November 2014

Straightpoint Relocates to New Facility in California

Date: 25-11-2014 / Author: kparrish

Straightpoint Inc. has moved to a new facility in Camarillo, Calif. The facility is dedicated to sales, marketing, and distribution of Straightpoint products to North, Central and South America.This is the company’s second Camarillo base, having relocated from nearby Ventura three years ago.

Manitou Adds to MLT Telehandler Product Line

Date: 25-11-2014 / Author: kparrish
manitou 634 telehandler
manitou 634 telehandler
Manitou North America has added the MLT 634 to its North America lineup of telescopic handlers. The semi-compact agriculture/multi-purpose telescopic loader has a maximum capacity of 7,000 lbs and a maximum lift height of 19'10".

Terex Cranes Expands Explorer Line with 143-Ton Model

Date: 25-11-2014 / Author: kparrish
terex explorer 5500

Terex Cranes has added to its Explorer Series with the introduction of the Explorer 5500. The 130-tonne (143-ton) all-terrain crane has a 60-meter long main boom with 11-, 21-, and 33-meter (36-, 69-, and 108-ft.)  offsettable extensions available. Maximum system length is 86.5 meters (285 ft.). The maximum load moment is 395 meter tonnes (435.4 tons), and the maximum lifting capacity when telescoping is 24.5 tonnes (27 tons). Outrigger extension positions of 2.54, 4.7, and 7 meters (8.3, 15.4, and 23 ft.) can be selected.

By : 
Mike Larson
For some time now, I’ve been wondering about the potential for using carbon composites in the structural components of access and lifting equipment.
The durable, lighter-weight materials are showing up ever more frequently in structural components for a growing variety of other products, ranging from bicycle frames to high-end cars, bridges, and even aircraft fuselages, so do they have a future in aerial lifts, telehandlers, and cranes?
On the face of it, one might think that they would be lighter than steel, which could allow longer reach or hi