Automatic Bulk Cargo Equipment in Modern Ports: Part 2



Bao Qifan, Vice President, Shanghai International Port (Group) Co. Ltd, China, Jiang Xia, Shanghai Qifan Co. Ltd, China, & Wu Zhaowei, Wuhan University of Technology, China


Part 1 of this article was originally published in edition 40 of Port Technology International and is available for download here.

The abstract is provided once again as a refresher. Part 1 introduced bulk grab ship unloaders and automatic and fully automatic bulk loading bucket wheel stacker-reclaimers, jointly developed by Shanghai Port, Shanghai Port Machinery Plant, ABB (China) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Part 2 focuses on key technologies and methods involved in automated bulk operations including contour detection technology, materials distribution testing, optimisation of ship unloading strategy, fixed-point ship unloading, balance ship unloading, continuous ship unloading, and automation equipment operations.

This paper describes research and development into automatic grab ship unloaders, automatic loading machines, and automatic bucket stackers and reclaimers for bulk cargo in the Port of Shanghai, which have been integrated with a multitude of advanced technologies, such as long-range detection, computer networks, automatic control, and intelligent decision-making etc. With the above integration, efficient automatic bulk loading and unloading can be implemented in the port, along with creative management and integrating control into automated operations, and establishing a solid foundation for building fully automatic bulk cargo terminals…

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