The Port of Hamburg’s first fully-automatic system for monitoring reefer containers has been introduced at the C. Steinweg multi-purpose cargo handling facility in.
The system was developed and launched by Identec Solutions, specialists in wireless sensor and localisation applications.
Reefer containers are manually checked by staff at cargo handling terminals at specific intervals, usually of between four and eight hours, for normal functioning, temperature, humidity and other parameters.
This effort is supplanted by the CTAS Reefer System developed by Identec Solutions, which records, notifies and processes all data fully automatically.
Since the end of 2016, a monitoring device tag has been attached magnetically to every incoming reefer container at C. Steinweg (Süd-West Terminal) as an automatic link with the container’s controller.
Stephan Piworus, global vice president of sales, ports and terminals, for Identec Solutions, said: “CTAS Reefer is compatible with all current models from reefer container manufacturers such as Daikin, Carrier, Star Cool or Thermo King.
“Unlike the usual power-line modem solutions, this is completely independent,” he added.
Once connected, the tag notifies relevant reefer data every 15 minutes by radio signal, generating an automatic alarm signal if a discrepancy occurs.
CTAS Reefer is linked with C. Steinweg’s terminal operating system (TOS).
When the box leaves the terminal again, the tag is removed and used for the next container arriving.
All data handled remain archived in the system and can be retrieved in the event of enquiries or insurance cases.
Piworus stated that the system would facilitate the reduction of labour-intensive, manual checking and documentation input, noting: “Multiple data input is unnecessary, virtually eliminating any risk of errors in data recording.”