Manitowoc is again participating in one of the world’s biggest infrastructure and construction tradeshows when the company brings an array of new cranes and technologies to INTERMAT 2018 in Paris, France.
It’s fitting that Potain tower cranes will take center stage at the show. The event coincides with Potain’s 90th anniversary — just in time to look back at the company’s history and look forward with its new generation. The company is showcasing the Hup self-erecting crane range and the MDT 389 tower crane at the show.
“2017 has seen an uptick in construction and infrastructure activity in Europe, so we have selected a pair of cranes that we feel can best serve this region in terms of speed, efficiency and versatility, and also when working on urban job sites,” said Jean-Noel Daguin, senior vice president of tower cranes at Manitowoc. “We are also featuring solutions that we can provide to stakeholders of the Grand Paris Project, which will accelerate the transformation of Paris ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games.”
The Hup range includes the Hup 32-27 and Hup 40-30. The cranes have a maximum capacity of 4 t and a rear-slewing radius of only 2.25 m, enabling them to be positioned closer to buildings, a major benefit when working in tight urban areas or job sites with restricted working quarters. Despite being taller than the Igo 36, the Hup cranes occupy the same footprint, making them suited for space-restricted jobsites. Three raised positions of the luffing jib, at 10°, 20° or 30°, in addition to horizontal, provide a variety of options for a self-erecting crane. With two height options for their telescopic masts and a new radio remote control with Potain’s Smart Set Up software, operators can maximize their efficiency.
The MDT 389 is the largest topless crane from the Potain lineup to feature the company’s Crane Control System (CCS), which is also available on all Potain top slewing tower cranes and Grove mobile cranes. This user-friendly operating system offers owners the highest levels of comfort, flexibility and ergonomic control, and it reduces installation time compared to previous models. The system provides key maintenance features, particularly when using Manitowoc’s CraneSTAR Diag tool, a telematics and maintenance system accessible via CCS. The MDT CCS Topless concept enables complex, multi-crane installations, and the assembly, erection, transport and maintenance phases are shorter than previous generations of tower cranes.
There are two versions of the Potain MDT 389, one with a 12 t maximum capacity and the other with a 16 t maximum capacity. Both have up to 75 m of jib available, and the 12 t version can lift 3.4 t at its jib end, while the 16 t version can handle 3.3 t.
Alongside its products, Manitowoc is highlighting its comprehensive support services, including Manitowoc Crane Care, which runs the gamut of spare parts, guaranties, aftersales services, on-line support and technical training programs. The company is also featuring its EnCORE programs, crane rebuilding and refurbishing services that provide premium cranes to the used-crane market with manufacturer guaranties. Also represented is Manitowoc Finance, along with the Lift Solutions program, which offers engineering services to contractors for the design of customized cranes for complex jobsites.