Cobo 3B6
Cobo launched three new products at SAIE 2010: Tera 6.5” and 12” multifunctional displays, AL-GA 3.5” TFT displays, and MIDAC Plus CanBUS controllers. The Tera displays were the most prominent feature of the stand. The 12” Tera 12 has a 12-colour multi function touch screen and has a USB input for the camera. The 6.5” Tera 6 has a 10-key soft touch keyboard. All screens can be customised using a ‘what you see is what you get’ (WYSIWYG) programming tool.

The AL-GA TFT line of 3.5” displays features a 240x320px QVGA screen, with four icon backlit button controls. Like the Tera line the AL-GA display can be personalised with a WYSIWYG controller.

The MIDAC control is a master or slave module for Can networks with a high speed processor and many I/O points.

Copma 2000
Copma 2000 showed the heaviest crane in its knuckleboom range, the 1600 Top Range. In four-section single boom configuration the 1600 lifts 26.7t at 4.4m; with nine extensions on the boom (as shown at SAIE), the crane can reach out to 21.2m, lifting 4.1t from the fully extended boom. The crane’s reach can be extended with up to seven section extensions on the jib and the nine-section boom; the crane can reach all the way to 36m, where it can pick just over half a tonne.

Cormach showed its new 67tm 67000. The crane continues Cormach’s use of an innovative split boom design, first implemented on its 125tm 125000. The split boom design allows the crane to fold in on itself tightly, even with a long boom and jib configuration. On the 67000, the crane can carry an 11-section main boom, allowing it to lift 1.3t at 24.53m when fully extended. In nine-section main boom and four-section jib configuration, the crane can lift 480kg at 30.3m.

Effer showed two new cranes at SAIE, the 955 Progress and 2455 Progress, both featuring implementations of its CroSStab stabiliser system. The 955 was shown with a single set of the diagonal stabilisers, mounted behind the cab, leaving space for cargo. The 2455 was shown with a double set of stabilisers in star configuration, mounted in the middle of the trailer, for maximum lifting capacity.

F’lli Ferrari
At SAIE, Amco Veba/F’ll Ferrari displayed cranes under the F’lli Ferrari brand, aimed at domestic Italian customers. Project 100, described on p41, is aimed primarily at overseas customers. However, with 40% less welding than many similarly sized cranes, a lightweight but efficient lifting system, and the ability to use ‘green’ hydraulic fluid and biodiesel, the new cranes also offer environmental benefits. F’lli Ferrari’s new 527, based on the Amco Veba 105, takes advantage of these benefits, allowing the company to offer a new, green crane to Italian customers.

Fassi showed the biggest crane of its range, the new F1800AXP. The new 180tm crane, with a maximum capacity of 40t, is around 20% more powerful than its predecessor, the F1500AXP. Fassi was only able to build a crane of this size and allow its installation on a 4 axle truck by using light but strong 1100mPa steel.

On the earlier crane, it had been possible to still carry a 2.5t payload along with the crane; with the new model, no payload is possible on a four-axle truck.

The crane can lift 40t at 3.2m in 4- section boom configuration. With an 8- section main boom and 6-section jib, the crane can reach 31.3m and lift 1.6t. Extensions can increase the system length to 36.7m, where the crane can lift 300kg.

Faymonville showed its new light tare weight and low height trailer, the four-axle Euromax Euro-N-4L-AX. Faymonville says that, while still retaining the platform length of 9.5m of the three-axle version, it can now offer a light vehicle with a load height of 750 mm when loaded. This semitrailer is fitted with two fixed axles and two trailing axles and has 205/65 R 17.5 inch tyres.

This Euro-N-4L-AX will be available in three versions: with or without outriggers, or with wheel troughs between each axle but without outriggers. The standard equipment remains identical to the original 3-axle model, the new features can be used here also.

The first axle is optionally available as a pneumatic lift. Faymonville says this can be particularly useful as a starting aid. The bevelled edge of the gooseneck can be maintained up to a 5th wheel height of 950 mm loaded. Two types of ramp are available for each of these versions: either removable aluminium ramps, or folding spring ramps. The extension remains identical to that of the Euro-N-3L-A for loading a 40ft container.

Galizia showed a new model of its 2t crane, the G25, fitted with an Autec remote control, but with the same specs as the G20 shown last year with fixed controls. Autec controls are the standard remote option in the Galizia range, and are being added to the company’s existing cranes and are offered on new cranes.

