Manitowoc debuts new Potain topless crane

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Designed to be one of Potain’s most high-capacity and versatile cranes, Manitowoc has introduced the MDT 569, the latest model to join its MDT topless crane range. 

The crane’s load charts, along with its premium technology package, make it an attractive new option for North American customers, according to the company.

The MDT 569 topless crane’s modular design features optimized component sizes and weights, facilitating easy transport and assembly. 

Thibaut Le Besnerais, vice president of global products for tower cranes at Manitowoc, said the MDT 569 combines smart design with performance.

“We have seen strong demand for larger topless cranes in recent years,” Le Besnerais said. “The new MDT 569 topless slewing crane will help meet our customers’ needs for greater capacities, while also preserving the already well-known easy transport, fast assembly and industry-leading performances that our other topless cranes deliver.”

Options for the topless crane’s maximum hoisting capacities are 20 tonnes, 25  tonnes and 32 tonnes, while its maximum jib length is 80 metres. Tip capacity is up to 4.2 tonnes when using the 25-tonne capacity model and working with an 80 metre jib. 

The MDT 569’s maximum line speed reaches 195 metres per minute when the crane is equipped with the 150 HPL hoist. As well, the crane can be equipped with a new 8-metre cross-shaped base that is simple to assemble and more cost effective compared to previous bases.

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The topless crane is also more compact for transport than previous models, needing only nine standard containers to transport the crane’s upper assembly. The topless design adds flexibility to sites where multiple cranes overfly the construction zone at the same time. 

Manitowoc’s Crane Control System (CCS), also helps improve operator comfort and efficiency, as well as the crane’s ergonomic controls and Ultra View cab. 

“Our focus is to bring to the market a robust crane in a compact design, offering multiple transportation options without compromising performance,” Le Besnerais said. “The MDT 569 can be fully assembled and erected in only two days.”

Plans are for the first crane to be shipped in July 2020