Es­corts’ Jour­ney from 'Hy­dras' to 'TRXs'

NBM&CW - - EQUIPMENT & MACHINERY -

Mech­a­nized ma­te­rial han­dling in In­dia owes its ori­gin to the Pick-n-Carry crane of Es­corts called Hy­dra. This sim­ple/ ba­sic tech­nol­ogy crane had a Trac­tor back end and served the mar­ket sin­gle­hand­edly for decades. Es­corts kept on adding higher ca­pac­ity mod­els from time to time. These Hy­dra cranes of­fered a big­ger and bet­ter load pro­file as in load mo­ment with higher lift­ing ca­pac­ity and in­creased reach.

In 1998, Es­corts joined hands with Faranna of Aus­tralia for tech­nol­ogy trans­fer to de­velop a tech­ni­cally ad­vanced crane, wherein the trac­tor back­end was done away with to cre­ate a much more sta­ble plat­form that of­fered scope for a to­tal trans­for­ma­tion in Pick-n-carry cranes. The first in this se­ries was called Es­corts K10 crane. It had a cabin in the front giv­ing the op­er­a­tor clear vis­i­bil­ity of the load & ease of driv­ing on the roads. An ar­tic­u­la­tion at al­most half way along the X-axis, higher ground clear­ance, & lower turn­ing ra­dius changed the en­tire per­for­mance. The drive line com­prised com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle ag­gre­gates giv­ing faster speeds, and the plat­form

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