Hiab, part of Cargotec corporation, has received €1.4 million of European Union funding to carry out research into more sustainable load handling equipment.
A new approach to control systems will be developed, to improve operational safety conditions and the efficiency of load handling equipment. The project will also involve the creation of design strategies for advanced light materials applied to load handling structures, to reduce their weight and fuel consumption at the same time.
Hiab is conducting the three-year project with three academic partners in Poland and Sweden.
“The project will involve taking a multidisciplinary approach to crane construction and we will promote the mutual transfer of knowledge between academic and industrial partners, as well as between academic partners from different countries,” said Rafal Sornek, vice president, research and development at Hiab.