truss work
  • Reducing the number of laborers handling materials
  • Working on tighter job sites
  • Eliminating a pump truck for columns, footings, and walls
  • Saving time with quick and easy set-up

Self-erecting tower cranes set up so quickly compared to conventional tower cranes. These get on-site and in operation in less than two days.

Remote Control Operation

The remote control operation of these cranes is awesome, it allows to operate more efficiently and with less personnel.  The crane operator can rig several panels himself, pick and move them and unload in steps. NFT operators are  very efficient and experienced in driving self-erecting cranes.

The Future is Here: Self-Propelled Self-Erecting Tower Cranes

The Potain IGO MA21 mounted on a 4WD chassis that runs off of its own generator. Users can maneuver around the job site with 4-wheel drive and 4-wheel steer capabilities all while the tower remains set-up. No more setting up with a truck and trailer.

  • Driving and steering via tethered control unit with push buttons
  • Electro-mechanical four-wheel drive with 2 speeds and four-wheel steer
  • Can be driven fully erected (on flat, with no load)
  • Heavy duty axles with planetary hub reduction and dual 9.00 x 20 off-road tires
  • Four extendable hydraulic outriggers with a base of 13.1 x 13.1 ft.
  • Power supply: Onboard 23kVA soundproof genset, or customer supplied 480 V “city power”
  • Transport dimensions: (l x w x h) 39.6 by 9.1 by 10.1 ft., total weight 49,384 lb.

Award Winning Hup Range

The Hup 40-30 wins LLEAP Gold Award in 2017. This model maximizes profits with more job opportunities than ever before.

  • Maximum reach for class-leading performance : One mast provides two telescoping heights and four jib positions plus a potential partial jib. This versatility enables 20 possible crane configurations.
  • Multiple integrated configurations for various jobsite needs: Telescoping, integrated masts give you the option of working at heights of 21 m (70 ft) or 27 m (88.6 ft). In addition, automatic erection system requires no extra mast section to greatly reduce setup time.
  • Unmatched compact design for challenging jobsites and easy transport: the entire crane can be fitting in one high-cube container for shipment and can be transported on axles for land deliveries.

Innovative movement technology enables unfolding in
narrow and compact areas: Jib unfolds over the top to preserve
space under the crane when working next to buildings

  • The New Smart Set-up software simplifies crane erection using the exclusive Potain remote control and the electrical panel is easily accessible for convenient serviceability. The software has an  intuitive user interface for simplified, step-by-step crane erection  

In Conclusion, the self-erecting tower cranes is now replacing other forms of cranes for buildings below eight floors. All the above mentioned benefits ultimately results in more cost saving for higher efficiency on site.

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Source: 

https://www.constructionequipmentguide.com/self-erecting-tower-cranes-revolutionizing-the-building-industry/44953

https://www.manitowoccranes.com

New Potain Tower Crane Works As Topless, Stores As Luffer

Earlier in May, we spoke about hydraulic tower cranes and the MCH 125. Today, we will touch upon the MRH 125 which was launched at Bauma in April earlier this year.

The MRH 125 can lift up to 8.8 U.S. tons, be equipped with up to 164′ of jib, and lift 2.2 U.S. tons at the tip of the longest jib. Its maximum freestanding height is 190′, and maximum line speed is 387 fpm with 50LVF20 hoist winch. The Topless design with several elements making up the slewing crane part reduce the standard size and weight to make transport, handling, and fitting easier.

As with all of its products Manitowoc has placed a strong emphasis on return on investment for Potain MRH 125 owners. The crane’s adaptable design suits it for congested urban job sites while also optimizing transport and assembly times. “The MRH 125 has an optimized transport cost for a luffing jib crane in its capacity class,” said Thiebault Le Besnerais, Manitowoc‘s global product director for tower cranes. “It can also be mounted on our standard 1.6 m (5’6″) or 2 m (6’6″) K-masts for better optimization for fleet owners, and it offers lower power consumption than traditional luffing jib cranes.”

