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Critical System and Equipment Information Now Available with New Magnetek Brand™ DMC Series 2 Digital Magnet Control

Columbus McKinnon Corporation, a leading designer and manufacturer of motion control products and technologies for material handling, announces the availability of the Magnetek® brand MagnePulse™ DMC Series 2 Digital Magnet Control – the Company’s latest innovation in DC-to-DC control.

Combining advanced safety and performance features in one easy-to-use control, MagnePulse DMC Series 2 offers comprehensive system monitoring that can optimize the efficiency of processes and equipment. MagnePulse is ideal for operation of industrial lifting magnets in heavy-duty applications.

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Steve Freckmann

ALL’s Steve Freckmann Receives SC&RA Pinnacle Award

Steve Freckmann, General Manager of Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental, a member of the ALL Family of Companies, has received the Pinnacle Award from the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association (SC&RA). The Pinnacle Award signals the end of Freckmann’s three-year term on the association’s board of directors, and also recognizes his more than decade and a half of involvement in leadership positions within the association.

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3d printer face shields

Terex Utilities Joins Community Effort to Supply Face Shields to Health Care Workers

Terex Utilities recently acted on a request by Lake Area Technical Institute (LATI) to 3D print parts for face shields. The Electronic Systems Technology and Robotics departments at the technical college are leading the effort. “Because it takes up to 13 hours to print four face shield bands, they sent a request out to local businesses to lend a hand by printing parts needed for a completed shield,” said Dan Brenden, Director of Engineering for Terex Utilities. Two other companies and more than a dozen individuals are also assisting the effort.

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Patterson Manufacturing Davit Cranes

Patterson Manufacturing Launches New Davit Cranes to Give Industrial Operators a Lift.

With over 160 years of experience in the marine, construction, and mining markets, Patterson Manufacturing is a trusted supplier of winches, rigging, and fittings. From inventing the first river ratchet in 1871, to patenting the revolutionary YoYo winch in 2009, Patterson has been innovating and solving problems for industry leaders for over a century. Their newest product line, the Patterson Davit Cranes, will continue to deliver the company’s promise of helping businesses run safer, easier, and faster – to both improve operator safety and positively impact customers’ bottom lines.

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Caldwell Covers RUD in Latest Webinar

The Caldwell Group Inc. will stage the latest in its new series of webinars

—‘Who is RUD and What Does RUD Offer?’—

this Friday (26 June) at 11 a.m. ET

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Caldwell Beam Lifts Rebar Cages on Overpass Project

The Caldwell Group Inc. supplied a custom 75 ft.-long, 50,000-lb. capacity beam for lifting 60 rebar cages at a highway project in Philadelphia, PA.

The two-piece beam is currently being used beneath the hook of a 275-ton capacity Grove mobile crane to lift the large pier cap rebar cages, as required for concrete reinforcement during the rebuild of an 8,500 ft.-long, 100 ft.-wide overpass. The cages vary in weight, up to 46,000 lbs., and length, up to 85 ft.

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June issue Wire Rope News and Sling Technology magazine

June Issue Featured Articles Include

June is National Safety Month!Better Safe Than Sorry!

Gigantic Cranes, Too Big To Be Safe? As monster cranes become more enormous, so do the risks of operating them safely. By Dennis J. O’Rourke,

Wire Rope Goes Fishing, Trawlers Against The Tides.Commercial fishing trawlers take on a time honored tradition by utilizing modern fishing gear in the form of wire rope. By Al Pirozzoli

Sheave Design vs Wire Rope Life, A reprinted article that shows how some problems our industry faced 30 years ago, as well as their solutions, are still valid today. By Wilbert “Al” Lucht

What’s keeping the US rigging shops from converting to aluminum turnbacks? This company’s rebuttal to one of our articles from last issue comes as a welcome opinion from actual on-the-job use of aluminum turnback terminations.

Harrington Hoists TCK air hoists

Harrington Hoists, Inc. Releases TCK Series Air Hoists

Harrington Hoists, Inc. has announced the release of their TCK series air hoist line. These hoists are designed for fast lifting requirements in demanding industrial settings and are available in 3 Ton and 6 Ton capacities in both pendant or cord control.

