Manitou adapts MEWP for boat hulls
09 January 2024
The use of aerial platforms in salty environments requires effective protection against splashes of seawater, or other residues, such as from fish, on the machine’s dashboard.
Manitou Group’s Special Solutions department has created a tailor-made solution for a customer using a MEWP to wash boat hulls.
To protect the dashboard, also known as a console, the Special Solutions department created a bespoke cover that has thoroughly tested with its suppliers to validate the composition. Made from silicone, the cover, which was developed in just six months from the point of need, will not yellow over time, and is resistant to chemical splashes, especially paint.
As Manitou pionts out, Silicone’s transparency also ensures excellent visibility of all indicator lights and diagrams shown on the console. Last but not least, silicone’s elasticity makes it extremely ergonomic, perfectly fitting the joysticks and push-buttons with an average thickness of just 2mm. The cover is easy to slip on and off, thanks to rivets on either side of the console.
Eric Rocheteau, Engineering Manager at Manitou Group’s AWP Product Unit, said, “We worked closely with our customer to ensure that this cover could be adapted to aerial work platforms of different heights, while guaranteeing our standards of safety and ease of use of the console. In fact, our customer has ordered a dozen of these covers for its many uses.”
Easy to maintain, the cover is compatible with a large number of rough terrain aerial platforms such as the Manitou TJ and ATJ ranges, for working heights from 16m to 28m. Produced in just six months by the Special Solutions and the engineering office departments, this cover illustrates Manitou Group’s ability to adapt and provide solutions to meet all the needs of its products.