The Results are In: 2015 LLEAP Award Winners Named

Lift and Access originally introduced the Leadership in Lifting Equipment and Aerial Platforms (LLEAP) Awards to recognize products, components, and accessories that are innovative or have advanced the lifting and access industry.

Now in its 10th year, the LLEAP Awards program continues to bring well-deserved recognition to new products that raise the industry’s performance and safety. The LLEAP competition considers five categories of entries: Three categories are types of lifting or access equipment, and the other two focus on unique OEM features and innovative industry-related components or services.

To be considered in the 2015 LLEAP competition, a product, major product improvement, or accessory must have been available in North America and have been introduced or delivered to the market between June 1, 2014, and May 31, 2015.

Below are the top two products in each category, voted on by a panel of judges who have strong experience and are deeply involved in fields related to lifting equipment. Read more about the LLEAP Awards in the November-December issue of Lift and Access.

 

Aerial Lifts

Gold: MEC 6092 RT Scissor Lift

MEC’s 6092RT’s 60-ft. platform height makes it the tallest scissor lift produced in North America. That height and its 1,200-lb. platform capacity, 92-in. width, and 17'5"x24'9" over­all platform size with two optional decks extended, are earning it opportunities on some high-up applications once reachable only by boom lift.

Powered by a Kubota diesel engine and four-wheel drive, the 6092 RT can climb a 40% grade and features an oscillating rear axle. Its two-speed wheel motors let the operator choose high speed or high torque as the terrain requires. Top travel speed with the platform stowed is 4 mph, and the lift can be driven with the platform at heights to 40 ft. at a top speed of 0.4 mph. Outside turning radius is 17'5". Overall weight is just 21,780, so two lifts can travel on one truck.

Standard features include auto-leveling outriggers, power to the platform, fully proportional lift and drive controls, and platform entry ladders on both sides of the machine. The integral at­tachment receiver pockets in the platform take a range of trade specific devices, the material loading gates on ei­ther end of the platform fold back to allow safer loading and the slide out engine al­lows for easy maintenance.

In some applications, the 6092RT provides an alternative to using a 60-ft. boom lift—or several. It would take four boom lifts with 6-ft. platforms to match the 6092RT’s big deck size, and two boom lifts to match the 6092RT’s lifting capacity.

 

Judges’ Comments

  • The 60-ft. height, high capacity, and huge work area will let it replace boom lifts on some jobs.
  • 60 ft. with this kind of maneuverability! Great machine.

 

Silver: Bibi 26-BL Tracked Scissor Lift

The Bibi 26-BL is a compact, easy-to-operate scissor lift with adjust­able rubber tracks and self-leveling system that let it travel on sloping or sloppy ground and set up almost anywhere without outriggers.

It is designed for use in general rental, construction, landscaping, tree care, window cleaning, building maintenance, vineyard work, agriculture, and many other applications.

The 26-BL features 19'4" platform height, 550-lb. capacity, and a 54.7"x28" platform with single-gate entry. For extra reach, the platform slides forward 2'10" while keeping its full capacity. The lift can travel with the platform fully loaded and raised to 13'5".

The two crawlers can be adjusted in and out and up and down independently, and the self-leveling system between the chassis and scissor stack keeps the platform level during travel and operation, but the operator can tilt the scissor stack 4° to either side to get closer to a work site. The bi-leveling chassis can handle side slopes of up to 21° and climb grades as steep as 25°.

The dual-power system uses a 13-hp. Honda gasoline engine to drive a hydraulic pump, and also has a separate, electrically driven 220V pump that can run on 110V or 220V plug-in power. Both pumps are plumbed into the machine’s hydraulic system, so either power source can run the machine.

The power plant’s 1kW generator provides electricity for tools.The controls are all fully proportional.

The unit’s com­pact size and 4,400-lb. weight make the Bibi 26-BL maneu­verable and easy to transport. Stowed, it is 6'4" long, 4'11" wide, and 8'3" tall with platform rail­ings up, or 5'4" tall with the railings folded down.

The Bibi 26-BL is the tallest unit in a family of nine track-mounted scis­sor lifts with plat­form heights from 9'0" to 19'4".

ReachMaster, Kingwood, Texas, is the exclusive North American distributor for Bibi lifts.

