Manitowoc has agreed a five year contract with camera systems manufacturer Orlaco for it to provide and develop camera systems for Manitowoc cranes.
The cameras will be available for Potain tower cranes, Grove wheeled mobile cranes, National Crane boom trucks and Manitowoc crawler cranes.
Bob Hund, executive vice president of Manitowoc Crane Care, said, “Many crane cameras are fitted at the point of manufacture, but there is also demand for after-market cameras to be fitted later on to meet specific customer needs.
“Traditionally, cameras are only used on tower cranes, but that is changing. Cameras can help any type of crane operator to perform more efficiently and we expect their use to increase long into the future.”
Jan van der Beek, Orlaco managing director, said, “Through our partnership with Manitowoc, we want to make life easier for the operator. Our skills as a leading innovator in camera systems and Manitowoc’s vast experience in crane manufacturing will help us develop the world’s leading crane cameras.”
Twan Pelders, business development manager at Orlaco, who was heavily involved in the agreement, added, “We believe that soon every crane will be fitted with a camera, speeding up operations and improving efficiency on job sites."