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INNOVATION, LOCAL SUPPORT ENSURE TOWER CRANE SAFETY

INNOVATION, LOCAL SUPPORT ENSURE TOWER CRANE SAFETY

Constant design improvements in tower cranes is making work sites safer, along with strict compliance with local safety regulations.

Tower crane leader Potain innovates continuously to raise safety levels, according to David Semple, senior vice-president at Manitowoc, Potain’s owners. It does this by working with other industry players to develop world-class standards. The safety features on its cranes are guided by these standards, ensuring safer working conditions.

As important is the ability to safely deploy and operate the tower crane on site, in line with the applicable safety regulations, says Crane & Hoist Equipment SA managing director Brenden Crous. As the local Potain distributor, he says there is no room for compromise when it comes to safety.

“This means always meeting OEM specifications in whatever work we do with Potain tower cranes,” says Crous. “As a highly experienced team, we are also registered with the Department of Labour as a lifting machine entity.”

The capacity to conduct training in-house – whether for its own staff or for customer personnel –sets the business apart. The quality of training is certified by Potain. Detailed engineering studies also enhance safety by highlighting dangers including congested sites and difficult geological conditions.

Crane & Hoist Equipment SA can even call on experts at Potain for specialist studies, says Crous. Ready availability of spares also contributes to safe operation.

“We ensure smooth logistics with Potain so that parts reach customers quickly,” he says. “Our experience with regular maintenance means the right part is correctly installed with minimal downtime.”

Potain’s tower crane design optimises interchangeability of parts between models, notes Crous. This further improves availability and service by streamlining dealers’ inventory.

Could 2020 See Recovery of Tower Crane Sales?

Could 2020 See Recovery of Tower Crane Sales?

The depressed state of construction in South Africa means that tower cranes are usually rented rather than purchased, but there is a chance that this trend may start changing this year.

This is according to Crane & Hoist Equipment SA managing director Brenden Crous. The company is the local distributor for global tower crane leader Potain.

“Rental makes up most of our business at the moment, but customers will start buying again when the sector starts recovering – hopefully later this year,” says Crous.

He notes that there are already about 200 Potain cranes active in South Africa, making it an established brand with a loyal following. Producing cranes since 1928, Potain has sold over 120,000 cranes into the global market.

Formed in 2017, Crane & Hoist Equipment SA has already had a busy few years. Its rental fleet serves projects with up to 8 tonne lifting requirements and 50 to 60 metre reach. Its appointment last year as Potain distributor is testament to its experience and skills, says Crous.

“Our management team has a combined four decades of hands-on familiarity with Potain cranes,” he says. “Likewise, our staff have been selected for their equivalent levels of experience with tower cranes.”

Distributor expertise is vital to customers, says David Semple, senior vice-president at Manitowoc, the owner of Potain. The company awards distribution rights only where the depth of product knowledge and proficiency has been demonstrated, says Semple.

The region covered by the agreement is South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland. However, experts from Crane & Hoist Equipment SA have already contributed in African countries including Ghana, Sudan, Burkina Faso and Guinea.

 

Manitowoc launches Potain Hup M 28-22 at Batimat 2019

Manitowoc launches Potain Hup M 28-22 at Batimat 2019

  • The Hup M 28-22 is the first model in the revolutionary Potain Hup range to champion mobility, providing the best job site access capabilities in its class.
  • The new self-erecting crane features a permanent ballast, a double-steering axle and a transport length of just 11.6 m.
  • Having been previewed at bauma, the crane is officially being launched at Batimat, with orders being accepted and first deliveries expected in early 2020.

Manitowoc has officially launched its new Potain Hup M 28-22 at Batimat 2019. The crane was first previewed at bauma 2019 and is now receiving orders, with first deliveries expected for early 2020.

The Hup M 28-22 is the third model from the groundbreaking Hup self-erecting crane range but the first to prioritize mobility — denoted by the M in its name. The new design of the Hup M 28-22 provides best in class compactness. The model is only 11.6 m (38 ft) long when folded, enabling work in narrow, restricted job sites, as well as making it easy to transport from site to site.

The Hup M 28-22 also features the most advanced transport equipment with double steering axles. It has a 28 m (92 ft) jib and features two load charts, each with 16 configurations, which is unique to this category of self-erecting cranes, enabling it to be easily adapted for a range of job site applications. The crane has a maximum capacity of 2.2 t (2.4 USt) and can lift 850 kg (1,874 lbs) at its 28 m (92 ft) jib end.