 

Judges’ Comments

  • I’ve never seen anything like it. Bi-leveling system sets it apart.
  • A scissor lift with tracks, bi-leveling, and no outriggers will speed up production.

 

 

Material Handlers

Gold: Manitou MRT 3255 Privilege Plus Rotating Telehandler

Manitou’s MRT 3255 is the newest and largest model in the company’s family of Privilege Plus rotating telehandlers.

The MRT 3255 can reach heights of 103'4" with forks or 141'1" with a personnel basket, and it offers 360° continuous turret rotation, excellent visibility, and the versatility to work in telehandler, winch, and platform modes. It can lift 12,100 lbs. on forks, 15,860 lbs. on its winch, or 2,200 lbs. in its personnel basket.

Its 231-hp turbo diesel engine meets Tier 4 Final emission requirements with exhaust-gas recycling and SCR exhaust after-treatment.

The MRT 3255’s ability to work as a telescopic handler, crane, and aerial lift reduces the amount of equipment needed on a job. Its optional attachments range from forks to a winch, a jib with winch, and a work platform with winch. An optional remote control lets the operator run all boom functions, swing, and attachments from outside the cab.

Manitou’s exclusive E-RECO attachment-recognition and 3B6 load-moment systems automatically detect a correctly installed attachment and assign the appropriate load chart and safe operation zones. In addition, the operator can set work-zone limits to help ensure safe handling in congested areas, and maximum operating speeds can be limited in order to meet accessory and worksite requirements. All machine information is incorporated into an alphanumeric LCD control display.

The telescopic-scissor-style front and rear stabilizers can be partially deployed when setup space is tight, and the control system automatically adjusts load charts and lifting zones based on the stabilizer positions.

 

Judges’ Comments

  • Three machines in one, and the first rotating telehandler that will reach up over 100 ft.
  • Great for an owner-operator or rental company that supplies an operator with the unit.

 

 

Silver: JLG Redesigned Telehandlers

JLG Industries Inc. has completely redesigned its line of five JLG brand telehandlers to make them more comfortable and service­able, and to enhance operator confidence.

The redesigned models include the 642 (6,600-lb. capacity), 943 (9,000-lb. capacity) 1043 (10,000-lb. capacity), 1055 (10,000-lb. ca­pacity), and 1255 (12,000-lb. capacity).

In redesigning its telehandlers, JLG re-thought every aspect of machine operation and service and sought input from rental houses, fleet managers, and business owners.

The Tier 4 Final Cummins QSF 3.8L diesel engines are powerful, fuel efficient, and reliable.

A new cab layout and control panel reduce complexity and im­prove information delivery by using a single joystick controller and a multifunction gauge package. The joystick operates declutch/transmission neutral, carriage tilting, boom lifting, and boom tele­scoping. Comfort enhancements reduce operator fatigue, and the cab delivers better visibility in all directions.

Use of a single compensation and lift cylinder improves operator sight lines and also reduces the number of parts to maintain. The external telescope cylinder is now mounted on top of the boom, making it less susceptible to damage and easier to service.

Optional equipment includes the industry’s first reverse-sensing system; a rearview camera with multipurpose display that shows integrated elec­tronic load charts, diagnostics, and analyzer functions; and ride control for better load stability on rough terrain.

The Dura Tough polymer hoods won’t ding like steel and are less brittle and more heat re­sistant than hoods made of ABS.

An expanded of­fering of telehandler attachments and ac­cessories includes a pipe grapple, mate­rial-handling arm, trash hopper, 3-ft. truss boom with winch, and a coupler-mounted lifting hook.

 

Judges’ Comments

  • Tons of new features will make operators comfortable and confident.
  • They offer many enhancements to reduce operator fatigue and improve safety.

 

Cranes

Gold: Altec AC40-152S Dual-Rated Boom Truck

Altec Inc.’s new AC40-152S boom truck is engineered as a dual-rated product whose crane mode of operation complies with the ASME B30.5 standard and whose aerial mode of operation complies with the ANSI A92.2 aerial-lift standard, when the unit is outfitted with optional equipment.

When the unit is configured for aerial operation and outfit­ted with optional equipment, the operator can send crews aloft to heights of more than 220 ft. When it is configured for crane opera­tion, the user has all the benefits of a 40-ton telescopic-boom crane with a 152-ft. maximum main-boom length.

