In one form or another, automation is the future for terminals of all types that are looking to continuously improve the efficiency, safety and sustainability of their operations.
This article examines the benefits of fleet-level optimisation for automated container terminals, taking Kalmar’s Fleet Management solution as an example.
Until now, container terminal automation projects have often involved a significant amount of customization for each terminal.
Automation architectures also differ between system providers, with some focusing more on equipment-level automation and others (e.g. Kalmar) on overarching fleet management systems that enable centralised optimisation of the entire fleet of automated container handling equipment.
Because automation projects have largely been unique initiatives, they have involved a lot of research and product development for each customer and use case. Equipment control software has varied with each type of machine, making it sometimes challenging to replicate best-of-breed deployments in subsequent projects.