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Cranes & Hoists

Increased demand for safe, stable hoists

1st March 2024 Technology supplier Becker Mining South Africa experienced a record year in 2023 in terms of sales and the success of Kito electrical and manual hoists, with a particular focus on Kito L5 lever hoists. “Becker Mining has distributed and supported Kito electric chain hoists, manual hand-chain... 

Local manufacturer seeks to ease crane buying process

By: Lynne Davies     1st March 2024 There is a risk associated with buying capital equipment, and the choice of a factory crane can be “especially tricky”, says local overhead cranes and hoists manufacturer Condra Cranes. Condra advises to look at the following elements: the cost of downtime, inherent strength, and the design... 

The above image depicts two Condra technicians working on a jib crane
Photo by Condra Cranes
PRIVATE TECHNICAL SUPPORT End-users are in direct communication with a dedicated service agent from the time their crane is commissioned

Setting a new standard for crane cable guides

3rd March 2023 Vereeniging-based crane manufacturer Stahl Cranes & Hoists is shifting its Jib crane cable management systems from festoons and pulleys to reliable and snag-free energy chain systems from specialist supplier igus. Manufactured from engineered polymers, the energy chains are mechanical machine... 

A Stahl crane equipped with an igus energy chain system
PRODUCTIVE BENEFITS Data suggests that Stahl cranes using energy chains are considerably more reliable, need almost no maintenance, do not use lubricants and, most importantly, keep the cables out of harm’s way

Bespoke crane to facilitate helicopter crew training

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd March 2023 Local crane manufacturer Condra’s Germiston workshop will soon take on the challenge of manufacturing a bespoke 5 t double-girder electric overhead travelling crane for the purpose of training helicopter crew and emergency personnel at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), in Gauteng, as part of a... 

Condra crane manufacturing facility in Germiston where orange and yellow painted cranes are being assembled by factory workers.
CONDRA’S FACILITY The AS365 Dauphin helicopter will arrive from Canada to facilitate testing of the crane being built for the University of Johannesburg at Condra’s Germiston workshop by the end of April

First wire rope hoist ordered

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd March 2023 Mining infrastructure systems supplier Becker Mining South Africa has sold its first Kito RX wire rope hoist to a processing plant in Rustenburg, in the North West, after launching the range in sub-Saharan Africa in September last year. The reaction to the new range of Kito RX wire rope hoists,... 

Man with white hard hat operating Kito RX wire rope hoist in an industrial plant.
MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS Kito RX wire rope hoists are suitable for many industrial applications, including production plants, plant engineering, production lines and workshops, as well as shipbuilding and maintenance

German construction hoist installed in Secunda

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd March 2023 Gauteng industrial equipment supplier SkyJacks has installed a GEDA construction hoist on a 100-m-high vessel at chemicals and energy company Sasol’s monomers plant in Secunda, Mpumalanga. “The GEDA 300Z was attached to the scaffolding erected by the contractor around the vessel and went up to a... 

A construction hoist on a working construction site.
JACKING UP DEMAND Demand for SkyJacks construction hoists mostly stems from the maintenance and retrofitting of buildings, as well as the industrial maintenance sector, amid tough construction market conditions

Crane company innovative in competitive environment

By: Cameron Mackay     4th March 2022 Local crane manufacturer Condra Cranes MD Marc Kleiner stresses that the competitiveness of the local cranes and hoists market has been exacerbated by cheaper imports of cranes, hoists and related components, as well as shortages in raw materials. Such shortages have been the result of supply... 

Image of a pre-sink portal crane designed and manufactured by Condra Cranes
INTELLIGENT LIFTING Condra Cranes has introduced more intelligent solutions on some of its more advanced crane machines

Company provides lifting, rigging solutions for efficiency and safety

4th March 2022 Local equipment supplier BMG’s Tools & Equipment Lifting team offers a specialist service to diverse sectors throughout Africa, including automotive and tyre manufacturing, paper and pulp, sugar, forestry and agriculture, as well as marine and mining. “BMG’s dedicated Lifting and Rigging division... 

Image of a container used to move giraffes
GAME RESERVE PROJECT BMG constructed a robust sling for the project, using high-strength McKinnon chain to load the crate holding the giraffes safely onto a truck

Reliability in power sector ensured

By: Cameron Mackay     4th March 2022 Industrial equipment supplier Becker’s Kito electric chain and manual hoists have been designed for dependable use in materials handling applications in diverse industries. These include mining, construction, shipbuilding, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals processing, manufacturing and general... 

Image of a technicians with hoists and a wind turbine
MEETING STRINGENT REQUIREMENTS Kito electric chain hoists and manual hand chain blocks and lever hoists are suitable for demanding applications in wind turbines
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