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glad about lifting

GLAD About Lifting – Spread The Word


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cm lab crew training

With CM Labs’ Expanded Crew Training Capability, More Operators Can Train Together on the Same Virtual Job Site

CM Labs Simulations showcased an expanded crew training capability that enables multiple operators to complete a collaborative task within the same virtual worksite, from connected simulators.

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Oz Lifting clamps

Wallenda’s Walk Above Earth’s Most Extreme Environment

The Masaya volcano’s lava lake glows scarlet beneath Nik Wallenda’s wife, Erendira Wallenda. She hangs from a large ring attached to a wire above, by her toes on a smaller ring. Then she puts an attachment into her mouth and hangs by nothing but her teeth. It goes without saying that she has complete faith in the strength and construction of the wire rope making it all possible. Until the point when she dangles by her teeth, mouth and nose are masked to filter out toxic, noxious, irritating sulfurous rising up from below. When the mask comes off to enable this challenge, the toxic fog from below shocks her.

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Oz Lifting clamps

OZ Lifting Donates Beam Clamps for AZ Search and Rescue

OZ Lifting Products LLC has donated two 1-ton capacity beam clamps to the Kingman Unit of Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team, a voluntary organization that plays a central role during emergencies in Mohave County, Arizona.

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wire rope sling

Denny’s Notes: How Rope Slings and I Have Changed

Let me take you back a few years to discuss sling changes. Three underlying causes for this evolution are reliability, handleability, and cost. OSHA, in 1971, left sling capacity up to the users. Tables listed; construction of rope, type of Eye end connections, rope diameter, and how used (choker, etc.) for the user to ponder capacity!

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China hospital construction

Cranes vs Coronavirus: Who could imagine that giant construction cranes would play a key role in combating a microscopic enemy?

In China’s city of Wuhan in the Hubei province, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, a significant issue was lack of sufficient hospital capacity needed to treat the large number of victims. According to the New York Times, facilities were needed “to ease a persistent shortage of hospital beds and medical supplies.”[1] Chinese leaders mobilized engineering techniques they had developed erecting a hospital quickly during the SARS epidemic in 2003, plus their experience in erecting skyscrapers on short timetables. The use of prefabricated modules, lifted into place by construction cranes, made all the difference in accomplishing their ambitious goals.

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Van Beest B.V. Appoints Lift-it as Distributor for Green Pin® Tycan® Synthetic Chain

Van Beest B.V. – Sliedrecht, Netherlands has appointed Lift-It Manufacturing Co., Inc. – Pomona, CA as the North American Master Distributor for Green Pin® Tycan® Synthetic Chain.

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a1a software 3D Lift

ALL Crane Purchases Second Liebherr 1750-9.1

Versatile unit headed south, adds depth to fleet

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Sun 800

Reconnection with the Past: Adventure on the Sun 800

The year was 1976, I was in my first year as an apprentice at Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company in Chester, PA. Everything about my job was new and fascinating. I looked forward to the challenges each day brought. We were working on a nineteen-year-old tanker built to transport petroleum products for the Sun Oil Company. The ship was the 610th hull built at the shipyard and was christened the SS Pennsylvania Sun. She was launched in 1957 with a length of 710' and weighed 30,000 deadweight tons. This was the third ship that carried the name Pennsylvania Sun and all three were built at the Chester Shipyard.

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April 2020 Issue

April 2020 Issue Featured articles include:

  • Above Earth's Most Extreme Environment
  • Reconnection with the Past: Adventure on the Sun 800
  • Cranes vs Coronavirus
  • Healthy Workplaces, Reduced Staffs, Informed Customers

a1a software 3D Lift

A1A Software Debuts 3D Lift Vision Simulator for 3D Lift Plan

A1A Software LLC, introduces the industry’s first VR Simulator for lift planning. 3D Lift Vision enables users to execute a 3D Lift Plan in VR Mode using a virtual reality headset and controls.

