Strictly Cranes appoints heavy lifting veteran as new General Manager

Strictly Cranes, official agent of Italian manufacturers Raimondi Cranes and Boscaro, announced the appointment of Eng. Hossam Elrayes as its new General Manager effective immediately. Eng. Elrayes brings more than 35 years of experience to the company across the crane and wider construction industries.

As part of Strictly Cranes’ expansion plans, Eng. Elrayes’ expertise in segments including the design, fabrication and engineering of tower cranes and years of advanced management experience across several relevant industries will prove invaluable.

Eng. Hossam Elrayes, General Manager, Strictly Cranes

Strictly Cranes plans to expand within the construction industry together with the introduction of new products and services. Eng. Elrayes will immediately begin to implement new systems and processes to further expand on Strictly Cranes’ existing successful business verticals moving into the new quarter.

Related: Strictly Cranes announces partnership with Alpha Cranes building on successful two-year collaboration

Strictly Cranes announces partnership with Alpha Cranes building on successful two-year collaboration

Strictly Cranes is pleased to announce the official partnership with Alpha Cranes. After a successful two-year collaboration which entailed the companies working together across various jobsites and projects along with top clients, the two companies have now commenced an official partnership.

Previous collaborative efforts including an influential client roster of jobsites and projects including Hamilton Marino, Hansen & Yuncken and Piety THP.

Strictly Cranes welcomes the official partnership with Alpha Cranes and will commence immediate operations of its labour hire division. This partnership will see Strictly Cranes’ labour division capabilities increase in conjunction with One People Indigenous Services.

It will encourage the creation of fair, reliable and sustainable partnerships across the New South Wales construction sector. The joint services include reliable and efficient labour hire, qualified tower crane operators and qualified dogmen.

Welcome to the team Alpha Cranes; we look forward to our continued growth within this sector!

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Strictly Cranes dismantles Raimondi MRT294 topless tower crane in Australia

Strictly Cranes, official Raimondi agent based in New South Wales, dismantled a topless tower MRT294 in Strathfield, Australia. Owned by ARM Holdings, with a 50 meter jib length at an height of 59.6 meters, the MRT294 was operational on the mixed use development since February 2015. The crane’s location spanned two stages of the project, with the dismantle shown here occurring during stage two. Strictly Cranes provided a team of six members, including technicians and a lead rigger, to complete the full dismantle operation in seven hours using a 250 tonne mobile crane.

Related: Official Raimondi agent Strictly Cranes erects Raimondi MRT144 as part of Crane Management Program

Strictly Cranes dismantles Raimondi LR213 at working height of 100 meters in Australia

Strictly Cranes, official Raimondi agent since 2013, dismantled a Raimondi LR213 luffing jib crane at a working height of 100 meters in Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia. Originally commissioned for a timeline of two years, the developer-builder completed the ambitious project in just 12 months. “The 23-level structure, by our client ALAND, was ahead of completion schedule; it was an efficient and smoothly-executed operation. Strictly Cranes supported the jobsite with six team members for the crane’s dismantle,” said Ramey Alkhoshaibi, founder and Commercial Director, Strictly Cranes. “We had a Lead Rigger and Lead Technician, as well as two riggers and a Dogman, all overseen by the company’s Operations Manager onsite.”

Strictly Cranes was able to dismantle the entire 100 meter-high luffer, as well as the 30 meter jib, in just one day using a 350 tonne mobile crane. The same mobile crane was then downsized the following day and employed to load up 16 trailers. “It is rare to see cranes go down from such a high height. By comparison, cranes working at a much lower height often take two days to dismantle and an additional day of loading and removal.” The Raimondi LR213 was chosen for this project as it has a high freestand with the additional booster tower, thereby allowing for minimal climbing and bracing of the crane to the building.

During the LR213 erection procedure onsite in Liverpool

Purchased by ALAND last year, the luffing LR213 will now be undergoing on-ground mechanical and electrical maintenance assessments ahead of its placement on the next jobsite that the developer has planned at the end of this year, to be supported by Strictly Cranes.  As part of its full-circle heavy lifting offering, Strictly Cranes also provided the lifting gear: Boscaro brick cage, kibble, man box and first aid cage, heavy duty lifting chains for the precast panels, and the general quarterly maintenance and 24/7 call out for immediate service needs throughout the project’s duration.

