Continued success at Puerto Angamos in Chile using Containerised Bulk Handling

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Puerto Angamos in Chile produce video showing the Containerised Bulk Handling process in action

Since its introduction at the port in Chile, Puerto Angamos reveal the benefits of using the Containerised Bulk Handling solution, known for its cutting edge technology for exporting bulk materials.

Operating 3 mobile harbour cranes simulaneously to load one ship, Puerto Angamos are at the forefront in providing a fast, efficient, clean and envirnomentally friendly bulk materials export service.

Click here to view the offiial YouTube video produced by Puerto Angamos

Newsletter (February 2017)

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Welcome to the third instalment of our newsletter which allows us to share our news and innovations with our customers and friends.

Since our last newsletter in September 2016, we have achieved many successes in the last quarter of 2016.

As a result of an independent report, we saw ports and terminals leaning towards the benefits of using single hoist cranes for multiple container lifts. The report produced for a port in Asia conducted a cost and operational analysis between single hoist and dual hoist cranes for multiple container lifting and compared headblock connections from three different spreader equipment manufacturers.The report recommended for ports to consider using single hoist cranes. More significantly, the RAM SingFlex headblock connection was identified to rank first in a number of test parameters.

Click here to view the full independent report

We also saw in November 2016 how our dedication in providing innovative solutions helped RAM and MMG Las Bambas Peru win the International Bulk Journal Innovative Technology Award 2016. The IBJ Awards celebrate excellence in the bulk handling industry. And the achievement of this award recognised not just our hard work, strength and dedication, but also our ability to work with our customer – MMG Las Bambas – in developing the world’s first Bi-Modal Containerised Bulk Handling solution.

We obtained new welding certification in line with international and European standards following the changes in the DIN 18800 certification and its replacement by new welding standards. We also began a new Leadership Quality Programme to further enhance the quality and productivity at our manufacturing facility.

Please click here for full roundup of our top news, details of the award win and other developments during the last quarter of 2016.

MMG Las Bambas receive their IBJ Award from RAM

MMG Las Bambas receive IBJ Award from RAM
Following the success at the recent IBJ Awards in November 2016, RAM visited MMG Las Bambas in Peru to congratulate them on their joint Award for Innovative Technology for implimenting a new Bi-Modal Containerised Bulk Handling Solution.

Shortlisted by the IBJ panel of Judges, RAM and MMG Las Bambas in Peru were extremely proud that the panel of judges recognised the innovative technology as demonstrated in a case study detailing the low cost bi-modal solution for exporting copper concentrate from the remote mining facility and transporting it 710km to the Port of Matarani in sealed containers.

The bi-modal containerised bulk handling process involves the clever use of sealed bulk containers as the method of transport and storage, which reduces dust and protects the commodity from contamination.

The containers filled at the mine are sealed with a lid and transported by truck on the first leg of the journey where they reach the rail transfer point.  The containers are then sent by rail to arrive at the final destination in the transfer building at the port at Matarani.   Two rotating spreaders called “RAM Revolver®” are attached to Bridge Crane’s inside the transfer building.  The cranes are semi-automatically controlled to manoeuvre and pick up the containers from the railcars, the lids are then automatically lifted from the container by the revolver before the containers reach the hopper where the operator, using a remote control, rotates the revolver, tipping the copper concentrate into the hopper to complete the export process.

Click here to read the full case study article that won the Innovative Technology Award.

Click here to view the video showing the Innovative Bi-Modal Containerised Bulk Handling solution.

RAM & MMG Las Bambas win the IBJ Innovative Technology Award 2016

’’RAM SPREADERS & MMG LAS BAMBAS SCOOP THE 2016 INTERNATIONAL BULK JOURNAL AWARD FOR INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY

Pictured from left: Award Category Sponsor Angad Banga CEO of Caravel Group, Sebastian Henning Brandes Group CEO SMAG, Philip Lee CEO RAM Spreaders and Ray Girvan IBJ

Pictured from left: Award Category Sponsor Angad Banga CEO of Caravel Group, Receiving the Award: Sebastian Henning Brandes Group CEO SMAG and Philip Lee CEO RAM Spreaders with Ray Girvan of IBJ


The IBJ Awards held annually celebrate excellence in the bulk handling industry.  This year’s event took place at the historical and iconic Tower of London Pavilion UK, 21st November.