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Caldwell crane lifting

Custom Caldwell Beam Lifts Electricity Cable Reels

A 26,000-lb. (13-ton) capacity custom lifting beam from Caldwell is being used to lift reels of electrical cable off flatbed trailers.

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Kris Koberg, CEO of CIS and Ray Linton of Linton Rigging Gear.

DICA to Purchase Linton Edge Protector Products

DICA announces it has reached an agreement with Ray Linton to purchase the assets of Linton Rigging Gear Supplies, LLC. Following the completion of the acquisition, DICA will assume all ongoing operations.

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lift it cornermax sleeve safety

Lift-It Manufacturing Co., Inc., Develops Sling Protection Program

The six-page, sling protection user manuals contain warnings and guidance for the proper use and inspection of sling protection. Available in English and Spanish versions, the sling protection user manuals also are the basis for the Lift-It sling protection training program.

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ALL Crane Adds Four Grove GRT9165s

ALL Crane Adds Four Grove GRT9165s

The ALL Family of Companies has strengthened its rough-terrain crane fleet with the acquisition of four 165-USt Grove GRT9165s. Introduced in 2018, the GRT9165 is now the highest-capacity, longest-reaching Grove rough-terrain crane. Its industry-leading 205-foot, six-section pinned boom is five feet longer than that of competing models.

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Terex Service Centers Load King Authorized Service Locations

Terex Service Centers Named Load King Authorized Service Locations

Load King, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Custom Truck One Source (Custom Truck), announced that all Terex Services locations will be Authorized Service Centers for Load King Cranes. As an Authorized Service Location, Terex Service Centers will now provide maintenance, repair and parts for Load King products. read more

Mazzella Live Rigging Tool Box Talk

Mazzella Offering 30-Minute Live Rigging Tool Box Talk on YouTube Live

On Tuesday, April 28th and Friday, May 1st, Mazzella will offer a 30-minute live rigging tool box talk for anyone interested in learning more about the basic principles and best practices of lifting and rigging.

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Interlon Fin Super

Interflon USA introduces Fin Super

Interflon USA introduces Fin Super, an all-purpose lubricant and protective coating with MicPol technology, to the North American market.

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Caldwell Lifting Soutions

Caldwell Customer COVID-19 Update

Caldwell Lifing Solutions qualifies as an Essential Business

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RSS Provides Lifting and Rigging Gear to Install Test Vessel

Rope and Sling Specialists Ltd. (RSS) provided equipment and personnel as a 50t test vessel was installed at a specialist manufacturer of military, nuclear and oil and gas equipment in mid-Scotland this past December.

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ALL Family of Companies Continues to Support Essential Operations

While everyone in the construction industry navigates these uncertain times, the ALL Family of Companies will continue to support essential business activities and provide the customer service for which they are known.

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slingmax crane

WWII “Whirley” Crane Restored as Symbol of Baltimore’s Industrial Past and Future

An iconic Bethlehem Steel crane has been newly restored by Baltimore-area crane and rigging leaders.

The Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI) recently cut the ribbon on a new South Baltimore landmark: a historic 100-foot crane used at the Bethlehem Steel Fairfield Shipyard during World War II. Its unveiling marks the first phase of a comprehensive community engagement and preservation initiative dedicated to the 125-year legacy of Sparrows Point steel mill, which sits across the harbor from the former shipyard.

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Caldwell Adjustable Spreader Beam Lifts

Caldwell Adjustable Spreader Beam Lifts Rothera Wharf Frames in Antarctica

U.S.-based The Caldwell Group Inc. has customized an adjustable, 101,413-lb. (46t) capacity lifting beam for the latest phase of the wharf modernization at British Antarctic Survey’s Rothera Research Station. Caldwell specifically designed and manufactured the lifting system to suit the harsh, cold environment.

