P550 – PALFINGER expands the Jumbo Class NX
The jumbo class NX of PALFINGER’s access platforms is expanded by a new and even larger version: The model P550 inspires with a working height of 55 meters and a reach of 40 meters. What has stayed the same are all the benefits of the jumbo-class platforms in the new generation: An additional X-jib and basket rotation of 2 x 200 degrees ensure that the units are particularly movable. This takes the flexibility of the jumbo class NX to even greater heights.
The introduction of the P480 and the start of the new jumbo class NX are followed by the second PALFINGER access platform in the next generation: The company is launching the next-largest model in the form of the P550. A working height of up to 55 meters and lateral reach of more than 40 meters significantly expand the bandwidth of this class. With a range of 20 meters, the upper boom in particular has even more leeway than that of the P480.
Within that range, the P550 convinces with the particular flexibility that distinguishes the NX class. The additional X-jib between the upper boom and the work basket already proved itself in the P480. It can be controlled individually for especially precise positioning and offers a work area of 240 degrees. This is supplemented by a basket rotation of 2 x 200 degrees. It is just as flexible as a wrist above an extended arm and allows exact orientation.
New application areas
“In the development of the P550, we made sure that we would not sacrifice any free mobility in offering this range,” said Yves Schlessiger, the product manager of PALFINGER Platforms. “This makes our products superior to conventional access platforms and enables entirely new application areas.” Thanks to the sensitive proportional controls, even at especially great heights, the user can precisely direct the jib of the P550 for operations on buildings, masts or even beneath overhangs.
Another great benefit of the jumbo class NX is its weight-optimized construction with special profile structures and light but stable materials. This keeps the total weight of the truck as low as possible and makes it possible to transport more tools, work equipment and materials in the vehicle. The exceptionally large space in the work basket makes its use even more effective. This saves the operator money and time.
The trade world has already honored the sophisticated concept of the jumbo class NX as well: The jury of the International Awards for Powered Access (IAPAs) has recently selected the P480 as the “product of the year 2015.” The IAPAs were awarded on March 26 at this year’s IPAF Summit in Washington DC and are considered to be among the most desirable honors for access platforms. The prestigious expert jury consists of managers in the industry.
P280AXE – maximum range in the tightest of spaces
Palfinger Platforms Italy presents its latest access platform: the P280AXE. The new model is perfect for applications that provide limited space but nevertheless require extensive reach of the access platform. The P280AXE has an extremely compact design while still offering an impressive working height of up to 28 metres and a lateral reach of 15 metres. The developers also placed particular focus on the ergonomic design.
The P280AXE is the latest representative of the “Smart Class”. With this model series, Palfinger Platforms Italy (PPI) developed a particularly compact design for access platforms. This is clearly reflected in the P280AXE: The platform has a total length of only 6.89 metres and a gross weight of no more than 6 tonnes. This is contrasted with a great working height of 28 metres and a maximum lateral reach of 15 metres, making the P280AXE the right piece of equipment for applications providing limited space.
Range adapted to situation
The individual stabilisation widths create additional room for manoeuvre. With a smaller stabilisation area, the P280AXE determines the maximum range depending on the situation. This ensures safety and makes it easy to obtain the maximum reach from tight conditions. Regardless of the stabilisation width, the crane boom can be rotated 360° and the basket itself 90° left and right.
During the development of the P280AXE, particular importance was attached to an ergonomic design for the entry area or control elements, for example. The collision protection also provides protection for the operator. It prevents collisions between the platform and cab and the individual components of the platform itself.
The extensive technical support that is characteristic of PPI is of course provided for the new model of the “Smart Class”, too. Experienced service technicians and a strong network of dealers are available to answer all questions relating to the new access platform.
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