Self-erecting cranes are the new thing in the South African construction market. According to the contractors, this product by SA French has proved to be an easier and less expensive option than a conventional tower crane.
The Potain IGO self-erecting crane offers a quick, easy and efficient solution to lifting and moving requirements on both small and large building sites.
It is therefore no surprise that SA French are reporting a growing demand for these self-erecting cranes and in response have increased the number available.
Offering a maximum lift capacity of four tonnes, and one tonne at 40 m, the IGO is particularly popular for lifting applications at projects such as small apartment blocks, and supplementary lifting on construction projects such as shopping centres.
The compact size of a 4.5 m x 4.5 m base enables the IGO movement around site with an ordinary freight truck. This helps in avoiding the need to employ a truck crane. Moreover, the crane needs no special platform prepared.
It can also be installed at a height of several floors. When dismantled, the crane takes up almost half its size, with dimensions of 2.5 m x 3.5 m.
Less movement of wheeled equipment on the ground also works to improve the level of health and safety on site by decreasing the risk of man-machine collisions. The crane can be dismantled, erected and put together in six to seven hours.
Assembling the crane takes only 10 to 15 minutes, saving to a large extent on working time while on site. Even more convenient is that it requires only one operator with a remote control to assemble the crane and move cargo.
Modern mechanical specifications enhance the IGO’s operability, safety and operating cost. Wireless remote controls, quiet and efficient electric motors, variable frequency motor drives, and overload protection systems are some of the standard features it comes with.
It is even able to save energy, with a consumption of not more than 22 kVA.
The ground-level located mechanisms make servicing of the IGO convenient.