Tadano Mantis Corporation recently welcomed its valued customers and distribution partners to an Open House at the Richlands, Virginia Final Assembly plant. It was a wonderful opportunity to show executives from all over the country TMC’s recently expanded facilities, and to demonstrate the features that set Tadano Mantis telescopic boom crawler cranes apart from the competition.
The Open House festivities started with a dinner reception at the Holiday Inn Bristol Conference Center. Everyone was welcomed to Virginia by Mr. Koichi Tadano, President and CEO of Tadano, Ltd., and Mr. Shiro Morita, COO of Tadano Mantis Corporation. Other top executives in attendance were Tadano Ltd. Officer Kozo Hayashi, Tadano America President and COO Yo Kakinuma, and Tadano America Executive Vice President of Customer Service Ingo Schiller. The next morning, customers and distributors were able to tour the Richlands Plant, where assembly, testing, calibration, final assembly and shipping take place.
Tadano Mantis Vice President of Plant Operations, Nobuhiko Hattori, welcomed everyone to the plant and explained the manufacturing and safety methods used by his team each day. Ed Hisrich, Vice President of Sales and Customer Support, then gave an informative presentation to the guests explaining TMC’s company history and the benefits of the GTC Series Cranes. Customers were reminded that the GTC-800 and GTC-1200 utilize the best technology from Tadano group companies, have full load chart ‘pick and carry’ capabilities, incorporate Tadano Hello‐Net telematics and utilize full functionality of the Tadano AML-C Rated Capacity Indicator.
After plant tours and a barbecue lunch, our customers and distribution partners were able to see the Tadano Mantis crane product line during the following live demonstrations:
• GTC-1200 self erection: This demonstration shows the GTC’s ability to be assembled or disassembled quickly, without the use of any tools or a support crane. Key features include:
– LMI rigging mode allows for safe lifting and loadout of all crane components while on jacks.
– Radio control of hydraulic actuated counterweight pins and counterweight lower/raise allows removal of counterweight from the ground.
– Radio control hydraulic jacks with out of level sensing for jacking the crane superstructure.
– Patented quick removal track retention system – allows removal of track frames with no tools.
• 9010 Remote Control: The model 9010 crane was operated completely via our radio remote control option. The radio remote control package is available for all Tadano Mantis cranes and is able to control all crane functions, including travel, boom hoist & extend, and winch operation.
• 15010 Pick and Carry: The 15010 was shown simultaneously lifting, carrying, and even slewing a 6010LP (load weight: 67,000 lbs.).
• GTC-1200 Pick and Carry: The GTC-1200 lifted a model 9010 (load weight: 99,500 lbs.) in a similar pick and carry demonstration that also showed the GTC cranes’ automatic out-of-level load-chart switching and external light bar that enhances safety for both the operator and ground personnel.
• GTC-800 Variable and Asymmetrical track position: A robust design of hydraulic cylinders, position feedback transducers and hydraulic locking valves coupled with the power and features of the Tadano AML-C make the GTC-800 the first telescopic boom crawler crane with infinite track positions and asymmetric track width lifting charts. These capabilities were demonstrated and allow for setup of the crane for optimal lifting performance in reduced width configurations. At mid-width setup, an asymmetric setup can give 30% – 50% higher lifting capacities over the side of the crane than a symmetric track configuration.
• GTC-1200 Jib Deployment: The jib was deployed on the GTC-1200 with the aid of its hydraulic assist cylinder and pendant radio remote control. Tadano standard telescoping pins can be activated from the ground to lock the jib in position. This system enhances safety by eliminating the need for rigging personnel to climb ladders, walk the boom, or utilize an assist crane.
The Open House concluded later that night with a dinner and reception in the Owner’s Suite at Bristol Motor Speedway. Tadano Mantis employees and guests were able to see the famous NASCAR facility that also recently hosted a world-record football crowd with over 156,000 fans. The Open House was a wonderful opportunity to show customers and distribution partners that TMC is manufacturing quality telescopic boom crawler cranes with many effective applications for the job site.