The event was visited by over 3,000 internet users in 90 countries across 4 continents, including dealers, rentals, key accounts and the media. Over the course of two days, visitors were able to remotely discover, through a talk show, three new segments in the construction and MRT rotating telehandler range, followed by workshops showcasing the group’s commitment to supplying comprehensive and durable solutions, while providing customers with a premium service.
Fully redesigned MRT rotating telehandlers
To bring clarity to its range of rotating telehandlers, the Group has decided to rename its two ranges as VISION and VISION+. Carlo Alberto Razzoli, MRT Product Manager, explains: “We are harmonizing our entire range by making it simpler. By modernizing the design and ergonomics of our products, we are now able to offer a single cab across all the models in the range, thus providing excellent visibility to users, whatever the model. Having the same cab also means having an equivalent control station on all models, making them quicker to get to grips with.”
Two new machines have been added to this offering with the MRT 1645 and MRT 1845 models for the VISION range. With 500 kg of additional load capacity compared to their predecessors, these two products offer a lifting height of 16 meters and 18 meters, respectively, for a load of 4.5 tons. They are also equipped with a new Stage V engine, producing power of 75 hp and 116 hp, respectively. The VISION range offers a wide selection of 14 models with heights ranging from 16 meters to 25 meters for a load capacity of up to 4.5 tons.
The highest capacities are grouped together in the VISION+ range, which features 12 new models. The range has been completely revamped with six new products: MRT 2260, MRT 2660, MRT 3570 (also available in electronic suspension version), MRT 2570 and MRT 3060. According to Razzoli, there is a growing demand for machines that offer higher performance on construction sites. “This high-capacity range meets customers’ expectations with a very high level of equipment,” he avers.
With the models offering a lifting height of 22 to 35 meters and a much improved capacity of up to 7 tons, this range is ideal for the installation of structural steelwork, renovation of buildings and even demolition. These two ranges are connected as standard in order to optimize maintenance, increase the machine’s operating hours and thereby reduce the total cost of ownership for the user. The VISION and VISION+ ranges are now available worldwide and will be delivered to the dealer network, to rentals and to key accounts by September 2021.
MRT specific attachments
New attachments, designed by the Manitou Attachment Competence Center (ACC) based in Italy, accompanied the launch of these two ranges. Two CAF 1030 (6 and 7 tons) and CAF 1080 (7 tons) floating fork carriages will benefit users needing to handle pallets or big-bags with optimum visibility. They are lighter and more robust, and are fitted with a fork locking system.
The performance of winches, jibs and cranes is enhanced with a winch equipped with a new hydraulic motor suited to the new MRTs. With a capacity ranging from 600 kg to 2 tons, they meet the requirements of the new MRT range perfectly. A new 100% aluminum platform is now available across the whole VISION+ range. Weighing just 180 kg for a loading capacity of 365 kg, the PSE 4200/365 is lighter than the previous range, allowing a greater outreach. It also features easy opening. These new attachments have been designed based on customer feedback in order to help them optimize their operations.
Innovative equipment for increased productivity
The VISION name was also chosen to convey the idea of in-cab visibility. To further increase visibility, a reinforced gridless roof, certified to ROPS/FOPS level 2, is available as an option for closely monitoring loading operations at height. Present on all VISION and VISION+ models, the pressurized cab guarantees a healthy working environment for the operator and additional sound insulation, for greater comfort.
Another innovation presented by the group is a new optional driving remote control for controlling the machine from the basket, or when the operator is outside the machine. As a result, it is possible to move it safely without having to return to the driver’s cab, saving precious time on site. A new hydraulic pump is fitted on all of these new models. With a hydraulic flow of 116 l/min, the VISION range ensures an execution speed 50% quicker for simultaneous boom movements. This improvement rises to more than 30% for the 2260 and 2660 models in the VISION+ range, which are equipped with a pump that delivers a flow rate of 185 l/min.
The new Stage V engine also helps to reduce the consumption of all of these models with a power ranging between 156 hp to 211 hp, depending on the model. The lifting capacities and load charts have been significantly improved, most notably the capacity at maximum height by up to 100% and at maximum reach by up to 25%. The weight of these machines has been reduced by more than 5% while benefiting from an increase in their load capacity of up to 15%.
The Manitou Group is once again demonstrating to what extent innovation is an integral part of its DNA, with 21 patents filed within the context of the design of these two new MRT VISION and VISION+ ranges.
Safety and ergonomics
The safety of the people using these machines is a priority for Manitou Group. In order to give operators complete visibility, a pack of five LED headlamps ensures full lighting all around the machine, plus two boom head work lights for excellent visibility during loading operations at height. A rear camera that sends images to the cab allows the machine to be maneuvered in complete confidence. Four accesses built into the chassis, on the left and right, and at the front and rear of the machine, now enable the operator to climb into and out of the machine regardless of which way the cab is rotated. For an optimum experience, the Group is reaffirming its intention to offer increasingly comfortable working conditions with evolving cab ergonomics.
The brand-new 8” vertical touchscreen on the VISION range, which comes in a 12.1” XXL version on the VISION+ range, is a real human-machine interface that prides itself on being able to rival anything in the automotive sector. The two ranges also feature hydrostatic transmission offering greater driving flexibility and giving the operator a maximum speed of 40 km/h, whatever the model. The latest addition to the VISION+ range, the MRT 3570 allows the operator to carry out handling operations up to 35 meters, the greatest height available from Manitou. For increased visibility at this height, the Group’s R&D and marketing teams have introduced a new electric seat that tilts up to 18° to easily monitor deployment of the boom. This model is also available in an ES electronic suspension version.
