Companies in aerial work platforms market are taking immense efforts in conducting regular inspections to comply with the federal laws, while ensuring effective service equipment and reducing the overall maintenance costs and most of all, keeping the workers safe. 2019 could witness some new standards affecting the equipment operators, equipment manufacturers, their supervisors, dealers, rental operations, and contractors. The expansive overhaul is likely to change device names from AWPs (aerial work platforms) to MEWPs (mobile elevating work platforms). The all-new ANSI A92 standards encompasses MEWP designs, training, and safe use standards.
What are some notable developments in the aerial work platforms market?
- Aerial work platforms offers enhanced opportunities for usage of hybrid technologies, for reducing emissions and increasing machine effectiveness. With hybrid technology integrated aerial work platforms, reduction in risk of the hydraulic spills is experienced. Most of all, hybrid powertrains are expected to witness increasing application in scissor and boom lifts.
- Chinese construction machinery manufacturing company, Zoomlion recently developed nearly 8 aerial work platforms to offer national, American and European standards requirements of efficiency, simplicity and reliability. The new aerial work platforms are integrated with modern sensing as well as IoT technology along with AI (artificial intelligence) brains that enables in detecting intelligent diagnosis and fault warning through equipment self-control systems, mobile APPs and remote management platforms. These new aerial work platforms help in enhancing safety and convenience of the mechanical operation.
How are latest technologies transforming the aerial work platforms landscape?
Development of innovative solutions such as PPSS (Proactive Platform Safety System) by MEC aerial work platforms is highly beneficial for alerting scissor lift operators regarding overhead hazards along with the aim of entrapment and collision avoidance. Apart from this, American access equipment manufacturer, JLG Industries, Inc., recently developed rough- terrain scissor lifts with enhanced controls inclusive of system upgrades as well. The improved digital inputs in the aerial work platforms offers high-level of functionality along with enhanced response for operators.
What could possibly restrict the sales of aerial work platforms?
On a broader perspective, lack of aerial work platforms operating knowledge can lead to severe injury and death as well. According to CPWR (Construction Research and Training), every year approximately 26 workers die on account of electrocutions, tip-overs and falls. Apart from this, lack of maintenance of aerial work platforms can lead to costly downtime for the contractors and rental companies. This in turn significantly impacts the revenue growth of overall aerial work platforms market. For example, with increasing need to cater to the project deadlines and unfortunate loss of scissor and boom lift functionality leads to project extensions, which in turn results in potential costing of nearly thousands of dollars as extra expenses.
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