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From Concept to High Performance Product High
No. 2
News about crane technology from passion
From Concept to
High Performance
Product
High Performance
to be continued.
pa lf in g er – pas s i on – p e rformance – p o w e r – p e r f e c t i o n
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THE PALFINGER PRINCIP L E
DEAR PARTNERS AND FRIENDS
required. The new High Performance
OF PALFINGER,
crane series is the best demonstration
of an intelligent approach which
Welcome to the second issue of our
builds on proven success while also
crane magazine crane passion. Not much
channelling new inspiration into the
time has passed since the first issue
modern loading crane. The new crane
but the world has in the meantime
generation remains true to its proud
taken on a more serious disposition.
tradition as a trendsetter and im-
The financial crisis with its effect on
presses with its design and numerous
the economy is a reality and has not
equipment variants which will excite
left Palfinger unscathed.
any crane operator.
This gives us occasion to pause and
You can therefore look forward to
reconsider existing value systems and
the continuation of the new
principles but is no reason to keep a
High Performance cranes, this time
low profile! On the contrary. We can
in the performance class from 13 to
take this opportunity to clearly under-
18 metre-tonnes and take a look be-
line the PALFINGER principle based on
hind the scenes with us. Insights into
our pillars of long-standing dealer and
development, prototype construction
service partnerships, well-trained and
and the various testing procedures give
highly-motivated employees and our
an indication of how much expertise
faith in Location Austria. We can also
goes into a genuine PALFINGER crane.
live out the unique PALFINGER spirit
even more consciously and transmit
We look to the future with optimism.
it externally.
PALFINGER has a very strong market
position and an extremely sound
Bravely into a new era. Inspiration,
financial base. We are therefore ideally
creativity and good design have now
equipped to recognise and utilise op-
become essential on the modern load-
portunities in the present difficult mar-
ing crane market. For this reason, the
ket situation. So, to freely quote Albert
passion for innovation, engineering,
Einstein: "Amid difficulties solutions
aesthetic appeal and perfection – with
are to be found!"
the clearly defined goal of technology leadership – must on no account
be lost. Of course, everything has to
be kept within acceptable bounds
but brave and innovative activity is
Wolfgang Pilz, CMO
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Table o f c o ntents
E dit orial
2–3
R OO M FO R N E W ID E A S 6–7
Fr om C oncept t o H igh P e r fo r m a nc e P r od u ct
8–9
WE GE T T O T H E B O T T O M O F T H IN GS
10–11
Palfinger
h igh p e r fo r m a nc e
12
T H E H IGH LIGH T S OF THE NEW CRANES
13–15
H IGH -P R E C IS IO N E X T E N S IO N S Y S T E M
16–17
T H E WAY IS T H E GO A L 18–19
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FO
R
The passion for innovation,
engineering, aesthetic appeal and
perfection – with the clearly defined
goal of technology leadership – is
the driving force behind the creative
and sustainable future development
of our loading cranes.
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S
EA
INNOVATION IS OUR PASSION.
NEW ID
EUREKA !
Leading in technology and service, the
and new developments. Palfinger
PALFINGER brand is known around
currently holds 62 active patents. In
the world for quality and reliability.
2008 eleven further patents were filed
A clear strategy – based on the three
to protect technological developments
pillars of innovation, internationalisation
and application-specific product
and diversification, highly-motivated
configurations.
employees and the declared philosophy
of making customers more successful
The strategic focus of R&D is on the use
in their job are the ingredients of the
of new lightweight materials and high-
recipe for success.
strength fine-grained structural steels
as well as on the further development
A strong commitment to research and
of electronic systems to increase user-
development as well as collaborations
friendliness, safety and cost-efficiency of
with universities and polytechnics create
the loading crane.
the foundation for countless patents
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From Co ncept to Hig h
In every segment of the market
In the new research and development
The foundation stone for a reliable and
PALFINGER aims to achieve leadership
centre at Köstendorf attention focuses
successful product is laid in the design
in technology, cost-efficiency and market
on subjects relating to optimisation of
engineering. Detailed element calcula-
position. Highest quality at competitive
the loading crane in terms of weight and
tions ensure an optimal ratio of crane
prices is the declared aim. Through series
material selection, functionality and er-
weight to power.
