Konecranes’ “Smarter Cabin” crane cabin, designed by its in-house team, has won the prestigious Fennia Prize 2012.
The smarter cabin gives the driver remarkably improved visibility with a 60 percent larger window area. Working closely with customers, Konecranes studied the sight lines from the operator’s chair to the critical working areas to ensure excellent visibility.
“When starting to plan the new cabin, we adopted a user-centered design approach, which included observing the operators and their activities during their work, says Johannes Tarkiainen, Industrial Design Manager at Konecranes. “We also interviewed the operators to learn what improvements they desired for their work environment. The cabin design is therefore based on existing user needs.”
Fennia Prize: Good Design Grows Global is a design competition for companies producing designed goods or applying design in their operations. Prize-winners are entitled to participate in the Fennia Prize exhibition and tour. The competition is organized by Design Forum Finland and the Fennia Group.
The Fennia Prize 2012 Grand Prix went to Fingrid Plc for the design of the transmission tower for field locations.
Other awarded companies:City of Helsinki / Helsinki City Library, Kekkilä Oy and Tulikivi Oyj.