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HIAB’S FIRST LOGLIFT CRANE EQUIPPED with its groundbreaking virtual reality control system has gone to work in Sweden. e camera-based HiVision system moves loading and unloading into the truck cab, with the operator wearing virtual reality goggles and operating crane controls, guided by four crane-mounted cameras.
ey provide the operator with “a realistic 270-degree view,” says Hiab – allowing the operator to “see” the working area.
Longstanding Hiab customer Ackestens Åkeri chose a Loglift crane with HiVision for its new Scania truck: “We’ve always been eager to try new things in our business,” says owner Johan Ackesten.
“We were one of the
rst companies in this business in our area to buy a cabin-equipped forestry crane in the 1990s. When we saw and tested HiVision last year, it was quite obvious for us to go for this innovative solution.
“Also, my sons working with me in the company were very eager to acquire the next-generation forestry crane.”
e criteria for Ackestens Åkeri buying the Loglift crane with HiVision were safety, ergonomics and better economy: “Climbing into the cabin, especially in harsh weather conditions, can be dangerous,” says Ackesten.
“ere’s no need to do that anymore. Also, our customers in the forest industry appreciate that we can load more timber when we save on the weight of the cabin.”
Hiab says it will continue to deliver Loglift cranes with the HiVision system in Europe and Japan in the next few months.
e camera-based HiVision virtual-reality system will make loading and unloading in bad weather much safer, Swedish operator Johan Ackesten believes