Chad Hislop - Director, Design Engineering
Nov 16, 2017, 03:00 AM
Responding to the New Normal
Changes to North American standards (ANSI A92 in the United States and CSA B354 in Canada) are expected to come in 2020 and will create a new “normal” for mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs), formerly known as aerial work platforms (AWPs), worldwide. To prepare for these standards changes, Genie has been proactively working on a response to implementing the new requirements across its entire product range to offer effective, robust and reliable solutions worldwide.
Because Genie®machines will be manufactured in compliance with these new standards, it is time for you and your customers to know how we are responding to these changes, as well as customer demand worldwide for higher capacity machines.
Responding to Market Demand
To adapt to today’s widespread need to enable people to work at height safely with increasingly heavy loads using a single machine, we have engineered a new generation of Genie booms to work in more applications that require higher capacities. And, we’ve done it with a focus on user interface and simplicity to make the machines easy to use while delivering a high rental return on invested capital (rROIC) that your business can rely on.
Easy to spot on your rental yards and on your customers’ jobsites, this new generation of Genie booms has an “XC™” designation in their nomenclature. The XC nomenclature also lets you know that this new boom complies with the overload restriction guidelines in the proposed ANSI A92 and CSA B354 industry standards, as well as the current European EN280 and Australian AS 1418.10 standards. This means our new XC machines are truly global machines with the ability to work in applications worldwide.
“XC” Means Xtra Capacity™
Industry-wide, there is a mix of high- and dual-capacity machines. This can be challenging, particularly when spec’ing a project that requires lifting heavy loads. The Genie solution: All “XC” booms combine the benefits of a dual-envelope design to provide an unrestricted platform capacity of 660 lb (300 kg) and a restricted capacity of 1,000 lb (454 kg).
The benefit to your rental store — Genie Xtra Capacity™ booms respond to a growing market trend, creating high demand for the Genie XC™ family of booms which will increase your rROIC and boost your profitability quickly.
The benefit to your customers— Genie Xtra Capacity booms reduce the number of lift cycles, as well as the amount of equipment/operators need to get tools and materials to work areas at height. Doing more with a single unit saves time and increases productivity. These machines are a perfect fit for your customers’ heavy work with heavy tools applications, such as construction, bridge inspections and maintenance, stadium and sports arena, gas and oil refineries, industrial, telecommunications and large utility work.
New Technology Enhances Safe Work Practices
Our number one priority is to provide safe, productive aerial work platforms to you. Thanks to new technology incorporated into the design, Genie XC booms will carry more load than ever before, giving the machines the unparalleled ability to complete higher capacity jobs in a wider range of applications.
To increase performance, decrease set-up time and improve the overall productivity, all Genie XC models boast the ability to do zero-load field calibration. These new Genie booms are equipped with a load sense cell that continuously checks the weight in the platform and adjusts to match the load chart. A tilt sensor also gives users access to different ranges of motion based on the machine’s rated slope limit, even on certain sloped surfaces, improving the ability to access even the most hard-to-reach work areas.
With the implementation of these changes (expected in 2020), we will continue to evaluate and manufacture our products to meet the most current industry standards worldwide. This is our commitment to our customers that we will continue to provide them with the best safe work at height solutions possible.