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Wacker Neuson donates an excavator for teaching and research purposes

The excavator handover from Wacker Neuson takes research to the next level.

Wacker Neuson is one of the largest European manufacturers of construction machinery with its headquarter close to Linz. The Institute has ongoing research cooperation with this company.

In order to foster the good relationship, to emphasize the importance of fluid power, to strengthen the research and teaching in this field, Wacker Neuson donated a new 2.6 tons excavator to the Institute. The formal handover was done on July 8, 2020. Wacker Neuson was represented by its CEO Martin Lehner, the R&D managing director Robert Finzel, Christian Kröpl, responsible for drive technologies, Christian Löhr as technical contact person and who managed the donation as well as Karolin Solly, head of product marketing.

The Rector Meinhard Lukas and the head of the Institute, Rudolf Scheidl, accepted the excavator. They expressed their thanks and underlined the importance of that donation for an attractive teaching, effective applied research and as a sign of optimism in the difficult times of Corona pandemic.

That excavator will not only be used in hydraulic teaching and research. Future construction machinery will be mechatronic machines embedded into a cyber-physical environment. That needs to involve all disciplines of mechatronics into R&D. That excavator will serve as motivator, test platform, playground for such multi-disciplinary research.