“Changes to the standards for MEWPs (mobile elevating work platforms) in North America impacts all types of MEWPs that Genie manufactures...,” said Molly Frank, product manager, Terex AWP, in a prepared statement. “As Genie adopts one global vertical mast lift specification machine in compliance with the worldwide standards, specifications, and performance will be changing in all regions. For example, North American MEWPs will be equipped with load sense systems, which include drive and lift cutout functions if an overload is measured, and to adopt similar wind rating requirements as those currently in effect in European markets.”
Outdoor operation will be possible on most Genie vertical mast lifts. Equipped with the Genie Smart Link dual zone control, Genie GR and QS models will have two buttons added to the lifts’ platform controller, prompting the operator to select the “Indoor” or “Outdoor” zone prior to operation. When the “Outdoor” zone is selected, outdoor operation is permitted while maximum platform height operation and occupancy will be restricted.
Users can identify a GR and QS dual-zone vertical mast lift model in two ways, according to the company. The platform control (PCON) includes two additional buttons (dual zone), and the Smart Link decal on the platform toeboard has been updated to indicate it is equipped with dual zone control.
Designed to meet the specific requirements of indoor industrial applications, Genie GRC models will be indoor-only use machines.
How Load Sense works
“Global standards require all MEWPs to continuously check the weight in the platform and disable function if the load is above the platform load limit,” said Frank. “The addition of this functionality requires additional systems, new components, as well as updated service and training requirements.” According to Frank, on all new Genie GR, QS and GRC lifts, load sense is accomplished using a spring-controlled sensor designed to monitor the platform load and alert the operator if the machine is overloaded. When an overload event occurs, the Genie Smart Link platform controller will indicate -OL-, an alarm will sound and machine motion will stop. Full load calibrations on the updated Genie vertical mast lifts can be completed using a standard multi-meter tool.
Designed to increase operator efficiency when working at height, Genie accessories also promote best practices for safe use and increased performance while operating Genie vertical mast lifts.
The Genie Lift Guard Contact Alarm system can be equipped on Genie GR and GRC vertical masts. This optional electronic secondary guarding solution is designed to activate when an obstruction contacts an activation whisker mounted to MEWPs guardrails, alerting operators, occupants and ground personnel to a potential hazard.
The Genie Lift Tools Work Tray is designed to help eliminate clutter and potential tripping hazards by providing operators and workers with a convenient place to store their tools, fasteners and small materials in the platform.