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crane operator virtual reality simulator

Crane Operator Training is on the Way Up: Virtually! Virtual Reality Simulator Training is Reducing Budgets and Increasing Safety Crane operators carry a significant responsibility in lifting, moving and placing loads across many industries. Properly preparing crane operators has taken on a whole new approach in skills training. It allows operators to experience reality without the reality itself. With Virtual Reality Simulators, they can experience a wide range of scenarios, including problems and mistakes that could cause serious damage and danger to materials, equipment and people if they happened on real jobs. Keeping it real is the way to increased productivity and significantly lower training costs.

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acco overhead crane solution.

Acco Overhead Crane Solution for Aerospace Manufacturer J&B Equipment has installed a circular crane and other systems to lift jet engines for testing at an aerospace company. Acco Material Handling Solutions LLC, a manufacturer of material handling products, including cranes and hoists, provided the solution.

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scenic skyway Australia

Historic Destination Depends on Wire Rope for Spectacular Views of Natural Wonders Article by Jane Haynes Scenic World in the Blue Mountains of Katoomba, Australia provides spectacular views of a dramatic mountain cliff, waterfall, valley, historic mine site, and Jurassic rainforest through three wire rope driven rides: a railway, skyway and cableway with scenic vistas and access to a nature walkway.

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CODIPRO Signs an Exclusive Partnership with the USA

CODIPRO Signs an Exclusive Partnership with the USA CODIPRO USA, located in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, is becoming CODIPRO’s exclusive partner in the United States.

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Koncranes gantry cranes

New Gantry Cranes for the Virginia Port Authority In the midst of questions on how U.S. international trade will fare in coming years, four Cantilever Rail Mounted Gantry (CRMG) cranes will soon be delivered to Virginia International Gateway (VIG) terminal as part of its expansion.

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Caldwell Custom Lifting Device for Cryomodule Assembly

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The Aug issue

Featured Articles include:

  • Crane Operator Training is on the Way Up: Virtually! by Al Pirozzoli. Safety is the leading inspiration for this modern technique of teaching workers “the ropes” of operating a crane.
  • Historic Destination Depends on Wire Rope for Spectacular Views of Natural Wonders. By Jane Haynes. Scenic World offer beautiful views of Australia’s natural wonders from all angles as seen from their skyway, cableway and railway systems.
  • New Gantry Cranes for the Virginia Port Authority. By Peter Hildebrandt. Konecranes’ recently installed CRMG’s provide expanded service to take on the ever increasing shipments at this world renowned port.
  • and much more! read more

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ITI to Host Innovation Award Showcase at LiftEx 2019

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New Team Members at Alps

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Custom Modulift Beams Lift Steam Locomotive

Using custom Modulift beams, The Southern Railway U Class 31806 needed to be lifted free of its wheels. read more

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The June issue is available online

Featured Articles include:

  • Year 100 for Head Sfety and Protective Gear Company
  • Tower Crane Safety, Then and Now - a History
  • Health Insurance: Finding the Best Plan for Your Employees
  • and much more! read more

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How Often Should You Replace A Hard Hat?

A hard hat is required in any work environment where exists the potential risk of head injury. At what point should your hard hat be replaced? read more

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The Hard Hat Turns 100

Article by Peter Hildebrandt. “The company is 121 years old – but it was 100 years back that my great-grandfather invented the hard hat in 1919,” explains Wells Bullard, CEO of the Bullard Company. “His hat, crafted from steamed canvas, with a leather brim, and with shellac and black paint, was a fairly radical safety strategy at the time.
“The process of steaming the hat was also referred to as hard-boiling. This procedure made the hat very rigid but at the same time rather flexible.” read more

2019 suppliers directory

2019 Suppliers Directory

Announcing the update to our Suppliers Directory, the industry buyers guide to products and services in the wire rope and sling technology industry.

We are celebrating 40 years of publishing for the industry.

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tower crane accints

Tower Crane Accidents. Let’s Start with the “Why?”

Article by Dennis J O’Rourke CSP. Accident records show that 70% (NYC statistic) of the people that caused the tower crane accidents, when hired, were held to a lower level of performance than that of a licensed hairdresser. Erection crews that were hired “presume” to be qualified based on hearsay, rather than documented specific training, experience, and licensing. This is just one reason that we may be seeing so many crane accidents. read more

Adam Franz of Mazzella

Adam Franz of Mazzella Companies Wins Award

Adam Franz, Southeast Regional Sales Manager of Mazzella Companies, was nominated and awarded 2019’s Corporate Top Trainer by Crane Hot Line. The Top Trainer program presents an annual award to trainers in the lifting and rigging industry who excel at using innovative hands-on instruction, encourage peer or corporate accountability, demonstrate training success, and have a strong overall impact on students, the industry, or the environment. read more

CM Labs simulator

CM Labs Delivering New Edition of Groundbreaking Training Simulators to Manitowoc

CM Labs announced that they are developing the second in a series of groundbreaking simulators showcasing the intuitive Crane Control System (CCS) from Manitowoc Cranes, leading global manufacturer of cranes and lifting solutions. read more