Related: Official Raimondi agent Strictly Cranes erects Raimondi MRT144 as part of Crane Management Program

Official Raimondi agent Strictly Cranes erects Raimondi MRT144 as part of Crane Management Program

Official Raimondi Cranes agent Strictly Cranes erected a Raimondi topless tower 8-tonne MRT144 in West Ryde, New South Wales, Australia. The MRT144, installed in one day, is currently onsite and assisting in the build of a residential development.

“The project is an eight-floor plus ground building. This is one of our many clients under our Crane Management Program that we’ve undertaken for tower cranes that we have previously sold,” said Ramey Alkhoshaibi, founder and Commercial Director, Strictly Cranes. “In this specific case, we handled the project allocation and installation of the crane along with the commissioning and ongoing services. The MRT144 was sold to one of our very first clients in 2013, and we continue to work closely with them by helping to relocate their crane on suitable jobsites whenever it is not in use for their own projects.”

The 8-tonne Raimondi topless tower MRT144 during erection in West Ryde, New South Wales, Australia

Strictly Cranes executes a Crane Management Program that allows clients to generate rental revenue from Raimondi cranes purchased in the past. The two-year old program, incredibly successful to date, bolsters growth in the local construction sector and allows heavy lifting machinery to be utilized to its full potential.

“Preventing disuse is an important factor when it comes to investing in quality heavy lifting machinery,” Alkhoshaibi added. “Once a client is finished at a jobsite and their crane needs to be decommissioned and removed off their site, they would rather have it out working and bringing in rental income than sitting in the yard. This is where we come in.”

As part of the Crane Management Program, Strictly Cranes sources jobsites for previously sold cranes and then handles the entire rental process including installation, maintenance, and dismantle.

Strictly Crane’s Crane Management Program bolsters growth in the local construction sector and allows heavy lifting machinery to be utilized to its full potential

“We consider ourselves part of the construction community here in the area, and we’re more than happy to help our clients generate return on investment through our program.” explained Alkhoshaibi. “As Raimondi’s agent in much of the country, we continue to provide parts and service to rental fleets that include the company’s tower and luffing cranes.”

Based in New South Wales, Australia, Strictly Cranes was founded in 2013 and quickly established its official agency of Italian manufacturers Raimondi Cranes and Boscaro accessories. Both companies enjoy strong on the ground visibility and jobsite prominence due to the volume of projects Strictly Cranes is engaged with across a variety of capacities.

Related: Strictly Cranes sells new Raimondi cranes to various clients across Sydney

Strictly Cranes featured as heavy lifting machinery authority in Cranes and Lifting magazine

Official Raimondi Cranes agent, Strictly Cranes, interviewed by Australia’s Cranes and Lifting magazine for its July- August 2018 edition. The interview addresses the company’s numerous jobsites across New South Wales, and trends in heavy lifting machinery orders. Read the full article online here!

The July-August edition of Cranes and Lifting magazine features Strictly Cranes commentary on heavy lifting trends in Australia

Strictly Cranes sells new Raimondi cranes to various clients across Sydney

Strictly Cranes of Australia, official Raimondi Cranes agent based in New South Wales, has sold four new Raimondi models to various fleet rental companies and developers. In addition, two new cranes have been ordered by Strictly Cranes to add to their existing fleet. “The six new cranes, four 10-tonne MRT152s and two 10-tonne MRT159s, bring our total volume of models ordered from Raimondi to 80 cranes. Our company’s success has a lot to do with our partners – repeat clients who continue to trust Strictly Cranes to deliver excellence across service, after sales care and onsite assistance wherever and whenever we are needed,” said Ramey Alkhoshaibi, founder and Commercial Director, Strictly Cranes.

Two of the new Raimondi cranes have been added to the Strictly Cranes fleet

Developers in Australia are increasingly shifting to heavier lifting cranes due to their versatility of use on jobsites ranging from high level residential and commercial buildings to lower level, fewer storied, apartment blocks. “These 10 tonne tower cranes are great for utility, hence increasing return on investment for our clients,” he continued. Alkhoshaibi elaborated that “the city tower size, being only 1.5 meters, allows for much more onsite accessibility. The positioning of such a compact tower maximizes jib radius while presenting the contractors with more options in terms of how and where the cranes can be put to work.”

