The brainchild of SKS Toijala Works Oy, KURO has been developed from start to finish in Toijala, Finland, where the log stacker is also produced.
The development of KURO began in the autumn of 2013. Earlier that year, SKS Toijala Works had acquired the log stacker business from Cargotec’s Kalmar.
At the time, SKS Toijala Works already had a 17- and a 31-tonne log stacker in its offering. According to CEO Pasi Kannisto, however, the company had recognized a clear demand in the market for a cutting-edge 12-tonne version. That is when the decision was made to invest in the development of an entirely new log stacker.
In terms of developing a new product, the circumstances were ideal. After all, a number of talented individuals that had previously worked for Kalmar had just joined the ranks of SKS Toijala Works.
“We decided that KURO would be built from scratch,” says Kannisto. “Thanks to that, we were able to utilize all of the latest technology on the market in the development of the product. In addition to our expert staff, we had a strong network of about a dozen Finnish partner companies involved in the development.”
SKS Toijala Works CEO Pasi Kannisto.
A Prominent Challenger
Unveiled in summer 2015, the new KURO is a cutting-edge, next-generation log stacker set to send shivers down the competition’s spine.
The never-before-seen features of KURO include an intelligent 8- to 10-tonne load rating, power and energy units immediately accessible on the side of the machine, as well as a cabin with a new operating concept, fitted with a 12” touch screen control interface.
“In addition, KURO is connected to the Internet via TW REMOTE, our new remote reporting and management system,” says Kannisto. “It is an extension to KURO’s own machine control system, sending a package of data to a cloud with an interval of twenty seconds.”
This data, we learn, includes information about practically everything: fuel consumption, need for maintenance, movements of the machine on the map, tonnage handled – you name it. The data can be easily retrieved from the cloud and viewed in the form of reports and histograms generated by the system.
Another major benefit offered by KURO is its fuel efficiency. It consumes significantly less fuel than any other product on the market. Moreover, this economy has not been achieved at the expense of efficiency. On the contrary, KURO still manages to be more efficient than the competition.
Test Users Are Hooked
Since KURO was launched in 2015, the first serial produced units have been delivered to a client currently taking a trial spin with the product. Kannisto reveals that the user experiences have been positive, and the client is more than likely to purchase the units once the trial period is over.
Mostly designed for log handling in sawmills, the new KURO log stacker is set to gain a strong foothold in Europe, SKS Toijala Works’ main market area. Thanks to its groundbreaking qualities, Kannisto has all the reason to feel confident about the future of the product.
“With KURO, we can offer a combination of competitive cost of investment, high efficiency, and excellent fuel economy,” he lists. “That said, KURO is definitely able to challenge its main competitors. In fact, I must admit that I haven’t seen such a sophisticated log stacker yet – and I’ve visited my fair share of trade fairs across the globe!”
All SKS Toijala Works log stackers are developed and produced in Toijala, Finland. Excellent sales connections are guaranteed by the strong sales network of Kalmar, the leading provider of cargo handling solutions and the distributor of SKS Toijala Works’ log stackers in Europe.
The log stacker to rule them all is ready for orders, then. Who’s next?
Text and images by Industrial PRIME
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