Crane mode adds to Palfinger platforms
By Euan Youdale10 February 2017
Palfinger Jumbo class NX access platforms now have a crane mode, providing lifting capacity up to 900 kg that can be performed using the access platform.
"This means that an additional crane is not required at the construction site for simple lifting tasks", said Dominic Ulrich, technical director at Palfinger Platforms.
The system's cable winch has a lifting capacity of up to 460 kg and measuring equipment prevents overloading. Crane mode makes the access platform more flexible and versatile.
For example, crane mode can be used to lift tools up to the assembly site. Another typical use is to transport air conditioning units or antennae onto the roof of a house for installation. However, for loads weighing more than one tonne or for more complex tasks, crane mode cannot be used in place of a Palfinger loader crane.
The lifting capacity is fully utilised even when the access platform is extended to its maximum range, meaning loads up to 900 kg can be transported up to 38.3 m. The cable winch is positioned on the loading surface underneath the platform and an automatic function moves it out of the transport position. Generally, crane mode is controlled via the access platform's cable-connected secondary controls. Wireless remote control is also available on request. As soon as crane mode is activated, a crane, which is in compliance with Standard EN 13000 for mobile cranes, emerges from the access platform. (All persons are prohibited from entering the basket while crane mode is active).