New driver’s cab for Grove three-axle all-terrain cranes

Manitowoc has introduced a new carrier cabin - known as cab2020 - for its Grove three-axle all-terrain cranes globally, offering comfort and ergonomics for operators. The unit is now available for the GMK3050-3, GMK3060-2 and GMK3060L-1, with other GMK models expected to follow over the coming months.

The new cab2020 is not only innovative in design but also meets the latest crash-test requirements in Europe and is ECE R29-3 approved. The layout ensures ample room for the controls, which are clearly arranged. The crane control system (CCS) display is positioned slightly higher to ensure it is within the operator’s sight and reach. Optimally laid-out buttons and dials ensure that the crane can be handled easily and intuitively.

With the new cab2020, the exterior of the new three-axle cranes has a more dynamic look and comes closer to the design of their ‘bigger brothers’ in the Grove all-terrain crane range, said Manitowoc.

Operator feedback

The manufacturer explained that instead of building on previous carrier cabs, the cab2020 designers established a new concept based on close involvement of end users and customers. The design, materials, space and ambiance fit perfectly together and reflect the careful attention paid to operators’ everyday needs from their work environment during the multi-stage development process.

Initially, Grove asked users about their personal requirements for a driver’s cab, including their priorities and preferences when driving to the job site. The result of this study led to a prototype model of the cab2020, which was shown on the Manitowoc booth at bauma 2019 in Munich.

The all-terrain product management team from Wilhelmshaven, Germany, gathered further first-hand opinions from bauma visitors. Grove then took all feedback into account when refining the design. And before the design was finalised, the cab2020 received thorough testing at the product verification centre (PVC) in Wilhelmshaven to ensure a superior driving experience.

“It was important for us to retain what was deemed as perfect and tried and tested by crane operators. But by adding the extra bits and pieces, we have achieved real improvements in design and function, which resulted in our new cab2020 becoming the new carrier cab for the smaller range of our Grove all-terrain cranes,” said Andreas Cremer, vice president product management mobile cranes at Manitowoc.