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Kalmar, a part of Cargotec Corporation, has agreed to supply Norfolk Southern with four Kalmar SmartPower rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs).

The equipment, which is scheduled to be delivered by the end of Q4 2019, will be equipped with a suite of process automation solutions.

Norfolk Southern is one of the USA’s largest transportation companies, with the Norfolk Southern railway operating around 19,500 route miles in 23 states, serving every major container port in the Eastern region of the United States, and providing efficient connections to other rail carriers.

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As well as moving containers across the country, the company is also a major transporter of coal, automotive products and industrial goods.

According to a statement, Kalmar’s SmartPower RTGs will be installed to extend capacity at the company's intermodal terminals at Landers in Chicago, Illinois, and Rossville in Memphis, Tennessee.

Two cranes, each with a span of 25 metres, will be installed at both terminals, and are to be equipped with Kalmar's electro-mechanical anti-sway system and a rotating Bromma spreader.

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In addition to this, the cranes will feature process automation solutions for safer, faster and more efficient container handling, including Kalmar’s SmartRail automated gantry steering solution and Kalmar SmartStack.

An optical character recognition solution will also be implemented, allowing cranes to automatically identify containers, streamlining the stacking process, and improving mobility and efficiency throughout the yard.

Troy Thompson, Vice President of Sales for Kalmar Americas, said: “We are very pleased to be able to continue our collaboration with Norfolk Southern and to support them with the optimisation of their intermodal operations.

“The proven Kalmar SmartPower RTG provides the perfect balance between productivity and cost efficiency in a variety of container-handling applications.”

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