TRT Australia has released a new articulated crane designed to revolutionise safety in the pick and carry crane industry.
The TIDD PC 28 features improved operational features to help operators work more efficiently and comfortably on the road or at a work site.
One new safety feature included is called Slew Safe, which is designed to prevent rollovers. It uses a number of audible alarms, engine control unit warnings and an engine de-rating to prevent further slewing.
The system aims to restrict the driver from operating off the chart by using audible and visual alarms and steering restriction.
Slew Safe cannot be overridden but will allow operations to resume when the load is back in the green.
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TRT Australia Country Manager Stephen Dance said the new crane aims to maximise safety and minimise risks on the road and on the job.
“There are approximately 70 crane incidents per annum resulting in insurance claims or injury,” he said.
“With around 10,000 mobile cranes in circulation, of which 40 per cent are pick and carry cranes, yet 50 per cent of all insurance claims can be attributed to articulated/pick and carry mobile cranes, making this one of the most significant issues facing the crane industry today.
“Slew Safe is a real game changer for the industry. It delivers peace of mind for operators, dogman, crane owners, site managers and site owners by improving safety, reducing risk and improving duty of care,” Dance said.
The TIDD PC 28 also comes equipped with a Mercedes Benz DM906 six-cylinder, turbo charged intercooled 205kW diesel engine, a 28t maximum lift on the lug and a 27.6t on the hook block to deliver improved efficiencies and greater lift options.
Its 18.64 metres high tensile full power boom features a 75 per cent stationary chart for heavy lifts and a 66 per cent pick and carry chart. The boom’s telescopic sections one and two are fully synchronised and provide hook compensation. Telescope section three is independently controlled with its own hydraulic cylinder.
Dance said the TIDD PC 28 has also been designed with operator comfort in mind.
“The ergonomically designed forward mounted ROPS cabin with two-door configuration and ducted air conditioning, with the 150kg rated air suspension seats and three-point safety belts, means comfort over long hours, helping to reduce operator fatigue,” he said.