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Potain introduces operator’s lift

24 Jun 15 Potain tower cranes will be available from next year with a lift to take the operator up to the cabin, removing the need to climb the ladder.

Potain's internal and external crane elevators
Potain's internal and external crane elevators

Potain parent company Manitowoc has teamed up with hoist producer Alimak-Hek to develop operator elevators for Potain’s full range of top-slewing tower cranes.

Two products have been developed: one that sits inside the crane’s mast; and one that climbs up the outside. The external elevator is a standard solution that will be adaptable for all Potain cranes, using a dedicated access kit. The internal elevator, called CabLift, is a specially developed solution, designed exclusively for Potain distribution. Potain says that the internal CabLift option offers Potain crane owners reduced cost of ownership with ease of transport, assembly and storage – as well as an easier life for anyone who needs to go up the crane.

Manitowoc product manager Alexandre Chanteclair said: “Contractors are mindful of good ergonomics, and continually challenged by increasingly shorter jobsite time schedules – it is more important than ever for operators to have the comfort to operate with optimum levels of concentration.”

Launch of Potain’s CabLift system comes hard on the heels of arch-rival Liebherr launching its similar LiUP-System internal tower crane elevator (pictured below) earlier this year. The Liebherr LiUP-System is pre-installed, uses a double rack and pinion system and is powered by Lithium battery with no power cable.

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