US based aerial lift sales company GMG has made a number of additions to the I-Power 2.0 operating system on its electric slab scissor lifts.
The new features include ‘Ramp Control’, which automatically puts the machine in a low speed mode - when going downhill and remains in low speed mode until it is off the ramp and the operator has turned it off.
In addition, the new ‘Elevated Creep Mode’ allows operators to reduce the drive and steering speeds even further, from 0.5 to 0.1 miles an hour, in order to provide an even more precise movement, when working close to fragile objects, such as glass or ducting. Finally, the manufacturer has also perfected its ‘Variable Steering Speed’ feature which it showed in prototype form in February. It changes the steer speed in relation to the travel speed of the machine.
The company said: “When driving down a steep ramp, such as tilt back trucks, loading ramps, parking garages etc, in high speed mode, slab machines can experience speeds up to two to three times the normal high speed seen on flat ground. The excessive speed can place the operator in an uncomfortable and unsafe situation. This also places a lot of stress on the drive system when the machine tries to stop at these excessive speeds.”