The dual rating minimizes setup time and the amount of equip­ment needed on a project.

The AC40-152S’s other innovative features include a patented Dual Entry Cab that provides safe access throughout the upper­works’ entire range of rotation. The optional 20° tilt feature delivers a clear view overhead.

Altec’s new LMAP system displays load on the hook, rated capacity percentage, boom length and angle, and load radius. It also lets the operator define audible alarm set points for area protection.

The patent-pending, quick-attach platform reduces installation time with a lightweight bracket that secures to the main boom, the end of the jib, or the optional composite reach extension. Once the bracket is attached to any of those locations, the operator can simply extend the boom until the bracket engages the platform.

Longer outrigger cylinders that allow easy setup on uneven ter­rain, reduce the amount of cribbing needed, minimize setup time, and enable more payload space on the truck.

 

Judges’ Comments

  • Delivers impressive capacity at extreme height in small stowed package.
  • Having aerial lift and crane functionality in one machine will greatly increase project efficiency.

 

 

Silver: Terex Explorer 5500 All-Terrain Crane

The 140-ton-capacity Terex Explorer 5500 five-axle all-terrain crane features a 197-ft telescopic boom, and a maximum boom-and-jib combination of 284 ft.

Its 39'10" carrier length, 46'11" overall length, and 9'0" overall width make it the most compact crane in its capacity class, and its all-axle steering gives it excellent maneuverability.

Configuration options, such as removable boom, transport dolly preparation, 5-ft. maximum front overhang, variable axle loads, and variable axle intervals let the Explorer 5500 meet widely varied roading regulations.

The automatic counterweight system lets the crane set up quickly. Electronically controlled brakes reduce wear while increasing braking power. Easily accessible service points simplify maintenance.

The Terex single-motor concept lowers operating cost by powering travel and crane operation with just one carrier-mounted engine. The Explorer 5500’s 500-hp diesel meets Tier 4 Final emission standards, and the control system automatically switches the engine to high-power mode for driving to energy-saving mode for lifting. An energy-saving start/stop function cuts operating costs even more.

In the carrier cab, touch screen displays tell the driver important data on more than ten aspects of carrier operation, and axle loads are monitored continuously. The dynamic-launch feature stops the crane from rolling backward when starting up on hills.

In the crane cab, the Terex IC-1 control system stores all load charts, the respective working range limits, and more information to permit quick, simple, and safe configuration.

The optional IC-1 Plus control system instantly calculates lifting capacities for every boom position and superstructure slewing angle. That ability lets the operator lift with an asymmetric outrigger setup. The system’s enhanced visualization gives the crane operator additional information about capacity in relation to boom position and a colored visualization of the work-area capacity.

 

Judges’ Comments

  • Great city crane in a compact package that delivers strong mid-range capacity charts.
  • Single-engine concept with anti-idling feature is a great idea.

 

 

OEM Features or Essential Components

Gold: Terex Utilities Cobra-Style Jib

Terex Utilities’ new cobra-style jib mounts to the company’s Hi-Ranger TL and LTM aerial devices to give users new levels of jib versatility and compact storage.

It can be end- or top-mounted and used with all 24"x48" plat­forms. On LTM40 lifts, it offers 800 lbs. of capacity, and on TL series lifts, it has a 1,000-lb. capacity. The jib’s hydraulic articulation and extension give operators greater range of jib motion for increased productivity, and the cobra-style jib can put the hoisting line farther from the basket shaft than other types of jibs.

The cobra-style jib can be quickly retracted and stowed conveniently out of the way with a 16-in.-high profile when it’s not needed, and can be raised to working position within seconds. Raising and lowering are done hydraulically. Whether the jib is stowed or in working position, the aerial lift’s boom retains its full range of motion, down to -40°.

Operators can easily rotate the jib for better accessibility between lines or to align it with their work. The cobra-style jib does not swivel with the work platform, so users can position the platform and jib independently to best meet individual lifting situations.

A poppet valve prevents the cobra-style jib from damaging itself during operation. The valve will instantly shut off various functions if the rear of the jib makes contact with the fiberglass boom.

 

Judges’ Comments

  • Extremely useful and versatile. Great design with the operator in mind.
  • Allows linemen more versatility at the pole and more accessibility between lines.

