Kalmar's President has discussed how the company's intelligent solutions are helping to combat more than US$ 20 billion of waste and inefficiency in the global supply chain.
In the interview at TOC Europe 2017, Antti Kaunonen explained that Kalmar is focusing on higher levels of sustainability, driverless solutions as well as digitalization, and is working with the other Cargotec business arms, Navis and XVELA, to develop and invest in equipment.
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Kaunonen said that automated RTGs would be next on Kalmar's research and development list as work continues to advance remote-controlled operations.
As more intelligence is added to its machines, Kaunonen also sees the Navis N4 terminal operating system benefitting from improvements in efficiency as the company wants to connect the entire maritime supply chain.
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Kalmar has started doing this through its Kalmar Key, which aims to support the terminal industry by building a common system architecture for an end-to-end, customised automation platform.
Kaunonen explained that Kalmar is also planning to improve the intelligence of its spreaders by increasing how much information they communicate through sensors.
He added: “The sky is the limit and we have dramatically increased our investments into development.
“We are always investing in automation, software development and digitalization because they are the megatrends, we want to be there.”