Liebherr displayed its LR 1600/2, 600 ton crawler crane at BC 2011.According to Mr. A.K. Somani, Representative Director, Liebherr India Private Limited: "The crane with its versatile features and 10 percent more lifting capacity as compared to a contemporary product of similar class, is most suitable for Indian applications.” He explained: "Irrespective of weight and size, the crane is ideal for transportation as jib sections can be inserted in main boom section for transportation. Besides, the crane can self load and unload its superstructure and self fit its crawlers, thus making it ideal for working in rural and altogether remote areas in India, where getting skilled manpower is quite critical. The crane comes with special attachments, making it ideal for wind mill construction projects.” Liebherr handed two LR 1600/2 two Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited for construction of 800 MW power projects. As per Mr. Somany, the crane can be used for construction of thermal power plans from 500MW-800 MW.

The crane can lift maximum 600 tons at11 metres working radius with a boom length of 42 metres. With 48 metres boom length, LR 1600/2 can lift 600 tons at 10 metres working radius. Main boom of the crane is 108 metres without derrick. It can be extended to 144 metres at which it can lift 83 tons at eight metres working radius. Luffing jib is 96 metres. Combination with main boom and luffing jib is 188 metres. With main boom the derrick attachment is138 metres and fixed jib is 36 metres. 190tons is the main counterweight and 65 tons at the carbody. With derrick attachment, the main counterweight can be 150 tons and 65 tons at the carbody. The derrick ballast can be provided at as tray type and wheeled bogie type.

Mr. Somani informed: "LR 1600/2 comes with a novel boom system with only one head section. The crane has variable derrick adjustment system without guiding under load . It can be used with main boom and luffing jib without derrick configuration. While working continuous, change of derrick radius can be undertaken.

Liebherr handed the displayed LR 1600/2 to Western India based crane hiring company, Shethia Erectors and Materials handlers Limited. The key was handed by Mr. Jan Liebherr. Sister Ms. Sophie Liebherr was present during the occasion.

Liebherr also displayed its 71 EC-B5 Flat top tower crane. The crane can lift a maximum load of 5tons at 15.0 metres jib length,4.15 tons at a jib length of 20 metres and at 50 meters maximum jib length it can lift 1.0 tons at 2.4 metres working radius. According to Mr. Hans Martin Frech, Marketing Director, Liebherr-Werk Biberach GmbH, : "71 EC-B5 does not require separate vertical sections to be created, as it gets pushed up by hydraulics during the course of construction of the building. With the hydraulic pushing system, the crane can be deployed in lift shafts and at outside the building as well. "The crane is suitable for highrise construction above 260 metres.

NBMCW March 2011

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