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Best-in-class mobility, productivity and versatility

Versatility is delivered with the crane’s raised jib that offers four positions: horizontal, 10°, 20°and even 30°. These functions give the crane a height under hook range between 20 m (65 ft) and 31 m (101 ft). Folding or extending the jib is a swift and straightforward operation, with the Hup M 28-22 offering convenient configurations for both short and long jib lengths.

Operator productivity on the Hup M 28-22 is maximized through Manitowoc’s remote-control unit. The remote system features a large, colored screen with easy to use navigation and optimized ergonomics for operator comfort. Its Smart Set-up software delivers on-screen information about automatic folding and unfolding of the crane from the crane’s remote.

The Smart Set-up software is a key asset for this new generation of self-erecting cranes, especially with the Drive Control functionality: three selectable profiles for operators that vary the working speed of the crane to suit the application. On top of that, the micro-speed function delivers slow, high-precision hoisting. New features also allow the user to steer the wheels and manage the crane’s hydraulic elevation.

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Booth E54, Hall 5B

“As one of the best gathering places for the French construction industry, Batimat is the perfect place to officially launch the Hup M 28-22,” says Stéphane Giraudo, Manitowoc’s sales director for tower cranes in France. “Manitowoc always presents its latest self-erecting crane innovations at the tradeshow, and we know that the Hup M 28-22 — with its small dimensions, ability to be deployed by one person and operated with our innovative Smart Set-up software — will be warmly received by the market.”

This year’s show takes place between November 4-8 in Villepinte, Paris. Visitors are invited to attend the Manitowoc booth (E54 in Hall 5B) where they will be able to see the folded Hup M 28-22 up close. Manitowoc’s extensive distribution network is also present at the trade fair to welcome all interested visitors.

Greater Versatility is a Given With the Potain Hup 40-30 Self-erecting Crane

Greater Versatility is a Given With the Potain Hup 40-30 Self-erecting Crane

The Potain Hup 40-30 self-erecting crane boasts a range of innovative design and technology features which, according to Louw Smit, sales director at Crane & Hoist Equipment SA, will enable greater versatility on construction and other project sites.

“One of the major advantages of the Potain Hup 40-30 unit is that, with its 40 metre jib, it offers different configurations making it unique to this category of self-erecting cranes,” Louw explains. “The crane can easily be adapted for a range of job site applications increasing efficiency and versatility.”

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The Potain Hup 40-30 unit, with its 40 metre jib, offers different 16 configurations making it unique to this category of self-erecting cranes.

The crane has a maximum capacity of 4 t, can lift 1 t at its jib end of 40 metre and features a telescopic mast for a range of working heights. This design boosts the height under hook attainable by the crane to 25.6 metres in its “low position,” and 30 metres when extended to its greatest height. The logistics are also improved, as no extra mast is required to install the crane.

Further versatility is delivered with the crane’s luffing jib that offers three positions: horizontal, 10° and 20°. These options give the crane a height under hook range of 20 to 40 metres.

Louw explains that shortening or extending the jib is a swift and straightforward operation, with the Hup 40-30 offering convenient configurations for both short and long jib lengths.

“Agility on a job site is a key consideration particularly with projects in built up areas and customers will benefit from the greater flexibility and adaptability of the Hup 40-30,” he says.

The Potain Hup 40-30 has a high-performance slewing radius that allows it to be positioned closer to buildings. And with its transport package of only 14 metre long when folded, this self-erecting tower crane is easy to move from job site to job site.

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The Potain Hup 40-30 boasts a range of innovative design and technology features.

Operator efficiency is maximised through Manitowoc’s remote control unit which features a large, coloured screen with easy to use navigation and optimised ergonomics for operator comfort. Its Smart Set Up software delivers on-screen step-by-step information during crane erection and enables automatic folding and unfolding of the crane from the crane’s remote.

It offers three selectable profiles for operators that vary the working speed of the crane to suit the application: “dynamic,” for quick and easy lifting; “standard,” for typical lifting applications; and “high precision,” for precise load positioning.

The Hup 40-30’s hoist unit features Potain’s High Performance Lifting (HPL) technology which delivers unparalleled lifting speeds on the job site. The crane can deliver this maximum speed as soon as it is configured on the job site, thanks to its standard four fall rope configuration.

