24 April 2008

French truck–mounted platform manufacturer Egi has added a 138 kV rated model to its range of insulated, fly–boom aerial platforms. The new 17.2 m working height TP317I – the first of which is planned for delivery to Czech utility company CEZ in August – is similar to the company's 46 kV rated TP217I, but with foam insulation added to the fly boom and an insulated hydraulic cylinder, rather than a mechanical system, used to level the basket. These changes increase the boom's rating to 138 kV, although the company said it will resist flash arcing up to 220 kV. The TP317I is designed for 14 t GVW carriers and will have a maximum outreach of 10 m and basket load capacity of 300 kg. The CEZ unit is equipped with a maintenance cabin and will be mounted on a 16 t carrier. See our interview with Egi on page 48.

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