Goscor Access Solutions, one of SA’s most trusted equipment solutions company, made their presence felt at this year’s African Construction Exhibition held at Gallagher Estate Convention Centre from the 11th – 13th June 2019. Not only did Goscor want to be seen at Africa’s biggest construction event held for the industry by the industry, but they also wanted to launch two brand new, state-of-the-art articulating boom lifts from Genie.
Marcus Gartside, National Sales Manager for Goscor Access Solutions, said it was the company’s first time attending the show, which was hailed as the must-attend show for the built environment. “We were pleasantly surprised at the calibre of decision makers that came through the doors and the response to our new machines was astounding,” he said.
Marcus and his team proudly showed off the capabilities of the new Genie Z45/25 XC and the Genie Z60/37 FE articulating boom lifts and visitors to the show were duly impressed. Both machines are revolutionary in their thinking and design and have been built to take the boom lift market by storm.
The Hybrid Z60/37 FE is more capable and energy efficient
“The Z60/37 FE offers a revolutionary approach to mid-size booms in the industry. It’s two machines in one, offering the versatility of a diesel and electric machine combined” says Marcus. The hybrid Genie Z60 FE (fuel & electric) has two modes namely, fully electric mode, which can operate for a full day on a single charge, or the hybrid mode, which offers up to one week run time on a single tank of diesel.
Simply put, the Z60/37 FE, when operating in hybrid mode, allows the generator to kick in when the batteries are in need of a charge. The diesel engine takes over and the motor generator recharges the depleted batteries. In just four hours, the batteries are charged to approximately 80%, allowing the electric engine to take over once again and the diesel engine to stop.
“The concept of the FE’s two-way motor is similar to that of a hybrid car, making this machine incredibly energy efficient and eco-friendly. The FE is, in fact, more powerful than a traditional hydraulic driven machine and only uses 60-70% of the energy consumption of previous models. When the machine brakes, energy is sent back to the batteries through a regenerative system, again preventing wastage of energy” explains Marcus.
An additional selling point of the FE is it’s 4×4 capabilities. A three-phase AC electric drive motor on each wheel with internal speed sensors allows the onboard computer to send through just enough power and torque to the motor that needs it, ensuring positive electric traction control. Marcus believes that the Z60/37 FE is a game changer in the access equipment arena and offers true market leading technology.
The new Z45/25 XC is safer and more powerful than its predecessors
When it comes to the Genie Z45/25 XC (Xtra capacity) articulated boom lift, the word to use is powerful! Traditionally, the safe lifting capacity of boom lifts was restricted to around 227kg. However, the XC has been re-engineered from the ground up, allowing it to now offer lifting capacities of between 300kg (unrestricted) and 454kgs (restricted).
“The loads are automatically controlled by the onboard computer through state-of-the-art load sensing technology to ensure absolute safety. In addition, the XC offers extra sensors which disable the machine functions if the load is above the permissible platform capacity, adding an additional safety feature. Genie continually improve existing models however this time they have redesigned the XC range from the ground up. This commitment shows in the capabilities and new features of the entire XC line up, right up to the biggest booms” says Marcus.
The XC allows for three-person capacity plus tools and materials in an enlarged platform area. It offers a working height of 15.86m and a 7.55m horizontal reach. “The XC also offers ‘zero load’ field calibration, which means that there is no need for weights when performing annual load testing as legislated by law. This makes calibration on tough construction and building sites that much easier” adds Marcus.
Lift Guard technology for absolute safety
Both the FE and the XC incorporate Genie’s new Lift Guard Contact Alarm system, which is now a standard safety feature on all Genie boom lifts. According to Genie “the activation cable fitted above the boom lift’s control panel is a completely new approach to alarm sensor bars. The cable is active whenever the footswitch on the boom is enabled, a free-movement zone exists between the activation cable and control box which allows operator mobility after system activation. When pressure is applied to the cable, it disconnects, stops any active lift and drive functions and alerts others that the operator may need help.” Marcus adds that’s it’s a truly forward-thinking approach to safety at the highest standards indeed.
For more information on the new boom lift models or to arrange a demo for your company, contact Goscor Access Solutions today.
Tel: 011 393 6437