Crosby acqures Gunnebo

Crosby Enters Into Agreement to Acquire Gunnebo Industries

The Crosby Group, a leading global provider of lifting, rigging, and material handling hardware, announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Gunnebo Industrier Holding AB from Segulah, a Nordic private equity firm, and that all closing conditions have been satisfied. read more

Marr Twin Town Cranes

Marr Solves Problem of Congested Worksite by Choosing Twin Town Cranes instead of Crawlers

Two tower cranes, supplied by Australian heavy lifting specialist Marr Contracting Pty Ltd (The Men From Marr’s), were preferred to traditional crawlers as a key phase of the Sydney Metro was completed recently. “The project will serve as a blueprint for future mega projects as decision makers recognize the benefits of decongested sites,” said Marr Contracting Managing Director, Simon Marr. “Our approach, not only with NRT but other clients also, is to use less cranes, but the right cranes to achieve greater efficiencies. For example, our solution facilitated lifting of loads from outside the project’s boundaries, which further decluttered the site and led to additional time and economic savings – not to mention a safer work environment.” read more

April Wire Rope and Sling issue

The April issue is available. The issue featured stories

Goodbye Mr. Wire Rope A tribute to Don Sayenga read the article

Lifting Ladership and Eduction The Mazzella Companies celebrates 65 years. read the article

Jim Mazzella and company with the 7-Part Sling.™

Mazzella Companies; 65 Years of Lifting Leadership and Education

Mazzella Companies is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year. We interviewed CEO Tony Mazzella, to learn about his perspective on the trends in the wire rope and sling technology industry, looking back on his company’s history and forward to its future. Mazzella’s father James founded the company, and his sons Matt and Adam are prepared to pilot it well into the future. A series of strategic acquisitions have provided it with steady growth over the years and landed it a dominant position in the industry read more

A Tribute to Donald Sayenga, June 4, 1934 – February 26, 2019


Goodbye, “Mr. Wire Rope”

A Tribute to Donald Sayenga, June 4, 1934 – February 26, 2019

Over his 29-year career at Bethlehem Steel Corp., and in many leadership roles during and after, Don Sayenga was the quintessential expert on wire rope and just about everything related to it. read more


Tandem Lift of Pedestrian Bridge Succeeds Safely and Easily with Smart Sling™

Tandem Lift of Pedestrian Bridge Succeeds Safely and Easily with Smart Sling™

A tandem lift presents several opportunities for potential complications. One issue is that a tandem lift depends on both crane operators working in unison to lift both ends of the structure evenly. If one operator begins to swing the load before the other is fully clear of obstructions, the load could collide with an object causing unknown dynamic forces in the rigging and crane. Another potential issue can occur if the bridge has not been properly disconnected before lifting. When it came time to remove the Pedestrian Bridge in Leesport, Pennsylvania this past February, workers were also concerned that the bridge was bolted to concrete foundations on either end of the riverbank. If a bolt had been unintentionally left in place or if the bridge had rusted at the connection point, the rigging could be overloaded during the lift because the load would not be free to move. read more

Kirkpatrick manual stripper

Potential Accident on Global 1200 Drillship Diverted, Thanks to Kirkpatrick’s New Manual Stripper

After the contractor on the Global 1200 Drillship used Kirkpatrick Wire Rope Lubrication System’s new Manual Stripper Assembly and Groove Cleaners, they discovered that the entire 52mm crane load line needed to be replaced, avoiding a possible accident. read more

Rigging for the troops photo contest

Rigging for the Troops - Weekly Photo Contest

From April 1 – June 30, Crosby will donate a portion of every wire rope clip sale to the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation to help fund a college scholarship for a child who has lost a parent in the line of duty. Show your support and help raise awareness of this worthy cause by entering our weekly photo contest. read more

wire rope assembly and the AviPack avalanche airbag system

Custom Wire Rope Assembly is Critical Part of Avalanche Airbag System Designed to Save Lives

Tyler Madison Inc., manufacturer of custom wire rope cable assemblies and push-pull controls, helped Wary engineers design a custom wire rope assembly for their AviPack avalanche airbag system. read more

CM labs aubmented reality

CM Labs at Bauma 2019
New releases include full-team training capabilities and innovative application of augmented reality

CM Labs Simulations, developer of Vortex training simulators, announced that it will be releasing a host of new training technologies at Bauma 2019. Each element is designed to work independently, or as part of a total team learning solution. read more

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Hard Hat Inventor Bullard Kicks Off 100th Anniversary Celebration

Bullard, a global leader in personal protective equipment, announced today its plans for a year-long celebration to honor the 100th anniversary of the Company’s invention of the hard hat. Headquartered in Cynthiana, Kentucky, the Company invented the Hard Boiled® Hat in 1919 and today supplies head protection products to workers worldwide.