production in large volumes PALFINGER
gonomics. Numerous clever minds work
can consider matters of materials
indefatigably on hydraulic and electronic
A look behind the scenes on the develop-
technology and design which are not
innovations as well as in testing and
ment front shows that innovations and
possible for small manufacturers for
prototype construction.
improvements do not happen by chance
reasons of capacity and cost. Large
but are worked out in a precisely defined
volumes, modern production technolo-
Competitors are not sleeping either, but
process. At an early stage development
gies, modular design and synergies with
there is no doubt that the technologi-
teams embark on preliminary studies,
other product sectors justify the high
cal lead in the development of loading
detailed developments and the prepara-
effort and expenditure that goes into
cranes rests firmly in hands of PALFINGER.
tion of specifications. Key aspects include
development work.
the realisation of market requirements,
an optimal price/performance ratio and
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Every day new ideas are discussed and implemented. In the final analysis what counts is to make the loading crane as cost-efficient and durable as possible.
Per fo r m a nce Produ ct
improvement of the power-to-weight
Standardised components, such as pis-
to achieve good design. In dialogue. In
ratio (= ratio of dead weight to lifting
tons and screw fittings for cylinders, hose
a team. Always searching for something
moment), taking experience from
troughs, etc. are included in the PALFINGER
new under the premise of maximum func-
production and assembly into account.
company standard as the basis for all
tionality. Action that leads to results. In the
future crane structures. Great importance
development of the new High Performance
The aim is to combine the individual
is also placed on the exchangeability of
cranes this was taken to heart.
crane models with different lifting mo-
spare parts. Components in the new
ments optimally to the market using as
series should as far as possible also be
By way of enhancing the new cranes
many of the same parts as possible.
usable for predecessor models. If
numerous Functional Design elements
Modular design makes it possible to
necessary, it should also be possible to
were created to increase comfort and
produce main components which differ
retrofit the cranes at the dealer or
safety. Specifications worked out in col-
only in the thickness of the metal and can
customer after delivery.
laboration with industrial designers were
be produced on the same equipment.
taken through to series production by our
A further advantage is that the stronger
To create something like this so that noth-
teams and in close cooperation with the
component can be used as a spare part
ing more needs to be added or removed is
plastics processing suppliers.
for several crane models.
the art of good design. Hard work is required
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TESTING AND PROTOTYPE CONSTR UCTION
In order to be able to implement the
The testing and prototype construction
Simulations on various test stands and
extensive and complex development
departments in the Köstendorf compe-
testing methods such as field and con-
projects in a close time-frame a highly-
tence centre work diligently on product
tinuous tests, DMS and impulse measure-
motivated and experienced development
further development. Along with the
ments as well as transport simulations
team is needed in the design engineering
theoretical knowledge, all the experience
reproduce the actual crane structure
and testing department. Each individual
from operating practice in the develop-
loadings in a realistic laboratory situation.
employee does his or her best in
ment process is channelled into the nu-
cooperation and consultation with all
merous analyses and testing procedures
From the first draft design, through
departments involved to develop the
for material optimisation.
production to the visions of tomorrow –
best loading crane.
developments at PALFINGER represent an
evolutionary, constant, flowing process.
The preliminary examinations for the next
crane generation have already begun …
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Dynamic loadings impulse test stand
Valve test stand
Laboratory
Vibration testing unit ("shaker") for electronic parts
DMS measurement
Loading test
Prototype construction at the Köstendorf competence centre
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M A KIN G T HE B E S T E V E N B E T T ER
PALFINGER
H IG H P ERFO RMANC E.
TO BE CONT INUE D .
Under the motto "We have made the best even better" PALFINGER consistently continues the introduction of its
pioneering High Performance crane series.
"Raise the curtain!" for the four new
double linkage cranes in the 13 to
18 metre-tonne class
With their top technological equipment
the PK 13002, PK 14002 EH, PK 16002
and PK 18002 EH High Performance
cranes redefine the state of the art in
their league!
