Brazilian City Joins Automation Revolution


Conductix-Wampfler, a leader in port mobile electrification and data transmission technology, has just completed a major installation at Portonave near the city of Navegantes in the state of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil.

Starting in late 2015, Portonave’s full fleet of 18 RTGs, covering 29 container blocks, was converted to E-RTGs using Conductix-Wampfler’s fully automated Drive-In L system and conductor rails.

This is a breakthrough installation in terms of port electrification in Brazil. It not only marks the first E-RTG conversion project in the country, but Portonave also stands as the first fully electrified container terminal in Brazil.

Alessandro Cezar, General Manager Conductix-Wampfler Brazil, said: “We were delighted to partner with Portonave for this milestone project.

“The E-RTGs utilize the latest technology to enhance productivity, reliability and flexibility. As a full turnkey project, Conductix-Wampfler Brazil handled every aspect of the conversion of the RTGs, from manufacturing the steel framework, to installation, to startup.”

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The main reason for selecting the Drive-In L conductor rail solution is its compact, lightweight design, which makes it suitable for any kind of RTG. By using a completely electric drive system, no additional pneumatic or hydraulic units are needed.

Its integrated data transmission system, auto-steering-system, included diagnostic and monitoring system and other safety devices mark Drive-In L as a big step towards complete automation.

Marcelo Diniz, Maintenance Manager of Portonave S/A, said: “investing in all-electric RTGs demonstrates our commitment to our mission of delivering high quality performance and production levels while preserving the environment, as well as the health and safety of our port operations. 

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