Hiab boosts research and development through academic cooperation

Hiab, part of Finland's Cargotec corporation, has received funding from the European Union for a three-year research cooperation project with academic partners in both Poland and Sweden. The EUR 1.4 million project is supposed to boost research and development related to more sustainable load handling equipment. 

According to Hiab, the project will focus on the devlopment of a new control system to improve operational safety conditions and the efficiency of load handling equipment. The project will also involve creating new design strategies for advanced light materials applied to load handling structures.

West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin, Poland is involved as an expert in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and mechatronics, while Polish-based Silesian University of Technology will focus on the structural engineering side of te project. Sweden's Lulea University of Technology has substantial experience related to robust industrial sensor technology, which it will contribute as well.

“Innovation requires 'out-of-the-box-thinking' and this project is like an innovation incubator,” said explains Rafal Sornek, Vice President, Research and Development, Hiab.” By combining decades of experience … with the latest academic knowledge … we can achieve more sustainable load handling. 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 in the EU.”

The project it is part of the EU's Industrial and Academy Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) and 7th Framework Programme. IAPP promotes innovation and knowledge transfer between industry and academia partners throughout the EU.

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