• Preserving Historical Church with Cutting Edge Technology

    The Cremona Cathedral, famous for its Torrazzo bell tower, is a symbol of the Northern Italian town of Cremona, and a shining example of Romanesque architecture. Over ten centuries old, renovation of the cathedral is a hard and delicate necessity. Honda's iGX440 general purpose engine supports the Cremona renovation, powering lifter hydraulics that enabling precise lifter control and preservation of the historical site.

The town of Cremona located about two hours by car to the Southeast from Milan in Northern Italy exudes the aura of the middle ages. Famous violin makers such as Amati and Stradivari practiced their art in this town, and the town is still known around the world as the town of violins because of its many luthier workshops.

The Cathedral of Cremona with its high bell tower is the main symbol of the town, and is the foremost example of Romanesque architecture in Europe. A lifter powered by a Honda iGX440 general purpose engine is being used to help renovate this Roman Catholic church. The hydraulic pressure in the lifter is controlled by the ECU (Electronic Control Unit) built into the iGX engine by controlling the engine speed, allowing the lifter arm to be accurately extended to the location where renovation is being performed.

This general purpose engine is ideal for the renovation work in this church where very precise control is imperative. When the lifter is moved with the crawler tracks, the arm is folded up. The iGX engine helps make the lifter lightweight and compact.

Large heavy machinery cannot be brought into the many narrow alleys and inner gardens in Italy, and there are many areas where it was necessary to put up scaffolding when working at high locations. Since this lifter can be used in this type of location, it has dramatically enhanced the efficiency of work. The low emissions, high fuel economy, low noise of this eco-friendly iGX engine make it perfect for work in confined residential areas where there are many people.

Mr. Dante Fracca, the president of the manufacturer that developed this lifter says “New technology is required to preserve old buildings. We needed a new lifter. It makes good sense to use the latest technology to preserve old architecture.”