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aisi - American Iron and Steel Institute

AISI Urges Steel Manufacturing be Designated “Essential”

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) on March 20th urged the Trump administration to identify the steel manufacturing sector and its workers as “essential” when drafting and enforcing shelter-in-place orders and other directives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Our Oldest Wire Suspension Bridge Helps Visualize the Past

Our Oldest Wire Suspension Bridge Helps Visualize the Past

Article by by Peter Hildebrandt. What we saw above our heads was something which came to be known as Roebling’s Delaware Aqueduct, also known as the Roebling Bridge: the oldest existing wire suspension bridge in the United States. Built in 1848 by John Roebling, the structure measures 535 feet, crossing over the Delaware River, from Minisink Ford, New York, to Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania. When first opened in 1849 as an aqueduct connecting two parts of the Delaware and Hudson Canal, it has since been converted to carry automotive traffic and pedestrians.

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Doug Wetzel Bishop Lifting

Doug Wetzel Retires from Bishop Lifting

Bishop Lifting Products is proud to announce the retirement of one of our outside salesman, Doug Wetzel. Doug made his career in the wire rope and rigging industry.

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OSHA crane operator

OSHA Crane Operator Requirements: Has it Changed?

Various observers have been writing that the operator testing required by OSHA for Construction has changed. What has changed is documentation and some clarifications, how to determine a qualified operator — has not!

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RUD ROV hooks

RUD ROV Hooks for Subsea Installations

Oceaneering International, Inc. (Oceaneering) used four 10-ton capacity remotely operated vehicle (ROV) hooks from RUD to fulfill two major subsea contracts recently—both in the Gulf of Mexico. The products were sourced from RUD distributor LiftPull.

First, Oceaneering used the hooks to install long baseline (LBL) transponder frames, weighing 2,000 lbs. each, at specified subsea locations. Oceaneering was contracted by a major offshore oil and gas company to deploy six LBL array Compatt frames (a transponder used for high precision survey and construction operations) and populate the array in 7,200 fsw using the 257 ft.-long multi-purpose support vessel (MSV), Connor Bordelon.

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crane certification

CIS Announces Project Management Safety Certification Program

Crane Industry Services, LLC (CIS), Carrollton, GA, will introduce its Leading Safety Works certification program for construction and utilities managers at ConExpo-Con/Agg, in Las Vegas, NV, March 10-14, 2020.

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mobile crane

Houston Community Turns Out to Support Career Exploration

Lift & Move USA, hosted by Liebherr USA in Houston, Texas, received one of the largest ever groups of students and educators on Nov. 7, 2019. Nearly 550 high school juniors, seniors, technical college students, teachers and administrators from 17 schools attended the event.

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ALT Sales Corp

OZ Lifting to Show New Davit Cranes at MODEX

OZ Lifting Products LLC will show its new Tele-Pro davit cranes at MODEX show (Booth 7947) on March 9-12, 2020 at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center.

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ALT Sales Corp

ALT Raises the Bar on Boom Truck Sales and Service

ALT Sales Corp., the dedicated boom truck division of the ALL Family of Companies, maintains a vast inventory of boom trucks and manages this portfolio across the company’s expansive North American footprint. Its expert service in support of this fleet is broadly recognized by manufacturers and, as such, ALT is a dealer for Manitex and National, two major brands when it comes to quality boom trucks.

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Feb 2020 issue

February 2020 Issue Featured articles include:

  • The New ASME B30.30 Ropes.The B30 safety standards on crane and rigging regulations and how it remains a necessary reference tool for a safer workplace. By Dennis J. O’Rourke, CSP
  • Our Oldest Wire Suspension Bridge Helps Visualize the Past. Spanning the Delaware River from Lackawaxen, PA to Minisink Ford, NY, Roebling’s first suspension bridge is the oldest in the United States. By Pete Hildebrandt WWII
  • “Whirley” Crane. Restoring a symbol of Baltimore’s industrial past and future. By I&I Slingmax
  • Family Business Trusts: Protecting Valuable Assets from Outside Threats. Advice on the planning process to help protect the business from sudden loss due to an unexpected lawsuit or death. By Phillip M. Perry

Loos acquires Sheaves

Loos & Co., Inc. Acquired Sheaves, Inc.

