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Skybird 215I is the innovative sensation at ICUEE 2015 in USA.

At this year’s ICUEE (International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition) which took place in Louisville, Kentucky from September 29 – October 1, our collaborative partner – TIME Manufacturing – launched its brand new Skybird 215I. The new truck-mounted aerial work platform, with its 66 m working height, is ideal for assignments on high-voltage power lines. When it comes to fully insulated work platforms, TIME has decades of experience. With the Skybird, TIME relies on the award-winning technology of RUTHMANN’s HEIGHT-performance-series.
Skybird 215I
Skybird 215I A TIME and RUTHMANN creation.

The Skybird is the result of a collaborative effort between TIME and RUTHMANN. For its part, RUTHMANN delivered a kit version* of the STEIGER ® T 720 (known in North America as the RUTHMANN T 235 A). The special feature: the upper boom of this kit comes with an inner-lying telescoping 1.85 m (6 ft.) section. A highly insulated upper boom (made of fibreglass) and work basket – specially developed in the USA by TIME Manufacturing – were then attached to RUTHMANN’s telescoping upper boom. The prototype of the Skybird 215I is mounted on a 6-axle, Freightliner 114SD Twinsteer chassis. With this truck-mounted aerial lift, specially trained workers are able to carry out assignments on high-voltage power lines of up 500 kV without any degree of difficulty.

The Skybird 215I made quite an impression on industry experts at ICUEE 2015. The approx. 66 m (215 ft.) working height and 32 m (105 ft.) lateral outreach (at 100 kg basket load) are two defining characteristics of this fully insulated truck-mounted aerial work platform.

Top performance for assignments on high-voltage power lines
Top performance for assignments on high-voltage power lines

The Skybird features a working height of approx. 66 m and lateral outreach of 32 m. Its telescoping upper boom has incredible reach capacity when working up high. The Skybird able to manoeuvre a

When it comes to working on high-voltage power lines, TIME Manufacturing has years of experience. For this reason, both companies have agreed to market the Skybird globally under TIME’s well known Versalift brand name. Both manufacturers see a huge worldwide potential because regular maintenance and repair work on power lines will minimize electric power disruptions everywhere.

Skybird 215I -  fully insulated work platform
Skybird 215I - fully insulated work platform

* RUTHMANN delivers kit versions (complete work platforms without trucks) to customers around the world. Kit versions are shipped on transport trucks and then mounted onto typical local trucks upon arrival. RUTHMANN specialists are always on location during the handover and assembly to ensure that all of the safety/technical features function properly.

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