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Siemens to Automate Eight ARTGs for Felixstowe

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Siemens has received an order from the UK's Port of Felixstowe for eight automated rubber-tyred gantry cranes (ARTG).

The eight ARTGs are to be built by Zhenhua Port Machinery Company (ZPMC), with Siemens providing the drive, control, and automation systems along with Remote Control Operator Stations (RCOS).

The new ARTGs are intended to support the port’s upcoming development, as berths 8 and 9 are being extended, with increased yard capacity to manage higher volumes.

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The electrified cranes have been designed to reduce the carbon footprint of the port and will set off the first steps of gradual automation.

They are set to become operational in the first quarter of 2019 and will be delivered to the new blocks under development allowing the terminal to continue commercial operations unimpeded.

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Speaking of Siemens' ‘virtual commissioning’ solution, which will be implemented at Felixstowe, Head of Siemens Cranes Projecthouse, Rink Groenveld, commented: “Using digital twins of the cranes enables various simulations, allowing for flexibility and providing us the ability to test our automation systems against a virtual crane and simulated environment and create all sorts of work-through scenarios.

“Implementation of automation modules allowing for collision prevention and automated stacking, integrated safety solutions and Remote Control will lead to safe, productive and consistent operations in the container terminal.

“These unique features helped Siemens to be chosen as the preferred electrical and automation partner for this important terminal.”

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