Piling rig manufacturer Liebherr has said that using real time drilling data and machine parameters will become an essential part of improving piling efficiency in the near future.
The company made the claims during a customer day at its factory in Nenzing, Austria last week where the company also revealed research to replace steel components with carbon fibre reinforced plastic to reduce weight and enhance fuel efficiency.
Liebherr said that it has been working with Technical University Dresden to develop the carbon fibre components to replace pendant links, back stops and hydraulic cylinders on its machines.
As well as the launch of the new LRB 355 piling rig, Liebherr also unveiled its first hybrid driven duty cycle crane. However, the company said that use of the HS 8300 HD on foundation work would not offer the maximum benefits of hybrid technology and the machine was better suited to dredging operations where the processes give more opportunity to store energy in the lowering cycles.