Boom Inserts Expand MLC300 Reach for Wind Turbine Work
Manitowoc is expanding its boom insert offering with the new Wide Boom Plus kit for its MLC300 lattice-boom crawler crane. The new inserts will give crane operators extra reach by lengthening their booms up to 131 m when used in combination with the VPC-MAX® and extended upper boom points. They will be particularly useful for assembling wind turbines.
The height of utility-scale, land-based wind turbines has increased nearly 60% in the last 2 decades, reaching an average of 90 m in 2020 in the U.S. Wind turbines are expected to keep growing in size in the coming years, as building the turbines to higher elevations enable the wind towers to harness stronger winds. The new Manitowoc boom inserts will enable the 350 t MLC300 to construct these increasingly tall wind towers.
“Our new boom inserts will open up more jobs for our crawler crane owners,” he said. “They will increase utilization of our MLC300 crane with added flexibility. Where before crane operators would need to bring in a larger crane to reach heights above 90 m, now they’re able to employ their MLC300 with boom inserts and take advantage of increased reach from its smaller footprint.”
The new Wide Boom Plus inserts kit for the Manitowoc MLC300 crawler crane is now available for purchase everywhere Manitowoc cranes are sold.
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