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MTS SENSORS ENHANCE THE SAFETY AND PERFORMANCE OF TRUCK-MOUNTED LOADER CRANES
Eden Prairie, Minn. – April 2, 2013 – MTS Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: MTSC), a leading global supplier of high-performance test systems and position sensors, today announced that Cargotec Hiab has integrated MTS Temposonics® position sensors into the design of its mobile machinery, specifically the safety-related functionality of select truck-mounted loader cranes. Based in Helsinki, Finland, Cargotec Hiab is the world’s leading manufacturer of on-road load handling machinery.
Installed in the hydraulic cylinder of Cargotec Hiab loader cranes, the sensors closely monitor the position of each of the crane’s stabilizer legs, helping to avoid collapses by calculating stability limits in real time and sending information to a system that alerts the operator when those limits are being approached.
“Functional safety is a central concept for all industrial sectors, and active systems are fundamental to enabling the complex technology required for the safety-related systems of industrial machinery,” said Dr. William Bachrach, Senior Vice President of MTS Sensors. “With the integration of our sensors, the loader crane control system is able to actively track equipment stability at all times, greatly reducing the risk of physical injury, equipment wear and property damage.”
Cargotec Hiab truck-mounted loader cranes with MTS sensors meet the functional safety requirements of IEC 61508, which is an international standard with rules for ensuring the overall safety of equipment under control.
“As more businesses enter the global marketplace, manufacturers face intense pressure to add new features and functionality that differentiate their products,” said MTS President and CEO, Dr. Jeffrey Graves. “Our partnership with Cargotec Hiab is one of the many applications for MTS position sensors in this regard. These industry-leading sensors are proving instrumental in helping equipment manufacturers cost-effectively incorporate new innovations into their designs that enhance their products’ performance and protect their market share.”
About MTS Systems Corporation
MTS Systems Corporation is a leading global supplier of high-performance test systems and position sensors. The Company’s testing hardware and software solutions help customers accelerate and improve their design, development, and manufacturing processes and are used for determining the mechanical behavior of materials, products, and structures. MTS’ high-performance position sensors provide controls for a variety of industrial and vehicular applications. MTS had 2,147 employees and revenue of $542 million for the fiscal year ended September 29, 2012. Additional information on MTS can be found on the worldwide web at http://www.mts.com.
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