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Table takes cranes out

A system that eliminates the need for a crane when lifting tables for floor slab forming operations has been launched in the UK by formwork specialist Doka.

The table lifting system is a simple elevator-like mechanism that can be bolted onto the side of a structure.

It speeds up forming operations, minimises the number of site personnel needed and frees the cranes for other operations. It is also more wind resistant.

"The table lifting system is a big success because it works independently of the crane," said Doka product manager Walter Feigl.

The table forms are moved from a trolley and wheeled onto an elevating platform.

They are then lifted up to the storey where they are needed in about 20 seconds where a second worker uses a trolley to manoeuvre the table into its new position.

The same process is repeated from one storey to the next.

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