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Keith White appointment

WireCo WorldGroup Appoints Keith White as Chief Executive Officer

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Times Are Chainging: The textile chain DoNova® made of high-performance fibers revolutionizes lifting

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Caldwell lift warf Antartica

Caldwell Adjustable Spreader Beam Lifts Rothera Wharf Frames in Antarctica

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magnificent bridges

The Magnificent Bridges of New York, Dave Frieder’s New Book, Showcases his Art

By Peter Hildebrandt

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history wire rope

The History of Wire Rope’s Invention and the Decisive, but Unfortunately Transitory, Role of French Engineers

Part Two: The Legacy of Ferdinand Arnodin: His Rope, His Closing Machine

by Jean Marc Teissier and Don Sayenga

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Oz lifting

OZ Lifting to Show New Tele-Pro Davit Crane at Residuals and Biosolids Event

OZ Lifting Products LLC will debut at Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Residuals and Biosolids Conference and Exhibition, which takes place March 31 to April 3, 2020 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Minnesota.

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Lift and Move careers

Texas Schools Participate in Lift & Move USA Career Events

Lift & Move USA, featuring career paths for specialized transportation, crane, rigging, and machinery moving operations, came to Texas.

“Lift & Move USA engages students and educators in learning about the skills needed and careers available in this highly technical field, serving construction, manufacturing, power gen, petro-chem, highway, and related industries,” said Tracy Bennett, Director of Lift & Move USA. Entry level jobs have career trajectories that can lead to well-paying, challenging, and rewarding positions. Lift & Move USA is organized by the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association, SC&R Foundation, the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators, and KHL, publisher of American Cranes & Transport magazine.

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Straightpoint Crosby

Straightpoint and Crosby Combine on FPSO Project

PT. Dalaz Teknik Utama used a 12t capacity Radiolink plus Straightpoint (SP) load cell and a Crosby shackle of the same capacity to complete a series of tests during fabrication of a power generator module at a Wasco Energy fabrication yard in Indonesia.

PT. Dalaz Teknik Utama overcame limited access and a tight time schedule to complete over 200 force measurement tasks primarily related to lifting equipment, padeyes and monorails. The mechanical handling test and certification-based scope of work was delivered to the project as a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit is prepared for work in the North Sea’s Kraken Oil Field.

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Van Beest USA

Van Beest USA moves to larger office and distribution center in Houston

"The new office and distribution center allows Van Beest to stock five times the amount of inventory than the previous location which translates to an even better service and availability level than ever before."" said Chris Keffer, President of Van Beest USA.

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Bishop Lifting Products

Bishop Lifting Products has Finalized the Acquisition of Louisiana Crane & Electrical Services, Inc.

Bishop Lifting Products is proud to announce the completed acquisition of Louisiana Crane & Electrical Services, Inc., headquartered in Broussard, Louisiana.

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hill crane

December Issue Wire Rope News

Featured Articles include:

  • Equalizer Sheaves and "Other Rope Dead Ends": How We Inspect. Years of experience in the field and on the job show through in this helpful and insightful article on proper inspection and maintenance. By Dennis J. O'Rourke, CSP
  • The History of the Wire Rope's Invention - Part 2. The conclusion of this comprehensive look at the French contribution to the invention of wire rope. By Jean Marc Teissier and Don Sayenga -
  • Forecaset 2020, Happy consumers, slowing growth. The good and the bad news about the current economy and what the outcome may be. By Phillip M. Perry
  • Special Book Review. Dave Frieder's book "The Magnificent Bridges of New York" is published and available for purchase. This extended book review has all the details. By Peter Hildebrandt.

LEEA Academy awards 2019

LEEA Academy receives prestigious recognition

LEEA - the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association – received a Bronze Award in the ‘Best Learning and Professional Development’ category at the Association Excellence Awards 2019, which took place recently in London.

The Award recognizes the success of the LEEA Academy which was launched in 2016 and offers a range of courses designed to raise standards in the examination and inspection of in-service lifting equipment across the world.

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hill crane

Mazzella Companies Launches Online Sling Inspection Course

Mazzella Companies recently launched a new online course to complement the Lifting U™ brand of classroom and online training programs. Sling Inspections is the second addition to the library of online courses available at www.LiftingU.com.

