Hybrid and fleet management launches from Bronto
By Euan Youdale06 October 2022
Bronto Skylift will launch a new hybrid system at Bauma for its truck mounts.
The new lithium battery-powered Hybrid Pack is designed to be a simple and cost-effective way of making large truck mounts hybrid, said the company, allowing the equipment to be operated emission-free and noise-free.
It represents a move away from the use of lead acid batteries by the company, thanks to the better weight to energy ratio that lithium batteries offer. According to the company, it produced its first hybrid aerial platform in 2010, when a tailor-made solution with lead batteries was delivered to a customer in Sweden.
At bauma, the Bronto Hybrid Pack concept will be paired with the compact Bronto S35EM, which is designed for use in tight spaces like city centres. The Bronto Hybrid Pack will keep the S35EM running for full working day on an average worksite, says the company.
Once the new system has been approved by customers of the S35EM, following possible further updates, it will be expanded to other Bronto models.
The target is for the Hybrid Pack to be made available as a retrofit, however, as many of the units are customised, a case-by-case evaluation will be required to ensure compatibility.
“We have always undergone product development together with our customer base and will continue on this path, with the electrification too. The Hybrid Pack concept is in a development phase and we invite everyone to develop it further with us,” said Roberto Quintero, sales and marketing director, Bronto Skylift.
New customer portal
The Finnish manufacturer will also introduce the new Bronto One customer portal at Bauma that will replace the company’s Skyliftfleet system.
Bronto One is based on cloud technology and is significantly different to other systems in the market, says the company, as it offers an open interface for integration with other systems, for example customers’ own ERP solutions.
All Bronto aerials equipped with a modem will automtically be fully connected to Bronto One. However, fleets often include other types of equipment too. “Bronto One welcomes all manufacturer’s units and equipment, so it truly provides a full picture of your fleet,” said the company. “Bronto One is a single point of entry towards Bronto Skylifts aftersales services anywhere around the world”
In addition to better, more comprehensive fleet management, Bronto One offers personnel training logs, self-learning material and access to a hub with hundreds of solutions and guidance information. Bronto One is a single point of entry towards Bronto Skylifts aftersales services anywhere around the world.
Products on show
Other Bronto aerial platforms at Bauma 2022 will be a Bronto S70XR and S104HLA. The S70XR, with its 70m working height, 37m outreach and only 12m transportation length, is a popular choice for many different worksites from window washing to construction.
The largest aerial platform on Bronto Skylift’s stand will be the 104m S104HLA, mounted on a new type Volvo chassis, which allows compact configuration that is easy to drive in worksite conditions and regular traffic. Since the cabin is not lowered in front of the front axle, the approach angle is improved and the driveability increased.