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2 Years – 2 Nominations – 2 Awards13.04.2013

At the end of March, 2013, this year’s IAPA awards were presented in Miami, USA. Last year, RUTHMANN won this coveted prize with the STEIGER® T 330. This year, it was the STEIGER® T 540 of the HEIGHT performance series that won over the international jury and left the competition behind.

The 2013 IAPA awards were presented at the Hilton Hotel in Miami, USA on the 26th of March.  More than 350 industry experts from around the world were in attendance.

The IAPA presentation (International Award for Powered Access)  is the most important award ceremony in the work platform industry. It recognizes extraordinary achievements and the most innovative developments. This worldwide competition has been jointly organized by Access International and IPAF for the past 5 years.

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This award underscores the popularity of the successful HEIGHT performance series.  This “heavy machinery” series was first introduced a year ago but by March, 2013 over 50 units had already been sold. RUTHMANN, which has been producing STEIGER ® work platforms since 1954, had never before sold this much machinery (in this category) to its worldwide customers in such a short period of time.

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(Seen here in the back row: (2nd and 4th from the left respectively) Nico Krekeler (RUTHMANN Chief Designer) and Rolf Kulawik (RUTHMANN Managing Director) in Miami to accept the awards.

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The real beneficiaries of this development are the customers that have acquired the STEIGER ® T 540 or other models in the HEIGHT performance series. They are the ones who are able to enjoy the many benefits of this innovative new design on a daily basis. RUTHMANN now routinely hands over machinery on a weekly basis.

Aside from the new boom concept, the new series offers many other advantages. RUTHMANN has paid special attention to the equipment in and on the working cage. This is, after all, the hub of activity from where the operator carries out his daily assignments.

HP-Vorschau_N1.jpg The special highlight of this series is the very long and telescoping upper boom and long, movable jib (RÜSSEL ®) design.  With the T 460 and T 540, operators now have an extra 3 metres of upper boom length (16 m total reach) at their disposal. Performance data at the jobsite has therefore been increased by a staggering 25%. This opens up entirely new working area dimensions at the job site.
HP-Vorschau_N2.jpg Movable, extended jib (RÜSSEL ®) provides maximum versatility
The upper boom and movable jib (RÜSSEL ®), extended by 2 m, can be manoeuvred around objects with great sensitivity. The application possibilities are endless. Work at and behind objects can be carried out with the greatest degree of precision, safety and efficiency.

The new cage – the perfect place to work
The telescoping and rotating aluminium working cage is standard equipment. It features an impressive 600 kg load capacity and can be extended in width hydraulically from 2.42 m to 3.82 m.

HP-Vorschau_N4.jpg RUTHMANN “Lift-Up System
The optional “Lift-Up System” is a first in the STEIGER ® HEIGHT performance series. With the new “Lift-Up System” integrated into the working cage, heavy or bulky items can safely be lifted to the desired position. The “Lift-Up System” does not need to be transported separately and there is no awkward on-site assembly required. This is a huge advantage. Furthermore, there is no stumbling hazard on the floor of the working cage.

HP-Vorschau_N5.jpg Multi-Chassis STEIGER ®
Customers can choose base vehicles from a wide variety of makes and models. All–wheel drive chassis are also available.

HP-Vorschau_N6.jpg Multifunctional support control for maximum efficiency
The four outriggers are individually-controlled. The new support control mechanism can be accessed from the rear on both sides of the vehicle. This feature facilitates better judgment during positioning and greatly increases safety at the job site. The outriggers can also be controlled using the secondary control on the passenger side or directly from the control panel located in the working cage.

HP-Vorschau_N7.jpg State-of-the-art, multi-bevelled boom technology
Another major advantage of this series is the innovative boom fabrication technique. The telescoping boom sections are made of high-strength, fine-grained steel and multi-bevelled for maximum stability and minimum overall weight.

Solid performance even BELOW GROUND
The HEIGHT performance STEIGER ® T 460 and T 540 are even capable of carrying out assignments up to 7.5 metres below the surface.


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Your contact for this press release:
Stefanie David                    (RUTHMANN media Service, COEmarketing GmbH)     Fon: +49 (0) 25 41 / 800 68 -13
Gregor Schlingschröder        (RUTHMANN media Service, COEmarketing GmbH)     Fon: +49 (0) 25 41 / 800 68 -11

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