RAM appoint new sales manager for Africa

RAM are pleased to announce the recent appointment of Javier Cazin Lozano as the new sales manager for Africa region.

With several years of experience in the container port industry, the new sales manager brings a wealth of expertise and insight into the growing African market.  Besides his experience, Javier holds a Masters in both Management and Law and is fluent in French, Spanish and English.

The recent appointment at RAM comes following their continued commitment to providing customers with a world-class sales service and products for ports and terminals in a bid to help further boost the African economy.

Sharing RAM’s enthusiasm for listening to customers’ needs and to find the best solution for their operations, Javier comments “I am looking forward to working closely with our sales agents in Africa to maintain relationships with existing clients as well as developing new market opportunities in the region“.

In addition, the sales manager will use his expertise to support the Southern Europe sales team.

If you would like to speak to Javier head over to our contacts page.

RAM Awarded Major Order for PSA Tuas Terminal

The Tuas mega terminal are on their way to becoming the world’s largest fully automated terminal with a new order of pioneering spreaders from RAM.    

Located in the southwestern corner of Singapore, the Tuas terminal will be the world’s largest fully automated terminal, when completed in 2040. RAM has been awarded the contract of providing the terminal with over 125 spreaders. The innovative spreaders will help the port become a global hub for container cargo handling.

Costing over 20 billion dollars, the mega port will boast an impressive 26km of deep-water berths, which will cater to the demands of the world’s largest container ships. Moreover, as the port is built upon a greenfield site, it aims to boost environmental sustainability, while still increasing their efficiency and productivity. It is clear, the port has a monumental task to meet all the aims. The pioneering RAM spreaders will be there to assist the port in achieving their targets.

RAM is proud to be awarded 40 heavy-duty hydraulic twin lift spreaders with Shock Absorb™ impact suppression system for the Double Trolley Quay Cranes. The heavy-duty spreader is designed for ease of maintenance and long service life while operating in a demanding port environment. The spreaders include a number of design improvements as a result of the close consultation with the customer. Thus, ports, like PSA, are able to invest more in terminal growth due to the reliability and lifespan of their lifting equipment.

Keith Koh, senior manager- RAM Spreaders, comments,
“We are very pleased and humbled to get such a large order of spreaders from PSA, listening to the needs of PSA and incorporating this into our designs has been key to receiving this order.”

The remaining number of spreaders is comprised of all-electric telescopic spreaders for yard operations. Like the heavy-duty hydraulic twin lift, the RAM all-electric telescopic spreader reduces crane downtime due to proven reliable systems and low maintenance requirements. Reliability and performance of the RAM all-electric spreader has been proven in the most arduous port conditions, instilling confidence in our customers that the equipment will help to drive up port performance and productivity. The new spreaders’ feature an open ASI spreader to crane communication system. RAM have an open policy regarding spreader components and does not use black box systems.

This order follows a successful order from PSA Pasir Panjang three years ago, where RAM Spreaders supplied more than 130 spreaders. Over the past few years, RAM has continued to invest heavily in its research, development and product improvement programme. New innovations include an automated spreader to headblock an auto connector and an advanced camera system. In addition, RAM is committed to providing the finest customer care to help their clients achieve their goals.

Head of sales and marketing Cameron adds,
“The support and back up of our long-serving people in Singapore to give top customer care and service before and after the sale and throughout the lifetime of the equipment was critical to PSA in deciding this order.”


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Newsletter – September 2019

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Dear Friends, welcome back to RAM Spreaders News.

Since our last newsletter, it has been a busy time at RAM.  Our team has been working on a number of new product innovations, which we will share with you in this newsletter.

Home Port Singapore
Our company’s headquarters have been based in Singapore since 1992. The Port facilities are not far from our offices. For a long time, the Port of Singapore has ranked among the world’s largest ports, and we at RAM have been very proud to be a part of the Port’s growth.

The partnership between RAM and the Port of Singapore has helped to bring about a creative approach to container handling.

For many years the RAM team has focused on the support and growth of our relationship with the PSA, and we are very proud to have received another order this month for the newest PSA container terminal.

The Tuas Terminal will be one of the most advanced terminals in the world, and the SISU team has been working on several new container handling products that will feature technologies incorporated into our spreader’s.

New Products
RAM are pleased to launch two new products, one for pipe handling and the other, for automated twistlock handling, the RAM PinSmart II machine.

These new products have been developed in collaboration with our industry partners. RAM has worked closely with ports around the world to solve problems, inspired by the attention on a new era of safety for dock workers.

Confidence Raised
As part of the RAM-SMAG Group’s manufacturing capabilities, RAM’s innovative solutions have raised confidence in our products for marine terminals around the world. More than 1,500 attachments are produced per year from our facilities in China, India and Germany.