The MRH 125 also uses the latest luffing technology of the VVH hydraulic luffing mechanism which allows complete hoisting of the jib in two minutes. VVH hydraulic luffing eliminates the need to install luffing rope during crane setup. The hoisting winch, maintenance derrick, and jib wind side plate also come pre-installed to save setup time. Plus, there is no need to adapt the wind-sail plate on site, regardless of jib length. Also, the cab can be attached to either side of the mast to suit project conditions.

The jib can be raised from horizontal to near vertical (88°) in just two minutes, and the compact counter jib measures just 23’ and connects easily during assembly.

The main features of the MRH 125 are as follows:

It’s the perfect crane for confined areas

  • Almost vertical luffing jib for minimum space requirement when working
  • Weathervaning radius optimized for each jib length, just 10 m for the 50 m jib, ideal for congested jobsites
  • Option to fit the cab on the left-or right-hand side of the jib according to jobsite needs and especially to allow installation of the crane as close to the building as possible.

It’s the fastest fitting of a luffing jib crane

  • One single counter-jib/jib foot package bringing together all of the connected hydraulic functions. No inter-jobsite dismantling/fitting, compact and transportable in one package
  • No installation of luffing rope thanks to an innovative hydraulic system: save fitting time compared to traditional luffing system and increased safety

Transport is Optimized

  • Only 4 containers or 4 trucks for transportation of the whole slewing crane part with a 50 m jib

Optimized return on investment

  • Luffing jib crane adapted to very tight urban jobsites
  • Economical transport, easy and adapted to the fitting sequences
  • Fitting/dismantling time reduced through a design combining the Topless concept with hydraulic luffing technology
  • Improved fitting safety

In conclusion,  the MRH 125 has all the advantages of traditional luffing jib cranes with the capacities of the topless cranes. This combination of the best of both worlds ensures outstanding operating performance and guarantees a positive return on investment. To view the datasheet or request a quote, visit:

https://www.nftcrane.com/en/content/hydraulic-cranes

First quarter improvement for Manitowoc

Manitowoc Crane, which also includes Grove mobile cranes and Potain tower cranes has posted first quarter revenues 8.3 percent higher at $418 million.
The increase was attributable to higher crane shipments in the Americas and European regions, coupled with pricing improvements, partly offset by unfavourable changes in exchange rates. The pre-tax loss increased from 6.1 million in the same quarter last year to $23.4 million this year, entirely due to a $25 million charge for early extinguishment of its debt, when it refinanced on more favourable terms in March. Without this the company would have been back in the black with a profit of $1.6 million. At the operating profit level it made $16.2 million compared to just $1.7 million last year. Full year revenues are now forecast to be three to seven percent higher at $1.9 to $1.97 billion.

Chief executive Barry Pennypacker said: “Manitowoc once again delivered a strong start to the year, delivering our eighth straight quarter of year over year adjusted EBITDA margin increase. The operating principles of The Manitowoc Way continue to produce improving financial results as we execute our strategy for profitable growth by delivering innovation and velocity in everything we do.”

“In March, we successfully refinanced our capital structure to further strengthen our balance sheet. This action increases liquidity, reduces interest expense and allows us more flexibility to deploy our capital in order to increase shareholder value.”

“Market conditions remain very competitive. We continue to focus on providing innovative products and services for customers as evidenced by positive customer reception to our six new cranes introduced at the bauma trade show in April. As a result of our first-quarter performance and our proven ability to execute on our strategy, we are raising our full-year guidance.”

Sources:

https://www.cranesy.com/new-potain-tower-crane-works-topless-stores-luffer/ 

https://www.manitowoccranes.com

https://www.vertikal.net/en/news/story/32996/first-quarter-improvement-for-manitowoc

Manitowoc showcases new Potain MRH 125 at Vertikal Days

News July

Potains in land reclamation project

Three Potain MD top-slewing tower cranes are helping to construct 18 reinforced concrete caissons that are required as part of the design and construction of the new Portier Cove eco-neighbourhood in Monaco.Started in 2016, Portier Cove is a €1.36bn plan that will see six hectares of land reclaimed from the sea, upon which 60,000 sqm of housing, an extension of the Grimaldi Forum and a coastal promenade will be built.

