New more efficient Kalmar ASC

10 Jun 2015
The first fifth generation ASCs will be delivered to TraPac Inc. terminal in LA

The first fifth generation ASCs will be delivered to TraPac Inc. terminal in LA

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has launched its next generation automatic stacking crane (ASC) system at the TOC Europe exhibition in Rotterdam.

The new ASC system allows smooth and fast automation deployment and allows terminals to deliver high throughput as well as a predictable and reliable performance.

At the heart of the new ASC system is the Kalmar fifth generation automatic stacking crane. The crane has an optimised lightweight structure with a 10% weight reduction compared to previous generation, which decreases energy consumption and offers savings in operational costs.

Raimo Ukkonen, vice president, ASCs, Kalmar, said: "With our latest investment finalised by 2016, we will have a complete end-to-end ASC automation system in-house, featuring the new fifth generation ASC crane. This unique testing setup is expected to cut core system integration time by at least 20%.”

Maintenance access, ergonomics and usability have also been significantly improved, with a single-platform machinery trolley, segregated transformer house and a more spacious e-house. New AC drives that control IE2 class motors improve the energy efficiency, and also ensure spare parts availability throughout the future lifecycle of the system.

Optimised terminal performance can be realised with end-to-end automation solution consisting of automated truck handling on the landside, AutoShuttles(TM) as a horizontal transportation system on the quayside, and 5th generation Kalmar ASCs, all integrated by Kalmar TLS automation. Product innovations and upgrades continue to improve system efficiency for years to come.

The first fifth generation ASCs will be delivered to TraPac Inc. terminal in Los Angeles, USA.

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