Are You Set for New MEWP Standards?

Changes to ANSI A92 and CSA B354 standards in North America are coming within the next year, and one of the more significant equipment changes is the addition of platform load sensing technology.

MEWPs (Mobile Elevated Work Platforms), formerly known as Aerial Work Platforms, are manufactured in compliance with the most current standards. Contractors need to understand how new aerial lifts, including articulating and telescoping boom lifts, scissor lifts, and low-level access lifts, will operate under the updated standards.

Genie recently introduced the new interactive tool that calculates aerial lifts current capacity limits to help educate customers on how the new technology will impact equipment safe use and productivity. All contractors will have to know the new standards and follow them.

The goal is to educate rental companies and end users of the ANSI A92 and CSA B354 standards update that mandate equipment be equipped with platform load sense technology. Platform load sense technology assesses the weight of operators and equipment in the work platform and will only allow machine operation if the total load is within the rated capacity of the MEWP. Equipment with a load sensing system will monitor the weight in the work platform and disable functionality if the rated capacity is exceeded.

The new interactive tool provides site visitors the opportunity to choose different materials, attachments, and operators of various sizes to “place” into and on the virtual boom platform.

The tech then calculates the weight of materials, attachments, and operators. If the load capacity of platform exceeds the machine’s rated capacity, the virtual boom lift will not lift the load, highlighting how new industry-mandated platform load sense technology will disable machine function if the load is above the platform load limit.

If the load capacity of the platform is within the machine’s rated capacity, the virtual boom lift will be available to operate within its operating envelope. The new platform load-sensing technology requires additional systems on the machine, as well as service and training.

Being able to learn about the new standards ahead of time will give contractors an opportunity to be ready when all lifts have the new technology.

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