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AlmaCrawler launch latest addition to the Multi-Loader series

The newest addition to the AlmaCrawler Multi-Loader series has arrived. Announcing the ML3.0 FX.

The latest AlmaCrawler Multi-Loader model is a powerful and versatile flatbed tracked carrier that can be used in various heavy-duty applications both indoors and outdoors. It boasts an impressive three-tonne maximum load capacity and class-leading electric drive, with two super quiet AC electric motors at 5.3kW each [rated IP 67]. 

The ML 3.0FX can be fitted with either AGM or Lithium batteries, both options housed inside an easily extractable battery pack, allowing interchangeable efficiency while onsite. Manually adjustable telescopic support beams at each corner of the platform provide longitudinal/lateral extension, enabling additional support for extra-large loads. 

The standard swivel platform sits on a freely rotating slewing ring with 16 different positions, and is also capable of manual selection, ensuring easy adaption to suit the load.

Finally, the new ML 3.0 FX, with its electric drive, weighs less than 800kg and features longer tracks and adaptive rollers. These features represent AlmaCrawler’s desire to cater to materials handling customers, and their wide range of needs.

Multi-Loader Range

The AlmaCrawler Multi-Loader range also features the impressive ML 2.5 and ML 6.0 models, which are manufactured with AlmaCrawler’s patented bi-levelling technology.

These models maintain a constant horizontal surface even when operating on rough or sloping terrain thanks to bi-levelling technology. The unique and innovative tracking system adopted by AlmaCrawler allows the carrier to operate on all different types of terrain, ensuring maximum manoeuvrability and precision even in the narrowest of spaces, with minimum ground pressure. Each model is available with full remote control, which enhances operability and safety. 

The Multi-Loader 2.5 has a capacity of 2.5 tonnes. Environmentally friendly and silent, this multi-loader provides versatility for both internal and external environments. The Dynamic Levelling System of the load-deck is completely automatic, even on slopes and uneven surfaces. The Multi-Loader can overcome both longitudinal slopes up to 20° (40 per cent) and lateral slopes up to 14° (25 per cent) at the same time, always ensuring the absolute integrity and safety of the load being carried. 

“This is a big plus when you think about some of the terrains a crane has to operate in,” said Bob Mules, general manager for Almac Pacific. 

“These are designed as support or assist vehicles, especially for the crane sector. Typically, you will see our Multi-Loaders operating in confined areas that can’t be reached by a crane. This might be because the crane is obstructed from getting to the load by a structure, or because of the distance.

“A tunnelling project is a good example. Cranes are lifting material and equipment in and out of access points all the time. These products are then moved where required. Rather than tie up a valuable asset like a Franna pick and carry crane, the Multi-Loader can transport the product, safely and efficiently to where it is needed.”  

The Multi-Loader 6.0 is the largest crawler carrier, equipped with the bi-levelling system and radio remote controls, designed to meet the needs of those who carry heavy loads, up to six tonnes. To achieve such a high capacity, the AlmaCrawler design and engineering team has developed the Multi-Loading platform; an innovative element that offers the possibility of handling large loads of different types.

The Multi-Loader 6.0 offers the same advantages as the smaller model, with a crawler drive system and low ground pressure. It can safely operate on multi-level terrain, including steep slopes, and offers excellent manoeuvrability in tight spaces.

In order to guarantee use in different environments, the Multi-Loader 6.0 is available with three different power sources, as follows: 

Multi-Loader ELC is a fully electric model featuring eight x 180Ah maintenance-free batteries, which ensures up to eight hours of mixed-cycle operation, travelling at a maximum speed of 2.6km/h. Thanks to the high-frequency battery charger installed directly inside the main chassis, it is possible to charge the battery completely in just five hours, while a 220V 2.2kW auxiliary electric pump allows for the carrier to be used on mains power.

Multi-Loader EVO is equipped with a high-performance Yanmar 3TNV76 (diesel) 25hp combustion engine that reaches a maximum speed of 3.7km/h and is mainly suited for outdoor use.

Multi-loader Bi-Energy features two power sources, the Yanmar 3TNV76 (diesel) engine and an electric motor featuring eight x 180Ah maintenance free batteries, This model offers greater versatility for both indoor and outdoor applications.

The applications for the Multi-Loader are numerous. With a six-tonne capacity there is significant demand for this model in the construction sector. This model is an ideal support vehicle for transporting building material, industrial and civil fixtures, glass panels, and generators.

The Multi-Loader 6.0 is the largest crawler carrier, equipped with the bi-levelling system and radio remote controls.

With a continual commitment to innovate and improve products to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving construction sector, the AlmaCrawler design and engineering team has designed optional equipment for the Bi-Energy version of the Multi-Loader 6.0, including the T-Crane Kit. 

As the name would suggest, the T-Crane Kit is a small crane fitted to the platform. It has a maximum capacity of 990kg and a maximum reach of 4.3m, incorporating an automatic load management system. When the T-Crane is not required, it can be easily removed from the Multi-Loader platform. The standard version of the T-Crane Kit includes an extension cable transducer, encoder for turret rotation and an inclination sensor for the boom angle. 

Bi-levelling: revolutionised access 

The bi-levelling system allows machines to overcome longitudinal slopes of up to 20° and lateral slopes of up to 15°, depending on model. This functionality significantly increases performance, safety and comfort by auto-levelling the chassis or aerial structure, even in the most extreme conditions. 

The innovative technology will overcome many worksite challenges where inclined terrain or multi-level surfaces would otherwise require additional equipment and operators, accompanying safety measures, time and expenses.

This unique product capability, with simple user experience and superior market adaptability, caters to professional end-users, including the construction and crane sectors, and ensures a far greater return on investment.

This highly sought-after technology makes AlmaCrawler machines some of the most productive, safe and reliable in the world. 

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