The speed at which goods are passed through a transit chain is controlled by the speed of its weakest link. Particular attention must therefore be focused upon the handling facilities in rail and port terminals, which form the most important links in the chain between manufacturer and user. A wide variety of handling equipment is used at the trans-shipping points within a container terminal, and the flow of goods from ship to land is not continuous, making a buffer store at the port an essential requirement. In order to prevent a pile-up at the terminal a data flow must be closely associated with this goods flow, which must be faster thn the goods flow itself. Modern process computers and data processing systems offer the means which can satisfy this need. An automation concept with hierarchical structure provides comprehensive, up-to-date data for the control of the container handling process, for operational and strategic planning, and for billing and accountancy purposes; enables far reaching automation of the transport system, reduces operator costs by rationalisation, raises productivity and improves the quality of the handling process. Within the "hierarchical system concept" the author considers the electrical drive equipment of container cranes, demands on the mechanical design of an automated crane, and the automation of container stacking cranes and container port cranes.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Paper presented at the 2nd Terminal Operations Conference, Amsterdam, June 1980.
  • Authors:
    • Trautnitz, W
  • Publication Date: 1980-6

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  • Accession Number: 00330062
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: International Cargo Handling Coordination Assn
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 15 1981 12:00AM