Lift Week in Orlando

The Lift and Access Showcase & Symposium and 2012 Crane Operator Rodeo National Championship headline a number of events taking place during the week of Oct. 22.

In 2012, the Lift and Access Showcase & Symposium will be an event unlike any other in the lifting equipment industry. For the first time, the Showcase & Symposium will be held on the East Coast. Additionally, Lift and Access has teamed up with Rental Equipment Register (RER) magazine and Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers to bring an even broader range of manufacturers, vendors, and buyers together, as well as to enable them to take part in one of the largest public auctions of the year.

This year, the event will encompass the Symposium educational sessions on Oct. 23-24, Showcase machine demonstrations and walk-around presentations on Oct. 24, and a Vendor Pavilion exhibition on Oct. 24-25. The exhibition also will be co-located and held in conjunction with the Ritchie Bros. unreserved public auction—featuring cranes, lifting, and access equipment—on Oct. 25.

Attendees, which may include contractors, equipment rental houses, and trades personnel, will learn about specific equipment classes and their features and benefits; operate machines through demonstration areas; take part in education sessions; discuss component technologies and aftermarket offerings with exhibitors; network with colleagues; and bid on, purchase, and sell equipment on site.

In addition to the Lift and Access Showcase & Symposium, the second IPAF US Convention will also be held on October 22 and 23, 2012 in Celebration, Florida. This member event is also open to non-members. This year’s focus is on aerial work platform (AWP) management responsibilities. Topics to be covered will range from buying used equipment, to owner responsibility, and an update on ANSI standards. For more information or to register visit www.ipaf.org

Product walk-around presentations
Three product classes have been selected for review during the Showcase walk-around presentations, which will take place Oct. 24 at the Ritchie Bros. auction facility in Orlando, Fla. Mega boom lifts, mega telescopic handlers, and compact rough-terrain scissor lifts will be the main focus at this year’s expanded Showcase.

RER magazine also will be reviewing classes of skid steer loaders and light towers during the product walk-around presentations. Visit www.rermag.com for more details.

Symposium education sessions
With some of the largest contractors expected to attend, the Symposium sessions have been crafted to include some of the most important topics for equipment owners and fleet managers. On Oct. 23, construction safety managers have been invited to discuss “Working at Heights While Using Aerial Work Platforms, Mast-Climbing Work Platforms, and Telehandlers.” This Symposium will take place at 4 pm at the Bohemian Hotel in Celebration, Fla. It is being held in conjunction with the Scaffold & Access Industry Association’s regional meeting.

Another planned presentation is an updated review of Tier 4 engines and how the recent requirements will affect equipment owners and service personnel. This panel discussion will be held at 4:15 pm on Oct. 24 at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers’ Davenport, Fla., facility.

Crane Operator Rodeo Championship
Following the Lift and Access Showcase & Symposium, the 2012 Crane Operator Rodeo National Championship will take place at the Ritchie Bros. Auctioneer’s Davenport facility. At this event, which will be held Oct. 27-28, the winners of five Regional Qualifying Rodeos will compete in Orlando for the title of National Champion. Regional events are taking place now. Visit www.craneoperatorrodeo.com for complete details on how to compete.

Lift Week Agenda

Monday, October 22

  • Event: IPAF US Convention
    Location: Bohemian Hotel, Celebration, Fla.
    Details: Visit www.ipaf.org/usconvention or contact marketing@ipaf.org
  • Event: Lift and Access Showcase (Exhibitor Setup)
    Location: Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Facility, Davenport, Fla.

Tuesday, October 23

  • Event: IPAF US Convention
    Location: Bohemian Hotel, Celebration, Fla.
  • Event: Lift and Access Showcase (Exhibitor Setup)
    Location: Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Facility, Davenport, Fla.
  • Event: SAIA Regional Meeting
    Location: Bohemian Hotel, Celebration, Fla.
  • Event: Lift and Access Showcase
    Location: Bohemian Hotel, Celebration, Fla.
    Details: “Working at Heights-What Does a General Contractor Expect of Subcontractors?” Panel Discussion, held in conjunction with SAIA regional meeting.

Wednesday, October 24

  • Event: Lift and Access Showcase (VIP Admission Only)
    Location: Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Facility, Davenport, Fla.
    Details: Visit www.liftshowcase.com to register for VIP Admission or contact Franci Motz at fmotz@maxcapmedia.com
  • Event: Lift and Access Showcase (VIP Admission Only)
    Location: Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Facility, Davenport, Fla.
    Details: “Tier 4 Engine Challenges” Panel Discussion

Thursday, October 25

  • Event: Lift and Access Showcase (General Admission)
    Location: Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Facility, Davenport, Fla.
    Details: General Admission is free and open to auction attendees, register at www.liftshowcase.com
  • Event: Ritchie Bros. Auction
    Location: Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Facility, Davenport, Fla.
    Details: Acution features lifting equipment

Saturday, October 27

  • Event: 2012 Crane Operator Rodeo National Championship
    Location: Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Facility, Davenport, Fla.
    Details: Visit www.craneoperatorrodeo.com for the dates and locations of the regional qualifying events and details of the national competition.

Sunday, October 28

  • Event: 2012 Crane Operator Rodeo National Championship
    Location: Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Facility, Davenport, Fla.
    Details: Rodeo Championship continues.
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