Manitowoc launches Potain Hup 40-30 self-erecting crane

New model features remote control operation and 16 lifting configurations

Credit: Manitowoc

Global heavy lift equipment specialist Manitowoc has launched its new self-erecting Hup 40-30 tower crane from its new Potain Hup range.

The company first showed off the model as a prototype at Bauma 2016 in Munich earlier this year and officially unveiled it at an event at its factory in Niella Tanaro, Italy, with more than 320 guests in attendance, Manitowoc said in a statement.

“We are at the forefront of self-erecting crane development and our new Hup 40-30 demonstrates this,” said Jean-Pierre Zaffiro, global product director for Potain self-erecting cranes at Manitowoc. “We have introduced several new features with the Hup range that will increase speed, efficiency and versatility for our customers. These advancements will certainly increase return on investment for many lifters.”

The Hup 40-30 has a 40m jib and boasts 16 configurations, which is unique to this category of self-erecting cranes, enabling it to be easily adapted for a range of job site applications. The crane has a maximum capacity of 4t, while it can lift 1t at its jib end of 40m.

As with the Hup 32-27, the new Hup 40-30 features a telescopic mast for a range of working heights. This design boosts the height under hook attainable by the crane to 25.6m in its “low position”, and 30m when extended to its greatest height. The logistics are also improved, as no extra mast is required to install the crane.

Further versatility is delivered with the crane’s luffing jib that offers three positions: horizontal, 10-degrees and 20-degrees. These options give the crane a height under hook range of 20m to 40m. Shortening or extending the jib is a swift and straightforward operation, with the Hup 40-30 offering convenient configurations for both short and long jib lengths.

Agility on the job site is a key consideration for the new range. The Hup 40-30 has a high-performance slewing radius that allows it to be positioned closer to buildings. With a transport package that is only 14m long when folded, the Hup 40-30 is easy to move from job site to job site.

“Customers will benefit from even greater flexibility and adaptability with these new designs and technologies, enabling them to cover a much wider range of jobs with a single machine,” Zaffiro explained.

Manitowoc said that operator efficiency on the Hup 40-30 is maximised through its remote control unit. The remote features a large, coloured screen with easy to use navigation and optimised ergonomics for operator comfort. Its new Smart Set Up software delivers on-screen step-by-step information during crane erection and enables automatic folding and unfolding of the crane from the remote.

This new remote system also offers three selectable profiles for operators that vary the working speed of the crane to suit the application: “dynamic”, for quick and easy lifting; “standard”, for typical lifting applications; and “high precision”, for precise load positioning.

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