Protracted prototyping of grabs


Research into grab prototyping shows that advanced simulation techniques could drastically cut the time and cost of developing new designs.

Grabs are among the oldest of technologies for handling dry bulk materials. But that does not mean manufacturers are not constantly working on new designs and performance. In a highly competitive market, research and development into grab design, different materials, and new configurations must be kept up, to maintain an edge over rivals.
However, predicting the performance of a new design is challenging. Current processes are based on years of experience and consist of designing a prototype, building it in the factory, and evaluating it at a test site. But this is expensive and time-consuming.

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