Palfinger extends assistance systems range
By Christian Shelton30 April 2018
Hydraulic lifting, loading and handling solutions equipment manufacturer Palfinger has expanded its range of operator assistance equipment with two new systems: Mext and Weigh. The systems can be used on three of Palfinger’s heavy-duty loader cranes (PK 135.002 TEC 7, PK 165.002 TEC 7, and PK 200002 L SH) and on all of its TEC 7 loader crane models.
According to the company, Mext integrates up to two mechanical extensions into the crane’s overload protection system. Palfinger said that although its cranes have a long reach (some with up to nine hydraulic extensions on the crane boom and six hydraulic extensions on the fly jib) further mechanical extensions on the fly jib can be required. In these instances, Palfinger said, the operator can select whether one or two mechanical extensions are being used and the crane’s performance is automatically adapted to the maximum load capacity of the extension. Palfinger claimed this negates the need for additional external sensors.
The second new assistance system, called Weigh, allows crane operators to weigh the load directly using the crane, Palfinger explained, thereby providing them with an overview of the positions to which they can lift the load. Palfinger said this makes the crane operation more efficient. The Weigh function also allows the data of the last ten weighing jobs to be stored, providing an overview of operations.
Both systems can be activated by radio remote control.