Hiab Launches New Knuckleboom Crane

Hiab, part of Cargotec, is launching its latest innovation in the series of big cranes: the new Hiab X-HiPro 558, the strongest crane to be mounted on three axle-truck.

"Our big crane series consists of strongest and toughest of our products. Now, it covers a full range of loading capacities and can handle even the most difficult lifts," says Joakim Andersson, Hiab's senior vice president of loader cranes.

The new member in the family is designed for lifting heavy and bulky loads. "HIAB X-HiPro 558 provides 20% more lifting power than other cranes of equivalent size. With our optimized EP boom system which has longer and lighter individual extensions, the new crane offers optimized outreach, with more net capacity for lifting bulky loads," said Marcel Boxem, Hiab's director of heavy cranes.

Hiab says its smooth, precise HiPro control system is the most advanced remote control system in the industry. Special attention has been paid to the capacity-to-weight ratio that maximizes the payload and brings more by the hour for the operator. "We showcased Hiab X-HiPro 558 already in Bauma, and it raised lots of interest among visitors," commented Boxem.

All big HIAB cranes offer several safety features. "For us in Hiab safety is always the first priority. In big cranes we have taken safety into consideration by offering features like VSLPLUS which uses the position of the stabiliser legs and the total weight of the truck to calculate maximum safe crane capacity, and Boom Deployment Assistant (BDA) which monitors the angle and position of the boom during folding and unfolding," says Andersson.

Hiab says it expects the new crane to become available in North America later this year.