 

Silver: Genie Fall Arrest Bar

Genie’s Fall Arrest Bar lets the user exit an aerial work platform safely and work comfortably outside of the platform while tethered by a 6-ft. lanyard.

Available for ANSI and CSA boom lifts, the Fall Arrest Bar quick­ly attaches to a 6-ft. or 8-ft. platform on all 40-ft. Genie telescopic boom lifts and on 45-ft. or taller Genie articulating boom lifts, except the model S-125HD.

Genie worked extensively with customers to design and test the accessory in order to develop a product that meets the industry’s fall protection needs.

The identifiable yellow bar attaches to a work platform within 15 minutes. Its smooth-sliding horizontal track lets the operator tie off and move freely outside the platform using a shock-absorbing lan­yard. The enclosed track, made from high-strength steel, protects the trolley from weather and debris.

A few of the applications that can benefit from the Fall Arrest Bar are working on the wings of airplanes, in amusement parks, on rooftops, or in steel erection.

The Genie Fall Arrest Bar complies with the ANSI A92.5-2006 and CSA B354.4-02 standards for self-propelled booms.

 

Judges’ Comments

  • This simple, excellent answer greatly improves safety and productivity.
  • Excellent design. Also, the ability to move it from one unit to another adds versatility.

 

 

Aftermarket Support Products & Services

Gold: JLG Training Programs

JLG Training began offering a completely revised Train-the-Trainer curriculum this year. The updated Train-the-Trainer and operator programs incorporate the JLG equipment simulator, high-fidelity animations depicting proper and improper operation, updated evaluation forms and tests, and improved instructor presentations.

The Train-the-Trainer program includes four weeks of self-paced online learning followed by three days on site at JLG’s new training center in McConnellsburg, Pa.

The four weeks of online training include AWP operator e-learning, telehandler operator e-learning, the JLG equipment simulator for boom lift and telehandler controls, and fundamentals of teaching adults

Most of the three-day onsite portion of the Train-the-Trainer program consists of operating JLG equipment. Participants complete the hands-on evaluation for aerial work platforms and telehandlers on day one, which ensures they are qualified operators. Days two and three are spent completing hands-on exercises that give them the confidence to teach operators. The on-site training takes place at JLG’s recently expanded customer training center and proving grounds.

The $2.5-million expansion quadrupled the size of JLG’s original training building to 17,000 sq. ft. and added a 4-acre proving and practice ground that lets trainees learn, hands-on, how to drive and operate telehandlers, scissor lifts, and boom lifts in situations they’ll see on real jobsites.

The grounds feature mixed terrain with slopes and grades; structures for placing and picking telehandler loads; and several aerial work platform targets that simulate real-world applications. Graduates of JLG’s Train-the-Trainer program head back to their companies to set up training programs, which expands the circle of learning.

 

Judges’ Comments

  • This is the most comprehensive training program I’ve seen.
  • Essential training in the correct atmosphere with professional trainers.

 

Silver: Caldwell Group Dura-Lite Lifting and Spreader Beams

Caldwell Group’s Dura-Lite composite-material lifting and spreader beams offer a rigging solution that combines strength with light weight, electrical non-conductivity, and freedom from corrosion.

They are made by bonding durable composite material to form ultra-strong equipment that withstands the demands of a rugged work environment, yet is still easy to transport.

The Model 420 lifting beam is designed with a single top lifting point close to the beam for low headroom and two lower load swivel hooks for lifting.

The Model 430 spreader beam has a single lifting point attached to rigging that spreads out and is attached to the beam at the ends. The top-rigging configuration adds stability and extends head room during lifts. The beam includes two lower load swivel hooks for lifting.

Both models come in capacities from 1/4 to 3 tons, with more than 40 sizes light enough to ship by small-package service instead of truck. For example, a 72-in.-long, 1-ton-capacity Model 420 lifting beam weighs just 54.4 lbs., and a 72-in.-long, 3-ton-capacity Model 430 spreader beam weighs just 62.5 lbs.

Caldwell also builds custom-designed lifting systems of high-strength composites.

Dura-Lite lifting and spreader beams comply with current ASME B30.20, BTH-1, Design Category B, Service Class 4 requirements, are proof tested, and are issued a certificate.

 

Judges’ Comments

  • Lightweight spreader beam can allow use of smaller lifting equipment in tight spaces.
  • Lightweight, non-corroding, and non-conductive – a great combination.