French company Bouygues Travaux Publics has been contracted to build the foundations of the offshore extension, including 18 reinforced concrete structures that will act as underwater struts. Known as caissons, these hollow, cylindrical chambers are being made in the Marseille-Fos Port in France before being towed to Monaco where they will be positioned and reinforced by infill.

To create the 10,000t, 26m-high structures, the contractor is renting a vast proportion of the French port, including a 10,000m2 caisson precasting zone, as well as a 32,000m2 area of water, where a floating dock is positioned. A first in France, this 56m-long, 50m-wide and 27m-tall floating dock will make it possible to assemble the caissons before they are delivered to Monaco.

It is here that three Potain top-slewing tower cranes are working over a period of 24 months: two brand new Potain MD 569s to help construct the caissons themselves and one MD 560 B for general supply of the shipyard from the harbour dock.

The two MD 569 tower cranes – erected at heights of 45m and 59m – are positioned on the water on floating platforms known as pilotis. This presented a challenge for Bouygues, as not only are the pilotis required to support the cranes when lifting heavy loads, such as 25t reinforcement cages, they also need to remain secure when battling the sea and the notoriously strong winds of the region.

The contractor worked with Manitowoc’s tower crane Lift Solutions team to find the answer. The team developed several pylon compositions specific to the site, combining different types of masts and chassis to increase the height and safety of the cranes. It also provided adapted load charts to account for piloti movement possibilities in all weather conditions.

Work on the caissons began in 2017 and is due for completion in 2019. Once complete, they will be towed to Monaco where they are run aground to form the foundations of the offshore extension. They will then be ballasted with sea water and weighted with quarry material. Each finished, construction caisson façade has been specially designed to accommodate sea flora and fauna. Once the caisson belt has been of the reclamation ground begins. The entire Portier Cove project is scheduled for completion in 2025.

Emaar to build Middle East’s biggest Chinatown in Dubai

Dubai’s leading developer said the Chinese-style urban district will occupy a central location in its 6km² mixed-use waterfront development, Dubai Creek Harbour, which will boast the Dubai Creek Tower superstructure. The retail precinct will have mix of restaurants, local and international fashion brands designed to appeal to Chinese tourists. 

To further support efforts to encourage wealthy Chinese shoppers to the emirate, Emaar has opened offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou to promote tourism, education, and investment in the UAE. Emaar’s announcement came on the eve of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the UAE, where he is expected to drum up support for two-way trade and investment. “The visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the UAE is historic and will further strengthen UAE-China relations, underpinned by initiatives such as the UAE-China Week announced by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai,” the chairman of Emaar Properties, Mohamed Alabbar, said.” “The development of the new Chinese retail and lifestyle district at Dubai Creek Harbour – as well as Emaar’s expansion into China, both in property and hospitality – highlight our commitment to the country, and our focus on contributing to the strength and success of UAE-China relations,” he added. Bilateral trade between China and the UAE has gone up in recent years, rising from $46.3bn (AED170bn) in 2016 to $53.3bn (AED195bn) in 2017. And Chinese tourists are prominent visitors to Dubai as well, with recent statistics indicating a year-on-year increase in the number of travelers from China between 1 January and 31 May, 2018.” Separately, Emaar this week issued a statement following reports it may sell non-core assets worth up to $1.4bn (AED5.1bn). In response to this claim, Emaar said it was “continuously exploring various options as part of its strategy to streamline its business to generate significant value”

New Potain factory in India

Manitowoc has opened a new Potain tower crane factory in the Indian city of Chakan, which lies outside Pune, with production beginning in first-quarter 2018. This facility replaces the company’s previous factory in Pune, which opened back in 2007. With a smaller land area as well as new equipment and lean processes, Manitowoc said the new facility produces Potain MCT 85 and MC 125 cranes more efficiently.

David Semple, Manitowoc’s senior vice president for the Middle East and India, said: “We are focused on developing and executing lean strategies to improve efficiency, profitability, and value for our stakeholders. Our customers will benefit from the faster delivery times and enhanced quality of this new facility while our employees can feel proud to work at one of the most advanced tower crane factories in Asia. Potain has long been a market-leader in India and we want to ensure that continues, so opening this factory is an important step.”  

