Much technology few new models

The ARA opened today/yesterday in Anaheim California for the first time on the west coast since 2003. While there is a huge amount of new technology, ideas, options, attachments and developments, there are few completely new models on display.

Some of this is down to some models - such as JLG's lithium powered articulated booms - being reserved for a Bauma unveiling in April, and some because the technology development is actually seen as more important at the moment and the speed of change so rapid that manufacturers are naturally focused on this area of development.

The companies that probably had the most to say on new machine launches were:

Skyjack, with its new big RT scissor lift range, with a high capacity of 1,250kg, 33ft SJ9233RT plus 43, 53 and 63ft models, and an updated 40ft SJIII 4740 now simply renamed SJ4740.
The Skyjack stand with new 53ft SJ9253RT scissor lift

The other new machine, was the 40ft SJ4740 slab electric scissor lift, with improved scissor stack, new controller, improved pothole protection system, updated Elevate telematics and full compliance with new ANSI standard

The updated Elevate Telematics and remote diagnostics was a a key theme on the Skyjack stand

Skyjack also talked about autonomous operation for the future and demonstrated a machine doing a self pre-use check

Genie with its new S45XC model, along with its new 13ft electric drive GS1330m - M for Micro. And a lithium ion battery option for its 19 to 40ft slab scissor lifts, the launch of its Lift Connect advanced telematics and numerous other accessories.
The new Genie 45XC with its special show 'wrap' livery

The new lithium battery option for Genie slab scissor lifts

The new Genie Access Deck attachment offers an extra 500mm of reach for getting into tight overhead areas; so far it is ANSI/OSHA certified but not CE

The new Lift Connect advanced telematics system was a key new launch on the Genie stand

In addition to a material carrier this scissor lift has an additional exit gate - purely for accessing a roof etc with lanyard attached

Genie showed its 10,000th compact GTH 2506/5519

And finally, JLG kicking of its 50th anniversary celebrations and launching its two new Rental series slab scissor lifts – the 26ft 2632 R and 32ft 3246R.
JLG is celebrating 50 years in business his year and showed its first ever boom lift

JLG's new Enhanced Detection System (EDS) with multiple ultrasound beams and cut-outs for working around aircraft or other sensitive equipment

JLG's new SkyGuard SkyLine secondary guarding system for boom lifts - A steel cover is also included to protect the controls when blasting etc

JLG launched its two new slab scissor lifts in its R rental series, the 26ft R2632R and 32ft 3246R

What almost every major exhibitor did have was new technology, including apps that allow you to remotely operate the travel functions of a scissor lift - for example while loading - with your mobile phone at a distance of up to 10 metres, to advanced telematics which is becoming standard equipment. Skyjack demonstrated an autonomous scissor lift, the company believes that by 2023 this will be a reality, with machines able to do a self-test each day moving steering and lifting also scanning its components and then storing the resulting data in the system. Such a machine might then even load itself onto a truck with other units in an order ready for delivery.

The following is just brief initial look at the show, with more to follow tomorrow - Tuesday - while a review will also appear in the next Cranes & Access magazine.
Haulotte stressed its new Pulseo electric Hybrid strategy

The Magni stand - the company is doing well in the USA with big 360 degree machines

A Hoeflon spider crane on the Up stand alongside an EasyLift spider lift

The GMG team

JCB's updated 17 metre/5,400kg 512-56 North American telehandler without the need for a DPF or additive

The Jekko stand

Lingon/LGMG has set up a new US subsidiary, LGMG North America in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and is working with ex JLG president Craig Paylor

The substantial Niftylift stand - no totally new products, but most have been updated over the past year. Operating in the US since 1993, the company has seen a sharp upturn in its market penetration in the past year or so

The Reachmaster stand with Falcon and Bluelift spider lifts, Winlet glass handlers and Almac tracked scissor lifts

The Snorkel stand with the new Faresin built 4,535kg/16.4 metre SR1054

The extensive Teupen stand

Trojan Battery promoting its new Trillium self-contained lithium ion batteries

Each Trillium battery has its own built in management system with overheat cut-out and reset and uses a standard battery charger

The Broderson carry deck crane stand

Bluelift has developed a special telescopic vertical attachment for its 12 metre spider lift which provides a further 1.5 metres of reach below the jib for reaching over obstacles

Click here to see posts from day two of the show.


What a show this must be!

Feb 22, 2019
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