Electric models available from end of year
The Manitou Group will be offering a full electric extension to the VISION+ range by the end of the year, as well as a hybrid version combining a smaller engine with a lithium-ion battery. Many models will be available, enabling 100% electric use where work sites and regulatory constraints call for it.
A new segment of compact fixed telehandlers
Manitou is creating a new segment in its construction range with compact and hydrostatic fixed telehandlers. With three new innovative models, the MT 730 H, the MT 930 H, and the MT 930 HA (with platform basket), the Manitou brand is clearly responding to strong demand from rentals and dealers for compact machines with space on urban construction sites becoming increasingly limited.
These compact, 2 m wide x 2 m high, have a broad selection of equipment. In the cab, the intuitive Harmony screen, with a display available in 22 languages, gives the operator real-time maintenance and usage notifications. This easy-to-use universal dashboard makes it quick to get to grips with and ensures the safety of both the operator and the machine. A new boom with built-in cylinder offers greater visibility for enhanced safety during loading and unloading.
With their small size, these three models are easy to transport and can therefore be quickly delivered from site to site. A fork mounting system on the carriage has been designed to further optimize the length of the machine with attachment, thus reducing transport costs. To guarantee precise and flexible movements, these innovative products have a hydrostatic transmission and a 75 hp engine.
These three models are now available to order worldwide and will be delivered throughout the dealer network and to rentals and key accounts from September 2021.
One of the lowest TCOs on the market
Reducing the Total Cost of Ownership is a priority for Manitou Group. It now offers users of this new range the option to very easily analyze their hydraulic oil. The principle: under the boom are two caps for easily collecting the oil, simplifying maintenance and reconditioning or dialysis of the hydraulic oil. Fleet managers can optimize the oil consumption by avoiding wastage and increasing maintenance intervals.
A new solution has also been added to this equipment to reduce the TCO, with the implementation of an optional brand-new innovative Stop & Start solution. Just like in the automotive world, this system automatically cuts out the engine when idling. It can be configured from one minute to 30 minutes and turns the engine back on when the accelerator pedal is pressed, or via movement of the JSM, without having to restart by turning the key. The fuel savings made and the noise reductions are particularly significant, with a maximum of 45% idle over the entire usage time of these models. As a result of these innovations, the MT 930 H has an hourly cost of just €18.49*, the lowest cost on the market for this segment. (*TCO calculated based on use of the machine for 500 hours over 5 years, including the following components: acquisition costs, preventive maintenance, corrective maintenance, consumption, and resale value.)
Enhanced construction site safety
To meet the requirements of restricted or indoor construction sites, these three telehandlers can be equipped as an option with the Safety Pack for optimum safety. This device supports and protects the operator and the surrounding environs. It warns on-site teams and feeds data back to the fleet manager. Any inappropriate behavior is therefore identified by sensors activating two flashing lights inside and outside the cab, such as movement of the machine with the boom raised, the seat belt not being fastened, temporary activation of movement cut-off, etc.
To avoid any inadvertent movement of the machine, the JSM now detects the operator’s hand to carry out hydraulic movements. Another detection tool, a reversing aid, informs the operator if there is anybody behind the telehandler for complete peace of mind during operation. Access to the cab is also optimized for risk-free entry and exit as a result of there being no step. An automatic parking brake with hill-start assist also helps to reduce the risk of accidents.
Multitude of applications
With a capacity of 3 tons, the MT 730, MT 930 and MT 930 HA models are perfectly suited for residential construction/renovation work, whether for private homes or buildings with up to two stories. These models also have a new floating fork carriage (CAF 1000/3 LB) with forks that fold up to make traveling on the road and towing safer and easier. A new compact bucket (BGP 2000/800) with 800-liter capacity, specially designed for these models, allows safe movement of loose material with a maximum density of 2,100 kg/m³ (sand, earth, gravel, etc.). All of these attachments have been designed by the Manitou Group.
Coming soon: a new segment of ultra-compact fixed telehandlers
To further extend its offerings, the group will be launching ultra-compact rough-terrain telehandlers 1.90 meters high and 1.49 meters wide (6’2” x 4’9”) at the end of 2021. Previewed at the Build The Future event, these ULM (Ultra-Light Manitou) models boast a weight of just 2,700 kg with standard attachment and can therefore be transported on a standard trailer with no specific permit required. Intended for the construction sector, but also for landscape gardeners or event teams, they will be delivered to the dealer network, rentals and key accounts in early 2022.
Revamped and extended range of articulated loaders
In order to provide its users with the best possible solutions, Manitou Group is revamping and extending its range of articulated loaders. Available with Stage V engines for Europe and Final Tier IV engines for the US, these new machines feature a new design, accompanied by numerous options to best meet the needs of its customers. The innovations include a reduced width for moving around rough-terrain sites more easily, an optimized hydrostatic transmission for enhanced comfort and an increasingly lower TCO. The four compact models, MLA 2, MLA 3, MLA 4 and MLA 5, will be connected and equipped with a short arm for greater capacity and a long arm for applications calling for increased lifting height. They will also be available with canopy or integral cab. These new models will be distributed within the dealer network, to hirers and to key accounts by the end of 2021.