Birmingham Centre has a growing construction element within the central area recently. With our Central depot in the Midlands we are able to send machines often on a sameday service to our customers.
We cover Birmingham quite frequently and it is no surprise that when walking through the centre, if you look up on the rooftop of the major construction site’s- you are able to see our unique yellow spider crane booms in the sky.
MAEDA MC405 working on the roof in Birmingham to assemble Steel
This particular job was to assemble Steel Work for a series of additional floors going up on top of a structure,with no alternative solution other than a complete road closure to position a huge mobile crane at ground level.
We hire our spider cranes in Birmingham and anywhere in the UK to work on various applications – particularly when required to work on rooftops or in tight areas…
Whilst the UK construction industry has borne witness to some difficult times over the past seven years, this doesn’t mean that investment in construction and capital projects hasn’t continued internationally. Emerging economies such as China, India and the United Arab Emirates place construction projects at the heart of their plans to bring more investment and trade to their biggest urban centres.
Indeed, even in Britain, the current government is aware of the value of new infrastructure projects and their importance to future economic prosperity; consider the debates over new high speed rail links and Crossrail/The Elizabeth line.
To give you an idea of just how much money and logistical planning is going into construction projects the world over, we’ve given you a break down of just seven of the most heavily anticipated. From our own Crossrail in London, to the new Kingdom Tower with its ambitions to become the tallest building in the world, all eyes are on the completion of these projects.
Choosing the right crane for your construction project
Here at Lift, we pride ourselves on our ability to offer mini and spider cranes that can be readily adapted to serve the needs of any construction project.
Our track record illustrates an ability to deliver mini-cranes for most types of construction work.
But how do you go about deciding what type of crane is right for your project? What process should you follow to ensure that your project is delivered to budget, and that you are not wasting money and time with equipment that is ill-suited to the job in hand. Broadly speaking, there are three main ranking factors that should affect your ability to choose the right crane for your project.
Equipment and cost
This is obvious, but the cost of hiring a crane will be the first and most important consideration; what will be the rental and installation expenses be and have you accounted for unseen costs along the way? Other considerations that will ultimately fall under the category of ‘cost’ include, but are not limited to, rental, transportation and installation costs, the difficulties associated with assembly and dis-assembly, maintenance and depreciation (e.g. what is the life-cycle of the equipment you are using). Some of these considerations will overlap with the second factor in our list…
Location and site
Cranes are often used at high altitude so location and regional considerations will be paramount in the process of hiring. Even small things such as daily wind conditions and adverse weather can have an effect on whatever type of crane you may end up using. Location factors will also include spatial constraints – how will the crane fit into the area in question? Spatial factors can significantly complicate the selection of a crane.
Environmental impact is an increasingly major consideration for all construction projects, especially in an age where health and safety is becoming more of a consideration. Energy (the amount of power the crane will be using), health considerations (noise and the risk of dust pollution), as well as the dangers posed by CO2 emissions. Construction projects will also pose unavoidable disruptions and delays in the local area. Projects that are making use of high altitude cranes in already populated areas will also have to think about issues of privacy and personal space.
The rise and rise of the mini-cranes in large-scale projects
Mini-cranes are becoming an increasingly popular option for project and construction managers alike, since they offer a flexibility that the larger models don’t. For example, mini-cranes are becoming more vital for glazing companies and contractors, as glass installation is now that much more of a difficult and precise operation. For example, the construction of the Shard was an operation that relied on the precision work of mini-cranes.
Mini-cranes have one benefit in a construction industry where time is money – their flexibility. Smaller cranes lift some of the logistical burdens that may afflict construction projects. For example, load bearing on a construction site can be a problem, especially when cranes are needed to get into hard to reach places. Mini-cranes can, usefully, be operated both inside and outside buildings and are easily portable.
Logistically, the selection of a crane for large-scale projects is often a time-consuming and complicated exercise. Mini-cranes are offering newer, more flexible solutions to some of the more bespoke and precision construction jobs.
Now you may have heard of “Tandem Lift” but this is a “Triple Lifting Operation”….
The problem was a 2000kg Steel Beam needed lifting up and fixing into position beneath a low level ceiling. The possibility of using a conventional Mobile Crane was dismissed by the fact that the only access would have been over the beautiful lawn.
One of the great design features of our Mini Cranes are that they are low weight bearing, and cause minimal disruption when tracking, and when rigged up in position.
We laid down some plastic Tracking Mats – (available for hire) and set the cranes loose toward the work area – for action!
we then set-up the cranes so that the larger crane – MAEDA MC305, had the heavier end with the furthest reach. And the supporting UNIC 295 at the other end of the steel. The UNIC 095 with it’s multi leg position facility allowed the small crane to get it’s legs within the support prop’s to take the centre of the beam, and it’s own proportion of the weight.
With all 3 cranes ready, the steel was hoisted slowly, and fixed in position – Much to the relieve of the main contractor and property owner. The cranes completed the lift with ease, and in a safe manner.
We then dissapeared from site as if we weren’t there, and the work is now progressing as normal.
I’m sure there are contractors facing tall orders like this, and we are here to help….
TANDEM LIFTING OPERATIONS…..
When working indoors and there is little room for machinery. Spider cranes can provide an excellent solution to many scenarios.
Seen here we have 2 UNIC spider cranes, working together to stand a GRP tank upright with extra care not to let anything touch the fixed attachments on the vessel.
2 UNIC Spider Cranes working in Tandem
The tank was brought into the building by pallet trucks and Forklifts, then we positioned the two mini cranes to take control.
We then lifted the bottom of the tank off the floor, while the larger spider crane lifted the top end of the tank.
the larger crane then raised the tank upright, taking care not to collide with the conduit and other elements above, as the crane raised the tank.
