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Sky’s the limit as fast-growing crane firm moves to paperless system


One of the UK’s leading crane manufacturers is investing in new software to help it become a paperless operation and support its growth plans.

Elite Cranes, which offers a one-stop shop service, is adopting the CheckedOK asset management system from CoreRFID to manage its inspection reporting, repairs and maintenance operations. By automating manual processes, the system will also enable the company to reduce costs and help combat the inflationary pressures currently affecting the construction industry.

Elite Cranes, which is based in St Helens with an operation in County Durham, specialises in overhead and gantry cranes and is able to handle the largest projects. The company was established in 2016 by Lee Roby and his father John who had both previously worked in the crane industry. It now employs a team of seven and serves major clients including Brammer UK, Cammell Laird, St-Bogain and Hutchinson.

The company is now planning to take on five new staff in the coming months in response to increased demand, which is driven partly by the growth of new UK manufacturing and warehousing operations as companies rethink their supply chains.

Lee says a key benefit of the move to a digital system is the ability for engineers carrying out repairs and inspections on site to capture data on i-Pads, which will then automatically update the asset’s history and produce reports.