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Homegrown success: the story of Bell Equipment (Part 3)

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By the early 1980s, Bell’s manufacturing operation had outgrown the Empangeni facility and in 1984, a new custom-built factory located in Richards Bay was commissioned. ... Read full article

Homegrown success: the story of Bell Equipment (Part 1)

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Nestled amid the rolling hills and sugar plantations of northern KwaZulu-Natal, the small town of Empangeni is the birthplace of one of South Africa’s manufacturing icons and biggest success stories, Bell Equipment. ... Read full article

Homegrown success: the story of Bell Equipment (Part 2)

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The story of Bell Equipment began in 1954 when Irvine Bell and his new bride and company co-founder Eunice, settled in Zululand and founded a family-run engineering and machinery repair shop on his farm in Empangeni.... Read full article

Mammoth lifters: the world’s largest cranes (Part 1)

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Taisun, located at the Yantai Raffles Shipyard in China’s Shandong Province, is the world's strongest crane with a safe working load of 20 133 metric tonnes.... Read full article

Mammoth lifters: the world’s largest cranes (Part 2)

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The SSCV (semi-submersible crane vessel) Thialf is the largest crane vessel in the world. ... Read full article

Raising the bar: a history of cranes (Part 2)

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During the days of the Roman Empire, construction activity soared, with the Greek crane being adopted and further developed by the Romans.... Read full article

Raising the bar: a history of cranes (Part 1)

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Cranes are the most commonly used lifting equipment for large loads, and have been in one form or another, for centuries. ... Read full article

Raising the bar: a history of cranes (Part 3)

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Both ancient and medieval cranes were almost exclusively used for vertical lifting, and not for any sort of horizontal movement of loads. ... Read full article

Magna rota: human-powered lifting

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A treadwheel crane is a human-powered hoisting and lowering device that was primarily used in ancient Rome and during the Middle Ages to build castles and cathedrals.... Read full article

Bridging the gap: largest overburden conveyor bridge

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‘F60’ is the series designation of five overburden conveyor bridges, built by the former Volkseigener Betrieb TAKRAF in Lauchhammer from 1961 to 1991, that are used in opencast lignite mining in Germany’s Lusatian coalfields.... Read full article

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