Hiab showed one of its 80tm XS 855 HiPro loader cranes. With a ten section E-10 HiPro boom, the XS 855 can lift 2t to its maximum reach of 23.8m, or 2.5t to 19.6m. The eight section E-8 HiPro can reach to 19.4m, where it can lift 2.9t. Within 4m of the crane, all four suggested boom configurations (EP-6, E-6, E-8 and E-10) can lift 18t.

The XS 855 is equipped with a Jib ‘Dual Capacity’ system, which, Hiab says, increases capacity substantially in most load situations. The system makes it possible to lift heavier loads higher and further, across the load chart.

With a jib attached, and one manual extension, the XS 855 can lift nearly 1.3t to 26.4m using a six section boom, and 760kg to 30.5m using the eight section boom.

The ARES radio remote compact is described as a small version of the Zeus system.

Currently customers have the choice between a push button option and the Zeus system. IMET explain the reason behind the ARES system; sometimes customers require particular directional movement and the Zeus may provide too much movement.

The ARES is a compact solution, and suggested use includes with recovery vehicles, small cranes, small slewing machines.

SAIE is the first time the company is showing the ARES system. The exhibition also saw the firm showcase its new styling and logo.

The M550 Zeus has a graphical display showing the exact movements occurring. Customers’ needs affect which type of graphical representation is utilised to demonstrate what’s happening at any one time.

Typically there are a maximum of 6 joysticks on the M550 Zeus, although this can be increased and joysticks can become multi function: the functionality can be doubled, or split, according to the need of the client.

The mode being worked in is always displayed for the user.

The firm were also pleased to discuss its recent certification awards, which shows its compliance with the SiL3 standard. IMET are working toward the latest European standards, and are using software certified by TÜV.

Locatellli, profiled on p48, showed cranes from its rough terrain and city crane lines, the 35t capacity GRIL 8400T rough terrain, and the 20t ATC 20 city crane. The company is working on the launch of a new 40t city crane, the ATC 40, next year.

Ormig showed its new diesel version of its 5.5t crane, launched last year in an electric version. The crane boasts a tight turning circle, with 84° steering.

Palfinger showed three new cranes, the compact 2.6tm PC 2700, the 41.1tm PK 42002 SH, and the 50.1tm PK 53002 SH.

The PC 2700 has a maximum hydraulic outreach of 5m, and is able to reach out to 6m with a manual extension. The crane fits in a 40cm space, at a width of 77cm.

The two SH branded cranes are in the company’s high performance line. The smaller model, the PK 42002 SH, can pick almost 1.18t at 21m; at 4.5m, it can lift almost 8t. The larger model, the PK 53002 SH, lifts up to 18.2t. At 20.7m, it can lift up to 7.9t.

PC Produzioni
PC Produzioni, profiled on p46, showed two rough terrain cranes, their 55t ARM550, and the first model of their new 85t ARM850, at the SAIE exhibition. A new 35t rough terrain crane will join the range early next year. The company has already received a substantial order for the 35t cranes from a pipeline and microtunneling firm in Qatar.

PM showed a wide selection from its range, including the latest model in its heavy line, the PM95SP.

Romano Ferrari’s company, RF Srl, showed its innovative compact knuckleboom crane, the RF 333. Marketed as a new concept crane, the in-line knuckleboom is designed to fit behind the cab of a standard 3.5t truck without extending above the cab or taking space from the payload.

TCM took two stands at SAIE, showing civilian cranes on one and specially adapted military cranes on the other. On the civilian stand, TCM showed its compact RTC28 telecrawler and C350SP truck mounted crane, on an Iveco carrier. The 35t three-axle C350SP is the first truck mounted crane TCM has built with the boom over the cab, allowing it to achieve a 30m boom length within standard roadable dimensions. On the military stand, TCM showed an RTCW30 rough terrain and a militarised version of its C400 truck mounted crane, installed on one of the Italian army’s standard Astra carriers, and badged as a C400M.

The military stand gave TCM the chance to highlight some of the cutting edge technology they have developed for one of their most demanding customers. TCM’s Antonio Pucci explained that the C400M is designed to allow rapid extraction of damaged vehicles while under fire. With many pieces of military equipment worth millions of dollars, it is useful to not to have to blow them up in order to prevent them getting into the hands of enemy forces.

The C400 is designed to make it safer and quicker to remove vehicles in these cases. The truck’s cab is armoured, and all of the crane’s operations can be controlled from the cab, using an Autec remote control. As well as the crane, the recovery vehicle features a fast 20t winch and specially adapted vehicle recovery attachment.