- Souma Ray, Director, Haulotte India
More priority being given to infrastructure ramp up in India - Smart Cities, new airports, etc - entails more formwork, which in turn requires the use of scaffolding, Aerial Work Platforms (AWPs) and telehandlers for safe and timely completion of projects. Souma Ray, Director, Haulotte India, shares more on the market and the company's offerings...
How do you view this segment as a demand driver for your offerings?
Scaffolding is a manual system of erection of a platform or series of integrated platforms to work at heights. In case the work is only restricted on a particular elevation, formwork is a good option. However, a scaffolding has to be dismantled and re-erected again if the location is changed. Hence, considerable amount of time is spent. That is where using AWPs and telehandlers are advantageous. More and more projects involving formwork are now using AWPs as it greatly increases productivity and timeliness.
Tell us about AWPs and telehandlers offered by Haulotte.
The use of access platforms is multifarious and any of our machines can be used in formwork. Our AWPs or telehandlers are used across all sectors where there is a need to work at height, productively and safely. Our product portfolio for India include: For AWPs: Seven products range over 60 models. These include articulating booms from 12 to 41 m working height, diesel or electric powered; scissors lift from 8-18 m working height, equipped with rough terrain diesel for outside applications or silent electric for interior use; telescopic booms from 14 to 43 m working height; vertical masts from 6-10 m û for outdoor and indoor; push around from 7-14 m working height - light compact machine designed for fragile floor surfaces; trailer booms from 12-26 m - compactness and lightweight allow them to be towed to any site.
Telehandler range: The Haulotte telehandler offers maximum stability, unmatchable handiness giving operational flexibility, progressiveness and precision. Besides its on-board technology, the telehandler is also endowed with the power of a diesel engine and the versatility of its many accessories. Its general ergonomics improve visibility and allow easy maintenance. These include eight models: 10 m working height û five machines with maximum lift capacity 3,200 kg, 3,500 kg and 4,000 kg, 5,200 kg and 7,000 kg; 14 m working height û two machines with maximum lift capacity 3,600 kg and 4,000 kg; 17 m working height û two machines with maximum lift capacity 3,600 kg and 4,000 kg.
What is the USP of your equipment?
Here are the standard safety features that you would find on Haulotte machines, which conform to the CE EN280 standards for safety requirements for AWPs:
Overload System (cuts off function from platform when the machine platform is overloaded).
Tilt Cut-off System (cuts specific functions of the machine which assist in increasing horizontal reach of the machine when the entire machine slope has exceeded the permissible limit).
Radius Limitation (cuts off movement for the machine if it exceeds its designed reach radius).
Back up emergency system (present on the lower control box can be activated in a scenario where the operator on the upper control box in incapacitated to bring the operator down safely).
The additional safety feature for our AWPs is an Anti Entrapment System from operators on platform - Active Shield Bar (ASB) û patented by us. This is a secondary guarding system for the machines, which activates when the operator is trapped in a crushing situation.
Any value-added services you offer?
We are always evaluating our product range, and when required, we adapt superior but user-friendly technology aimed at unmatched safety and optimum productivity for our customers. The local presence of Haulotte in India giving after-sales support gives us a cutting-edge over competition. Our service team in India has the expertise to train operators on our machines. We offer training to our customers, both in terms of operation and maintenance of machines.