Coinciding with this year’s TOC Europe in Hamburg, Germany on June 14, 2016 Terex Port Solutions (TPS) presented three new products: Terex Transace terminal tractors, Terex Liftace reachstackers and a newly designed training programme for harbour crane operators.
Transace terminal tractors
The new product line includes two variants for container transport from quay to container stackyard and one for ro-ro operations. The terminal tractors with diesel-mechanical drive have been developed based on the machines taken over from Italian manufacturer CVS Ferrari in the spring, and will be manufactured at the TPS Italian site in Lentigione.
TPS is marketing the Terex terminal tractors under the name Transace and customers have the choice between the Transace YF 230 with fixed fifth-wheel coupling and the Transace YL 230 with liftable fifth-wheel coupling. Both variants offer engines with a power output of up to 172kW with two of the four wheels driven. Thanks to its liftable fifth-wheel coupling, the Transace YL 230 can pull different trailers and is therefore also suitable for intermodal transport.
The Terex Transace RL 270, which also has a liftable fifth-wheel coupling, is equipped for ro-ro operations with engine powers of up to 194 kW and driven over all four wheels, it can pull heavy loads and can also be used in industrial environments.
The first Transace units should leave the factory in Italy in October 2016. Cristiano Giacomello, site manager in Lentigione said, “The transfer of all required documents and the required inventories from CVS Ferrari is completely on schedule [and] we intend to start series production this fall.”
The new-generation reachstacker portfolio
TPS has further expanded its new generation of reachstackers with three more Terex Liftace models by presenting the new Liftace 6-36M, the Liftace 6-41 MS and Liftace 6-45 LS models. The new machines not only complement the currently available Liftace 5-31 and Liftace 5-36 models but they also replace the previous generation Terex TFC reachstackers excepting the TFC 45 and TFC 45 R models.
The new reachstackers can stack up to six high-cube containers (Liftace 6-36 M) and six standard containers (Liftace 6-41 MS and Liftace 6-45 LS) in the first row. In addition to the 45 tonnes typical for Liftace reachstackers in the first row, the maximum load capacity for the Liftace 6‑36 in the second row is 36 tonnes. The load capacities of the Liftace 6-41 MS and the Liftace 6‑45 LS are 41 tonnes and 45 tonnes respectively.
TPS has now completed an important development step, with the five Liftace reachstackers for the most part replacing the Terex TFC model range.
The new Liftace reachstackers are manufactured at the French site of TPS in Montceau-les-Mines while the machines destined for the Asian market are manufactured at TPS in Xiamen, China.
The new modular operator training concept
The new TPS concept offers specific modules, ranging from crane operator evaluation to safety training for experienced operators. Training courses with the new simulator are a central component of the comprehensive training programme from TPS.
By individually combining the new simulator training modules with proven on-site training courses, “we offer every crane owner customised concepts for high-performance and safe cargo handling,” said Alexander Bongart, head of the training department at TPS in Düsseldorf, Germany.
The simulator presented at TOC Europe in Hamburg uses state-of-the-art technology, including motion base and Oculus Rift. Thanks to the integration of original components, such as the crane control system, crane operator seat, joysticks and Visumatic monitor, especially realistic training scenarios are possible.“Our new simulator satisfies the highest requirements and during the development phase experienced crane operators were impressed with how realistic the simulations were,” Bongart enthused.
Terminal operators are increasingly using cost-effective simulators for training as they can also use their crane for productive handling in the terminal while operator training courses are taking place. “Another major advantage,” Bongart concludes, “is that future crane operators can be trained with the simulator before the harbour crane is delivered.”