July 17 - The Manitowoc MLC650 crawler crane has successfully completed the required load test to validate its maximum lifting capacity of 650 tonnes.

Dustin Soerens, marketing manager for lattice cranes at Manitowoc, said the test went as expected, and it is only a matter of time before the MLC650 is ready for the global market.

The crane has a 104 m maximum main boom length and a luffing jib that can be added to reach a maximum combination of 157 m.

"This crane also features the innovative variable position counterweight (VPC) technology, which worked perfectly to position the counterweight for each of the load scenarios," added Soerens.

The crane was fitted with hundreds of strain gauges that measured the tension and compression of the steel components of the crane while lifting.