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Compact stability: the Merlo Panoramic range

A Merlo Panoramic telehandler lifting a pallet at an industrial site

The Merlo Panoramic range of telehandlers provides all-round safety and productivity benefits.

Merlo Group Australia’s Panoramic stabilised telehandler range is decked out with a variety of technologies, designed to deliver operator comfort, easy operation, and productivity benefits. In addition to this, safety is a key focus across the range, with a number of integrated features providing for operator peace of mind.

Established in the Italian province of Cuneo in 1964, Merlo draws on a long history of innovative product development, with its Panoramic range continuing its tradition of combining exclusive technologies, quality materials, and complementary safety systems.

The range is decked out to cater for customer requirements in the industrial, construction, and infrastructure sectors, with its versatility – from models featuring compact dimensions, to models with high lift heights – paving the way for various uses.

The independent control front stabilisers sport an exclusive design offering high structural resistance, enabling greater stability and safety when handling loads at height, with the shape of the support foot designed to provide firm anchorage to the ground.

A Merlo Panoramic telehandler moving a plastic wrapped pallet
The Level II FOPS and ROPS-certified cab is designed for operator safety and comfort.

Panoramic P40.13EE, P40.17EE, and P50.18EE features

Merlo’s Panoramic range brings together a broad range of interrelated features, designed to provide operators a safe and comfortable operating experience, while delivering performance and efficiency benefits in tackling a range of tasks.

The P40.13EE, P40.17EE, and P50.18EE models weigh in at 9.3t, 11.67t, and 13.3t (total unladen weight) respectively, with the P40.13EE and P40.17EE sporting a maximum capacity of 4t, and the P50.18EE a maximum capacity of 5t.

The P40.13EE has a lifting height of 12.5m (maximum reach of 8.74m), the P40.17EE a lifting height of 16.6m (maximum reach of 12.5m) and the P50.18EE a lifting height of 17.5m (maximum reach of 13.5m).

All three models run an 85 kW Perkins 904D-E36TA Tier 3 4-cylinder water-cooled engine.

Safety

The Level II FOPS and ROPS-certified cab is designed to provide operator safety and comfort, along with excellent load visibility, with other safety features including:

  •  Merlo boom – consisting of a double “C” profile in high-strength steel, with welds made along the neutral bending axis, hydraulic hoses, and electrical wires positioned inside, and L-shaped runner blocks, offering millimetre precision of movement control and no bending of the structure
  •  Movement management – cursors inhibit some hydraulic functions, avoiding unintentional movement activation
  •  Frame – sports small dimensions, minimising the overall floor space occupied by the machine, is equipped with a belt made from steel section bar, with the underside of the body completely protected by steel sheets
  •  Levelling – a side levelling corrector device allows operators to modify the machine frame transversal tilting, compensating for sloping terrain
  •  Adaptive Stability Control System – regulates the speed and maximum degree of movement according to three parameters: handled load (kg of material lifted), load position (reach, boom extension, and carriage rotation), and implement in use (recognised by special sensors).
Two Merlo Panoramic telehandlers, one close in the foreground, another in the background.
The Panoramic range is decked out to deliver excellent manoeuvrability.

Performance

All models feature a combustion engine in an original mounting layout developed by Merlo, ensuring maximum accessibility to the components, and enabling speeds of 40 km/h (depending on the model), with other performance features including:

  •  Hydraulic system – comprises two separate circuits for hydraulics and hydrostatics (two different oil reservoirs), with the hydraulic circuit consisting of a load-sensing variable displacement pump, providing lower fuel consumption and ease of use (performing up to three simultaneous movements without difficulty)
  •  Axles and brakes – the axles are available in two versions – with epicyclic reducers, to maximise torque transmitted to the wheels, and with portal reducers, increasing ground clearance – and can be fitted with dry disc brakes or wet brakes
  •  Boom side-shift – is built into the machine frame, allowing for lateral movement of the telescopic boom, ensuring precise load positioning, with no need for additional manoeuvring
  •  RRM – Merlo’s hydraulic couplings are designed to ensure quick assembly and disassembly, increased connection tightness, increased component service life, and no risk of line twisting
  •  Fan Drive – allows operators to change the engine fan’s rotation direction from venting – cooling the radiators, to blowing – cleaning them
  •  Aerial work platform – all models can be configured with a platform (complying with the EN 280 standard).

Comfort

The cab’s frame is fitted with vibration-damping silent blocks, with it sporting a width of 1.01m and a large glass surface of 4.3m2, with other features including:

  •  Cab entry – easy access is provided courtesy of a 180-degree opening door and the large distance between the upright and steering wheel (a side window, independent of the door body, can be locked in the open position)
  •  Information and controls – information and the controls of the various systems and devices are grouped for optimal ergonomics
  •  Air-conditioning – has been developed according to automotive standards, cutting warm-up and cool-down times in half compared to conventional systems
  •  Boom suspensions – the active boom suspension system is available as an option, protecting the load during transfer and maintaining a high level of driving comfort on rough terrain
  •  Merlo carriage – the Tac-lock device allows implements to be hydraulically locked from the cab.
A Merlo Panoramic telehandler lifting a pallet of metal scaffolding pieces high into the air
The Panoramic’s robust boom offers millimetric precision of movement control.

Efficiency

Compact and light weight, the Panoramic range is decked out to deliver excellent manoeuvrability and greater productivity, with other efficiency features including:

  •  Visibility – paves the way for efficient movement and safety, with the positioning of the cab and boom, and detailed bonnet design and large glass surface, designed to deliver fast, safe, and precise operations
  •  Steering modes – steering can be managed across the front wheel steering, pivot steering and crab steering (for lateral movements) modes, according to specific needs
  •  Battery isolator switch – an electric, automatic, and timed battery switch improves battery efficiency and life
  •  Capacitive joystick – detects the presence of the operator’s hand via a capacitive-type sensor, with it possible to control all the main hydraulic movements and implements (with up to four independent hydraulic movements on the implement as standard).
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