With a production area of 9,760 sqm, the new factory’s manufacturing footprint has been reduced by one-third compared to its previous facility but has been designed for the same level of production output. Among the upgrades in equipment at the facility are a new paint shop and shot blasting machine cells.

The facility layout delivers other productivity improvements. Most notably, the time to transport materials from the assembly area to the finished goods yard is reduced by 68%. There are other significant savings in material transport from the steel yard, supplier yard and fabrication area.

Time savings are not limited to onsite operations either. Although still in the Pune area, the new factory sits some 45km from the old location, in the city’s industrial belt of Chakan. Being situated in Chakan offers better connectivity to national highways, speeding customer deliveries within India. In addition, the new facility is closer to Mumbai from where Potain cranes are shipped to export markets.

“The majority of cranes manufactured at this new factory will be shipped to customers in India,” said Semple. “But we will also serve neighbouring markets such as Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. All of our customers will benefit from the faster deliveries and enhanced quality of Potain cranes in this region.”

GCC construction contract awards rebound in 2018

The total value of contract awards in the construction and transport sectors increased in the first half of this year, rising to $32bn from $27bn in second half of 2017, according to regional projects tracker MEED Projects. Despite the increase, the total for the first half of this year is still below the average of $40bn of construction and transport contract awards made on a half yearly basis since 2006, and well below the high of nearly $70bn of awards made in the first half of 2014.The strongest performing market in the first half of 2018 was the UAE with $15bn of awards followed by Saudi Arabia where there were $10bn of contracts let.While the UAE total is down slightly on the $16bn of contracts that were awarded in the second half of 2017, the total for Saudi Arabia is the strongest half since the first half of 2015 and suggest that the kingdom’s construction sector may finally be showing signs of recovery after three difficult years.The UAE has consistently been the strongest performing construction market in the region over the last five years as its more diversified economy has been better shielded from the full impact of lower oil prices.Supporting the Saudi recovery is the fact that the largest contract awards during the first half of this year have come from kingdom. The largest award is the $2.5bn award for the construction of the Mecca Gate housing development for Al-Balad al-Ameen. There were also major contract awards valued at over $1bn for building the Sharma complex on the northern Red Sea coast, and for the construction of a housing development for the National Guard.Future projects are also being tendered in the kingdom. The largest scheme is the proposed Salwa Channel that will be build close to the Qatari border. Others include the Avenues Mall in Riyadh, Ishbiliyah City Centre, and various housing complexes around the kingdom.There were no contract awards valued at over $1bn outside Saudi Arabia. The largest award outside the kingdom was the $533m deal for the construction of Aldar’s Water’s Edge residential development in the UAE.

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Sources

http://www.cranestodaymagazine.com/news/potains-in-land-reclamation-project-6273125/

http://www.constructionweekonline.com/article-49848-emaar-to-build-middle-easts-biggest-chinatown-in-dubai/

http://www.cranestodaymagazine.com/news/new-potain-factory-in-india-6262937/

GCC construction contract awards rebound in 2018

 

New Potain Tower Crane Works As Topless, Stores As Luffer

Earlier in May, we spoke about hydraulic tower cranes and the MCH 125. Today, we will touch upon the MRH 125 which was launched at Bauma in April earlier this year.

The MRH 125 can lift up to 8.8 U.S. tons, be equipped with up to 164′ of jib, and lift 2.2 U.S. tons at the tip of the longest jib. Its maximum freestanding height is 190′, and maximum line speed is 387 fpm with 50LVF20 hoist winch. The Topless design with several elements making up the slewing crane part reduce the standard size and weight to make transport, handling, and fitting easier.

As with all of its products Manitowoc has placed a strong emphasis on return on investment for Potain MRH 125 owners. The crane’s adaptable design suits it for congested urban job sites while also optimizing transport and assembly times. “The MRH 125 has an optimized transport cost for a luffing jib crane in its capacity class,” said Thiebault Le Besnerais, Manitowoc‘s global product director for tower cranes. “It can also be mounted on our standard 1.6 m (5’6″) or 2 m (6’6″) K-masts for better optimization for fleet owners, and it offers lower power consumption than traditional luffing jib cranes.”

