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Grove launches GMK6400-1 at CONEXPO

Maitowoc has launched a new Grove all-terrain crane, the GMK6400-1, at CONEXPO 2020 with a virtual reality booth and tour.

Maitowoc has launched a new Grove all-terrain crane, the GMK6400-1, at CONEXPO 2020 with a virtual reality booth and tour.

The virtual launch is a first for Manitowoc, which showcased the new GMK6400-1 alongside a GMK5250XL-1, which launched at bauma 2019 last year.

Visitors could use VR technology to examine all of the details on the crane in detail, letting the user view the machine from multiple angles to get a better impression of the overall unit.

The GMK6400-1 is a 400t capacity crane that follows on from its predecessor, the GMK6400. It includes additional reach, allowing it to take on jobs that would usually require a seven or eight axle crane.

Manitowoc Vice President of Product Management for all-terrain cranes Andreas Cremer said the crane includes all of the latest technological advances including the company’s Crane Control System (CCS) and MAXbase variable outrigger system, which increased capacities on the main boom.

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“On top of that, its easy and fast setup enables it to handle more work in a day. We’re excited to have the crane as our first-ever virtual launch, and through VR technology, visitors can get a true feel for what this new machine can do,” he said.

“We hope they see the simplicity of such a powerful machine when it comes to set up and rigging, which can be experienced step-by-step during the show without needing to be at a job site.”

The MegaWingLift attachment is available as an option for the crane, along with a self-rigging addition that can be ready in 20 minutes without the need for an assistant crane. This attachment helps increase lifting capacities by 70 per cent, making the crane well-suited to applications such as bridge construction, wind farm work or tower crane assembly. The crane is expected to prove popular in general construction or on petrochemical and industrial plants.

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