The tank started to rise, and the smaller crane steadied the bottom, and kept it off the ground.
Tank stood upright using 2 spider cranes
The tank was then above it’s final position and the smaller crane removed. The Tank was then lowered down and positioned exactly.
Another job well done by LIFT MINICRANES
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When hiring a crane for your construction project, you will obviously need to be informed about different types of crane and their function; ultimately this will ensure that you choose the right model for the work that you are undertaking.
If you are hiring a crane for the first time, then you might not be familiar with the specifications of each model. Our brief guide below is designed to help you make an informed decision.
Mobile Cranes generally consist of a telescopic boom, from which a hook is suspended using wires. Mobile cranes are recognised as one of the most powerful pieces of equipment in the construction industry. As you may have guessed from the name, they are deliberately designed to be easily assembled, with as little set-up as possible.
Uses: The most common use for mobile cranes is in the construction and maintenance of buildings, highways towers and pipelines.
Tower cranes are possibly the most commonly seen cranes; this model can be seen across the skylines of London, Manchester and Birmingham. A tower crane consists of three major components working in tandem, the base, the tower and the slewing unit. Arguably the most complex crane model, the tower crane is designed to balance weight and counter-weight.
Uses: These cranes are designed to lift heavy loads as safely and effectively as possible, hence why they are integral to large-scale capital project
All-Terrain Cranes are a type of single engine, mobile crane that are designed to travel at speed on public roads and on rough terrains at a job site. These cranes combine the rough movability of Rough Terrain trucks and the road compatibility of truck mounted cranes. The truck is supported by Outriggers that extend to stabilise the crane when lifting heavy tools and equipment. They combine the road-suitability of mounted cranes with the durability of the rough terrain cranes.
Uses: These are mainly used for pick and carry operations, off-road jobs and (you guessed it) rough terrain.
Gantry Cranes are normally hoisted on a horizontal trolley that runs along its rails. The frames of the crane are supported by a gantry system with beams and wheels that run along the rails.
Uses: Gantry Cranes allow for a closer approach to building and are normally used for low capacity lifting of heavy goods in an industrial capacity as well as in shipyards.
Suspended cranes (or overhead cranes) are similar to a gantry crane insofar as they are supported by beams. One of the differences between these two cranes is the mobility, Over head cranes can only move in one direction intended for lifting specific objects.
Uses: These cranes are usually seen in the assembly area of factories or along the side of walls.
These cranes are hydraulically powered arm fitted to a truck or trailer, these types of cranes require the uninterrupted attention of the driver as they need to move around the vehicle to be able to view his load. An advantage of these cranes is that numerous sections of the arms can be folded when not in use which can save space.
Uses: These cranes are more suited to the loading and unloading of construction equipment.
Mini & Spider Cranes
We couldn’t finish our little guide without a nod to our own cranes, now could we? Mini and spider cranes are perfect for the little jobs that may involve getting into hard to reach places. What is great about the mini and spider cranes is that their use is not limited to one application, their versatility being one of the many reasons they are so popular with our customers and clients.
Still wondering which crane is the right one for the job in hand? We’ve put together this handy graphic, giving you a loose idea of which crane fits which job. We should stress that it’s in no way exhaustive and we certainly haven’t included every type of crane on here, but it should give you some idea as to the different applications of the various models out there.
LIFT MINI CRANE HIRE were asked along to Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry at the beginning of this month, to lend a hand with the replacement of the High Pressure Valves that fuel the central heating system for the hospital.
Upon initial survey, the task became apparent when we stepped inside the boiler room, beneath the network of pipes and steelwork to see the valves that need replacing.
The pressure then mounted somewhat when we were told that we only have a 4 hour window to replace a valve, due to the requirement of constant flow throughout the hospital.
Thankfully the MAEDA MC104 has a unique facility to be able to manipulate the outrigger legs, allowing the crane to be set-up in really awkward areas.
The pictures give you an idea of the versatility of the spider cranes, and how they can achieve a good lifting position, in the most restricted of areas….
Picture here of JADE, LIFT LTD hire manager trying out our new MADEA MC405.
Available now for hire UK wide. Our very new MC405 with Fly Jib, and 850KG Searcher hook attachment – also available in red and yellow .. ..
Hire manager Jade trying out new crane
VERTIKAL / CRANE & ACCESS September issue available now online
page 38 onwards has a good insight to LIFT MINICRANE HIRE for those who aren’t familiar with our services, history and equipment. Also see a photo of JADE and KEVIN in the depot.
LIFT have recently purchased a new MAEDA MC405 to add to the collection of UNIC and MAEDA range. the new MAEDA has an 850kg SWL searcher hook which will play a massive advantage on th
Assembling steelwork with minicrane
MINI CRANE HIRE INDOORS….
In this photo of a MAEDA MC405 spider crane, we raised the main chassis up to achieve a good reach over and beyond the steelwork.
When there is little headroom, the minicranes can become very useful – especially with different attachments which can be fixed to the end of the boom.
We undertake many steel erection/assembly jobs, and our minicranes are a massive aid to many steel erecting contracts.
For more information, please drop us a line….
295 mini crane hire at Space Centre
Exciting projects this week….
LIFT MINICRANE HIRE delivered a service this week at the National Space centre near our depot in Leicester. The task was to remove the glass entrance in order to allow room for the latest exhibition to be transported in for display.
The whole entrance was removed with a UNIC 295 Spider crane, and a glass lifting attachment – which was rigged up a few metres away from the entrance, and the glass was taken out individually by the crane. The entrance was cleared and the exhibit transported into the ground floor entrance.
The glass was then replaced in the reverse procedure using the spider crane, and the entrance sealed back up. LIFT LTD worked alongside a team of specialist glass company to perform this task.
A few pictures below for a more in depth look….