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Kuenz to install 5G-controlled intermodal cranes at new EWG terminal in Hungary

Kuenz to install 5G-controlled intermodal cranes at new EWG terminal in Hungary
A Kuenz RTG

A new intermodal terminal in Fényeslitke, Hungary, has ordered four 5G-controlled automated Kuenz cranes as part of its goal to become one of the largest and most modern terminals in Europe.

The new East West Gate (EWG) in Fényeslitke will be the first intermodal combined transport terminal in the world to use its own 5G network for internal communication and operation of its cranes.

Kuenz will supply three rail-mounted gantries (RTGs) and one Freerider rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) crane, which will help the terminal to handle up to 1m teu per year.

The terminal and the cranes will mainly be used for the handling of wide gauge to narrow gauge rail cars.

Two of the RMGs will be designed as gantry cranes with a single-sided usable cantilever with a rail gauge of 21 m and a cantilever length off 11.5 m.

The third, larger crane will be designed with usable cantilevers on both sides with a rail gauge of 40.15 m and a cantilever on each side that is 10 m.

The Kuenz Freerider will be delivered for the terminal’s storage area and is designed to move fully loaded containers at very high speeds and in all travel directions, as well as in the gantry direction.

Additionally, the RTG makes use of a specially developed hoisting system which is equipped with an integrated micro motion system for maximum flexibility and productivity.

The cranes will handle all types of containers as well as semi-trailers and swap bodies.

All four cranes have a high level of automation and are operated via remote-controlled stations – no cabins are mounted on the cranes – and data will be transmitted via 5G technology.

The systems will be delivered before the end of 2021 and, after a test phase, the terminal is scheduled to go into operation at the beginning of 2022.

East-West Intermodal Logistics aims to turn the 125 ha of land , which is situated near the Ukranian and Slovakian border, into the most modern and largest hub on the Silk Road.

It is hoped that the WG will play a key role in delivering goods between Asia and Europe on an alternative route, faster and in larger quantities than before.

The EWG will provide a full range of logistics services when operations starts and will offer customers 15,000 sq m of leasable warehouse space.