Manitowoc ready for bauma 2022
July 4, 2022 By Don Horne
Manitowoc is gearing up for a major display of its latest cranes, technologies, and services at bauma 2022, in Munich, Germany.
The company will showcase a dozen cranes from Grove and Potain, and will highlight its expanded range of support solutions that cover monitoring, parts, service, rental, remanufacturing, finance, and more. The new technologies shown will include CONNECT, an advanced telematics platform that is being unveiled at the exhibition.
This year’s bauma 2022 runs from October 24-30, marking the 33rd edition of the world’s largest trade fair for construction equipment. Aaron Ravenscroft, Manitowoc’s president and CEO, said 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,” says Ravenscroft.
Manitowoc will have 12 cranes at its booth, with many models set to be announced in the coming weeks and 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 t 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 debuts at the show. The 150 t GMK5150XL and 120 t GMK5120L both launched at the end of 2021 and continue Grove’s long-standing legacy of class-leading five-axle cranes. 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 t machines. The GMK5120L offers 66 m of boom, plus a variety of counterweight configurations for greater flexibility.
The four other Grove cranes – two all-terrain and two rough-terrain cranes – will be announced in the coming weeks.
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 t and 25 t versions, with each offering 80 m of jib. Its combination of power and reach makes it ideal for infrastructure and other large projects.
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 t 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 favorite that is focused on mobility. Capable of lifting 2.2 t, 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.
Customer Support Focus
Visitors to the Manitowoc booth can also see and experience the Grove and Potain Customer Centers. 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 Center, 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, including via the Potain e-Academy. There will also be details on the EnCORE refurbishment program and used crane sales.
Over at the Grove Customer Center, 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 Center, there will also be full details on EnCORE refurbishment and used crane sales for Grove.
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