Come and See Us
Don’t worry, if you didn’t catch us at TOC Europe as we will be at the following events over the next few months:

October 22/24  | 3rd Baltic Sea Ports & Shipping | Poland
October 29/31 | TOC Americas | Cartagena
November 26/28
| 20th Intermodal Africa | Ghana

Click on the PDF icon at the top of this posting for a roundup of our top news, which include:

Customer News – South Africa | Black Sea Region
Spreader Components Explained – RAM ShockAborb Impact Suppression System
The Drive for Automation – The Future in Twistlock Handling
Case Study  – The Challenges of Pipe Handling and Solution from RAM
Internal Activities – Customer Visit RAM Manufacturing Facility | Component Endurance Testing

RAM hear of Transnet Port Terminals commitment to its sustainability agenda with CBH

RAM are delighted to hear that following the introduction of Containerised Bulk Handling at Port Elizabeth Container Terminal (PECT) in South Africa, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) placed a repeat order with RAM of 4 units of the RAM Revolver bulk handling spreader.

TPT handles large volumes of bulk exports annually at its Port Elizabeth Container Terminal and recently employed containerised bulk handling.  The terminal invested in 4 units of RAM Revolver, to help them service their base of customers better.

Click here to read more out about Transnet Port Terminals flexible approach and clever use of capital and how RAM and Transnet Port Terminals are also helping to support the local community and subsidise teachers and provide funding to help the local school.

Pipe Handling – Challenges & New Solutions

As pipes come with a variety of external and internal diameters, lenghts, and coatings, there are many challenges to overcome to automate the pipe handling process.

In the majority of cases, pipes are handled manually with slings and chains by stevedores, with the conventional loading and discharging of pipes using rudimentary fixed metal frames, slings, chains and hooks.   This is a dangerous and slow process.

RAM has designed a pipe handling spreader for use on Ship cranes, MHC cranes and is capable of handling a wide variety of pipe diameters and lengths, thanks to its specially designed seperating telescopic quad beam system.

Click here to read further on how the RAM Pipe Handling Spreader has been developed for ship loading without manual intervension.

Click here for video showing the design and functionality of the RAM Pipe Handling Spreader.

Twistlock Handling – The Last Major Port Challenge

By: Cameron Hay and Mani Chellappa

With the top 100 ports in the world now handling more than 700 million TEU’s, there is a growth in automation and technology to improve productivity, but one key area remains untouched…Twistlock Handling.

This article discusses the function of the twistlock cone, the hazards of manual handling and what systems are being used to help improve the task.

Click here to read the full article.

Newsletter – September 2018

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Dear Friends, welcome you back to RAM Spreaders News.

It has been a busy period at RAM since our last newsletter.  We’ve been working on a number of key new innovations and developments to help increase our customer’s productivity and efficiency, which will further strengthen our geographical footprint.

Let’s become more energy efficient
Being energy efficient is a hot topic of discussion in our industry at the moment.  Ports and Terminals are increasingly under pressure by various environmental guidelines to improve air quality around ports and terminals and reduce the amount of energy consumed.

At RAM we are driven to provide you with the best possible solutions to not only save energy but also boost productivity.

Our RAM SingFlex Tandem40 Headblock system designed for single hoist cranes is becoming very popular with more ports and terminals adopting the tandem spreader system.  RAM SingFlex has also been identified as the best tandem system available by SIPG when comparing it to other tandem systems available.

A recent study shows that on average a port or terminal can save up to 15% energy when using RAM SingFlex™, compared to a single spreader operation.  That equates to savings of up to €400,000 for a 1 million TEU terminal per year.

I am also pleased to report that our customers using SingFlex are seeing an increase in productivity, by moving more containers per lift cycle. In the long term this will help reduce the crane operational and maintenance costs per TEU.

The industry is now clearly moving towards higher TEU ratios and ‘tandem 40’ is quickly becoming a normal method of moving containers on a single hoist crane.  Keeping with this theme, we have produced an article in this newsletter that reveals some interesting facts about using tandem over single spreader operations, and compares the energy saving benefits when using RAM SingFlex™.

Group meeting “Grabs & Spreaders”
Our Group Holding Company, SMAG, recently hosted an Agents meeting at their headquarters in Salzgitter Germany.  It brought together Agents from both RAM and SMAG to combine their areas of sales expertise, and help provide an even stronger global presence of our group of companies.

The new combined group sales strategy provides our customers with an even wider range of products available that now includes various types of bulk handling grabs.  The collaboration ensure even higher levels of service and support are now achieved and firmly establishes our group as the world’s leading lifting accessories supplier between crane and load.

Seeing us in person
If you attended TOC Europe in Rotterdam this year, you would have without doubt noticed our coffee stand at the entrance hall.  The team served around 1600 cups of quality coffee over two days.  I would like to thank all who helped, and to all who visited the coffee stand to enjoy a coffee and a chat.

Don’t worry, if you didn’t catch us at TOC Europe as we will be at the following events over the next few months:

September 25/27 | 2nd Baltic Sea Ports & Shipping | Latvia
November 13/15 | TOC Americas | Panama
November 27/29 | 20th Intermodal Africa | Ghana

Click on the PDF icon at the top of this posting for a roundup of our top news, which include:

Customer News – Americas | Black Sea Region | Africa & Middle East
Spreader Components Explained – Twistlocks
The Importance of Genuine Spare Parts
Case Study – Tandem Lifting Boosting Productivity & Reducing Energy Consumption
Internal Activities – Grab Meeting | Customer Training | Group Exhibition
And Finally – RAM 2420 Model celebrating 21 years in service