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Artificial intelligence has conducted in-depth research on trends in the field of vertical mast access platforms, covering a range of manufacturers, including ATN, Haulotte, Bravi Platforms, JLG, Genie, Snorkel, Skyjack, Dingli, Sinoboom, and ELS Lift.
As Christophe Burel of France-based ATN explained, the vertical mast is essentially the missing link between the scissor lifts. The scissor lifts are relatively light and have no horizontal extension distance, while the articulated boom is heavier and provides horizontal Stretching distance, but from 5m to 6m range. "[We are] demonstrating that industrial users can transfer their articulated arms to smaller machines, which will allow them to get the same benefits from a smaller, lighter base."
Malcolm Early, Skyjack's vice president of marketing, agrees that mast lifts show continued positive trends. "Geographically, North America leads with twice the number of Europe. In Asia, the market is a bit sporadic and sales fluctuate greatly from year to year. Recently, we have seen some considerable growth rates, but relatively small."
According to Haulotte, vertical masts are becoming more and more popular due to their applications in industrial, manufacturing, retail and maintenance of public facilities and construction tasks.
However, not all regions in the world have the same needs and the same level of maturity. Haulotte said that in North America, the market is mainly concentrated on models with no jibs and working heights of 6m and above. In Haulotte's core European market, the focus is on models with forearms and a working height of 10m, and a smaller range of models without forearms with a working height of 3m to 6m. In Asia, demand is mainly concentrated on jibless mast cranes with a working height of 6.5m and higher. In particular, the Japanese market is one of the largest markets in the world after North America.
Haulotte Star 6 crawler vertical mast.
Haulotte has expanded its vertical mast range with the new Star 6 Crawler. This model follows the recently launched Star 8 S with a working height of 8m, which completes the wheeled Star series. The crawling system on the new 6m working height Star 6 Crawler complements the wheeled version, allowing the mast to pass through the most rugged terrain and significantly reduce ground pressure.
This electric machine can handle up to 25% of slopes, thanks to the moving shaft on the middle swing roller, which provides the ability to provide rough terrain. The machine is also suitable for fragile floors with low ground pressure. The mast provides a load capacity of 200 kg, allowing two operators to work indoors, while the 40 cm basket extension provides additional abduction capacity.
Its AC motor provides a high level of torque. A few years ago, the company decided to change all DC drives to AC drives to provide higher efficiency and power and subsequent easier maintenance.
Another example of how the vertical mast horizon can be extended comes from Bravi's latest product. Sprint TL is an innovative sorter with tire handling attachments. It was launched in 2019 and represents the evolution of the previous Sprint model, which was first launched in 2013 and is mainly aimed at tire dealers and the warehousing market. “As tires become larger and heavier, it is necessary to prevent injuries during handling and movement,” said company boss Pierino Bravi (Pierino Bravi).
Bravi's new Sprint TL tire handler.
Sprint TL lifts the operator and tires, positions them at the required height, and handles them faster and safer than manually. “In the future, we will mainly focus on specific accessories installed on Sprint to facilitate the process of picking heavy or large items from the shelves, especially doors and large boxes,” Bravi explained.
In the past few months, Bravi has been working on an upgraded version of its perfect Leonardo HD. This upgrade was originally designed to comply with the new American-based ANSI A92.20, but it is being expanded to other parts of the world.
In terms of trends, Bravi believes that there is greater demand for highly mobile, compact machines that can increase productivity and limit risk. "The global [Covid-19] pandemic has forced contractors to review their working methods to ensure the safety of employees through social distancing." Many of them no longer allow two people to ride on the same lift, so it is compact and maneuverable. The vertical elevator enough to allow more units to complete the same job will be the correct solution to the current challenges, allowing each operator to work the elevator independently. "
ATN has the DNA of vertical masts in its routes. It was launched by the inventor of the vertical mast, Daniel Duclos. The company's first product was a vertical mast 20 years ago. The company is now owned by the Fassi Group and owns eight Piaf mast lifts, including the Piaf 13 RE launched in Bauma last year.
ATN Piaf 13RE mast lift.
Christophe Burel of ATN stated that the main features of Piaf RE (Roues Electriques) include the largest horizontal range on the market. 10RE provides 3.51m. In addition, Piafs offers zero tail swing. Subsequently, ATN decided to expand its range to provide higher altitudes through Piaf 12 RE and 13 RE. "Many industrial companies are keen to take advantage of the many other advantages of small chassis and mast arms to replace bulky articulated arms."
