05/20/2014 Liebherr wins ESTA Award of Excellence for Variable Supporting Base for Mobile Cranes “VarioBase”

Christoph Kleiner (Managing Director Sales) and Erwin Morath (Head of Control System Development, both Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH) receive the award. (Photo: Hans Dhillon/KHL Group)

Christoph Kleiner (Managing Director Sales) and Erwin Morath (Head of Control System Development, both Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH) receive the award. (Photo: Hans Dhillon/KHL Group)

Every year, the European Association of Abnormal Road Transport and Mobile Cranes ESTA grants the “ESTA Awards of Excellence” in different categories. This year, the unique crane supporting system, developed by Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH, has been awarded with the ESTA-Award in the category “safety”.

VarioBase is a unique new system with which every individual crane support can be extended to any length and the crane operation is then made safe by the load moment limiter within the LICCON control. The extension length and support force of every single support is measured and the maximum lifting capacities for this situation are calculated by the crane control. This means that for the first time it is possible to ensure safe working on any support base and prevent accidents caused by an incorrect setup by the crane driver or incorrect programming of the setup status.