The new High Performance cranes stand
out by virtue of their perfect ratio of dead
weight to lifting power. High-strength
fine-grained structural steel in combination with ultra-modern equipment
permits precise and flexible working even
under the most difficult conditions.
Strong lightweights
In comparison with the predecessor
models the new cranes have up to
Responsibility for tomorrow
High Performance
15%(!) more lifting power with only
Once-only lubrication of the extension
system designations
a slight increase in dead weight!
system with environmentally friendly
01
=Single linkage crane
food-grade grease, the use of
02
=Double linkage crane
PALFINGER defines the modern
Cr(VI)-free pipes and fittings as well as
"K"
=K models are characterised
loading crane
water-soluble topcoat paints underline
by a shorter, weight-optimised
The new High Performance double
the sense of responsibility PALFINGER
extension system.
linkage cranes impress in their classes
has towards the environment.
"EH"*)=Package model with E-HPLS,
through innovative technology, functional
Danfoss control valve, radio
design and equipment features which de-
remote control and oil cooler
fine the modern loading crane of today.
*) The "EH" models are equipped with the innovative
HPLS technology. When necessary the E-HPLS reduces
the working speed of the crane and at the same time
increases the lifting power. The electronic control
system of the high-end control valve also permits
optimal multicontrollability, i.e. several crane
functions can be carried out at the same time
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THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NEW CRA N ES
FUN C T IO N AL D E S I G N . C L E A R ADVANTAGES.
New control console
Warning light on outrigger
The result of the development work performed by our designers
LEDs which backlight the control stand make it easy to read the
is not only good to see but also excellent to use! Functional
machine functions and provide the crane operator with a rapid
design for more comfort and safety, plastic covers and internally
complete overview during the working process. The integrated
routed hydraulic hoses not only enhances the crane’s look but
level indicator and the redesigned load chart diagram on the
at the same time primarily serve to protect the user and the
crane, which is individually matched to the specific crane boom
crane system. Plastic covers protect sensitive crane parts from
version, gives the operator an ideal view directly from the
dirt and damage. They therefore reduce service and mainte-
control stand. LED warning lights on the outriggers mean more
nance expense and considerably increase the working life of the
safety for the crane driver and passers by. The proven spiral hose
loading crane. By using high-quality, particularly durable plastic
to protect the hydraulic hoses is now standard on all PALFINGER
materials which can be used in the temperature range from
cranes. The enlarged stabilizer plates on the outriggers are
-40 to +80 degrees Celsius the crane experiences an enormous
movable and permit better adaptation to the ground.
enhancement. For maintenance and service the consoles are
easy to dismantle.
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THE H IGH L IG H T S O F T H E N E W CR ANES
EXT E N S ION S Y S T E M . M A I N T E NANCE-FREE
AND E N VIRO N M E N TA L LY F R I E NDLY.
"PALFINGER inside"
The use of sliding elements made of special plastic in combination with the proven KTL
In addition to the perfect hardware,
coating means that the arm system no longer has to be serviced by the operator. This
numerous technology features set the
saves time and expense, but also protects the environment.
new cranes apart and make life easier
for the user:
KTL, PAL 50, RRC, DPS, ISC
T4I HOSE DRUM SYSTEM FOR HYDRAULIC ACCESSORIES.
Alternatively to the conventional hose
equipment, the cranes can be fitted
with a hose drum on the main boom.
The "T4I" system is available for up to
4 hydraulic extensions. The hydraulic
hoses are routed in the extension system
and can be simply connected by means
of quick- couplings. The hoses in the
extension system are therefore
completely protected against damage.
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THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NEW CRAN ES
Po wer Link Plus.
T he Original .
There is no denying that PALFINGER defines the equipment of the modern loading crane. The Power Link Plus system
and other PALFINGER innovations already
belong to the state of the art in modern
loading crane technology. The fact that
competitors uncompromisingly and rather
cheekily copy our developments simply
confirms our supremacy.
