26 March 2013, 00:00
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has gained an important order for Kalmar SmartPort process automation from long standing customer, Total Terminals International (TTI) at their Hanjin, Long Beach, CA (USA) operation.
TTI specified a range of Kalmar SmartPort process automation solutions including SmartQuay. The highly advanced solution automates the vessel discharge and load back operations so that no human intervention is required for the normal process. The order delivers an integrated container handling system that also includes the SmartLift and SmartStack process automation solutions, as well as the SmartMap visualisation tool. The order was booked into Cargotec's 2012 fourth quarter order intake.
SmartQuay leverages Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to identify the container, automatically identifies the terminal tractor (UTR), which receives the container, and dispatches the correct work instruction to the UTR operator via a rugged data terminal. Once the UTR reaches the directed point of work in the yard, SmartLift provides the correct work instruction to the lifting equipment and SmartStack determines the final container position even if it differs from the work instruction. The entire discharge process is automated and requires no human intervention.
A key element of the SmartStack solution is the Symeo Sensor Fusion positioning system. Sensor Fusion combines DGPS and sensor data to ensure an accurate position is obtained even in the case of DGPS signal blockage in the dense container canyons.
Larry Bennett, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Total Terminals International, said: "The efficiency of terminal operation in the future relies on even faster and optimised container logistics and throughput. The SmartPort solution provides the most attractive solution for automating container handling processes. Exact positioning and continuous tracking of the container is key to this. It helps us to significantly improve vessel discharge and load back throughput, reduce lost containers and also reduce reliance on manual data input".
"As our Hanjin operation continues to expand, I am happy that Cargotec's track record as a "best of breed" vendor, together with their proven skills and resources will help to ensure our productivity remains at optimum levels", Mr Bennett concluded.
Kalmar SmartPort solutions drive greater efficiencies through process and equipment automation, resulting in lower overall operational costs, improved safety and better equipment availability. Process automation solutions are designed to optimise the information flows within your business processes to ensure the most efficient equipment utilisation. They represent an accessible and fast way to get immediate productivity improvements for a relatively small initial investment. Solutions include SmartPath, SmartStack, SmartRail, SmartLift, SmartTruck, SmartQuay, SmartTrack and SmartFleet. These process automation solutions fit any size of terminal, any brand equipment and any terminal operating system.
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