Potain has formally launched its largest flat top crane so far, the 550 tonne/metre MCT 565 with 80 metre jib.
The crane, which was first unveiled to customers in early August, with a series of open days at the Chinese production facility in Zhangjiagang where it will be built. Now that it is production ready the formal launch was held on the Manitowoc Crane stand at Bauma China last week, followed by a visit to the Zhangjiagang plant, where it was shown assembled with the full 80 metre jib at which point it can handle up to four tonnes.
The MCT 565 is available in three configurations with maximum capacities of 20, 25 or 32 tonnes the two smaller versions have a choice of winch, either the regular 100 LVF or the high speed HPL 150 with a drum capacity of 1,200 metres. The High Performance winch is standard on the 32 tonne version. All winches are available with a safety brake option.
The crane offers jib length configurations from 30 to 80 metres in five metre increments. The upper section of the MCT 565, with full jib, can be transported on nine trucks, thanks to a number of space saving design features, such as a folding cab and counter jib. Once on site the crane can be erected in under two days, depending on the height. Users have the option to split the slewing unit and counter jib into more manageable loads, should space or the size of the installation crane require it.
The counter jib can be assembled in three lengths, 17, 21 or 24 metres and is equipped with dedicated slinging points for lifting and tie down. The crane has been designed with new tower sections, the C800 and C850, with five metre standard sections of five and 3.3 metre heavy duty reinforced sections. The new tower can also be used with other Potain cranes. maximum free-standing height ranges from 70.9 to 75.9 metres, while climbing the crane to 200 metres requires three anchor points. An additional option for the MCT 565 is the BC60R floor climbing system on two metre tower sections ideal for use as an internal floor climbing crane for tall buildings.
The slewing unit has a ‘plug and play’ design with most of the wiring factory installed, making installation faster and easier. The crane is targeted at the Asian, Middle East, African and South American markets, with deliveries due to begin in early 2019.
Product manager Francois Rotat said: “The first topless cranes from our Zhangjiagang factory in China launched in 2012 and are now a huge success. As acceptance grows it’s natural we extend the concept into new markets. The MCT 565 offers the benefits of topless cranes on significantly larger projects. Asia Pacific, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Russia and other CIS countries have ambitious construction programmes and cranes like the Potain MCT 565 will help those regions meet their goals.”