Strictly Cranes is based in New South Wales

“The competitive pricing for a premiere European crane manufactured, end-to-end, with a quality material sourcing trail is an added-value for our customers – we know exactly what we’re selling. It’s worth pointing out that our clients were pleased that Raimondi was able to expedite these shipments to meet their aggressive building timelines. The cranes were ordered mid-December and Raimondi was able to deliver promptly, despite the holiday season. Strictly Cranes is proud to represent a brand that exceeds client shipment expectations.”

Related: Strictly Cranes erects new Raimondi luffing LR213 in Sydney suburb 

Raimondi Cranes launches the LR330 luffing jib crane with transformative heavy lifting technology

Raimondi Cranes SpA, established in 1863, has announced a transformative approach to heavy lifting technology, the luffing jib LR330. Showcased to Raimondi’s exclusive agent network ahead of wider release, the LR330 luffing jib crane will officially begin shipping in March to fulfill agent presell orders, and is now available for wider purchasing.

The Raimondi LR330’s ease of use is most apparent to crane operators who can now control and tailor the machine’s work to their preferences

“Raimondi has realized our value proposition through research, trials and finally, development. We’re proud to present a technologically advanced, superior performance luffing crane, fully European in manufacture, to the market,” said Eng. Domenico Ciano, Technical Director, Raimondi Cranes. “The LR330 is productive, durable, strong and efficient. As the flagship crane of the new luffing range, we have incorporated a breakthrough equilateral triangular jib design to enhance several different aspects of the machine. Structurally optimized, this innovative layout allows for improved packaging and transportation, simplifies the construction phase, and reduces wind impact on the jib, thereby decreasing the out of service radius,” explained Ciano.

Eng. Domenico Ciano, Technical Director, Raimondi Cranes

The LR330’s ease of use is most apparent to crane operators who can now control and tailor the machine’s work to their preferences, thereby reducing jobsite stressors. Together with the new Raimondi safety control system, there is a significant advancement in performance and control of the LR330’s three movements. “Crane operators can now choose between three different configurations, enabling a change in parameters related to the movement speeds and dynamic. This functionality allows the operators to align the crane closer to their specific needs. Further, to reduce pressure on the operator and simultaneously increase the overall level of onsite safety, the safety control system’s installed sensors monitor all of the crane’s movements and monitor the load, supporting the operator as site hazards approach. Alerting the operator with alarms and direct intervention, the LR330 is both agile and intelligent,” said Ciano, describing a few of the LR330’s operator-centric characteristics. Ciano added that working at height has also been factored in with the crane’s simplified installation and dismantling procedures.

Raimondi LR330 luffing jib crane infographic

The Raimondi LR330 is the newest luffing jib crane in the range with a maximum jib length of 60 meters and a maximum capacity of 18,000 kg, with two falls and four falls configurations. At the maximum radius, it can lift 3,300 kg in Ultra-lift mode. Six different jib length configurations, from 30 meters to 60 meters, satisfy all needs in terms of specific jobsite configurations. The LR330 may be equipped with three different hoisting winches: standard installed power of 80kW or the two falls configuration with the more powerful 110kW, while the four falls configuration has an installed power of 80kW. The rope capacities are respectively: 650 meters, 1,000 meters, and 980 meters, and all winches may be equipped with a secondary emergency brake.

The Raimondi LR330 boasts a maximum jib length of 60 meters and a maximum capacity of 18,000 kg

Raimondi’s newest luffing crane follows the October 2017 launch of the MRT234 flattop tower crane, boasting the optimal match of mechanical, structural and electronic control design, allowing for increased productivity, safety, and better user-interface.

As the flagship crane of the new luffing range, Raimondi has incorporated a breakthrough equilateral triangular jib design

Related: Raimondi launches the MRT234 flattop tower crane, the latest in heavy lifting innovation

Strictly Cranes erects new Raimondi luffing LR213 in Sydney suburb

Strictly Cranes Pty Ltd (Strictly Cranes), official Raimondi Cranes agent based in New South Wales, Australia, has erected the first-ever LR213 luffing crane in the country. The jobsite, a mixed-use residential and commercial development by ALAND, is situated in Liverpool and is scheduled to be onsite for approximately two years.

