Kalmar to Provide Integrated Automation System
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has been awarded a contract to provide an integrated automation system to handle operations at Victoria International Container Terminal Ltd's (VICT) new terminal in Melbourne, Australia. According to the contract, Kalmar will be responsible for the delivery of the control systems of automatic stacking cranes (ASCs) and AutoShuttles, and terminal logistic system (TLS) as well as for the integration of the system components and terminal operating system (TOS). The value of this new automation contract is approximately EUR 15 million and it has been booked into Cargotec's 2014 fourth quarter order intake.
The contract follows an order for 12 ASCs and 11 AutoShuttles received in September 2014. Furthermore, the TOS will be provided by Navis, part of Cargotec.
The Kalmar TLS is a flexible, equipment independent automation platform capable of supporting different types of equipment. At VICT's new terminal at Webb Dock, the system will integrate Kalmar ASCs and AutoShuttles, access control, ship-to-shore crane interface and safety and fault monitoring systems. The project includes virtual simulation as well as testing of the components with live equipment at the Kalmar Technology and Competence Centre in Tampere, Finland.
Kalmar TLS is pre-integrated with Navis N4 TOS, which runs automated processes in the container yard. The landside operations of the container yard will be highly automated with the Kalmar Automated Truck Handling solution.
Christian R. Gonzalez, ICTSI head of the Asia-Pacific region said: "We had already chosen Kalmar as the supplier of automated equipment for the new terminal in Melbourne so it was a natural step to enlarge the scope of the cooperation also to automated system and integration services. Through Kalmar, we will be able to leverage their knowledge and experience from similar automation projects throughout the world and get an integrated system comprising the equipment TLS from Kalmar and the terminal TOS from Navis. We believe that this approach to use a key partner for equipment and software services will help us optimize the operational performance for the future."
Olli Isotalo, President of Kalmar, said: "The latest contract with VICT is a major milestone for Kalmar. We believe that the ability to integrate and link several components into a one seamless process brings true value to the customer. As a system integrator, we will provide our customer with a solution, all the way from the TOS, TLS automation, software, equipment, services and consulting to the integration services that bring an automated terminal together. An important part of the project will be the emulation software enabling the customer to test their system before the actual equipment delivery."
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