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January 25, 2017

Konecranes has donated a smart CXT NEO-based crane to Aalto University’s Industrial Internet Campus as a part of their cooperation.

Konecranes has donated a smart crane to Aalto University’s Industrial Internet Campus. The crane was inaugurated on January 18, 2017 by Panu Routila, CEO of Konecranes. The contribution is part of Konecranes’ and Aalto University’s education and research cooperation in Industrial Internet, agreed in spring 2016.

“It is natural for us to strengthen our Finnish roots by cooperating with Finnish universities. Through this cooperation, students will get to experience the latest technology, since the donated crane is a product we are currently selling to our customers. We are eager to see what kind of new ideas, research, as well as recruitment possibilities this project may bring to Konecranes,” says Routila.  

As part of the project, students will design a system that identifies the crane user. It can be used to define access rights and guidance on the optimal usage of the crane. New solutions can be simulated with the crane’s virtual copy, built and updated based on data from the physical crane. The crane’s control system is connected to Konecranes’ platform, which enables students and researchers to access the crane’s functions.

Konecranes will be actively mentoring the students’ progress in product development and research. Equipped with TRUCONNECT® Remote Monitoring technology, the smart crane will also be used by Aalto’s researchers and innovation partners from the entire Industrial Internet ecosystem.

“Konecranes is a pioneer in Industrial Internet, so we consider the donation extremely valuable. Aalto University aims to take a leading position in Industrial Internet as well, and this kind of cooperation is a great opportunity for us. For future engineers, it is very important and inspiring to work with real-life cranes,” says Gary Marquis, Dean of Aalto University.

The name of the crane was chosen based on a competition between the students. The winner was “Ilmatar,” a female air spirit from the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic. The name was seen as relevant to Finland’s centenary this year, but also descriptive considering the crane functions in the air.


Text: Mirkka Aarti