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Variobase: The Future of Crane Safety

Crane safety is a top priority in the construction industry, and advancements in technology have brought about new ways to make cranes safer than ever before. One of the most innovative safety features available on some mobile cranes is Variobase.

Variobase in use with 40t Crane
Variobase in Action

Variobase is an electronic control system that allows crane operators to adjust the width of their outriggers to match the specific requirements of the job site. This feature provides greater stability during crane operation, making it a crucial safety measure for any job site.

Advantages of Variobase over Traditional Crane Outriggers

Traditionally, cranes have been equipped with fixed-width outriggers that are extended to provide stability during operation.

While effective, this method of stabilizing cranes has its limitations. Here are some advantages of Variobase over traditional crane outriggers:

  1. Increased Stability: Variobase adjusts the width of the crane's outriggers to match the terrain, providing increased stability and reducing the risk of tipping. Instead of a fixed location you can move the outrigger to the maximum extend for that location.

  2. Improved Safety: With its advanced electronic control system, Variobase is able to detect when the crane is unstable and automatically stop its operation. This feature helps to prevent accidents and keep workers safe. The crane actively measures the weight on each leg and its position to calculate in real time the stability.

  3. Flexibility: Variobase allows crane operators to adjust the width of their outriggers to match the specific needs of the job site. This makes it an incredibly flexible safety feature that can be used in a variety of different settings.

  4. Time-Saving: With traditional crane outriggers, it can take a lot of time and effort to adjust them to the right width. Variobase streamlines this process, allowing operators to make adjustments quickly and easily.

This video by Liebherr is well worth a watch to see the huge strides ahead variobase makes for safe crane operations.

McLeod Cranes - A Step Change in Crane Safety

McLeod Cranes is a leading provider of crane services in the construction industry, and they are proud to announce that their fleet now includes eleven machines featuring Variobase technology.

This is a significant step forward in crane safety, as the advanced electronic control system provides increased stability and improved safety for workers on job sites.

With Variobase, McLeod operators can adjust the width of their outriggers to match the specific requirements of each job site, ensuring that the cranes are stable and safe to operate. This technology has already proven to be incredibly effective in reducing the risk of accidents and improving overall safety.

Our Safety First approach, Variobase is an incredibly valuable safety feature that should be considered for any construction site where cranes are in use. Its advanced features, such as increased stability and improved safety, make it a crucial step forward in crane safety.

McLeod are leading the way by incorporating this technology into our fleet, we can expect to see even more advancements in crane safety in the future.

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