“Pre-erection of the LR213, which included basic preparation like setting up the electrical wires, galvanized balconies, greasing bolts and more, took one full day. The crane’s erection itself took one full day and went seamlessly,” explained Ramey Alkhoshaibi, founder and Commercial Director, Strictly Cranes. “We recommended the Raimondi LR213 to ALAND as the project is in a congested location – its surrounded by other high rise buildings that will be built over the course of the next few years.” Alkhoshaibi added that the large version of the LR213 would meet the jobsite requirements of lifting the heavy precast panels employed in the build of the structure.

“The luffer is to be climbed to a final height of 100m so the LR213 is ideal: it has a high free stand with the additional booster tower – allowing for minimal climbing and bracing of the crane to the building – thereby increasing overall jobsite productivity and meeting our client’s timeline needs.” This measure reduces the intrusiveness of the braces/ties to the building structure allowing for a quicker finish of the structure, rather of having to wait for the crane to be dismantled to finish the parts where the crane was bound to the building.

During the LR213 erection procedure onsite in Liverpool

“Due to the location, a tight area restricting mobile crane movement, a small Franna mobile crane was used to assemble the counter jib and jib pieces, while the bigger mobile crane was used for the installation of the bigger towers and fully assembled counter jib and jib. We had five Strictly Cranes team members onsite including an operations manager, technician, two riggers/installers and a dogman. A Raimondi Cranes technician from Italy also made the trip to Sydney for the installation, as this was the first LR213 to be erected in the city.”

Strictly Cranes, as part of its full-circle heavy lifting offering, also provided the lifting gear (Boscaro brick cage, kibble, man box and first aid cage), heavy duty lifting chains for the precast panels, and the general quarterly maintenance and 24/7 call out for immediate service needs.

Related: Strictly Cranes erects three new Raimondi tower cranes at Sydney waterfront development

Raimondi launches the MRT234 flattop tower crane, the latest in heavy lifting innovation

Raimondi Cranes established in 1863 has announced the newest and most innovative approach to heavy lifting technology, the flattop MRT234. Presented to Raimondi’s exclusive agent network ahead of wider release, the MRT234 has already witnessed strong pre-sales due to its enhanced solution-based design. The MRT234 flattop tower crane officially began shipping in September to fulfil agent pre-sell orders, and has now launched for wider purchasing.

“We are thrilled to launch the MRT234 after months of preparation. Raimondi’s R&D team worked with various suppliers for four months to build the prototype, erected in beta in August 2017 at our headquarters in Italy. The final stage of testing took three months including preassembly of the crane, evaluating many different types of configurations and all of the model’s structural tests,” said Eng. Domenico Ciano, Technical Director, Raimondi Cranes.

“This testing phase, part of Raimondi’s internal technical quality control procedures, allowed for various performance measurement assessments, and allowed the engineering segment to observe these metrics at work thereby ensuring the best possible results for end-users,” added Ciano.

The MRT234 erected at Raimondi headquarters in Legnano during beta testing

When working with the MRT234, the crane operator will immediately notice a significant improvement in performance and control. Raimondi has worked to increase the speeds of the slewing and trolley movements, both of which have been improved by approximately 30%. Smoothness of motion and heightening accuracy have also been enhanced, ultimately increasing productivity and reducing margin of error. The MRT234 boasts the optimal match of mechanical, structural and electronic control design, that allows for increased productivity, safety, and better user-interface.

Eng. Domenico Ciano, Technical Director, Raimondi Cranes

“Raimondi’s newest product is heavily geared toward user experience, and these UI/UX centric features pioneered by Silicon Valley’s technology companies, when applied to heavy lifting machinery result in a high-performance product that boasts extreme operator ease onsite,” Ciano said, remarking on some of the new product’s most innovative design advancements.

The Raimondi MRT234 is the newest flattop tower crane in the range with a maximum length jib of 70m and a maximum capacity of 12,000kg, with four falls configuration. At the maximum radius, it can lift 2250kg in Ultralift mode. Eight different jib length configurations, from 70m to 28m, satisfy all needs in terms of specific jobsite configurations. The MRT234 may be equipped with two different hoisting winches: standard installed power of 45kW or the more powerful 55kW.

Related: Raimondi unveils the MRT159 at ANKOMAK in Istanbul

Raimondi MRT234 infographic outlining the crane’s specifications