February 2 - Terex, a global material handling equipment manufacturer, has equipped three project cargo operations with a range of equipment that demonstrate both the range of activities its clients undertake and the geographical range of their locations.

Just in time for its 20th anniversary, Magdeburg, Germany-based Bruns Schwerlast placed three new cranes into service at the same time - a Terex AC 40 City, a Terex AC 80-2, and a Terex AC 160-2. The company has recently placed an 8.5 tonne overhead bridge crane on top of running rails located under a factory's ceiling. The lift operation had to be performed within mere centimetres of the ceiling. Two Terex AC 40 City units, each with a 40 tonne lifting capacity, working in tandem were used on the fitting.

The use of these cranes meant that the alternative fitting process, the removal of the facility's roof, was avoided.

Elsewhere in Germany, during the building of a new residential complex for Kondor Wessels in Berlin, GAAC CommerzMittenwalde's project and transport division used a Terex AC 100/4L all-terrain crane (pictured below). Performing approximately 20 lifts, the crane lifted crushed stone and concrete to considerable heights.

While each concrete bucket weighed only 2.5 tonnes, the construction site's city centre location meant that the space available was extremely tight. Also, the crane would have to be placed on top of an underground car park. These two factors meant that the crane used would have to be as compact and lightweight as possible.

In order to distribute the all-terrain crane's outrigger pressure across as large an area as possible, the GAAC team placed large reinforced concrete plates under the crane's outriggers, making it possible to reduce the load exerted on the underground parking lot to an acceptable level.

Across the Atlantic, Bridgeville, Pennsylvania-based crane hirer Maxim Crane Works, which has 30 locations throughout the United States, has acquired four new additional Terex Transfer Masts - HD23-TS212HD23-TS23; TS23-H20; and TS23-TS21 - to improve the flexibility of its Terex tower cranes.

Maxim Crane was the first customer to purchase the transfer masts. The company's tower division operates 100 tower cranes, all of them Terex. The vast majority of the models are Hammerhead cranes, covering the 300 to 400 metre-tonne range markets as well as 15 Terex SK 575-32 tower cranes for the 500 metre-tonne market. The new Hammerhead cranes were put to work on a USD200 million hospital construction project in Cincinnati, Ohio.