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A Revolutionary Container Automation Storing Concept
Container terminal automation is reaching a mature stage of development and most new projects incorporate some elements of automation. One of the new areas for process optimization that until now has been mainly ignored is the handling and storage of empty containers. Whilst the optimization of empty container flows has received widespread attention, the cost to shipping lines for depots to process and handle empty containers is hidden within the total of container repositioning. The crucial role in the process of preparing an empty for delivery to the next client or for repositioning to another location is the ‘Empty Container Depot’.
Traditionally depots have consisted of minimal civil infrastructure and have relied on ‘Empty Container Handlers (ECHs)’ with basic inventory systems and have been limited to the extent to which they can optimize their processes. Typically, empty container depot operations are performed in an ad hoc manner and achieve low levels of efficiency.
Recognizing the mature state of container equipment automation, the Kramer Group sought to assess how to implement automated handling processes within empty container depots. In 2017, the Kramer Group assisted by Solid Port Solutions started to develop plans for the first fully automated empty depot, this resulted in the New Generation Robotized Empty Depot (NG-RED™).
The NG-RED operating concept has been launched and explained at the TOC Europe in Rotterdam on Tuesday 12 June, during the TECHTOC Automation Workshop, by Joost Achterkamp, CEO of Solid Port Solutions.or check the NG-RED website
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