Mazzella’s Sling Inspections course consists of eight lessons and focuses on OSHA 1910.184 Slings and ASME B30.9 Slings standards. Each lesson features hands-on video inspections, performed by certified Mazzella Inspectors, to demonstrate proper inspection technique and identify ASME’s removal from service criteria.

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hill crane

CIS Talks Simulator Training During Safety Tech Trek Tour at ICUEE

Crane Industry Services, LLC (CIS) joined CM Labs Simulations at the International Construction & Utility Equipment Expo (ICUEE), in Louisville, KY, in October.

Crane Industry Services deploys Vortex simulators at its Centered on Safety training center for crane operator training and qualification. The company has found that it is a more affordable option for operators. Operators are able to transfer skills learned from a simulator to machine operation.

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hill crane

In Today’s Era of Automatic Controls on Planes and Cranes, We Wonder, “How reliable are these machines?” by Dennis J. O’Rourke, CSP

Some time ago, during a deposition, I made a comparison between a crane and a plane regarding operating and instructions to the operator/pilot. There are times when those who control these machines have to make critical decisions, and both of the devices contend with gravity. A rebuttal expert witness said he saw no comparison between planes and cranes. He (in my opinion) was wrong!

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hill crane

Crosby to Mark 100 Years of Premier Stamping

The Crosby Group, LLC, the global leader in lifting, rigging, and material handling hardware, celebrates a century of metal forging at Crosby Premier Stampings Ltd. in the heart of the UK’s Black Country.

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ACCO Explosion Proof Crane, Runway Extension

Cedar Falls, Iowa-based AFE Crane has installed a 5-ton capacity ACCO explosion proof crane for lifting bulk container bags in a hazardous area at a facility in Nebraska.

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hill crane

Hill Crane & Rigging Uses Hydra-Slide System for Stacked Heat Exchanger Change-Out

Hill Crane & Rigging (HCR) used a 500-ton capacity heavy-track HT500 hydraulic skidding system from Hydra-Slide to change-out a stacked heat exchanger at a Carson refinery in its home state of California, USA recently.

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Columbus McKnnon ICUEE

Columbus McKinnon Exhibited Range of Hoist and Lifting Equipment at ICUEE 2019

Columbus McKinnon Corporation, a leading designer and manufacturer of motion control products, technologies, and services for material handling, exhibited at the International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition in Louisville, KY, October 1-3.

Visitors to the Company’s booth were able to experience Columbus McKinnon’s array of hoist and lifting equipment, including the new Little Mule 322C/344C strap hoist and Magnetek brand wireless controls and cable reels.

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history wire rope inventions

The History of Wire Rope’s Invention and the Decisive, but Unfortunately Transitory, Role of French Engineers by Jean Marc Teissier and Don Sayenga.

This article was one of the last pieces of literature penned by Donald Sayenga before his passing in February 2019. When Don met somebody in France, passionate for the same subject, fruitful exchanges made possible the clarity on many points of the history of rope.

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Crosby Group LLC donates $25K

Crosby Donates $25,000 to Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation The Crosby Group, LLC, the global leader in lifting, rigging, and material handling hardware has presented a check for $25,000 to the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation at the company’s warehouse in Arlington, Texas. The donation was raised via sales of its popular wire rope clips.

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Tele Radio Controls

Tele Radio Remote Controls for Air Handling Equipment Facility Tele Radio remote control systems operate 18 electric overhead traveling (EOT) cranes at Nortek Air Solutions’ new air handling equipment manufacturing facility in Québec, Canada.

Each crane is equipped with three Panther receivers—one for the bridge, a second for hoist / trolley 1 and the third for hoist / trolley 2—all of them controlled with a single transmitter, eliminating the need for festooning. The cranes are used to lift a variety of loads as custom ventilators, coils and air handlers are manufactured in a recently expanded 200,000 sq. ft. facility in Montreal.

