Manitowoc is gearing up for a major display of its latest cranes, technologies, and services at bauma 2022, in Munich, Germany, this month, including a complete range of products and services aimed at serving the infrastructure, alternative energy, and industrial end markets.
In addition to showcasing the latest cranes, the company will highlight its expanded range of aftermarket services and technologies, including Connect, a new telematics platform that is being unveiled at the exhibition.
Aaron Ravenscroft, Manitowoc’s President and CEO, says bauma 2022 is coming at an ideal time for the industry.
“For Manitowoc, bauma 2022 presents a great opportunity to demonstrate how we are well positioned to showcase our expertise in lifting solutions for global investments in infrastructure, alternative energy, and other industries. By introducing new technologies, products, and ways to work, we are excited to deliver the advancements our customers need. In addition to launching exciting new products, we look forward to meeting with customers, dealerships, investors, and colleagues to earn their confidence and trust in the lifting industry.”
Manitowoc will have 12 cranes at its booth, with some being unveiled at the show itself. Seven Grove mobile cranes and five Potain tower cranes will be on display.
The largest Grove on display will be the GMK6400-1 all-terrain crane, which is being shown for the first time. The 400-tonne capacity crane is the successor to the popular GMK6400 and offers a range of upgrades and improvements, including Manitowoc’s Crane Control System (CCS) and MAXbase variable position outrigger system.
Two additional Grove all-terrain cranes will be making their public debut at the show. These include the 150-tonne GMK5150XL and 120-tonne GMK5120L both launched at the end of 2021, which continue Grove’s long-standing legacy of class-leading five-axle cranes, says a spokesman for Manitowoc.
“The GMK5150XL redefines what’s possible in terms of reach with a five-axle crane. At 69 m, its main boom surpasses that of most 220-tonne machines. The GMK5120L offers 66 m of boom, plus a variety of counterweight configurations for greater flexibility,” he adds.
The four other Grove cranes include two all-terrain and two rough-terrain cranes which are yet to be announced.
From Potain, two impressive new tower cranes are being kept under wraps until the show, with one each coming from the topless and luffing jib ranges. Alongside them will be the Potain MDT 489, which is also making its first public appearance since launching in 2021. It’s available in 20-tonne and 25-tonne versions, with each offering 80 m of jib. Its combination of power and reach makes it ideal for infrastructure and other large projects, says the spokesman.
From the self-erecting crane line, there will be two units. The Igo T 99 will make its public debut at bauma 2022, having launched last year.
“The 6-tonne unit is already winning admirers due to its compact dimensions, small footprint, and intelligent design. Also on display will be a Potain Hup M 28-22, a popular favourite that is focused on mobility. Capable of lifting 2.2 tonnes, the unit is the only self-erecting crane that offers 28 m of jib and up to 31 m of working height within such compact transport dimensions,” the spokesman points out.
Visitors to the Manitowoc booth can also see and experience the Grove and Potain customer centres. In these interactive areas, visitors will find a host of technologies and information on value-added services from Manitowoc, including Connect – the new telematics platform for Potain and Grove cranes.
At the Potain Customer Centre, there will be a virtual reality (VR) exhibit enabling users to explore iconic construction sites. Visitors will experience the Potain e-Tech service tool and see details on a wide variety of training options, including via the Potain e-Academy. There will also be details on the EnCore refurbishment programme and used crane sales, the spokesman says.
Over at the Grove Customer Centre, there will be a simulator based on one of the company’s rough-terrain cranes. There will also be a VR presentation on the advanced boom technology of the company’s cranes, plus the new 12-inch operator display for the Crane Control System. As with the Potain Customer Centre, there will also be full details on EnCore refurbishment and used crane sales for Grove.