Hiab has launched a new stability feature for its heavy crane range at the Bedrijfsauto RAI 2015 exhibition in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, this week.
According to Hiab, the Variable Stability Limit PLUS (VSL PLUS) automatically regulates crane capacity in relation to the actual stability of the vehicle while it is working by sensing the position of each stabiliser leg and whether there is a load on the truck.
It is designed to protect the operator, people nearby, and the crane and vehicle outfit, reportedly improving safety and stability by taking the total weight of the truck into account when calculating stability.
“The new and improved VSL PLUS stability system can take advantage of the vehicle's loaded platform because the extra load on the truck acts as a counterweight,” said Sergio Peiró, Product Manager Heavy Range, Hiab Loader Cranes.
“VSL PLUS automatically adjusts the crane's lifting capacity on the basis of optimal stability. This feature brings major performance benefits to vehicles that are fitted with a heavy range crane.”
“With VSL PLUS, the actual pressure on the stabiliser legs is measured,” said Lennart Andersson, System Manager Control Systems, Product Management, Loader Cranes.
“More load on the truck bed means more pressure on the legs, which means greater stability. So, a load of cargo on the truck will mean that you can lift significantly more before the system stops the crane, allowing the crane to always operate at its optimal allowed capacity.”
“This feature is unique to Hiab, and is part of our ongoing commitment to developing products that are perfectly matched to our customer's needs.”