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IMT Introduces New Articulating Crane to Product Line

Fri April 15, 2011 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Iowa Mold Tooling Co. Inc. (IMT), an Oshkosh Corporation company, introduced a new 47 tm crane to its lineup of articulating cranes at ConExpo-Con/AGG 2011, March 22 to 26 in Las Vegas. The new 47/326 provides more options for customers that require greater lift and reach capabilities by offering a lifting capacity of 21,625 lbs. (9,810 kg) maximum rating at a radius of 15 ft. 1 in. (4.5 m).

The 47/326 joins the other IMT articulating crane models, which were designed to offer a wide range of options in lifting capacity and reach. The IMT articulating crane lineup has a maximum reach ranging from 10 ft. 2 in. (3 m) to 70 ft. 10 in. (21.5 m) and offers lift capacities ranging from 1,740 lbs. (790 kg) to 38,185 lbs. (17,320 kg) maximum rating at 14 ft. 5 in. (4.3 m).

“We continue to focus on providing our customers the best crane choices that will match their particular needs, and our new 47 tm crane is the latest example of that commitment,” said Steve Fairbanks, president of IMT. “The new crane offers our customers the lift and reach capabilities they requested, while providing the safety, dependability and reliability they’ve come to expect from IMT.”

The new crane features a dual power plus link arm system (DL), which is suited for long reaches and lifting in high positions with demanding equipment (such as fly-jib and winch). In addition, the DL system provides precise and regular movements in the entire working area while offering the best lifting capacities under almost any working conditions, according to the company.

Another feature of the 47/326 is “over-bending,” which means the working area between the main boom and the outer boom is no less than 195 degrees. Over-bending offers greater flexibility when working through narrow passages and under overhead obstructions, the ability to lift maximum loads in all boom positions, and a lower total height when the crane is stowed on the truck body.

A key safety feature available on all the IMT articulating crane models is the rated capacity limiter (RCL). Mid-range and larger cranes — including the new 47/326 model — are available with the newest generation RCL 5300. The RCL system monitors the crane’s load moment, operation and function. In an overload situation, the system warns the operator and interrupts the distribution of oil for crane functions, while allowing functions that reduce load moment to remain operational. The RCL 5300 cooperates with the user and compensates when the RCL senses a situation requiring intervention. The system not only monitors safety during crane operation, but also crane position during transport (stabilizers and boom position).

“This new model complements our existing lineup by filling out the large articulating crane product platform,” Fairbanks said. “The new crane maintains the high quality standards our products have been known for.”

Additional articulating crane features of the new model include:

• A radio remote equipped with an information center that controls stabilizer functions and feedback of loader operation conditions.

• An internal hose routing system.

• Continuous rotation.

• Optional stabilizer solutions for each side.

• A flexible stow bracket design that secures boom for transportation but does not allow bracket damage.

Additional features of all IMT articulating cranes include:

• A strong hexagonal profile.

• Load-holding valves on all load-bearing cylinders.

• An extension system equipped with a regeneration valve to increase working speed.

• Maximized ease of maintenance.

• Ultra-high tensile steel, which provides lower weight, high lift capacity at long reach and increased payload capabilities.

• High resale value and low maintenance costs.

The new 47/326 articulating crane is the first in the IMT lineup to utilize the new environmentally friendly quality coating (EQC) surface treatment. The EQC process offers corrosion resistance and even on a worn or scratched surface will not allow the spread of corrosion underneath the painted surface. CQ

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