Konecranes has revealed three new automation products in what it billed as its “A-launch”, with one new offering featuring a tie-up with terminal tractor company Terberg Benschop.
The first technology announced at the TOC Europe conference in Amsterdam was that for the new Konecranes Noell straddle carrier (A-STRAD) and automated Sprinter Carrier (A-SPRINTER) systems.
The first deal for this new technology was made with the Port of Auckland in New Zealand which has ordered 27 new A-STRADs and will upgrade 21 of their existing straddle carriers to A-STRADs.
The deal includes the TEAMS equipment control and fleet management system, the Navimatic navigation system, and process automation featuring interchange and fence control systems.
The second technology concerns Konecranes Gottwald Automated Guided Vehicles and new lithium-ion battery technology that Konecranes gives many benefits including greater efficiency at lower deadweights, and faster charging.
The third announcement was that of cooperation with Dutch terminal tractor manufacturer Terberg. Konecranes will provide Automated Terminal Tractors (A-TT) systems, with Terberg supplying the tractors and Konecranes supplying the automation technology and turn-key, integrated system delivery.
Konecranes now provides a range of automated horizontal transport: AGVs, A-SPRINTERS (A-STRADS) and A-TTs.