The Potain Hup line of self-erecting tower cranes was unveiled today at the Manitowoc stand at Bauma. The first crane in the range is the Potain Hup 32-27, which will replace four existing Potain Igo cranes, according to Jean-Pierre Zaffiro, global product director for Potain self-erecting cranes at Manitowoc.
The Hup features an adjustable two-section mast that has a third section contained within the second. This design allows the third mast section to be telescoped out, boosting the working height of the crane to 27 metres, Zaffiro said.
When configured in the low position, working height is 21 m, and this set-up includes a slight extension of the third mast section which is telescoped out a little as part of the jib erection process. Having the additional mast section integrated into the design, delivers a faster and more convenient set-up, Zaffiro said.
The jib’s luffing capability includes a choice of three raised positions at 10°, 20° and 30°, in addition to horizontal. The maximum height under hook is 40 m. Several jib configurations are available, offering horizontal reach of 11 m, 23 m or the 32 m maximum.
Shortening or extending the jib is a swift and straightforward operation, Zaffiro said, with the Hup 32-27 offering greater lifting capacity when working with its shorter jib lengths, or further reach when fully extended.
Manitowoc’s new radio remote control unit delivers simplified, on-screen step-by-step information during crane erection. As part of the new Smart Set Up software, the system offers three operating profiles that allow the operator to vary the working speed of the crane to suit the application.
Zaffiro said, “We’ve made it easier for customers to operate and transport the crane and have also introduced new components that provide users with a more powerful machine. But most importantly these new Hup cranes offer better versatility than ever before. By designing so much power and flexibility into each crane we’re allowing owners to cover a much wider range of jobs with a single machine.”
The Hup 32-27 has a maximum capacity of 4 t while it can lift 1 t at its jib end of 32 m. The Hup 32-27 has a rear slewing radius of 2.25 m and there are two footprint options, 4 m x 4 m or 3.5 m x 4.42 m. It has an integrated leveling system allows for positioning on slopes up to 8 percent or over height differentials of up to 25 cm.
The Hup 40-30, set to be formally launched by the end of 2016, is the second crane in the range. Deliveries of the Hup 32-27 are set for later in 2016.