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Ancient Greeks May Have Used a Lifting Device

New research suggests that ancient Greeks built stone temples with the assistance of primitive lifting machines about 150 years before the crane was developed. Traditional cranes with hoists and winches made their way into Greek construction over 2,500 years ago. Prior to that, researchers thought that heavy stones were lifted into place with the use […]

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The Reliability of Telescoping Crawler Cranes

American Cranes & Transport (ACT) Magazine published an interesting feature last month about the popularity of telescoping crawler cranes across North America for lifting applications in a variety of industries. ACT reached out to crane dealers in Louisiana, Colorado and Oklahoma to get their take on why this type of crane is in demand. Reasons […]

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Crane Simulators Offer High Tech Training

Flight simulators date back nearly 100 years to 1927, with computer-generated graphics coming on the scene in the 1970s and significant improvements since. They have been an integral part of effective training for millions of airplane pilots. Mobile crane simulators have only been around about 20 years, but their contribution to the crane industry has […]

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Walt Disney World News Captures Sims on the Job

A Sims crawler crane was recently spotted and featured in a post at the WDW News Today website. WDW News Today is an online resource devoted to news and information for fans of Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida and Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. Blogger Chris Green took photos from a dock across […]

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LEGO Introduces Liebherr R 9800 Excavator

The LEGO® company has released some great crane and heavy equipment replica kits over the last few years including the Technic™ Rough Terrain Crane, Compact Crawler Crane, and 6x6 All Terrain Tow Truck. Now comes their biggest LEGO® Technic™ construction kit to date: the Liebherr R 9800 Excavator, just in time for Christmas! Crane Network […]

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Sims Crawler Cranes at Work in Daytona Beach

 The Sims team set up three crawler cranes, then assisted with construction of insurance company headquarters in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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Wire Rope Maintenance – Keeping that Band of Strength Intact

Wire rope maintenance is a vital part of crane safety, performance and longevity. Hundreds of components work together to lift and suspend huge amounts of weight, so keeping this thin band of strength in proper condition is essential. American Cranes & Transport (ACT) Magazine recently published a summary of what steps should be taken to […]

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Boom Truck Cranes’ Popularity Unique to the U.S.

Boom trucks occupy a niche in the crane market that is common only in the U.S., according to a recent article at Cranes Today’s website. The boom truck is a telescoping crane attached to a standard commercial truck chassis, and popular with construction and utility companies primarily in North America. Cranes Today interviewed representatives from […]

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Drones with Heavy Lifting Capabilities being Developed

The popularity of drones has been steadily increasing over the last several years. Applications have been numerous, from high resolution photography to package delivery. Amazon began experimenting with drones in 2013 to deliver orders to their customers, and after going through more than two dozen designs appears to be months away from launching this service […]

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Alley Docking - Sims University

 Our latest video is used for training students at Sims University in pursuing their Florida Commercial Driver's License. Bob Berry, Sims Crane & Equipment's Director of Safety, reviews the alley docking testing procedure. Applicants are tested on truck and trailer maneuvering, backing, turning and aligning with markings that represent a dock. Also check out […]

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