Anybody familiar with various aspects of heavy industry and its myriad tools, equipment, and vehicles will surely be aware of HIAB trucks and their uses. However, it is not immediately apparent to the layman what is meant by the term HIAB or how these particular vehicles might best be utilised and in what setting. Reef Group services often include the extensive use of HIAB trucks, and we have decades of collective experience working with them as a team. In this article, we will take an in-depth look at the most common uses and applications for HIAB vehicles across a variety of industries and working environments.
HIAB (pronounced hai-ab) is an acronym taken from the Swedish brand name Hydrauliska Industri AB, which began manufacturing hydraulic cranes in the 1940s. In more modern times, much as other brand names like Hoover came to represent the item itself over time, HIAB evolved to refer to a hydraulic crane mounted onto the back of a vehicle. The crane uses the vehicle’s engine to draw power and drive the hydraulics, making it exceptionally strong, practical, and versatile. Typically used in the transportation and logistics industry for lifting goods, HIAB cranes are often considered more functional, efficient, and mobile than fixed cranes.
Although bespoke variations do exist, there are two main types of HIAB loader cranes:
Rigid HIABS are generally nimbler than their articulated counterparts and more adept at squeezing into tight spaces than those forced to pull a separate trailer. The crane can be mounted at the front or rear of the vehicle, and workers often refer to this position when describing the unit, calling them rear or front-mounted HIABs. An additional trailer can be pulled behind a rigid HIAB if the body of the main vehicle is not sufficient to handle the intended load.
Articulated HIAB trucks have no fixed bed attached to the rear of the vehicle and are less restricted in what they can carry. Effectively, they resemble a standard articulated truck with a crane mounted to the back of the cab. The choice of trailer then depends entirely on the objects and goods to be moved, making them exceptionally versatile and multi-functional. If two skilled operators are in attendance, it is possible to combine the lifting capabilities of two articulated HIAB trucks in unison and raise extremely large, heavy objects.
Most cargo loads in the transportation/haulage industry are different from one another in some way and often present unique issues and challenges. The versatility and strength of HIAB trucks make them the perfect tool for negating many of these issues and handling abnormal loads.
Some other crucial uses of HIAB trucks occur in and around several key industries, namely:
All these industries involve manoeuvring heavy, dangerous equipment and/or huge quantities of loose material, from bricks and wood to sand, scrap metal, and everything in between. HIAB trucks also excel in these circumstances and represent an invaluable addition to any company needing to safely and efficiently move large amounts of almost any material. Because of the portable nature of these cranes, delivering the items and equipment to alternative locations and simply reversing the process is exponentially easier. Thus, many experienced industry experts rank them among the most important and indispensable of all industrial machines.
If the challenge is to move something heavy and bulky from one location to another, the chances are a HIAB will represent the best possible tool for the job. Everything from huge sections of bridges and buildings to other vehicles can be lifted and transported safely and easily. There is almost no limit to what HIAB trucks can do, and some of their other benefits include:
For added flexibility and function in the construction industry, HIAB cranes have some exceptionally useful features and can also be modified to undertake specific tasks. These include:
The efficient handling and moving of an almost unimaginable variety of materials demands only the cleverest, most reliable solutions. HIAB trucks prove the ideal solution to almost any logistical requirement and drastically reduce the time taken to achieve the smooth, seamless movement of goods. Convenience and adaptability are powerful tools in the fast-paced, deadline-driven logistics industry, and HIAB vehicles make the process faster and more efficient every step of the way.
Because HIAB vehicles come in all shapes and sizes, some are suitable for use in even the most rugged, inaccessible areas. From the toughest terrains and environments imaginable to the confines of a hermetically sealed warehouse, they can overcome almost any obstacle, making the lives of their operators easier and safer in the process.
If you need the assistance of reputable, efficient professionals to help take the stress out of your transportation/shipping responsibilities, please contact Reef Group today. As experts at solving complex logistical problems, providing innovative solutions, and coordinating smooth deliveries, we will gladly discuss any aspects of our services with you.