Aerial platform launches at GIS show in Italy
06 October 2023
The seventh GIS show, dedicated to lifting, transport, port and industrial equipment was held in Piacenza, Italy, last week, (5-7 October).
The access industry was out in force with a wide range of new and updated equipment. Here follows a round-up of some of the products on show.
Palazzani was presenting the first production unit of its world record 58m working height Ragno TTZJ 58 spider lift to rental company Tecman, which is based in Milan and Lecco. It will be used primarily for telecommunications work.
EasyLift struck a deal with Collé Rental at APEX this year, in which the rental company has ordered 18 of the manufacturer’s R180 spider lift. The first unit in the order was on the Easy Lift stand, along with another 24m unit, the RA24 sold to Italian rental company Noleggio.
CMC has produced a special handbook, devised with IPAF, offering a summary of essential safety procedures when using a MEWP - from pre-use inspections to using safety harnesses and calculating overload risks. The handbook will be issued with all new machines from CMC and will be freely available on the company’s website.
Genie was showing the articulating Z45JRT boom lift for the first time in Italy since the model was reintroduced into the European market last year, due to popular demand. Produced at Genie’s factory in Italy, the model had been discontinued, but customers demanded its return as it has the ideal specifications for building maintenance and inspections.
Airo had the new electric A18 JRTH Plus boom lift on its stand, with lithium batteries. The option of lead acid was specifically turned down by the manufacturer, as it said the supercharger would quickly run down a lead acid battery and therefore lithium batteries are more effective for this type of equipment.
Isoli had two new truck mounts on its stand; the 24m working height PNT240 A-F and the PNT290. Both follow the acquisition of Isoli by France-based Klubb, which is seeking to expand Isoli’s sales outside of its home market of Italy and at the same time grow Klubb’s van mounted products in Italy.
Both new Isoli products are designed to be easy to use and have common features, like the detachable basket that can be stored on the side of the flatbed truck and replaced with a 250kg winch in the case of the PNT240, and a 300kg winch for the PNT290.
One of the common themes at the show was the move to electrification for truck mounts, with Palfinger showing the fully electric 24.7m working height P 250 BK eDrive on an electric Iveco Daily chassis. The company is also working on hybrid solutions up to 64m working height.
Comet elected to concentrate on niche vehicle mounted units, showing a range of specialist machines. For example, 14m and 16m working height models on an LPG-powered, 2.4 tonne GVW Piaggio truck.
Ruthmann was showing equipment that lends themselves to the Italian market, such as the 90m working height T900 for use with wind turbines, the T700 and the T510. The latter 51m working height machine is very compact and light on a compact chassis – 3 axles in the case of the one on the stand at GIS.
Q-Lift, a new company launched at Bauma, had a range of spiders on show, including the H110A, which has a 1,600kg weight and no stabilisers. Instead, the column has two pistons where it meets the chassis which keeps the boom levelled vertically. Stabilization is also aided by retractable crawler tracks that can be adjusted to open or closed position.
Techoil has previously produced equipment for other companies primarily in the truck mounted and firefighting sectors. In the last five years it has decided to offer lifts under its own name and had new units on the stand, such as the Bravo 17 spider lift/crane with a 250kg capacity basket and winch that easily interchangeable. It also had the HV12 van mount on the stand.
More pictures and information from the show will follow.