Your guide to Tower Cranes North America 2022
By Hannah Sundermeyer06 June 2022
Last held in 2020 virtually, this year’s in-person Tower Cranes North America Conference is sure to attract a crowd of industry experts. Organized by KHL Group and its magazines American Cranes & Transport and International Cranes and Specialized Transport, Tower Cranes North America is officially supported by SC&RA.
Talking all things tower cranes, the conference program will address key issues facing tower crane owners and users, including risk mitigation, safety, crane inspections, wind monitoring, construction activity forecasts and legislation.
Manitowoc’s Aaron Ravenscroft will be making his first appearance at a KHL crane event and kicking off TCNA with his keynote address titled “The Electrification of America.”
“Electrifying” keynote by Manitowoc’s Ravenscroft
In this important address, Ravenscroft will argue that European-style electric tower cranes represent an “untapped solution” in America to combat climate change concerns.
Ravenscroft will share “Manitowoc’s perspectives on how tower cranes can meaningfully contribute to environmental sustainability strategies while delivering compelling economic benefits to customers in the long-term.”
Lawrence Shapiro, co-principal, Howard | Shapiro Associates Consulting Engineers, will be diving into the challenges associated with tower cranes on high-rise buildings in urban areas. As the market sees a revival and many metropolitan construction projects resume, it’s important to be educated about conflicts that may arise on a jobsite.
With a training presentation going hand in hand with operator safety, Chris Smith, corporate service manager for Morrow, will discuss training for erection, dismantling and operation.
Philippe Cohet, CEO at Uperio Group, one of the largest tower crane owners in the world, will be presenting his know-how on fleet management. Uperio is rapidly growing with continued gains throughout the last several years. Most recently, Uperio is set to acquire fellow tower crane business LaurentKeller in France.
Wire rope, a small but mighty component to any crane operation, is a rapidly evolving area. Three wire rope experts from ASC Industries Python America, Bridon-Bekaert The Ropes Group, and WireCo WorldGroup will give a group presentation on development in wire rope technology.
“I will speak briefly on the history of the construction of the tower crane hoist crane ropes to the present,” said Tony Fastuca, vice president, ASC Industries Python America, “and my colleagues will discuss new developments on inspection criteria, which is critical for proper use.”
Joining Fastuca are Dave Sleightholm, manager, customer technical support, Bridon-Bekaert, The Ropes Group, and Tim Klein, principal engineer – structures and fabrication, WireCo WorldGroup.
A much-anticipated roundtable led by Lior Avitan, CEO and co-founder of UltraWis, and Aviv Carmel, co-CEO and co-founder of Skyline, will open up the discussion surrounding remote control tower cranes, automation and the future of this advanced and quickly growing technology. “Tower cranes and the connected worksite” will address the wider topic of crane automation.
Bill Carbeau from Linden Comansa America and Javier Militino from Comansa in Spain, are set to educate the audience with their presentation titled “Using tower cranes on bridges.”
Jim Wiethorn, engineering specialist, founder and chairman, International Crane and Construction Safety Solutions, will dive into understanding wind loadings on cranes.
Massimo Cappello, director of product management, Terex Tower Cranes, will discuss how today’s telematics are more than just fleet management.
Jean-Philippe Fonck, a sales engineer at French tower crane technology specialist AMCS Technologies, will show how anti-collision systems have evolved to adapt to the real-world constraints found on construction sites. He will discuss innovation and the developments in relation to specific projects in North America and Europe.
“Anti-collision systems are a valuable resource for improving productivity on jobsites,” he said. “We want the audience to understand the capacity of technical solutions to quickly adapt to customer needs from both a mechanical and electrical point of view, as well from the perspective of software design.”
Following the day’s presentations, attendees are invited to a farewell drinks reception where they can reunite with old faces and network with new at the conclusion of the conference.
To register for the event, please click here.
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AMCS technologies, created in 1994, designs and manufactures high-end electronic devices dedicated to construction site safety. Specialized in zoning and anti-collision for lifting equipment, the company has become essential in its activity.
Comansa, created in the 1960s, has manufactured more than 16,000 cranes and has dealers in more than 60 countries. Its original flat top modular design, combined with state-of-the-art technology, is manufactured to the highest standards, and the company prides itself on the best product, service and support in the industry. Linden Comansa is the North American distribution and service company of the Spanish manufacturers of Comansa Tower Cranes.
JASO Tower Cranes, founded in 1975, has assisted millions of customers worldwide in all types of projects, large and small, offering efficient and affordable solutions. Headquartered in Idiazabal, Spain, JASO commits itself to excellence in the design, manufacturing and after-sales service of tower cranes.
Terex. A working crane is a profitable crane, and Terex tower cranes are built to work. The company produces four categories of tower cranes, including self-erectors, flat top, hammerhead and luffing jib tower cranes. Reliability, quality and safety are the reasons for the success of Terex tower cranes all over the world.
Liebherr. The invention of the mobile tower crane in 1949 marked the start of Liebherr Tower Cranes. This product division within the Liebherr Group of Companies is now the leading global manufacturer of mobile construction and tower cranes and has five production plants in Germany, Spain, India, Brazil and Russia. Its range of products includes an extensive program of high-quality tower cranes featuring all systems and size classes. They include fast-erecting, top-slewing, luffing jib and special cranes.
Potain tower cranes are known around the world for their lifting power, reliability and innovative designs. Potain builds more than 60 types of tower cranes to fit a variety of jobsites: high capacity top slewing cranes on infrastructure jobs, luffing jib cranes that construct skyscrapers, topless cranes reshaping the urban environment and Hup self-erectors transforming residential construction.
