Raimondi Cranes LR330 and your imagination

Raimondi Cranes LR330 luffing tower crane




Earlier in the week, I was having a little fun with Instagram stories and created a poll over which article to write next. Do I write about Terex Cranes or Raimondi Cranes?

The following morning, I woke up to the results. The results landed us with this article about Raimondi Crane’s flagship LR330 luffing tower crane. It’s never the crane or the machines themselves that capture our imagination. And the new LR330 comes with some serious numbers, numbers that Eng. Domenic Ciano, Technical Director and the team from Raimondi Cranes, can be proud of.

Raimondi Cranes LR330 and your imagination

Raimondi Cranes LR330 luffing crane, looking along the jibThe LR330 luffing crane can reach 60m and still lift 3.3t which is what stirs the imagination about the sort of construction sites you could place this crane. Think of the possibilities……. More to the point, what are you building that you need a 60m luffing crane?

As each manufacturer introduces new models targeting different circumstances and conditions; it ends up being the construction team’s imagination, and the odd joke about sticking the largest crane you can find that ultimately leads to our choice.

And when companies like Raimondi Cranes release a crane cram packed full of features like the LR330 (see infographic here) the reminiscing begins. We joke about past projects; past operators and we even joke about how the new features would have saved some heartache back in the day.

As you look over the spec’s on the LR330, it’s hard not to start to daydream a little. Starting with the Raimondi’s safety control system, according to Ciano, “crane operators can now choose between three different configurations. This functionality allows the operators to align the crane closer to their specific needs.”

Climbing up the mast of Raimondi Cranes LR330

Also looking at how Raimondi has developed a new equilateral triangular jib with all the benefits that come along with the new design. Such as decreased wind drag, simplified site assembly and being able to pack more onto a truck. I guess I am showing my site manager side when all I can think about is how much more of the jib I can fit on one truck. Think about the savings, especially when you know that your project’s budget is shot.

 

At the end of the day, when a company like Raimondi Cranes have crane operators’ that enjoy taking the driver’s seat, it’s hard to not consider the LR330 as a serious option.

Related article: Raimondi Cranes latest crane MRT234

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Raimondi Cranes newest crane, MRT234 flattop

Raimondi Cranes MRT234 flattop crane




Raimondi's MRT234 flattop craneRaimondi Cranes back in October introduced a new tower crane to the market, the MRT234 flattop. The MRT234 was pre-released to their exclusive agent network before October and was received well.

InterKran of Switzerland will take delivery of the first MRT234, with the second and third units going to Strictly Cranes based in Sydney, Australia.

Developing the MRT234 flattop crane

Raimondi Cranes put a fair amount of time into the developing the MRT234. Around seven months with 3200 design hours not to mention the months of manufacturing and testing that followed at their headquarters in Italy.

Installing the MRT234 cab to mastRaimondi Cranes have managed to gain some significant performance improvements for the MRT234. A 30% increase in slew speed and trolley movements, with a focus towards usability. Raimondi’s Technical Director, Eng. Domenico Ciano had this to say, “Raimondi’s newest product is heavily geared towards the user’s experience, and these UI/UX centric features pioneered by Silicon Valley’s technology companies when applied to heavy lifting machinery result in a high-performance product that boasts extreme operator ease onsite.”

It’s always great to read and hear what companies have to say, from time to time there is a level of doubt surrounding usability statements. The crane’s usability was something that I wanted to explore. And not being sure how to investigate this, by chance I stumbled on my answer.

What do the operators think?

Feet up in Raimondi's cabI was reaching out to crane operators about an article idea regarding the daily tower climb. One of the operators I was chatting too had sent me a photo from inside one of Raimondi’s cab. With the MRT234 article in mind, of course, I asked if he was a fan of the Raimondi cranes.

The response, “Ahh yeah.” That in its self-speaks volumes for Raimondi’s brand, so I throw it out there to see if he had heard of Raimondi’s new MRT234 flattop crane. I couldn’t believe my luck, not only had he heard of it, he is hoping to be jumping in the operator’s seat in the coming weeks, and looking forward to the opportunity.

For a person like myself that has heard so many different sale pitches over the years from various suppliers and contractors. It is those off the cuff statements from the guys on the ground that carry the most weight. With that, I have my answer surrounding the MRT234 usability.

Raimondi Cranes MRT234 Infographic

Just like anything, the real test will come with field use. Raimondi has been around for over 150 years; it’s clear they know what they are up too.

If you are looking for the full specifics of the MRT234 flattop, head over to Raimondi’s website (click here). I have included a copy of their infographic (click here) for those that would like to check it out.

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