Mr. Somani said, "The crane comes with three special features, like Vario base, eco mode, and Vario ballast. Vario Base gives an option to rig the crane with individual outrigger extended as per space available at site and crane software calculating crane capacity in each direction as per outrigger extension in that direction. It also allows crane to be set up at constricted sites, generally at Metro and industrial construction sites in India and have more capacity over outrigger direction with less counterweight. This will be a big feature as it will allow crane to work in congested job site areas with best capacities. Also, Vario ballast gives the facility to increase counterweight radius to get better capacity. Eco mode allows the crane to reduce fuel consumption without compromising efficiency of the work."
LTM 1250-5.1 is equipped with 60 meters five sections telescopic boom, 36 m swing away jib, 46 m strong straight jib and 50 m hydraulically angle adjusting strong jib which can be moved between 0 to 45 degrees, hydraulically from operator cabin. Liebherr also unveiled its NC-B series, new flat top crane at bC India 2016. Completely manufactured at the company's Pune facility, the crane with internal and external climbing features, come in 6 and 9 ton versions with working radius of 62.5 m, and can lift 1.2 tons @ 62.5 meters jib length.
Mr. Krishna Kumar mentioned further, "Looking forward to tap the growing precast erection requirements, the 9 ton version will be suitable to handle certain demand in precast segments too. With long working radius of 62.5m, the crane is suitable for residential commercial buildings, and industrial construction."
"Liebherr which currently manufactures 85 EC B5-i, 5 ton capacity with 50m jib, flat top tower crane in Pune, has bagged an order for a prestigious project, supplying its 180 meters tower crane to Krishna Leela temple in Bangalore, one of the highest temples in India. The crane will work both with internal and external climbing feature."
Manitowoc displayed two cranes on its booth at bC India 2016 alongside large display pavilions, one dedicated to its Grove brand of mobile cranes and the other showcasing its industry-leading Crane Care customer support program. Both the cranes at the show were from Potain brand; an MCT 85 from the range of top-slewing cranes, and a refurbished HD 16 A from the manufacturer's self-erecting crane line.
The MCT 85 is built at the Manitowoc factory in Pune and has a 5 t maximum capacity and can lift 1.1 t with its jib end of 52 m. It replaces the popular MCi 85 A, and offers customers improved reach, capacity and ease of assembly. The practical unit is surprisingly easy to transport, with the entire top portion of the crane able to travel on just two trucks.
Ashwani Mattoo, Manitowoc's sales director for tower cranes for India and the subcontinent, said customers had responded very strongly to both cranes on display.
"We sold the HD 16 A on display to Kesar Construction, while the MCT 85 was sold to GLS Infra-Tech," he said. "On top of this, Prashant Logistics placed an order for five machines, and we've started deliveries of these. Same for another customer, Strong Build Construction, which ordered four units. Activity levels in the market have been relatively quiet recently, but this show was the opposite. I would say it was our most successful show ever in India."
While there were no Grove mobile cranes or Manitowoc crawler cranes on display, there were still several customers at the Manitowoc booth during the event to talk about business. Prem Naithani, Manitowoc's Sales & Service director for mobile cranes in India and the subcontinent, said confidence levels are good among buyers.
"We welcomed companies such as Noor Lifters, Sanghvi Movers, Shethia Erectors and Steel Carriers, as well as several rental customers over the course of the event," he said. "The Grove brand is well established in India and several recent innovations were also presented at bC India. Our customers were keen to learn about the latest lifting technologies that are available with us."
Haulotte exhibited its latest generation of Rough Terrain Articulated Boom, Vertical Mast, Electric Scissor and Telehandler. Each variant has its own USP, but one of the many distinguishing notable features is in the lower ground control Box of its articulating boom. The company has incorporated the Haulotte Diagnostic screen in the panel which will enable the user to get all details of performance and related parameter at the touch of a button. Further, any fault diagnosis can also be done on this screen, which gives a pictorial description of the nature and location of the fault. This tremendously helps in reducing the downtime of the machine and any intervention can be done in the shortest possible time.
ACE also displayed its new F-160, 16 tons, Nexgen mobile crane which comes with 4 section telescopic boom, 2nd and 3rd part being hydraulically operated and synchronized and 4th part, power extended. The crane is powered with an option of Tata/Ashok Leyland, 4 cylinder water cooled, turbo charged and after cooled engines.
Apart from these, ACE displayed its new 40 tons truck mounted mobile Crane on its own dedicated chassis. Sharing details of the product, Mr. Agarwal informed, “Earlier the 40 tons Truck Mounted Crane was on Ashok Leyland chassis. This increased the overall height of the Crane. To further increase the stability of the 40 Tons Crane, we decided to use our own manufactured dedicated chassis having better centre of gravity." The crane is powered by Ashok Leyland/Tata Turbo charged, inter cooled diesel engine developing 225 bhp @ 2500 rpm. ACE manufactures Truck Mounted Cranes between 25-40 tons. The 25 and 30 tons are mounted on Ashok Leyland chassis currently.
Mentioning about the company's future initiative towards product support for its existing and newer products, especially training support, Mr. Agarwal said, “We are adequately positioned with a network of 100-dealer locations in the country and our own sales and service network. These outlets are fully equipped to provide genuine spare parts and services by the company trained Engineers. Our dedicated product training Centre in Faridabad, provides training on maintenance and operation of the machines. We constantly upgrade the training tools in line with advancements carried in our equipment.
Everest Engineering reported its prestigious order to deliver 32 units of 12 tons, Topsky, flattop tower cranes from BG Shirke for Delhi Development Authority housing cluster. Delivery of the cranes will start from the next month and will run till March 2017.
The new cranes to be deployed for the second phase construction, will assist in lifting of precast sections for the housing project involving total 900 buildings with 24 floors, targeted for completion within period of 30-33 months. The cranes will be lifting 5.5 tons precast sections @ 40 meters working radius.
The company showed its new tower crane camera systems at the event. Informing on the application of the product, Mr. Ramdev said, “The camera can be installed on the trolley of the tower cranes, enabling the operator to have better view of the hook & ground conditions up to a depth of 600m." Everest provides anti collision device as tower cranes supporting solutions.
The introduction of the newer products and supporting solutions augurs well for the crane industry as they will well likely ensure higher equipment availability and commensurate optimization of the plants. However, it will be pertinent for the manufacturers to support the products with requisite support services.