The use of the proven double linkage
system (PALFINGER Power Link) becomes
even more efficient in combination with
the upwardly tiltable knuckle boom.
The knuckle boom which can be angled
upwards developed by PALFINGER makes
it possible to carry out even the most difficult work in a restricted space with high
precision. The crane can extend without
difficulty through low window and door
NEW and EXCLUSIVE from PALFINGER:
Why should you be satisfied
openings and work more efficiently in
the knuckle boom that can be angled
with a copy when you can have
halls and other situations with height and
upwards through 15 degrees ("Power
the original?
space restrictions.
yed on large cranes, is now also available
As is often the case with other technolo-
The upwardly tiltable knuckle boom
on models starting from the 8 metre-ton-
gical features, the same question applies
extends the working range of the crane
ne class. With the optimisation of loading
to the Power Link Plus system: "Who
significantly without causing any re-
capacity curves and movement geometry
developed it and took it through to pro-
strictions – either in terms of the space
this crane series therefore also benefits
duction?" The clear and obvious answer
needed or to the detriment of functiona-
from the expertise and market leadership
is of course "PALFINGER".
lity and efficiency. The crane can still be
Link Plus"), which is usually only deplo-
of PALFINGER in the heavy-duty
folded to within the width of the vehicle
crane sector.
and transported in space-saving mode.
The best in manoeuvrability.
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SERVIC E F R IEND L INESS
C OM F ORT
In n ovation
S M OO T H LY L U B R I C
PR OTEC TION
ENVIR ONM ENTAL
AT E D !
HI GH- P REC ISION EXTE NSION SYSTEM.
THE RE S ULT: NO MAIN TENAN CE
With the introduction of the new
All the other elements (slide strips etc.)
High Performance series PALFINGER is
run grease-free. These serve only second-
not only embarking on an intelligent
arily as sliding elements, primarily they
consolidation by making the best simply
are adjustment and guidance elements.
even better, but is also taking a major
To protect the paintwork and prevent
step in terms of product ecology and
any corrosion special plastics are used
environmental compatibility. The absolute
for them.
highlight as far as maintenance friendliness and environmental protection are
The advantages at a glance:
concerned is the maintenance-free
– Considerably reduced maintenance
extension system.
effort and lower maintenance costs
– Smoother running of the extension
The guide blocks are made of a newly
developed special plastic which in
addition to low wear also possesses
excellent dry-running properties. These
new guide blocks are given a small
amount of initial lubrication with special
arms – no stick slip effect
– The workplace does not get dirty as a
result of dripping lubrication grease
–Dust and dirt does not collect in the
lubrication grease, therefore less wear
– Cleaner appearance of the crane
food-grade grease. The grease sinks into
the surface of the guide blocks and forms
a permanent layer. After the once-only
initial lubrication no further servicing is
required here!
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M A KIN G O F T H E E X T E N S I O N SY STEM
THE WAY
IS THE
GOAL
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1 Developed and exactly calculated by experts
2 Highly strained and mercilessly tested. Nothing is left to chance here.
Any part of a genuine PALFINGER crane must be able to take it.
a) Material optimisation in plastic. The properties and durability of various
guide blocks are tested here.
b) Simulation of dynamic loadings in lifting and slewing movements
of the crane
3Perfectly manufactured in new hexagonal design. Material optimisation
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in structural steel: precision and fully automatic hexagonal tube production
4 KTL-coated and finish-painted with environmentally friendly
two-component paints
5Assembled with care and pride
6 Fitted with chromium(VI)-free pipes
7 Rigorously tested and sent out into the world
Each new crane taken to the test stand prior to delivery instils a feeling of
success in everyone involved and is excellently prepared for its work in the
outside world!
8 Excellently equipped for a long and maintenance-free life
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The goals for a perfect extension system are clearly
defined: precision, optimised weight, long service life
and maximum service friendliness.
The way towards finding the optimal solution is not an easy
one, but it is worth pursuing. To the advantage and benefit
of people and the environment!
From development and testing to production and assembly
the highest requirements are set for material quality and
processing technologies.
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