Potain cranes to join bauma

At bauma 2022, Manitowoc will introduce two Potain tower cranes: a luffing jib crane and a topless crane. According to the company, the units will deliver trademark features such as quick and easy transport, fast assembly, impressive capacity, fast and precise hoists, and productivity on-site.

Although details of the new cranes are not disclosed at this time, Manitowoc has confirmed the other Potain cranes that will feature on the booth: the MDT 489 topless crane, and the Igo T 99 and Hup M 28-22 cranes from the self-erecting range. There will also be an extensive Potain Customer Centre, containing videos and interactive exhibits to highlight the range of lifetime customer support services and technologies.

Thibaut Le Besnerais, vice president for brand and product management, tower cranes at Manitowoc, said, “There is always a substantial Potain presence at bauma. Some exciting new cranes are being seen for the first time, and we have on-stand demonstrations plus an impressive customer centre.

“There is so much focus on infrastructure right now that we want to show how Potain offers solutions for all applications. One of our key goals at bauma is to highlight how the right combination of cranes and customer support can help drive the sector forward.” 

Making its first appearance at a public tradeshow since its 2021 launch will be the Potain MDT 489 topless crane. This model is ideal for construction and infrastructure projects, especially the installation of large, prefabricated components, as well as for shipyards and mines with heavy loads to handle.

The MDT 489 is available in two versions: one with a 20 t maximum capacity and the other with a 25 t maximum capacity. Both can work with up to 80 m of jib for broad coverage and reach. The crane’s compact configuration enables it to operate in tight and congested sites while delivering high performance. All components, aside from the slewing mechanism, can be transported in standard-sized shipping containers.

The rotating (upper) section of the MDT 489 can be transported in just nine containers. That is up to five fewer than needed for a typical crane of this size, reducing transport cost and complexity, and making access to the jobsite simpler. Onsite assembly with the full 80 m jib and a 50 m mast can be done within two days and requires minimal space.

In addition, there are two Potain self-erecting cranes on the stand at bauma 2022, each with distinct characteristics highlighting the versatility available from the product line. First is the Potain Igo T 99, a telescopic self-erecting crane that is also making its international show debut having launched last year. The crane offers a 6 t maximum capacity, 48 m reach, and 38.5 m height under hook.

The Igo T 99 has compact transport dimensions, a small working footprint, and two options for unfolding, for greater flexibility on constricted jobsites. These features provide easy setting up in tight quarters. Potain’s Smart Set-Up technology, remote-controlled operation, and ergonomic Ultra View Cab ensure the Igo T 99 is simple to operate on the jobsite.

The other model is the Potain Hup M 28-22 mobile self-erecting crane, which will be displayed with its integrated 80 km/hr transport axle. The unit can lift up to 2.2 t and up to 850 kg at its jib end.

The Potain Hup M 28-22 is believed to be the most compact self-erecting crane in the market, offering a 28 m jib and 19-31 m working height. With transport dimensions of just 11.6 m long and 3.6 m tall, it can travel behind a standard truck and pass under bridges.

Potain Smart Set-Up and the Hup cranes’ ergonomic remote control make the Hup M 28-22 easy to erect and dismantle. The innovative mechanisms – DVF Optima for trolleying, LVF Optima for lifting, and HPS for slewing – ensure the ultimate in comfort and precision during operation.

Bauma booth: FS.1202