Skyjack Booms; RE-visualized, RE-powered, Return
POSTED February 23, 2021
Linamar Corporation’s (TSX:LNR) Skyjack division launched all new 40ft and 60ft booms, leveraging its SMARTORQUE™ technology and data-driven design, to improve its customers’ return on investment.
Skyjack recognized that some of its booms had room for further optimisation. Their team came to this conclusion through two realisations: these models were employing larger engines that machines themselves weren’t taking full advantage of; and the power they did have available wasn’t being fully utilized by operators. Taking this information into consideration, Skyjack took a similar approach to when it updated both its telehandlers and full-size RT scissor lifts.
“Skyjack’s SMARTORQUE™ optimises the gearing of our axle-based system, along with a simplified, high efficiency hydraulics package,” explains Corey Connolly, product manager at Skyjack. “So that our new 40 and 60ft booms are able to employ less than 25hp engines to deliver the same on-site job performance as higher powered units.
Connolly comments that, “Engines have become much more complex and with requirements for more emission controlling devices (DOC DPF, and more). These devices and their impact on engine maintenance can quickly drive up the cost of ownership. Moving to a smaller engine avoids all of these associated costs.”
The new Skyjack models offer increased return on investment through:
- Significantly less sensor & emission regulation components minimizes any associated downtime.
- Reduced fuel usage through reduced engine size.
- No downtime related to after treatment components clogging in colder climates.
- No dealing with customer issues on active regeneration.
- No expensive Diesel Oxidisation Catalyst (DOC) or Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) maintenance or replacement.
- Reduced engine OEM intervention and loss of uptime.
- No reliance on ultra-low sulfur fuel reduces costs and improves resale options.
“These features taken individually may not seem significant, but the real benefit is that a combination of these things along with any associated downtime will quickly provide savings to our customers,” states Connolly.
The new models rolled out by Skyjack are:
- SJ40 T+ (replacing the existing SJ40 T+)
- SJ45 T+ (replacing the existing SJ45 T+)
- SJ45 AJ+ (replacing the existing SJ46 and SJ46 AJ+)
- SJ60 AJ+ (replacing the existing SJ51/SJ63 and SJ63 AJ+)
Looking to better understand how its machines were being used, Skyjack gathered detailed telematics data as well as engaged with customers to understand how the machines were being used, and what the impact would be for its customers, as well as the end user, if those changes were made. It was after collecting this data that Skyjack realised these machines had a real opportunity to improve customer return with little to no impact on jobsite navigation and operation.