Summit demonstrates Genie innovations
By Euan Youdale13 July 2015
Terex Aerial Work Platforms (AWP) held its second Genie Technical Summit, 2 -3 June at Disneyland, Paris.
Attended by 127 rental customers, authorised distributors and service providers from Europe, The Middle East, Africa and Russia (EMEAR), under the theme Discovering the Future, this year’s on-stage presentations and hands-on workshops provided insights into the company’s latest innovations.
“We are dedicated to the success of our customers’ business,” said Sebastian Umbreit, senior director operations and aftermarket, Terex AWP, EMEAR. “By means of open dialogue with our technical teams, each edition of the Genie Technical Summit is a unique opportunity to hear our customers’ opinions and measure their level of satisfaction.”
There were 30% more customers than at the Technical Summit held in The Netherlands in 2013. Brad Allen, Terex AWP global vice president marketing, product management and engineering took the design of the 186 ft working height Genie SX-180 boom lift as an example. While its main components are made of steel, the machine weighs 50% less than it would have if it had not benefitted from today’s state-of-the-art technology.
The Summit provided an overview of its telematics systems, including Trackunit and is the only company to produce machines featuring a universal telematics-ready connector, it said. While Matthew Skipworth, Terex AWP, EMEAR service solutions manager, discussed Genie Service Solutions (GSS).
Focusing on recent innovations, attendees took part in interactive workshops, among which the troubleshooting workshop demonstrated a new, fast calibration system. Available on models of the new GTH telehandler range, this system enables operators to calibrate machines in two easy steps without counterweight via a control screen inside the operator cab. Attendees were invited to try for themselves. In most instances the machine was fully calibrated in less than one and a half minutes.
The benefits of NanoClear+, a new repellent and protective paint coating were demonstrated by Jack Steur, director of Steur Industrial Coating BV. This high-shine paint coating option uses nano technology to protect machine paintwork from chipping as well as from damage caused by paint, oil, diesel, cement, chemicals and salt corrosion.
Focusing on safety and uptime, Terex AWP specialists also presented the benefits of the company’s technical and operator training and featured the presentation of an innovative cost-efficient computerised simulator designed to simplify Genie Z-boom lift operator training.