A 121-year, fifth-generation, family-owned company, Bullard manufacturers safety products for workers in the Industrial Health and Safety and Emergency Responder markets. The Company’s innovative products have protected safety workers worldwide for more than 100 years and include thermal imagers, fire and rescue helmets, head and face protection and respiratory equipment. read more

Sign up for the Annual Suppliers Directory


Register for the Annual Suppliers Directory

Deadline extended to March 22, 2019

We’re making it easier than ever for wire rope and sling technology product and service suppliers to register for our annual Suppliers Directory.

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Jean-Marc Teissier Singapore

The February issue is available online and in the PDF - The issue featured stories

3D Printed Crane Hooks: Are They the Future? By Dennis O’Rourke Is Additive Manufacturing the wave of the future? The author weighs the pros and cons.

Specialized Library Provides Unique Collection of Resources By Jane W. Haynes A source of historic objects and information, the Arthur Lakes Library contains a wealth of material for researching ropeway technology

Why Don’t More Young People Veer Towards Jobs in Manufacturing? By Peter Hildebrandt To secure the future of the manufacturing industry, we must reach out to each new generation and teach them the “ropes.”

SPECIAL FEATURE: Our Industry Over the Past 40 Years Wire Rope News asks long-time experts to share their memories and comments. This issue features Robert Davis, Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Loos & Co., Inc.

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Crane Systems

Know your center of gravity.

In the early stages of dialogue about a lift, even before the planning begins, make sure to verify the center of gravity read more


Arborist Adds SP Load Pin to Tree Felling Toolkit

Arborist Adaptable Aerial Solutions LLC has added a second Straightpoint (SP) force measurement device to its inventory. Following the successful implementation of a wireless 25,000-lb. capacity Radiolink plus load cell, a 60kN capacity load pin has also proved its usefulness in tree felling applications.

SP’s range of load or shear pins is designed for use where an end of line load cell cannot be used or when an integrated solution is required in applications such as pulley or sheave axles, moorings, winches, or support blocks. In this instance, Adaptable (or Craneva, as it is known after the website name) uses the pin on a Mecanil grapple saw. Readings are taken wirelessly on a Hand Held plus, also an SP product. read more

Acco York PA

Acco Welcomes York Tech to Neighboring Manufacturing Facility

Acco Material Handling Solutions LLC, a manufacturer of material handling products, including overhead cranes and hoists, welcomed a delegation of students from nearby York County School of Technology (York Tech) to its York, Pennsylvania headquarters.

The visit, instigated by Lorin Cassidy Wolfe, President and CEO at Acco, saw 22 students participate in varied manufacturing-themed activities, all under an overarching “Gemba Day” concept. As Wolfe explained, genba, also known as gemba, is a Japanese term meaning “the actual place”. Japanese detectives call a crime scene gemba, for example, and journalists might say they’re reporting from gemba. In business, gemba refers to the place where value is created; in manufacturing the gemba is the factory floor. read more

Rigging Differently

Rigging Differently, an Awareness!

Decades ago I learned that there were serious differences in the skill necessary for employees to properly attach loads to cranes at the ports or manufacturing plants as opposed to a building site or in a paper mill’s machine shop.

It hit me in the late 70’s when I started development and presenting rigging programs for various industries which required a listing of topics and objectives for the courses. read more

Jean-Marc Teissier Singapore

Jean-Marc Teissier: Designing the Nearly Impossible

Whether designing the first amusement ride to catapult passengers into “space,” engineering the largest moving stadium roof in the world, or renovating the inclined lift of the Eiffel Tower - Jean-Marc Teissier, Managing Director/owner of DEP Engineering and President of OIPEEC, takes on projects with challenges that seem insurmountable. read more

Wire Co World Group

Wire Rope – The Secret Weapon of World War One

Article by Don Sayenga. When World War One began in 1914, the German Navy realized their cruisers and battleships were no match for the Royal Navy. The British had twice as many big fighting ships as any other nation. Beginning with the launch of their modern battleship Dreadnought in 1906, “Britannia rule the waves” became much more than a popular patriotic song. The development of little short-range military aircraft had just begun. The only other available form of naval warfare was an attack from beneath the waves, so the Germans concentrated on building the world’s largest fleet of submarines. This in turn caused creation of an anti-submarine weapon by the U S Navy in a program with a lid on it so tight that no one outside a small group of naval employees ever knew about it. read more

Wire Co World Group

Oldest Operating Passenger Wire Ropeway Turns 90

The world’s oldest operating passenger wire ropeway, The Predigtstuhlbahn, celebrates its 90th anniversary without showing her age. read the article "The Grande Dame of the Alps"

CM 360 hoist

Now Appearing: The 40th October Issue of Wire Rope News & Sling Technology

The October 2018 issue should reach your desk any day now. It’s the first issue of our 40th year.

So much has changed in the material handling industry since our first issue in 1979. As a pioneer magazine for this sector of the industrial world, we’ve been honored to have so many of you read our current event articles as well as the historic pieces that we’ve highlighted over the years.

We’d like to think that our founder, Ed Bluvias (who passed away in 2013), would be proud to see how much farther the industry has progressed, while knowing that Wire Rope News & Sling Technology has kept right in step with those changes.

Thank you all for being a part of our family for 40 years!



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