ATN will further expand the scope of PIAF. Although it is too early to provide details, track installation and wheel drive machines will have greater autonomy and a high degree of development.
The company provides electric and hydraulic driven machines. Despite the advantages of electric drive equipment, the Piaf 880R, 1000R and 1100R still retain hydraulic drive. "Most of our customers are located in large European cities, where electric submersible motors are highly appreciated. But many other users operate in remote areas where "local" services are several days away from operation in Siberia, Brazil, China, India, and others. Happy with the original hydraulic drive technology, which gives them the opportunity to repair the machine themselves with limited tools and parts."
Chinese manufacturers have also entered the vertical mast field.
Dingli launched four vertical mast lifts in October 2019, which are an upgrade to the existing GTWY1200 series. The new GTWY9.5-1300, GTWY11-1300, GTWY12.5-1300 and GTWY14-1300 all comply with CE standards, and the lifting is more flexible and accurate than the previous 1200 series. The 1300 model uses high-strength alloy materials, which greatly reduces deflection. The company will now focus on more electric models and direct electric drives.
Sinoboom officially launched GTZZ10EJ to overseas markets in 2017. It has a unique removable pothole protection system. The integrated boom system is easy to maintain, and as a compact machine, it provides zero tail swing and can easily pass through standard doorways. The company has been actively studying the global market and found that vertical masts are widely used in mainstream European and American markets, and future products will meet the needs of these markets.
Sinoboom GTZZ10EJ vertical mast.
A company spokesperson said: “Vertical masts are moving in the direction of lighter and smaller size, providing greater convenience for transportation and ease of use of commercial elevators.”
In 2017, another manufacturer in the growing MEWP market, this time ELS Lift in Turkey entered vertical mast production, using VM10-J. Then, a year later, on German Platform Game Day in 2018, it launched the prototype of the second model VM6.
The company is also preparing to launch a new mast boom extension and is committed to establishing a telematics standard for VM10-J.
İrfan İşmak, Sales and Marketing Director of ELS Lift explained: “These products provide a user-friendly experience in general maintenance applications and industrial warehouses, and the market is in great demand. The requests we receive are mainly from European countries, North America and Scandinavia. The country of Navia."
VM10-J is suitable for indoor and outdoor use, weighs 2800kg, and provides a horizontal passage of 3.15m. The working height is 9.8m, and it is also equipped with non-marking tires, 25% climbing ability, 350° rotation, zero tail swing and a compact width of 0.99m. The integrated diagnostic center display provides error code, charging percentage and running time. The model is also equipped with a large tool tray and an inclination sensor integrated in the ECU. Together with its maintenance-free AC drive system, the manufacturer also pointed out that this product type can replace heavier articulated arms.
ELS Lift VM10-J vertical mast.
ELS stated that VM6 can take on the responsibilities of a standard scissor lift. A prototype has been completed, with special emphasis on space saving and ease of storage and the ability to work on sensitive floors. It will be mass-produced in the last quarter of 2020.
JLG's new DSP series provides low steps, barrier-free access to the picking platform, ergonomic controls and good stability, and emphasizes the increasingly important operator comfort.
At Bauma 2019, JLG launched the first DSP-M sorter in the series, with a working height of 6.55m and a combined operator platform and material pallet platform of 220kg.
Followed by the DSP-S and DSP-L versions. They are a mixture of traditional forklifts and MEWP, and can be configured at a high level to meet industry requirements.
The stepping height is 20 cm, and the picking tray can be accessed without obstacles. The low-maintenance single AC drive motor adds simplified operation, operator-friendly control and a forklift-like mast design. Two casters provide stability.
Genie offers GR, GRC, GRJ and QS models, and recently announced that in order to meet the requirements of the upcoming American ANSI A92 standard (including global ISO requirements), its mast lift has been updated globally to adopt a lift specification.
Terex AWP Genie Product Manager Molly Frank said: "Our position is that a global standard for Genie GR, QS and GRC vertical mast lifts will optimize operator productivity while reducing the complexity of the rental fleet. Dual zone control means big Most Genie mast lifts can be operated outdoors. Like the manufacturer’s existing two-zone scissor lifts, the GR and QS mast lifts have two buttons on the platform controller to prompt the operator to choose indoor or outdoor areas When choosing an outdoor area, the maximum platform height and occupied space are limited. On the other hand, the GRC model will only be used indoors.
