Technical Papers - Container Handling

Automated Terminals and Self-Driving Cars

  PTI Edition 84 - Delivering Performance

In this paper, Jari Hamalainen and Pekka Yli-Paunu highlight an exciting technology that is changing the face of automated terminals

  Automation and Optimisation, Container Handling, Port Focus, Port Planning, Design & Construction, Terminal Logistics


Case Study: Optimizing Trapac

  PTI Edition 84 - Delivering Performance

In this paper, Sylvia Wong and Evan Crawford take a closer look at how automation was implemented at the highly automated facility in Los Angeles

  Automation and Optimisation, Container Handling, Global Terminal Operators, Port Focus, Port Planning, Design & Construction, Terminal Logistics


Transforming Terminals in the Mega-Age

  PTI Edition 84 - Delivering Performance

Uno Bryfors assess how terminals around the world are adapting to the changing nature of the shipping industry and what these facilities can do to transform with the times

  Automation and Optimisation, Container Handling, Mega Ship Ready, Port Focus, Port Planning, Design & Construction




Terminal Automation Platforms: Open Interfaces

  PTI Edition 78 - Linking the Supply Chain

This paper is a shorter version of a full length white paper which will be available on the PTI website shortly

  Automation and Optimisation, Container Handling


Expanding Perspectives: From Port Focus to Supply Chain Focus

  PTI Edition 78 - Linking the Supply Chain

This feature from Kuenz explores how the company is shifting its focus from traditional port operations to broader supply chains

  Automation and Optimisation, Container Handling



Q&A: David Moosbrugger, Kuenz

  PTI Edition 78 - Linking the Supply Chain

Exclusive Q&A David Moosbrugger, Managing Director, Kuenz

  Container Handling


(Whitepaper) The Path to Automation RTG Terminals: Converting to AutoRTG

  Edition Online

This white paper describes the possibilities and processes of converting a rubber tyred gantry crane (RTG) terminal to an automated operation

  Automation and Optimisation, Container Handling, Global Terminal Operators, Port Focus


Tie-Down Design Considerations: STS Container Cranes

  PTI Edition 77 - AI & Intelligence

When extreme winds blow, cranes sometimes collapse. If one tie-down fails, a crane can break loose and roll down the rails, destroying neighboring cranes. Although other crane structural failures can occur during extreme winds, crane to-wharf tie-down systems are often the weak link for full crane collapse, and thereby deserve more attention.

  Container Handling



Terminal Automation: Converting to Auto-RTG

  PTI Edition 77 - AI & Intelligence

Operating an automated terminal requires a thorough change of business processes as well as new skillsets for the people operating the terminal. One way to successfully address these issues is a step-wise approach in converting the terminal from traditional manual operation to automation

  Automation and Optimisation, Container Handling


The Mega-Age: Resolving the Yard Challenge

  PTI Edition 77 - AI & Intelligence

To avoid becoming a bottleneck, the yard needs to be equipped with the right solutions so that it can deliver the required increases in capacity and productivity while providing a cost efficient service for both waterside and landside operations. This is the yard challenge of the mega-age

  Automation and Optimisation, Container Handling, Port Focus


Aerodynamic Girders for RMGs

  PTI Edition 76 - Cyber Risk & Security

Kuenz has been working on rail mounted gantry (RMG) cranes for intermodal terminals and river harbor terminals for many decades. As the market leader throughout Europe and North America, Kuenz has installed several hundred cranes throughout the world. Kuenz engineers in 2014 recognized that designing a RMG had become harder for the following reason: The cranes had become bigger. The largest Kuenz Cranes have a main girder length of over 140 metres, stack one over five, and their weight is over 700 tonnes. They are also faster, as the gantry speed for such a crane is 120 metres per minute, and trolley speed is 150 metres per minute. The wind surface of the structures had increased because of new codes and regulations. Customers were operating the cranes with wind speeds up to 28 metres per second.

  Container Handling


Using Intelligent TOS Plug-Ins to Increase Terminal Performance

  PTI Edition 76 - Cyber Risk & Security

As volumes have found their way up again, and additional terminal capacity is not easily realized, terminals return to seeking improvements in their internal processes. Based on our experience, which covers over 50 terminals where we assisted in performance improvement programs, it is possible to make substantial performance gains for internal processes. This is also recognized by the terminals themselves. A recent survey by Navis indicates that 76% of the respondents put process improvement as a ‘number one priority’ for terminal operations. Process improvements may be seen through productivity increases, gains in service levels, for example the reliability of port stay, capacity enhancement due to using space more effectively, and cost reductions. Without a doubt, double digit improvements can be attained in the performance-cost index.

  Automation and Optimisation, Container Handling, Terminal Logistics