The MRH 125 also uses the latest luffing technology of the VVH hydraulic luffing mechanism which allows complete hoisting of the jib in two minutes. VVH hydraulic luffing eliminates the need to install luffing rope during crane setup. The hoisting winch, maintenance derrick, and jib wind side plate also come pre-installed to save setup time. Plus, there is no need to adapt the wind-sail plate on site, regardless of jib length. Also, the cab can be attached to either side of the mast to suit project conditions.

The jib can be raised from horizontal to near vertical (88°) in just two minutes, and the compact counter jib measures just 23’ and connects easily during assembly.

The main features of the MRH 125 are as follows:

It’s the perfect crane for confined areas

  • Almost vertical luffing jib for minimum space requirement when working
  • Weathervaning radius optimized for each jib length, just 10 m for the 50 m jib, ideal for congested jobsites
  • Option to fit the cab on the left-or right-hand side of the jib according to jobsite needs and especially to allow installation of the crane as close to the building as possible.

It’s the fastest fitting of a luffing jib crane

  • One single counter-jib/jib foot package bringing together all of the connected hydraulic functions. No inter-jobsite dismantling/fitting, compact and transportable in one package
  • No installation of luffing rope thanks to an innovative hydraulic system: save fitting time compared to traditional luffing system and increased safety

Transport is Optimized

  • Only 4 containers or 4 trucks for transportation of the whole slewing crane part with a 50 m jib

Optimized return on investment

  • Luffing jib crane adapted to very tight urban jobsites
  • Economical transport, easy and adapted to the fitting sequences
  • Fitting/dismantling time reduced through a design combining the Topless concept with hydraulic luffing technology
  • Improved fitting safety

In conclusion,  the MRH 125 has all the advantages of traditional luffing jib cranes with the capacities of the topless cranes. This combination of the best of both worlds ensures outstanding operating performance and guarantees a positive return on investment. To view the datasheet or request a quote, visit:

https://www.nftcrane.com/en/content/hydraulic-cranes

First quarter improvement for Manitowoc

Manitowoc Crane, which also includes Grove mobile cranes and Potain tower cranes has posted first quarter revenues 8.3 percent higher at $418 million.
The increase was attributable to higher crane shipments in the Americas and European regions, coupled with pricing improvements, partly offset by unfavourable changes in exchange rates. The pre-tax loss increased from 6.1 million in the same quarter last year to $23.4 million this year, entirely due to a $25 million charge for early extinguishment of its debt, when it refinanced on more favourable terms in March. Without this the company would have been back in the black with a profit of $1.6 million. At the operating profit level it made $16.2 million compared to just $1.7 million last year. Full year revenues are now forecast to be three to seven percent higher at $1.9 to $1.97 billion.

Chief executive Barry Pennypacker said: “Manitowoc once again delivered a strong start to the year, delivering our eighth straight quarter of year over year adjusted EBITDA margin increase. The operating principles of The Manitowoc Way continue to produce improving financial results as we execute our strategy for profitable growth by delivering innovation and velocity in everything we do.”

“In March, we successfully refinanced our capital structure to further strengthen our balance sheet. This action increases liquidity, reduces interest expense and allows us more flexibility to deploy our capital in order to increase shareholder value.”

“Market conditions remain very competitive. We continue to focus on providing innovative products and services for customers as evidenced by positive customer reception to our six new cranes introduced at the bauma trade show in April. As a result of our first-quarter performance and our proven ability to execute on our strategy, we are raising our full-year guidance.”

Sources:

https://www.cranesy.com/new-potain-tower-crane-works-topless-stores-luffer/ 

https://www.manitowoccranes.com

https://www.vertikal.net/en/news/story/32996/first-quarter-improvement-for-manitowoc

Manitowoc showcases new Potain MRH 125 at Vertikal Days

The Rise of the Luffing Tower Crane

Luffing-Jib Cranes Vs. Tower Cranes

According to studies by Construcciones Metálicas COMANSA S.A. & Vandooran Tower Crane Consultants (separate studies), we have analyzed the various aspects of both types of these cranes.