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Table Mountain

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway by Peter von Bleichert. Table Mountain is a flat-topped sandstone mountain that juts from the Cape Peninsula of South Africa. South Africa’s capital, Cape Town, grew up in the mountain’s shadow. Residents and visitors always looked up. Opened on October 4, 1929, the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway was built by Adolf Bleichert & Co. and has carried over 28 million people to the mountain’s summit in its 90 years of operation.

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Table Mountain

October Issue Wire Rope News
Featured Articles include:

  • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway. Adolf Bleichert & Co.’s scenic skyway celebrates 90 years of transporting passengers to the South African mountain’s summit. By Peter von Bleichert
  • The History of the Wire Rope’s Invention. A comprehensive look at the beginnings of wire rope in this first of a two-part article. By Jean Marc Teissier and Don Sayenga
  • How to Recession-Proof Your Business. The author gives us tips to avoid being a casualty of this ever-changing economy. By Phillip M. Perry


  • Our Industry Over the Past 40 Years. In this issue, Don Pellow, P.E., Pellow Engineering Services, Inc. expresses his opinion about the changes in our industry over the past 40 years.
  • In the Beginning, it was Family. Our founding editor’s daughter gives us a glimpse into the past in this sentimental look at our magazine’s early days. By Sandra Bluvias-Ashton

shock damping fiber pendants

Celebrating 75 Years of LEEA at LiftEx 2019 LiftEx 2019 is the free-to-attend flagship event of LEEA (The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association) taking place at the Marshall Arena (formerly Arena MK) in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England on November 13-14, 2019. This year, the not-to-be missed global gathering for the lifting industry will be part of LEEA’s 75th anniversary celebrations.

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shock damping fiber pendants

Unirope, Ltd. Becomes 1st Territory Representative for Distribution of Dynamic Load Monitoring Products Across Canada Unirope, Ltd. has inked a deal to become the key Canadian Territory Representative for Dynamic Load Monitoring (UK) Ltd. DLM’s product line includes load link, load cell and load monitoring products for the lifting, rigging and offshore subsea industries. Unirope will sell DLM products to customers throughout Canada.

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shock damping fiber pendants

Arizona Copper Mine Sees Benefits of Shock Damping Fiber Pendants A copper mining company in Arizona recently installed a Shock Damping Fiber Pendant set on its 4100 shovel. The fiber pendants were part of a recent shovel refurbishment. The overhaul was done by Elko Wire Rope and involved complete undecking of the electric shovel that included replacement of all undercarriage parts and replacement of the steel wire pendants with the new shock damping fiber pendants. The pendants were developed by Applied Fiber in collaboration with WireCo WorldGroup and DSM.

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stagmaker hoists

Stagemaker Hoists Lift Spirits on Chris Tomlin Tours Stage rigging specialist TLS Productions Inc. (TLS) has supplied Stagemaker hoists and rigging expertise for two consecutive tours for contemporary Christian music artist Chris Tomlin.

TLS, a Hibino USA company, won two separate contracts to provide the rigging equipment and a traveling head rigger for the two-month-long Worship Night In America and Holy Roar Tours, which took place during the spring months of 2018 and 2019 respectively. The 2018 tour included 24 shows, while this year’s circuit ended with an iconic 28th show, the Good Friday Concert, which took place at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Jordan Yeo, production rigger / production manager at TLS, traveled with both tours.

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crane operator virtual reality simulator

LEEA Takes Military Action The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) has launched a 75–75 military transition scheme as part of its 75th anniversary celebrations.

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crane operator virtual reality simulator

DICA FiberMax Crane Pads Provide Solid Investment for Wilkerson Crane Rental Wilkerson Crane Rental, based in Kansas City, KS, serves Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma with its fleet of 19 cranes, ranging from boom trucks to a 500-ton Liebherr LTM 1400-7.1 all-terrain crane. The Wilkerson brand has a 40-year history, but the new owner Diana Holt, purchased the business in 2013, returning the company to its family-run roots. Diana Holt, President, and Jeff Holt, Director of Operations, are the wife and husband team who gave Wilkerson a new lease on life just six years ago.

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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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alps wire rope corporation

Caldwell Custom Lifting Device for Cryomodule Assembly

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modulift train

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

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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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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"

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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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