Hiab, part of Cargotec, will supply 37 Hiab loader cranes equipped with connected service HiConnect to ADIF (Administrador de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias), the Spanish state-owned railway infrastructure manager. The units will be supplied as part of a tender to replace old loader cranes and it was won by Prosutec and Air Rail in February 2021. The deal value of €1.7 million was booked in the first quarter of 2021.
The cranes to be supplied will be a rail specific variant Hiab X-Rail 192 based on the medium-range Hiab X-HiPro 192 and the light range Hiab X-HiDuo 118 with specific modifications for use with railway maintenance. They will be installed on draisines to be used to maintain railways, predominantly lifting and unloading materials such as rails and sleepers either by hook or grapple.
The cranes will be made in Hiab’s multi-assembly unit in Zaragoza, Spain, and will be the first model in a complete line-up of loader cranes for the rail segment.
“One of the main reasons we chose Hiab was because of their extensive service network in Spain and Europe, and that the HiConnect service ensures the maximum productivity for our customers. I have over 30 years of experience in the manufacturing and maintenance of rail road and road vehicles, my experience with Hiab cranes has always been good, as well as with Multilift demountables. I believe that Hiab has the highest level of technology in the market and mounted on Prosutec vehicles provides extra value to our customers,” says Santiago Faraldo, Technical Advisor, Prosutec.
“The Spanish climate can be challenging from extreme heat to prolonged rainfalls along the Atlantic coast, but on the road or on the tracks Hiab can deliver productivity and safe operation day after day, night after night to help keep the railway running. We’re very happy that our cranes were selected and look forward to servicing them for years to come to provide the maximum uptime,” says Ronald Verzijl, Managing Director, Hiab Iberia.