Luffing jib tower crane and level jib tower crane are two kinds of common models. Both models are widely used but they differ in their structure, operating principle and application field. Luffing jib tower crane is mainly used in large project and industrial equipment installing field where large lifting capacity, high perching accuracy and high safety are required for lifting large members and equipment component.

Level jib tower crane is mainly used in common civil building field where fast lifting and inaccurate perching and resting areas are required for lifting building materials. Both models have advantages and disadvantages in different application fields, therefore we can plan a key role in determining which model should be selected. Luffing-jib cranes are specially demanded for tall buildings on congested sites. They have a very short counter-jib and a variable working radius, which permit high productivity in extremely narrow spaces. 

Some of the key reasons for using luffing jib cranes

Luffing cranes, especially over the last 15 years, have helped to solve a lot of inner city construction problems when it comes to the fight for precious space in and around a construction site.  Luffing crane has a special design and the jib has the capability of being lift standing vertical in the air at a minimum of 5m radius from the mass section (Of course, this is used as an example, and depending on the type of crane, this could vary).  This is the opposite to the flat top crane which must be left parallel to the project and at the fixed radius of the jib already pre-determined.

This has solved many issues for projects where over sailing rights are not possible or very difficult to achieve in cities around the world, like in the United Kingdom.  These rights are not usually given when the loads being carried by the crane must be brought overtop of neighbouring building which are public, government or have a heavy population of the general public such as public transport stations.  The luffing crane allows the jib and the load to stay within the construction site boundaries at all times and ensure the safety of the general public.

1.       Luffing cranes are usually the best solution when a number of cranes are working on the same construction site, to avoid any kind of crash with other cranes or the surrounding buildings. With their variable working radius, they don’t interfere in the working area of the other cranes on site and they can be parked with a very reduced radius. However, construction site managers should have prior experience in supervising several luffing cranes operating simultaneously.

 2.       Luffing-jib cranes can improve material handling cycles in the jobsite, using them like auxiliary cranes to the principal tower cranes, reducing the construction time.

 3.       Usually, the maximum load is bigger than a tower crane’s.

 4.       In some areas, local laws make luffing-jib cranes necessary. For instance, London doesn’t allow any crane to fly over the surrounding spaces when they are working in a jobsite, and luffing jib-cranes are very demanded because you can move the jib from the horizontal position up to the total vertical position.

Drawbacks of using luffing jib cranes

But there are some disadvantages of the luffing cranes when you compare them to a tower

Crane. Although luffing cranes are a major problem solver when it comes to working within major city centres or enclosed construction sites they can greatly affect performance and economics of a construction site not hindered by tight jurisdictions.

1.       Luffing cranes are generally more expensive than the traditional tower cranes. The tower frames of a luffing crane are stronger, and the luffing mechanisms are much bigger than the hoist system of a tower crane. Of course, the technology applied to move the jib, counterweights, is the highest.

 2.       The cost of assembling and disassembling are much higher too.

 3.       Luffing cranes are more receptive to environmental changes such as the wind and the jib of a ‘luffer’ acts as wall to the wind. So, the restrictions of the tower are higher.

 4.       Since luffing cranes don’t have trolley mechanism and the movement is done by the jib, luffing cranes usually take longer than tower cranes to finish the job

 The major impact Luffing cranes have on a construction site is the time that it takes for them to perform movements necessary to lift an object from point A to point B.  The Luffing crane must perform more movements mechanically in order to raise the object to the desired height and radius. A flat top crane has a fixed jib set to a pre-determined radius, in order for them to perform a lift they must simply reel in the rope to lift the object to the desired height and move a trolley down a track in order to move the object to the desired radius.

With a luffing crane you do not have the trolley moving quickly down a track, instead you must lift the entire jib using an ‘A’ frame positioned at the rear of the crane top and move it up and down until you have reached your desired radius, while at the same time reeling in the ropes to gain the appropriate height for your load.  This takes a lot more time to perform these tasks and can be much more difficult especially if the driver is working blind and is not able to see the load at the end of their ropes.

