A decade of continued innovation with the AL.SK crane anniversary
ALE is celebrating the 10-year anniversary since the launch of the AL.SK crane series, which have performed some exceptional and record-breaking lifts previously thought impossible.
In 2006, ALE’s Research and Development (R&D) division, based in Breda, the Netherlands, began developing concepts for a new crane. ALE wanted the new design to have the highest capacity on the market, be capable of being configured in different sizes, to maintain speed and efficiency for smaller lifts, and have enhanced safety, accuracy and performance.
This became the first AL.SK crane, the AL.SK190, which was launched in 2008. It was the first crane to be designed and built by ALE and, at 4,300t, was then the world’s largest capacity land-based crane.
This was not just a new crane but a new type of crane altogether. ALE developed a solution to enable the crane to rotate around its ballast. It was this that helped to give it such a high capacity as well as an improved outreach.
Cees Segeren, Technical Adviser, explained, “The AL.SK fleet has revolutionised the way the industry perceives crane lifting and has had many notable achievements in the last 10 years.”
The AL.SK190 received the Innovation and Development Award – End User at the 2010 ESTA Awards of Excellence. The AL.SK cranes were later included in ALE’s Innovation Series of equipment and in 2016, the AL.SK350 completed a remarkable 3,000t lift, the largest commercial lift by a land based crane.
Over the last 10 years ALE has continued to innovate and build more AL.SK cranes. The AL.SK350 was launched in 2013. It can lift up to 5,000t and took its place as the world’s largest capacity land-based crane.
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