Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT) in Panama has deployed the latest versions of Tideworks Technology’s terminal operating system (TOS) solutions to support its automatic stacking cranes (ASCs). The ASCs are part of a large-scale automation project at MIT to streamline operational processes and increase efficiencies.
The addition of the ASCs signifies the beginning of automated terminal operations at MIT.
The 12-wide stacking ZPMC cranes allow increased yard density and are equipped with multiple systems employing lasers, cameras and radar to help precisely position trucks and chassis under the crane, as well as ensure accurate landing of the spreader bar and containers. A “Chassis Anti-Lift System” prevents containers from being lifted if they are still locked to the chassis or flatbed. Additionally, because the cranes are electric, CO2 emissions are dramatically reduced compared to MIT’s diesel-powered RTGs.
“This was Tideworks’ first project supporting ASCs, marking a significant milestone for us, said Michael Schwank, Tideworks’ president. “We developed several advanced features enabling our products to work seamlessly with ASCs, which opens the door for Tideworks to collaborate with other automated terminals in the future.”
In order to “leverage the abilities” of MIT’s ASCs, Tideworks delivered several new automation and optimisation features within its Spinnaker and Traffic Control systems. Additionally, Tideworks worked with ABB, the ASC drive control system provider, to meet extensive integration requirements.
As part of MIT’s larger automation project, Tideworks recently deployed its GateVision gate operating system to help streamline gate activity and reduce truck turn-round times at the facility.