Design Challenge - June 2013

tangerine / HHI - Independent Crawler Wheels

Lumede/Oliver Becker DesignFuturistic, cutting-edge and using the latest fuel cell technology, the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) HF (Hyundai Future) Excavator is part of the South Korean giant’s bold vision for the future. The crawler can transform its shape through the use of the independent crawler wheel suspension system, keeping the machine balanced in the most rugged of conditions.

The spectacular machine, designed by HHI in partnership with design house tangerine, may look like it would be more at home on the set of a science fiction movie than a building site, but HHI believes it will be a pioneer of future construction industry equipment. Each of the excavator’s expandable four legs operates independently, making it highly adaptable for work on any terrain. Sensors recognise obstacles within the operating radius and the warning light system ensures the highest level of safety in soft, hard or uneven conditions. Having four suspension systems moving individually also ensures the operator’s comfort whatever the conditions, while a satellite networking system allows for a constant exchange between operator and control centre so that tasks can be completed safely and quickly.

 An extra stone-breaking feature has been added so that excavation and rock fracturing can happen at the same time – with the obvious potential for reducing working hours. A dual rock breaker is ‘hidden’ inside the arm, and when it is required the bucket slides up and the breaker slides down – ready for use.

A folding boom makes it easier to drive the excavator through tunnels or on highways. These space- and energy-saving features fulfil HHI and tangerine’s challenge to maximise user safety and work efficiency with minimal environmental impact.


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