The hybrid composite solution in the category '' heavy machinery '' gives the consortium NLR, VABO Composites, ICO, Kuiken and Gurit the JEC Innovation Award 2015. The award is won by the development of a lightweight loading shovel for a wheel loader. The result was achieved by adding different disciplines and collaborate!
The success of the loading shovel is mainly due to the increased capacity which was made possible by reducing weight. NLR was commissioned by ICO innovations together with VABO Composites to perform the research and pre-engineering. For the prototype the production facilities of NRL and VABO were used. Kuiken has contributed the knowledge about the market and the end-users. Gurit has delivered the composite materials for the hybrid loading shovel. The prototypes produced by VABO Composites were field tested by Kuiken using there test center. Later this year the production of the hybrid shovels will start at VABO Composites.
The award ceremony will take place during the JEC Europe 2015 exibition in Paris on March 10 from 16:00-18:00. The loading shovel will also be showcased in the "Innovation Corner'' of this exhibition.