Potain MR 160 C tower crane makes its North American debut

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The MR 160 C also offers a tip load of 2.4 tonnes and a maximum jib length of 50 metres.

Manitowoc recently introduced North America to its Potain MR 160 C luffing jib tower crane at Crane Days 2018.

Manitowoc’s Crane Days 2018 event took place in early June at the company’s factory in Shady Grove, Pennsylvania.

Visitors to the event were the first in the region to see the tower crane in action — one of five new machines introduced at Crane Days.

The 10 tonne tower crane is ideally suited for congested job sites, due to its ability to attain excellent underhook heights while avoiding obstacles.

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The Potain MR 160 C also offers a tip load of 2.4 tonnes and a maximum jib length of 50 metres.

The jib can be luffed to a nearly vertical position of 86 degrees, and high-performance slewing and hoisting equipment provides precise control of loads throughout the entire working radius.

“Like all our Potain cranes, the MR 160 C is manufactured with lightweight components to enable simple and efficient erection,” said Thibaut Le Besnerais, global product director of tower cranes at Manitowoc. “In addition, the crane’s minimal footprint makes it ideal for tight working quarters. There’s an entire customer base in North America that may not be familiar with what this crane can do, so Crane Days gives us the ideal platform to make it known.”

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Thanks to the rapid-pin connection of the equipped counter jib — which is secured by anti-chute devices — erection of the MR 160 C is simplified. The jib foot can be fit by inserting into the notches of the slewing tower head, and both the hoisting and luffing winches operate by way of a rope reeving system for pinning the jib tie-bar line.

The Potain MR 160 C on display at Crane Days was configured with the new 75 HPL 25 high-performance winch to provide high speeds and simplify high-rise construction. The updated winch offers a winding capacity of 956 metres and a maximum lifting speed of 215 metres per minute.

The 75 HPL 25 winch also enables greater control over the crane’s lifting speed. The winch can lift two-times faster than the 75 LVF to shorten lifting cycles, while also offering the ability to significantly decrease line speed for greater accuracy while placing loads.

“The MR 160 C, along with the rest of the Potain range, features all of the latest breakthroughs for the tower crane industry,” Le Besnerais said.

“These include quick set-up and configuration, improved performance, a compact footprint and several other features that are sure to improve efficiency and return on investment for our customers.”