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Partnership for developing energy efficient intelligent load handling system

Final Report Summary - ILOAD (Partnership for developing energy efficient intelligent load handling system)

Technological and scientific purpose of iLOAD project was to meet the needs of load handling construction industry and social expectations in decreasing number of occupational accidents of cranes working in different industries and environmental protection requirements. Therefore, the main research goals were to develop a new approach to control system in order to improve operational safety conditions and efficiency of load handling equipment and to develop design strategies of advanced light materials in application for load handling structures in order to reduce their weight and fuel consumption at the same time.

These objectives have been achieved thanks to multidisciplinary approach to crane construction. The top-level architecture of the control logic was defined, based on the best-possible practices existing in different industries. This kind of clear and open source architecture will enable outsourcing of various control logic development services to SME type of companies. Moreover new approach to light weight design was achieved and the new structural materials will be applied for crane construction based on CFRP reinforced steel structures.

These objectives are met thanks to mutual transfer of knowledge between academic and industrial partners during a common research work. A synergistic approach have been implemented between electronic, mechatronics and materials technology, based on knowledge exchange between the industrial partners (Hiab NL, PL,SE) strongly involved in the load handling markets, and two academic partners, that have complementary experience.

After three years of project duration joint research activities and extended training were provided to 2 early stage researcher, 9 experienced researchers from the partner institutions and 3 experienced researchers recruited from outside the consortium (2 from Bulgaria and 1 from Czech Republic). A total 135 months of secondment and recruitment were completed.

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or contact: Rafal Sornek, Vice President for Technology and Quality Development, Hiab, e-mail