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Co-operation for greener energy
News1Liebherr-MCCtec Rostock GmbH, together with Aibel AS, have signed a contract for the delivery of a cylinder-luffing crane, type RL 2600-35 Lit. The company TenneT TSO GmbH commissioned Aibel AS to build the offshore platform DolWin epsilon on which the Liebherr crane will be used for supply and maintenance tasks on the German North Sea.

RL 2600-35 Lit is a weight-optimised and compact designed offshore crane. It is the ideal equipment for small platforms, where space is limited. The RL 2600-35 Lit has a box boom with a maximum working outreach of 52 metres and a maximum lifting capacity of 35 tons.

“With the RL 2600-35 Lit we are delivering the latest innovation within our offshore crane portfolio. The crane is ready to be equipped with innovative maintenance features to meet the demanding requirements of normally unmanned offshore platforms and with its reliable and maintenance friendly design the RL 2600-35 Lit will help to lead the DolWin5 project to success,” says Matti Basan, Sales Manager Offshore Cranes.

Travel post Covid
News2International design company, tangerine, has unveiled a design concept – Metamorphosis- for a new type of metro train that offers opportunities to increase capacity in the rail network and grow passenger numbers in a post Covid world, by improving confidence in the provision of hygienic and safe metro travel.

With an adaptable carriage interior with slidable screens that can be deployed during pandemics to divide the space into smaller zones or ‘travel bubbles’, Metamorphosis’ flexible seating angles bodies away from one another to increase privacy and minimise the potential for cross-contamination, as passengers choose to either perch or stand. A HEPA filtered localised air filtration system provides a constant change of air, a touchless hand sanitation point in the vestibule aids cleanliness, while a QR code placed at strategic points in the carriage enables an effective Carriage Track and Trace system. A traffic light style illumination around the doors, supported by passenger information on screens and projected onto the platform, aid a safe, distanced boarding and alighting of the train.

The concept balances customer safety and user experience with the commercial imperatives to limit disruption and keep rail services running during pandemics.

Partnership with MIT
News3XPO Logistics and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) have renewed their partnership. In 2019, XPO became the first global logistics company to join the ILP, which pairs MIT’s world-class research with leading corporations to advance innovation. The terms of the renewal are tailored to XPO’s role as a technology leader in the supply chain industry.

Commenting on the announcement, Mario Harik, chief information officer of XPO Logistics, stated: “Our first 12 months with the Industrial Liaison Program exceeded our expectations for the give and take of insights into transformative technologies. We’re excited to explore a new wave of advances for our customers through our continued work with the pioneering thinkers of the MIT ILP.”

 

Sitting comfortably
News4Recaro Aircraft Seating has secured a deal with Wizz Air for 31,767 passenger seats. The SL3710 economy class seat will be installed on 146 Airbus aircraft starting in 2021. This partnership is a part of a larger deal with the Indigo Partners portfolio of airlines for nearly 100,000 passenger seats, which is the largest order of seats in the history of Recaro.

Recaro worked closely with Wizz Air to develop a sustainable seat for the carrier, as the airline already has numerous sustainable initiatives in place. Wizz Air has reduced its carbon footprint by utilizing efficient Airbus aircraft and prioritizing lightweight products for its cabins among all Airbus 320 family operators.

The newest and lightest member of the Recaro economy class seat lineup, the SL3710 economy class seat weighs approximately eight kilograms. Its efficient design is comprised of durable and reliable parts, which makes it a cost-effective choice for

Successful collaboration
News5September 2020 marks one year of Daimler Trucks and Torc Robotics partnering as a team after the U.S. based automated driving technology company became part of Daimler Trucks’ Autonomous Technology Group. One year together, collaboratively pursuing a common goal of bringing series-produced highly automated trucks (SAE Level 4) to the roads within the decade; including on-road deployment of a Level 4 test fleet, initiation of redesign of truck chassis, adoption of a hub-to-hub model, formalized rigorous testing protocols, formal truck safety driver certification process, and extended software capabilities.

Now, the Autonomous Technology Group will extend its testing to New Mexico by building up a new testing center in Albuquerque. Expanding to a new location will support testing and provide data for more use cases of next generation vehicles on public roads starting this fall.

Dr. Peter Vaughan Schmidt, Head of Autonomous Technology Group at Daimler Trucks explained that the partnership has enabled both teams to move faster on developing Level 4 trucks, providing Daimler engineers with insights on how the technology will impact truck design, and providing Torc with data and perspective on what technology will work best for the trucking industry.
“We have accomplished a lot during the first year,” added Michael Fleming, CEO of Torc Robotics. “Daimler’s commitment to safety, innovation leadership of truck technology and foundational knowledge of on-road scenarios that truckers encounter has moved our system faster than we could have done alone as a technology firm. By working with the inventor of the truck and number one truck OEM, we are convinced that Level 4 trucks can be commercialized safely with a strong business case.”

Enhanced multi-carrier parcel shipping
Logistyx Technologies is to continue its partnership with Manhattan Associates, as the company releases the latest enhancements to shift its product to the cloud.

As an independent Manhattan Value Partner since 2012, under this new containerized model, Logistyx now offers the ability to upgrade to enhanced parcel shipping capabilities more cost-effectively, providing Manhattan customers unlimited access to more than 8,500 global carrier services that will enable rate shopping and shipping execution to any location worldwide. 2020 marks the eighth anniversary of Logistyx’s global partnership with Manhattan, with a successful track record serving as a trusted partner to Manhattan’s Warehouse Management for Open Systems (WMOS), Order Management System (OMS) and Warehouse Management for IBMi (WMI) users, and now Manhattan Active Warehouse Management.

Ambitious project
Line 3 of the Guadalajara metro has been inaugurated in presence of the Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The line runs between the city centre and the north west and south east suburbs and includes 18 stations and stretches 20.9 km.

Egis was appointed as part of a consortium formed with Transconsult, for the supervision of the design, construction and commissioning of all the systems of Line 3, as well as civil engineering, the maintenance depot’s systems and maintenance machines, interface management and the ISA (Independent Safety Assessment) assignment for the entire programme. Thanks to their knowledge of the local culture and environment, the Egis-Transconsult teams played an active role in the coordination between the various project contributors, solving technical problems and of course to the success of the project as a whole.

 

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