Global crane manufacturer Comansa holds a history in the tower crane business dating back to the early 1980s. Ready to launch two new models to enhance Comansa’s tower crane range, the Spanish giant is set to provide the market with a new range of safe, effective and efficient machines.
Based in Navarre, Spain, tower crane manufacturers Comansa’s journey to becoming a worldwide leader has been a steady rise since the design and construction of its first crane in 1966.
Originally named Imausa – a Spanish manufacturer of construction tools – the company changed its name and manufactured its first tower crane under the Comansa brand in 1968.
Fast forward to today, and the Spanish giant’s machines can be found in five continents with over 20,000 tower cranes purchased and delivered across the globe. Throughout its journey, multiple brands and systems have been acquired, starting with Linden’s 8000 system in 1982 – which allowed Comansa to apply it to its own product range. The company then began operations in China through a joint venture in 2006 under the Comansa JIE brand.
As of 2018, the two separate brands – Linden Comansa and Comansa JIE – merged to form a single brand across their entire product range. Now, the company offers a wide range of flat-top tower cranes with models ranging from its 500 series – a 5-tonne class of tower cranes designed for residential projects and other works requiring light loads; through to its 3000 series – a configuration-dependent range of tower cranes with maximum loads of 32-to-64 tonnes.
Additionally, the company boasts an array of luffing-jib tower cranes designed to thrive in congested sites – with buildings all around limiting operational space. Comansa’s luffing-jib tower crane series features load capacities from eight tonnes through to 64 tonnes. Furthermore, the cranes hold a maximum reach of 60-65 metres. It’s through the luffing-jib tower crane series that Comansa has decided to expand its operations with two new models; the LCL 560, a 36-tonne capacity crane, and the LCL 800, a 50 or 64-tonne capacity machine.
Featuring a half fall system for high lifting speeds, both tower crane models from Comansa hold powerful mechanisms with state-of-the-art inverter control systems. The LCL 560 is fully compatible with the existing tower structures of D35 and D36B, with the LCL 800 also compatible with the D36B structure.
Furthermore, the two new models feature an increased freestanding height and a reduced out of service radius. Boasting a new, 132-kilowatt hoist mechanism, the cranes also showcase an extra auxiliary mechanism for the fast installation of ropes while being easy and safe to erect.
Also featured in Comansa’s latest tower cranes is its very own digital solution for fleet management ‘Crane Mate’. Presented in 2022 at the bauma trade fair, ‘Crane Mate’ consists of two elements: a hardware and software aspect.
The hardware element is a complete kit that is pre-installed in the cranes in turnkey mode and is made up of commercial devices that facilitate replacements, maintenance, and retrofitting.
The software aspect is a platform developed in-house by Comansa for online access. Providing restricted yet secure access, the software program offers a display with the machine’s settings, functions, and other services required by the user.
Because of these features’ presence, Crane Mate offers advantages to optimise and reinforce the use of tower cranes in any construction project. Such advantages include comprehensive crane fleet management; analysis and verification of hours worked; enhanced productivity and life of the crane; constant supervision of errors and alarms in real time; a maximisation of fleet efficiency and profitability; a reduction of operating and service costs; personalised data reports and ad-hoc integration with third party information technology platforms.
‘Crane Mate’ provides real time technical information on location, alerts, crane productivity and maintenance parameters. Ultimately, the system results in increased efficiency, time and cost savings, and an increase in the safe operation of Comansa’s tower cranes.