Equipment manufacturer Konecranes has launched a range of automated intermodal solutions to fit different container handling scenarios.
Released under ‘Avolution of Intermodal’, Konecranes has unveiled four concepts, two for joint rail and deep-sea terminals, one for joint truck and rail terminals, and one for a typical rail facilities.
The solutions will provide manned-to-automated growth paths, remote monitoring capabilities and intelligent software control.
These four concepts are built around an automated Boxporter rail-mounted gantry (RMG) crane handling rail cargo, with other products such as automated straddle carriers and automated terminal tractors (ATTs) assisting with horizontal transportation.
The first concept combines an automated Boxporter RMG with Konecranes Noell A-Sprinters to provide a semi-automated process for medium-to-large intermodal terminals with interchange between trains, road trucks and warehouses.
The second concept utilises automated RMGs and automated guided vehicles (AGVs) to connect an automated rail terminal with a deep-sea container port.
In the third concept a semi-automated Boxporter is used alongside ATTs to handle containers at deep-sea terminals using parallel rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) crane stacks.
In the final concept AGVs and aRMGs combine to provide an automated solution for rail hubs.