Uperio, a leader in the sales and rental of tower cranes, is unique. The company makes the popular line of Arcomet self-erecting cranes and the innovative OPTI crane for small contractors, roofers and carpenters. Its mission is to make construction sites more productive.
Wolffkran’s name stands for experience and competence in the design, construction and use of tower cranes. With its innovative technology and know-how, the company has significantly contributed to the field of material handling. The company’s success goes back more than 100 years when Julius Wolff designed and built the first slewing crane. With a rental fleet of some 700 tower cranes, Wolffkran provides top-slewing saddle jib cranes, top-slewing tower crane with luffing jib and crane components and accessories.
Morrow. From the time of its founding in 1968, Morrow has focused exclusively on the tower crane and construction hoist industry. As an exclusive distributor of Liebherr tower cranes and as a representative of Alimak Scando hoists, Morrow has developed a unique expertise and knowledge of its product line.
Dellner Bubenzer is an industry-diverse global leader in the design and manufacture of braking systems for the material handling, crane and hoist, container handling, mining, marine, industrial, offshore, oil and gas and wind energy sectors. Global manufacturing leadership combined with a commitment to service at the local level positions Dellner Bubenzer as the world’s first choice for sustainable braking solutions and installations.
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NFT has seen it all in terms of engineering and logistic challenges. For 35 years, the company has specialized in tower cranes, passenger and materials hoists and other construction equipment. NFT’s products and services are delivered by a highly qualified technical team with a strong emphasis on safety and safe-work practices. Based in Abu Dhabi, NFT enjoys a strong presence in the GCC and Middle East and is seeing its business grow beyond the region. The company is currently located in Asia, Europe, Africa and most recently North America.
The Crosby Group brand has been trusted for more than 130 years. As the world’s leading manufacturer for rigging, lifting and material handling applications, Crosby delivers a comprehensive portfolio of products engineered to exceed the toughest demands. Crosby products include hooks, Red Pin shackles, hoist rings, master links, lifting clamps, slings, turnbuckles, snatch blocks, crane blocks, sheaves and a host of other custom-engineered solutions. Crosby’s technology solutions include BlokCam camera systems for tower and mobile cranes.
Skyline Cranes & Technologies is Israel’s leading tower crane company, both in numbers and variety of equipment available, offering a comprehensive solution to all customers and any type of project. Skyline owns the largest crane fleet in Israel, taking part in the market’s most complex and prominent construction projects. Skyline Cranes are at the forefront of the development of autonomy for tower crane operations.
Bondura Technology designs and manufactures pin solutions to customer’s specifications, based on the patented and DNV GL Type approved bondura pin technology. The company has more than 30 years of experience with expanding pin technology within offshore, onshore, mining, heavy machinery and more. The head-office is located in Norway, and Bondura has a sales office in Sweden.
JOST was founded in 2000 by German designer Franc Jost. The company has over 40 years’ experience in crane technology and an unbeatable track record. Franc Jost designed more than 45 crane models for leading crane OEMs, including Peiner, Noell, BKT and Comedil.
Lawsons Global Recruitment is an international agency specializing in the construction and power sectors. It offers a personal approach and expert knowledge, delivering exceptional talent.
RaycoWylie are experts in the design and manufacturing of crane monitoring devices since 1933. At the heart of their system designs are simple, intuitive controls with straight-forward operating procedures. The company’s strengths lie in the reliability of its products and its outstanding service and support network.
Stafford Soima Tower Cranes is a worldwide provider of lifting services and equipment. Based in Phoenix, AZ, the company manufactures Soima tower cranes in Portugal. Stafford also rents and sells mobile cranes, self-erecting cranes, overhead cranes and construction hoists. Stafford provides certified operator services for all cranes and hoists as well as erection and dismantle, technician and consulting services on projects globally. Stafford’s Tower Crane School of Phoenix provides training for tower and mobile crane operators, riggers and signalpersons.
UltraWis was co-founded in 2019 by Lior Avitan and Erez Gernitzky. Both are experts in machine learning, AI and basically how to get (super complicated) things done. A startup company, UltraWIS offers breakthrough solutions based on state-of-the-art technology. Solutions include a unique set of sensors constantly recording jobsites and generating in-depth data and insights in real time.
WireCo is the market, manufacturing and technical leader in wire and synthetic rope manufacturing, providing a consultative approach to offer customers a single, reliable source for solutions that fit their specific application and budget needs. But it doesn’t stop there. WireCo offers clients the education and expertise needed to enhance product performance and value.
Zoomlion Group, founded in 1992, develops/manufactures high-tech equipment for the construction and agriculture industries. Zoomlion has production bases in China, Italy, Germany, India, Brazil and Belarus, 21 subsidiaries globally and multiple brands through the acquisition of such companies as CIFA, Raxtar, M-TEC and Wilbert.
Creative Lifting Services offers a wide selection of tower cranes and self-erecting cranes for rent, sale or lease. The company distributes SAEZ tower cranes and VICARIO self-erecting cranes.
Lewis Crane & Hoist provides turnkey crane and hoist solutions. Based in North Texas, Lewis serves a five-state region and is licensed to do business in California and Nevada, where it is an expert in casino construction. The company sells, leases, operates and maintains new and used tower cranes, personnel/material elevators, derricks and mobile cranes.
New York Crane/Lomma Crane & Rigging are the premier provider of tower cranes, crawler cranes, Manitowoc, Link-Belt, Liebherr, Favco tower cranes, heavy transportation and rigging in the Northeast. With offices in Newark, NJ; Pittsburgh, PA; and Charlotte, NC, Lomma offers years of experience to handle all aspects of its clients’ crane and transportation needs. With a large fleet of cranes, Lomma continues to grow to meet with the demands of the ever-changing construction industry.