The tower crane’s High Performance Slewing (HPS) technology enables load moment optimisation, even as the crane swings. Integrated maintenance warning indicators also support crane maintenance throughout its lifecycle.

It also features a new Power Control function that enables it to work on a variety of job sites. With this technology, the crane is able to operate via a wide range of power inputs, including from low-level power supplies. This versatility means the user may not have to provide additional power supplies, which could lower both the costs and preparation for many projects.

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The Potain Hup 40-30 has a high-performance slewing radius that allows it to be positioned closer to buildings.

Potain Tower Cranes Still Leading With Technology That Works

Potain Tower Cranes Still Leading With Technology That Works

For decades Potain has built tower cranes that are easy to assembly, flexible in configuration and simply to use, and the Potain MDT 389 topless crane is no different.

The MDT 389 is well suited to crowded construction sites where space is tight and multiple cranes are needed. Like other topless cranes it has been designed to allow more cranes to over swing in a smaller area.

Louw Smit, sales director of Crane & Hoist Equipment SA, the sub-Saharan distributor for Potain tower cranes, says there are a host of features which make the Potain MDT cranes stand out from the competition.

The complete range, including the MDT 249, MDT 259, MDT 269, MDT 319 and the MDT 389, is equipped with Manitowoc’s Crane Control System, or CCS. CCS is a standardised, user-friendly operating system on all Potain tower cranes.

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Potain Topless cranes are equipped with Manitowoc’s Crane Control System, or CCS.

“CCS assists users to enjoy the highest levels of comfort, flexibility, ergonomic control and, most importantly, improved lifting capacity. The enhanced productivity achieved as a result translates into a faster return on investment for Potain crane owners,” Smit says.

In addition to having a fresh and modern design that allows for ultra-fast ground preparation and assembly, the Potain MDT range easily beats the competition when it comes to transportation.

“For example, the turntable, cab mast and Ultra View cab travel in a single compact package, while the counter jib can be folded and the winch platform can be sized to take up less space,” Smit explains. Another advantage is that the mechanisms are grouped in a central technical zone for easier access and maintenance.

As part of its standard features, the Potain MDT 389 is equipped with Manitowoc’s CraneSTAR, a GSM data transfer system that provides information on crane location and operation to support fleet management.

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 versions have up to 75 metre (m) of jib available. The 12 t version can lift 3.4 t at its jib end, while the 16 t version can handle 3.3 t.

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Potain Topless cranes have a fresh and modern design that allows for ultra-fast ground preparation and assembly.

Potain also offers a smaller range of CCS equipped cranes, the Potain MDT City line, which includes the MDT 219. Other cranes in the range are the MDT 109, MDT 139 and MDT 189.

Like the Potain MDT 389, the MDT 219 is the highest capacity model in its range. There are two versions of the Potain MDT 219, one with an 8 t maximum capacity and one with a 10 t maximum capacity. All are evolutions of previous Potain MDT City cranes with jib lengths ranging from 55 metres to 65 m and hoisting capacities ranging from 6 t to 10 t.

Smit says the incorporation of CCS into the new range of Potain topless city cranes helps contractors get work done faster and with greater precision. “Aside from the enhanced levels of comfort and ergonomic control, this technology also delivers more precise control in positioning loads as well as increased capacity,” he says.

In fact, for the Potain MDT 219, the inclusion of CCS gives the crane a load chart advantage of up to 12.5% over the MDT 218 A, the equivalent pre-CCS topless city crane from Potain.

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The incorporation of CCS into the range of Potain topless city cranes helps contractors get work done faster and with greater precision.

These cranes can be engineered to incorporate one of two new crane operator elevator solutions which provide fast and efficient transportation for the operator to and from the cab. Both systems comply with the highest levels of regulation as well.

One of the solutions, CabLIFT, exclusive to Potain cranes, has a slender design allowing it to fit inside all K-mast systems from Potain. It comes in three widths, 1.6 m, 2.0 m and 2.45 m. It is also compatible with all tower crane bases, fixing angles, chassis and cross-shaped bases. CabLIFT’s intelligent design includes a service platform above the main car that provides comfortable access and safety for the erection technicians during the mast assembly process and crane erection.

The other operator elevator solution is TCL, an externally-mounted system.

Potain has long been at the forefront of topless tower crane development, and with the introduction of CCS to its tower cranes, the brand is securing its market leadership position for years to come.