It was 7:30 in the morning on a really hot day in  Summer 2020. An energy system with photovoltaic modules was installed on top of a family home in a residential area of Salzburg. The system produces enough power to fully provide for the entire four-person family. The excitement was in the air!

And now we invite you to dive into this hot summer's day. A MAN 4 axle truck with the impressive PALFINGER large crane PK 78002 SH front mounted and the photovoltaic modules on board is driving down the street. The PERWEIN  company is handling the installation work on the roof. They are specialists for roofing and sheet metal work. Crane operator Chri makes sure that the truck is fully stabilized and prepares everything for the lifting operation. In the meantime his colleague up on the terrace is putting on the safety harness in order to prepare everything on the roof for a smooth installation. With PALFINGER’s certified
Fall Protection Mode (FPM) on the PK 78002 SH he can safely access the roof and secure himself on the safety hook on the roof.


As a next step the palette with the photovoltaic modules needs a lift onto the sunny terrace on the 2nd floor and the opposite side of the building. With the rope winch this is an easy job and also the setup of the winch operation is not tricky at all: with PALFINGER’s Comfort Cable Routing! Putting in the pulley head and Chri is good to go again.

Swiftly the palette is seaming to float up into the air and over the roof. The experienced crane operator activates one of many comfort features on his crane, SRC. With the Synchronized Rope Control the control system of the crane ensures a constant space between the hook and the crane tip even though the extension boom system is in movement. “This really makes my job easier because it is one thing less that I need to take care of!”


Chri and his PK 78002 SH are done here and are rushing off to the next construction site. The actual installation of the modules on the roof is handled by his colleagues. Managing Director Michael Perwein is very satisfied with the entire job and explains why he decided for this crane model: “With the low deadweight of the entire truck we have a lot of payload for transporting material. And with the size of this crane it is easy to position an entire glass façade. This crane has extensive outreach so that we can easily lift our material to the top of the roof. This is simply the perfect all-rounder for our work!”

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PALFINGER is an international technology and mechanical engineering company and the world's leading provider of innovative crane and lifting solutions. With about 11,000 employees, 34 locations and a worldwide sales and service network of around 5,000 service points, PALFINGER guarantees customers immediate and optimal proximity.

As the leader in its engineering field, the company aims to ensure its partners’ business success in the long term by providing solutions and products that remain economically and ecologically viable in the future. Its broad product and model portfolio allow PALFINGER to take digitalization and the deployment of artificial intelligence to new levels.

As a global company with strong roots in its home region, PALFINGER is convinced that thinking and acting in the interest of sustainability plays a vital role in successful business operations. That is why the company assumes social, ecological and economic responsibility along the entire value chain.

PALFINGER AG has been listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange since 1999 and achieved a revenue of EUR 1.53 billion in 2020.


Katja Pötsch | Head of Public Relations | PALFINGER AG
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