The Next-Gen Port Crane Network: Operating Remotely



George Geib, Process Industries and Drives, Siemens, Nuremberg, Germany


More than 70% of the globally traded piece goods are currently transported in ISO containers by ship, rail, and truck. Centers for efficient cargo handling are container terminals, which are present in every major port.

Essential for high-performance processes are stacking cranes, which bring the containers to the provided storage location and pick them up again from there for further transport. For cost and safety reasons, this is increasingly done in a fully automatic manner.

In addition to a high-performance warehouse management system and robust crane automation, a time- and route-optimized, collision-free operation also requires a reliable crane network tailored to the specific needs.

One that transmits transport orders quickly, smoothly, and tamper-proof to the respective crane. The quality of automation and networking is crucial for the availability of the complete system. If only part of it fails, movement commands can no longer be transmitted and – in the worst case – no longer be executed.


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