Kalmar introduces collision warning system for straddle carriers

Kalmar Straddle Carriers in operation at Maher Terminals Port Elizabeth New Jersey USA

Kalmar, a part of Cargotec, has introduced a collision warning system for its manually operated straddle carrier portfolio as part of its commitment to safety-first design. 

The system is reportedly available as an optional add-on for new machines and a retrofit upgrade for existing machines.

It aims to increase safety by providing the driver with both visible and audible warnings when there is a risk of collision, giving them more time to react to potential hazards.

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These timely warnings will help to prevent or reduce the severity of collisions and also reduce stress on the driver by helping them to remain alert and attentive at all times.

In addition to detecting obstacles in the machine’s path or blindspots, the system warns the driver if the spreader (whether empty or laden) is too low when the machine is approaching a container stack.

The driver remains in full control of the machine at all times.

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With a reduced risk of collisions, Kalmar believes terminal operators can realise cost savings in the form of reduced unplanned repairs, longer equipment lifetime and potentially lower insurance premiums. 

Jeroka Alanko, Senior Manager in Product Management at Kalmar, stated: “Safety is one of the core design principles at Kalmar, and we are constantly striving to introduce new features and functionalities that will enable our customers to increase their operational safety.”

Alanko believes that the collision warning system will help Kalmar’s customers to make machine operation safer and improve overall terminal safety, while reducing repair costs and extending equipment lifetime.

This month, Kalmar’s Shanghai plant celebrated the completion of its 6,000th machine.

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