Kalmar Unveils Automation-Ready Terminal Gantry Crane


Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has launched its Kalmar Rail Mounted Gantry Crane (RMG), describing it as “a highly adaptable, automation-ready platform” designed to meet the requirements of customers' intermodal or container terminal operations.

Kalmar RMGs have a rail span of 20-55 metres, a lifting capacity of up to 65 tonnes, an outreach of up to 18 metres and can stack up to a height of one over six.

Customers can tailor Kalmar RMGs for specific requirements, making them suitable for greenfield sites or an existing brownfield operation.

Timo Alho, Vice President, Intelligent Crane Solutions, Kalmar, said: “We are excited to put new focus on the intermodal market with our brand new RMG.

“In designing this product, we have leveraged our experience of over 40 years in rail-mounted cranes and over 20 years in port and terminal automation.

“We have delivered various cantilever RMGs to intermodal terminals since the 1970's, and today, Kalmar Rubber Tyred Gantry Cranes are commonly used in intermodal terminals especially in Europe.

“With this new RMG, we were able to combine the best features of different types of equipment.”

Kalmar explained why interest in electric horizontal transportation at terminals is growing rapidly in a recent technical paper

Combining the Kalmar Horizontal Transportation or Mobile Equipment with cranes can deliver a complete end-to-end solution for intermodal and container terminals.

Kalmar stated that all Kalmar RMGs have electric drive units which are “highly efficient, give exceptionally smooth operation and have zero emissions at source”.

Alho added: “What is so special about our RMGs is that they can be automated step by step by adding features incrementally when it suits the customer.

“We have utilised the same, field-proven technology that is already available in our fifth-generation automatic stacking cranes (ASCs).

“All Kalmar RMGs can be operated manually, remotely or automatically.

“Even if you choose a manually operated crane today, it can be retrofitted in the future to be remote controlled or automated.

“Now our customers can decide when it fits their plans to join in the automation journey.”

Kalmar's President Antti Kaunonen discusses what's currently in the company's pipeline to improve overall efficiency at ports

Read more: Kalmar is supporting the terminal industry in taking its first step towards building a common system architecture for an end-to-end, customised automation platform

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