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Terex Cranes innovative Boom Booster Kit named finalist for 2015 Swedish Steel Prize

The Swedish Steel Prize is awarded annually by SSAB, the global leader in high-strength steel and wear plate, to recognize the most innovative and creative products and solutions utilizing high-strength steels. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Stockholm.

Terex Cranes Germany wanted to create a new boom system that could be retrofitted onto existing crane models. It would eliminate the need to buy an entirely new, larger crane. The Boom Booster is a highly innovative design unlike any other boom system on the market. It was developed without the need for additional reinforcements on the base crane and is easy to assemble. Setup of such a system takes about two days. It is also easy to transport. Think of it like chip tuning a car, which instantly increases the performance,” explains Harald Riedinger, Director Technology & Innovation, Terex Cranes Group. “The Terex Boom Booster is an add-on boom structure that can almost double the efficiency in steep and long boom configurations of our CC 8800-1 crane model. The Boom Booster can be partially or completely disassembled, depending on the specific road transportation regulations, thanks to the pin bolt structure. It fits in standard 40 feet open top containers. This leads to an improved handling and transportation functionality with better utilization of standard means of transport, with the need for fewer trucks, which decreases fuel consumption.

Swedish Steel Prize jury:Terex has developed an adaptable crane section (Boom booster) that significantly increases the load capacity of their crane model CC 8800-1. Since the alternative would be to replace the entire crane this is a very cost effective solution. High-strength steel is used for the booster truss, with tube members and bolted joints. Ease of assembly is facilitated by transport of components in standard containers, which leads to optimized transportation and both, decreased fuel consumption and emission rates. The increased cross section dimensions of the booster truss improve buckling resistance and bending stiffness. First awarded in 1999, the Swedish Steel Prize exists to inspire and increase knowledge about the use of high-strength steel to develop lighter, safer and more sustainable products.The winner of the Swedish Steel Prize will receive a stipend of SEK 100,000 and a trophy by artist Jörg Jeschke. The award ceremony is part of a three-day event during which approximately 600 international representatives from the global manufacturing and steel industry will participate in seminars and site visits at SSAB.

 
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