Kalmar: Intermodal Operations Must Be Intelligent


Ports and terminals seeking to optimize intermodal operations must maximize capacity and throughput, according to a new blog post from cargo-handling solutions provider Kalmar.

Moving the highest possible volume of containers through a rail network and container terminal in a safe and environmentally-friendly manner requires a combination of eco-efficient equipment, intelligent services and expert support.

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Thomas Graef, Manager of Ports and Intermodal Products at Kalmar, commented on the challenge: “The technology integrated with container handling equipment needs to follow the changes in global container demands.

“Container ports around the world are continuously adopting new technologies and lifting equipment to increase the productivity and safety of their on-dock rail yards.

“Just like waterfront ports, intermodal rail terminals are increasingly deploying automation technology and automated equipment in order to adapt to changing container traffic demands.”



Kalmar has also emphasized that, with the help of its automation platform, businesses specializing in intermodal operations can adapt and grow as demands change.

Intermodal terminals are also facing increasingly strict regulations on environmental issues such as emissions and the impact of rising fuel costs, hurdles that could be overcome with the support of electric equipment.


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As a result, Kalmar has made electrically-powered options of its existing equipment available to customers, including rail-mounted and rubber-tyred gantry cranes, automated guided vehicles, straddle carriers and terminal tractors.

Timo Lehto, Jari Hamalainen and Heimo Poutanen, Kalmar, discuss terminal automation in a recent Port Technology technical paper

Graef added: “Intermodal customers around the world are already benefiting from our world-class equipment, services and expertise to help take their operations to the next level.”

“For example, we are delivering a state-of-the-art automation system for the Qube Moorebank Logistics Park in Sydney, Australia that breaks new ground in the intermodal container handling business.”

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