Potain unveiled MDT 159 topless tower crane at bauma 2022 to simplify urban construction

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  • The latest addition to the Potain MDT City crane range is the MDT 159 which is ideal for small to midsized building projects.
  • It comes equipped with the new Potain CONNECT™ telematics system for remote monitoring.
  • For greater versatility, owners can choose between two trolleys – a DMP unit with permanent double reeving for maximum lifting power or an SM/DM Quick Lock trolley for the flexibility to change reeving.

Manitowoc unveiled the latest addition in its Potain MDT City crane range at bauma 2022, the 6 t capacity MDT 159, which fills the gap between the MDT 139 and MDT 189. With a 60 m maximum jib, the crane is suited to small to midsized building projects of up to 10 floors, and it has been specially designed for tight urban job sites.

The topless concept is ideal for multi-crane work sites as it reduces the clearance needed for other cranes passing overhead or underneath. The cranes are also famously easy and quick to install, so it’s no surprise that considerable planning went into the transport of the MDT 159. Just three containers are needed to transport the crane’s full upper section. This reduces the complexity of getting the crane on and off the job site, while also minimizing disruption to traffic and the surrounding area.

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The speed and simplicity of assembly are aided by Manitowoc’s Crane Control System (CCS), which improves the efficiency of communication between the crane and on-site staff. The technology also enables the lifting and distribution ropes to be fixed at ground level, reducing assembly work required in the air. Once the crane is ready to work, CCS ensures high standards are maintained through more efficient performance, optimized ergonomic control, and integrated maintenance.

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