Since January 2019, Manitou Group has marketed its connected machines worldwide as standard equipment and the group has now recorded more than 10,000 active connected machines, which was announced at CONEXPO-CON/AGG this week in Las Vegas. These connected machines includes models used in mining which covers numerous general units used in maintenance & large equipment assembly many of which are fitted with attachments specifically developed for miners such as OTR tyre handlers and cylinder handlers.
“The connectivity of the machines ensures optimised machine use and reduced downtime, thanks to simplified preventive maintenance and improved spare parts delivery times. There are many benefits for users, making it easy for them to reduce their total cost of ownership. Rental companies also like these connected machines. Their fleet management is optimised, thanks to maintenance alerts and information reporting in real time.”
All the data is collected using the dedicated EasyMANAGER system, accessible via a web platform and a smartphone application. An API solution has been developed by Manitou Group for easy connection of the systems already used by the rental companies and key accounts for their fleet management, making it possible to meet their specific needs. Pascal Graff, Service Development Manager, says: “Our goal is to bring added value to the entire value chain, from our distribution networks, comprising our dealerships and the rental companies, to the end users. Our connected machines ensure a net decrease in their total cost of ownership.”
The services associated with the connected machines enable users to improve their monitoring and receive a two-year warranty. They retain the option of extending the warranty by one to four additional years. This peace of mind can be extended to six years by covering the machine with the maximum warranty extension, or a total of 6,000 hours of use. There are now two distinct levels of coverage. The first, ESSENTIAL COVERAGE, relates to the engine and the transmission, and a second tier, TOTAL COVERAGE, applies to all the components, including the mechanical, electrical, electronic and hydraulic parts of the machine. With this extended service, Manitou Group provides added reassurance for operators using their machine on a daily basis.
At CONEXPO-CON-AGG the company is also showcasing the full scale of its offering with a range of solutions dedicated to mining. The MHT 790 presented at the show is a good example. It has a maximum load capacity of to 9 t for a lift height of up to 7 m. This model has a load management system (LMS) integrated in the dashboard, enabling very heavy items to be moved safely. The MHT 790 is a particularly versatile machine, designed for oil and gas sites, demolition and mining. The Manitou MHT telehandler range consists of seven models ranging from 9 to 33 t, and has a wide range of original attachments dedicated to mining applications (platforms, tyre and cylinder clamp, pipe clamp) to ensure safe maintenance of equipment and mining sites, optimising machine use and production. The whole of this range and attachments are designed and produced on the group’s Italian site based in Castelfranco. Every machine/attachment pair is validated by Manitou Group in accordance with a specific procedure.
Manitou Group is also breaking new ground premiering a Gehl electric skid loader concept at the show, with potential use in minesite tasks such such as conveyor maintenance. Battery powered, this zero emissions concept machine showcases the group’s focus on alternative energies. Based on the R 165 compact skid loader model, this electric concept has the same rated capacity of 750 kg.