Manitowoc Unveils Product Verification Center In Germany
By pdamon18 July 2016
Manitowoc unveiled its new Product Verification Center (PVC) in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, a year after announcing its plans to build it. The PVC will help ensure even higher levels of quality and reliability for its all-terrain cranes, Manitowoc said. The facility will have its official opening next month, the company said.
With a focus on driving innovation and velocity, Manitowoc said the new PVC will speed up product development for new designs, reduce warranty claims and on-site stoppages and allow for the direct comparison of supplier components.
“By separating the prototype testing from the serial production testing, we will save time and improve our speed to market,” said Andreas Cremer, global product director for all-terrain cranes.
The PVC includes four test pads, each of which will allow staff to further test and analyze the performance of an entire crane, while a new salt spray chamber will make it easier to analyze the corrosion resistance of components, the company said.
The facility also has a series of test benches designed to test slewing rings and driveline components. These benches are automated for 24/7 operation to achieve minimum testing times, Manitowoc said.
“The benefit of having this facility, along with the corrosion testing, hydraulic test benches and other testing equipment at the site is to guarantee a faster response and delivery to the changing market demands while ensuring greater return on investment for customers,” said Malte Braunschweig, director at the center.
Future developments at the PVC facility include a circular route for driving and roadability tests, along with a 15 to 25% inclining hill, Manitowoc said.