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         warehouses. All are fitted with tail lifts
         and working at height safety barriers,
         for example.
           Naylor  concluded:  “We are  continu-
         ing  to  grow  our  business,  and  this  is
         achieved most cost  effectively  via or-
         ganic growth. Additional locations add
         cost  to  a  business,  so  we  will  only  do
         this where  the opportunity exists to
         grow quickly and sustainably. Tech-
         nology  has  changed  significantly  in
         the last 20 years or so and with good
         IT and communications, together with
         a slick and efficient logistics network,
         there really is no need to be operational
         in every town or city when operating a
         specialist business proposition.”
           LGH’s new London depot  is located
         at Unit 6 Crayside Industrial Estate,
         Thames Road, Crayford.

         Konecranes Adopts Internet
         of Things Technology to            Konecranes is using Siemens’ MindSphere and Teamcenter software to leverage the digital twin
         Bridge Virtual and Real            and reduce the number of physical prototypes required for the product development process.
         Worlds Using Siemens’              novation platform  to accelerate its   “The product design process is cur-
         Digital Innovation Platform        product development process and con-  rently based more on an engineer’s
           • Konecranes has implemented     nect product and performance data   experience and generally shared as-
         the Siemens digital innovation     together. The company is using Mind-  sumptions than measured facts from
         platform,  including  MindSphere,   Sphere, the open, cloud-based Internet   existing products,” said Juha Pankakos-
         Teamcenter and Simcenter portfo-   of Things (IoT) operating system, and   ki, Executive VP, Technology at Kone-
         lio, to accelerate its product devel-  the Teamcenter® portfolio, the world’s   cranes. “These assumptions often lead
         opment process.                    most widely used digital lifecycle man-  to non-optimized designs that are over
           • The company has increased col-  agement software,  to leverage the   engineered. With an integrated digital
         laboration between simulation, test   digital twin and reduce the number of   twin platform, we see major potential
         and engineering organizations to   physical prototypes, which helps to in-  in speeding up the product development
         reduce the use of physical prototypes   crease efficiency and decrease product   process, reducing prototypes, increasing
         by leveraging a digital twin through   validation time. The Konecranes proof   traceability and thus improving quality
         Siemens’ Internet of Things (IoT) in-  of  value  is  one  of  the  first  implemen-  and reduce development cost.”
         tegrated with PLM technology.      tations of IoT to develop a framework   Today design, simulation and pro-
           Konecranes, a Finnish company spe-  that connects and synchronizes the vir-  totype  testing  organizations  operate
         cializing in the manufacture and ser-  tual (engineering design, analysis and   in their own silos, often using out of
         vice of cranes  and lifting equipment,   simulation) and physical (testing and   date processes for their work. At Kone-
         has  implemented Siemens’  digital in-  operational reliability) worlds.  cranes, a digital twin was utilized as the

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