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Manitowoc launches record-breaking crane

Potain has launched the 40-tonne MDLT 1109 tower crane, the largest tower crane from the manufacturer to hit European markets.

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According to Manitowoc, the MDLT 1109 addresses the evolving European needs for high-capacity cranes, driven by the European Union’s NextGeneration EU stimulus package, alongside the rise of prefabrication in construction.

“Launching a new crane is a momentous occasion for us at Manitowoc,” said Vice President of marketing and development at Manitowoc, Thibaut Le Besnerais. “Today, our customers require additional functionalities from their cranes, including flexible configuration, simplified transport, and efficient erection to minimise public disruption and ensure projects are completed quickly, economically, and with maintained quality.”

The MDLT 1109 boasts a 40-tonne maximum capacity and an 11.1-tonne lifting capacity at a maximum reach of 80m.

The MDLT 1109 underwent extensive testing at company’s Product Verification Centre (PVC) in Lusigny, France and exceeded expectations; the testing revealed the crane was more than up to Manitowoc’s strict standards for performance, reliability and quality.

The key features of the MDLT 1109 include advanced Potain CCS (crane control system) and a modular K-mast design with a choice of two lifting hoists, consisting of 150 HPL (high pressure laminate) or the 270 LVF GH Optima.

The Potain CCS is a user-friendly system that streamlines setup, optimizes lifting performance for both speed and accuracy, which provides real-time data to assist operators with insights.

The development of the MDLT 1109 was guided by the Voice of Customer process and therefore supported by Manitowoc, according to Thibaut.

“The Voice of the Customer process ensures that when we’re creating a new product, we listen to what customers have to say right from the start and place their requirements at the heart of the design,” said Thibaut. “It also helps us understand what different customers in different parts of the world want so we can tailor our approach regionally.”

The first four MDLT 1109 cranes are already in operation, currently renovating a viaduct in Italy.



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