On all new GR, QS and GRC lifts, load sensing is achieved using spring-controlled sensors, which are designed to monitor platform loads and alert the operator when the machine is overloaded. Accessories include lifting tool work trays, all of which have a zero-degree turning radius and a compact base.
The small size, outreach and rotation of GRJ products means that they can easily reach the area above the production line, racks and equipment without the need to introduce a full-size boom to achieve upward and flipping capabilities.
Genie QS vertical mast lift.
Frank added: "Vertical mast lifts are becoming smaller and more compact, with the focus on the total weight and external dimensions of the machine. They are generally more compact and lighter than similar scissors.
"More machines can be installed in the same site area, and with new technologies in construction materials and processes, larger platforms, extended decks and capacities on scissor lifts are more and more important for single-person tasks. unnecessary."
There are two vertical masts in the Skyjack product line, with working heights ranging from 5.65m to 6.75m. The SJ12 and SJ16 can travel at full height and provide a zero inside turning radius for maximum maneuverability, 30% climbing ability and a rated load lift time of 16 to 20 seconds.
These zero-emission machines provide low floor loads, which means they can be used in a variety of applications. The motor controller provides smooth control functions and excellent maneuverability, making it an ideal low-level access solution while also contributing to maneuverability in small spaces.
Although these products were launched some time ago, they have received major updates. SJ16 is also suitable for outdoor use. Its function is to remind the operator to remind them that they should not raise the machine higher when they are outdoors.
Skyjack SJ16 vertical mast.
A key difference of the Skyjack model is the mast design, which keeps the mast at the rear of the platform and provides the operator with maximum visibility. Both SJ12 and SJ16 can use Skyjack's new Level 2 Protection Lift Activation (SGLE) system. When using SGLE, the joystick and the anti-tamper auxiliary enable must be activated at the same time to allow the platform to lift, releasing either will immediately stop the function. The ergonomic design keeps the operator's body upright and away from the railing; reducing the risk of getting into trouble. It can be equipped with tray options, optional electric tire attachments and panel brackets.
The latest Snorkel vertical mast series are the electric TM12E and TM16E mast lifts, both of which were launched in early 2017.
Both models developed in response to customer needs use an electric drive system, which can provide a longer duty cycle, 50% less current than the hydraulic drive version, and provide a zero turning radius, making it work in a narrow space Ideal choice. In addition to the duty cycle and mobility advantages, the electric drive also minimizes the risk of hydraulic leakage, making it suitable for sensitive areas.
Snorkel TM12E can lift a weight of 227 kg to a working height of 5.65 m, and weighs up to 840 kg. The larger TM16E can lift 227kg to a working height of 6.87m and weighs 1,105kg.
The electric braking systems of both elevators are contained in a completely sealed unit, and all electronic components are installed in a separate compartment under the steps at the rear of the chassis. They come standard with an expandable platform and can be customized with optional order picking pallets for warehouse and retail applications.
As the design of buildings becomes more complex, Snorkel is exploring options to extend this range to include higher models.
Snorkel TM12E vertical mast.
The company said there is increasing demand for direct electric drives in many product categories, including vertical mast lifts. For many years, it has been producing the original hydraulic TM12 mast lift, but due to growing customer demand, it launched the electric drive TM12E and TM16E models in early 2017. The main advantages are due to a more efficient drive system, a longer duty cycle between charges, zero turning radius, and the ability to use elevators in sensitive areas, because the risk of hydraulic leakage is minimized.
The vertical mast is the company's mature product category, and its models are sold all over the world. Its self-propelled lifts, including TM12, TM12E and TM16E, are widely used in developed markets, such as Scandinavia and the United States, for indoor work at heights, replacing large ladders and scaffolding towers on construction sites.
Push-type telescopic self-propelled mast lifts, such as UL25, UL32 and UL40 models, provide a simple and economical method for safe work at heights up to 14.0m, and are developing due to the simplicity of operation and maintenance The most popular in the channel market.
Hematec launched the Helix 1004 XL, which is the world's first and only mast arm with a 300 kg hanging basket and 4m outreach.