To summarize, the luffing crane, like all other tower cranes, has its pros and cons so when you are designing your site you must ensure that it is the right crane for the job.  In tight construction zones such as inner cities a luffing crane may be your best call. If you make the wrong choice you will find as a result that there is a lot of time and money wasted on the project. In the UAE, Of course it depends on the project’s requirement, for example high rise towers, which are very popular here, require luffing cranes with a big capacity. Luffing cranes are special as they allow you to manoeuvre in tight spaces, when you are surrounded by neighbouring buildings.

The Verdict

According to NBM & CW, the comparison can be summarized in details in the following table (where a large power station is used as a benchmark):

Brief comparison between the two models in large power station construction field

Description Luffing jib tower crane
(Large Capacity)
Level jib tower crane
(Large Capacity)
Comparison results
Luffing jib type Level jib type
Application field Widely used and it can replace level jib tower crane Relatively narrow in application field and it can not replace luffing jib tower crane Superior inferior
Laying out flexibility Good Bad Superior Inferior
Design, manufacture and manufacturing cost Complex design and manufacture and high manufacturing cost Relatively easy and low manufacturing cost Inferior Superior
Safety High Relatively low Superior Inferior
Anti-wind ability Strong Weak Superior Inferior
Perching accuracy and efficiency High Low Superior Inferior
Lifting and derricking speed Fast Slow Inferior Superior
Lifting capacity at large radius and the same moment Large Small Superior Inferior
Maximum radius at the same moment Small Large Inferior Superior
Safety and suitability of cooperative operation Strong Weak Superior Inferior
Erecting and dismantling cost Low High Superior Inferior

 

As the above comparison, luffing jib tower crane has great advantage over level jib tower crane in power station construction field, which has been confirmed by more than 100 power stations construction in china. Level jib tower crane is widely used in plant construction of power station as auxiliary tool while luffing jib tower crane definitely predominates in boiler lifting. It is not the only choice to use luffing jib tower crane for boiler lifting, which can be achieved by cooperation between large crawling crane, furnace handling crane and large level jib tower crane but also economic efficiency, safety and plane layout need to be carefully considered. 

Case Study: Potain’s MR 418

The Potain MR 418 is designed to get you set up and working faster while still providing the capacity and compact footprint that our cranes are known for.

A new on-board control system allows for operation mere minutes after assembly is completed, and the uniquely mounted luffing mechanism and hoist ensures there is plenty of room for operation, even in the tightest of jobsites. Perfect for power plants or high-rise buildings, including super-tall structures

  • Total luffing time: 1 min 15 sec
  • Maximum hoisting speed: 254 meters per minute
  • Maximum capacity: 24 t
  • Maximum operating hook radius: 60 m
  • Maximum capacity at 60 m: 5 t
  • Maximum line speed: 254 m/min
  • 1 part / 2 part load block reeving
  • New mechanisms : 150/180 LVF 120 or 270/320 LVF 120 hoist options available, 1 part / 2 part load block reeving , Smooth movements due to frequency control technology, extremely accurate and reactive luffing movements through VVF technology, very high speed, high capacity hoist winches maximize productivity at very tall working heights

The Biggest luffing for Potain: MR 608

The MR 605 is the largest capacity luffing jib crane in the Potain line. The crane is specially designed for sites with very high working heights and is equipped with powerful mechanisms to ensure optimal work speeds.

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Sources:

https://www.manitowoccranes.com/en/cranes/potain/top-slewing/mr/MR-418

https://www.manitowoccranes.com/en/cranes/potain/top-slewing/mr/MR-615-H32

http://metas.co/Dosyalar/LINDEN_COMANSA/Brochures/ComparativaAbatibles_vs_torres.pdf

https://vandoorntcc.co.uk/2013/09/30/luffing-crane-pros-cons/

https://www.nbmcw.com/equipments/cranes-material-handling-equipments/29293-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-large-capacity-luffing-jib-tower-crane-and-level-jib-tower-crane.html