Manitowoc unveils innovative Product Verification Center

Management from Manitowoc Cranes cut the ribbon to officially open the company’s Product Verification Center at its facility in Shady Grove, Pa., U.S.

A crane can only be as good as the sum of its parts. That’s why Manitowoc Cranes has built a multimillion dollar, state-of-the-art testing facility to rigorously scrutinize the components that go into its cranes.

The Product Verification Center at Manitowoc’s Shady Grove, Pa., facility in the U.S., will help produce stronger, more-reliable cranes. By allowing rigorous testing of component performance and working life cycles, it will give Manitowoc engineers new insight into the anticipated performance of cranes in the field. It will also speed up the product development phase for new designs, reduce warranty claims and on-site stoppages, and allow for the direct comparison of supplier components.

Eric Etchart, Manitowoc’s president and general manager, says the Product Verification Center represents an investment in quality.

“For Manitowoc and its customers, this new center marks the beginning of an exciting phase in modern crane design and testing,” he said. “By meticulously inspecting the quality and endurance of individual components, we will be able to reach new, unprecedented levels of quality. We believe there’s no other facility like this in the crane industry.”