Amongst the awards, RAM Spreaders together with MMG Las Bambas Peru scooped the Innovative Technology Award for Cargo Handling with their Bi-Modal Containerised Bulk Handling solution.

Shortlisted by the IBJ panel of Judges, RAM and MMG Las Bambas in Peru were extremely proud that the panel of judges recognised the innovative technology as demonstrated in a case study detailing the low cost bi-modal solution for exporting copper concentrate from the remote mining facility and transporting it 710km to the Port of Matarani in sealed containers.

The bi-modal containerised bulk handling process involves the clever use of sealed bulk containers as the method of transport and storage, which reduces dust and protects the commodity from contamination.

The containers filled at the mine are sealed with a lid and transported by truck on the first leg of the journey where they reach the rail transfer point.  The containers are then sent by rail to arrive at the final destination in the transfer building at the port at Matarani.   Two rotating spreaders called “RAM Revolver®” are attached to Bridge Crane’s inside the transfer building.  The cranes are semi-automatically controlled to manoeuvre and pick up the containers from the railcars, the lids are then automatically lifted from the container by the revolver before the containers reach the hopper where the operator, using a remote control, rotates the revolver, tipping the copper concentrate into the hopper to complete the export process.

Click here to read the full case study article that won the Innovative Technology Award.

Click here to view the video showing the Innovative Bi-Modal Containerised Bulk Handling solution.

RAM Spreaders win patent case against AMMESA – Rotainer

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Federal Court of Australia has found RAM Revolver did not infringe AMMESA’s Innovation Patent.

 

Summary
Following a recent court case, RAM Spreaders has achieved an emphatic victory over AMMESA, the owner of Rotainer over claims that AMMESA had made unjustified threats in claiming NSL infringed the Rotainer patent.

The Federal Court of Australia based in Australia found that the RAM Revolver does not infringe the Rotainer patent and that AMMESA had made unjustified threats in claiming infringement.

Furthermore, the court ruled that AMMESA was found to have breached Australian Consumer Law for having engaged in misleading conduct in sending letters to RAM Spreaders’ customers and partners, claiming RAM had infringed the Rotainer patent.


Background
In 2014 AMMESA alleged, in various letters of correspondence to RAM Spreaders’ customers and partners that NSL infringed their innovation patent with the RAM Revolver.  However there are significant prior patents which date back to the 1980’s on rotary tipplers and RAM had held a firm and strong belief that they did not infringe any patent.

Following these letters of correspondence from AMMESA and the subsequent damage to RAM’s reputation and business prospects, and with a firm belief that they did not infringe any patent, NSL Engineering, the parent company of RAM Spreaders, issued court proceedings against Rotainer/AMMESA for unjustified threats and misleading and deceptive conduct under the Australian Consumer Law.

 

Judgment
Deliberating the evidence brought before the court, The Hon Justice Jessup concluded in the written judgment on June the 1st 2016 reference VID 631 of 2016 the following findings:

Infringement as per the Patents Act (1990) section 128
(reference 67 in the judgment)

The Hon Justice Jessup reached a verdict of non-infringement of claim 1 of the innovation patent, being the broadest claim and held that AMMESA’s threats in respect of the RAM Revolver product were unjustified.

The Judgment puts a restraint on AMMESA from representing that the RAM Revolver infringes AMMESA’s innovation patent.

Australian Consumer Law (section 18 – Misleading and deceptive conduct
(reference 68-71 in the judgment)

In respect of the findings under section 18 of the Australian Consumer Law, The Hon Justice Jessup carefully analyzed the letters of demand sent by AMMESA’s patent Attorney to customers and partners of NSL/RAM Spreader entities.

The Hon Justice Jessup found that by sending the letters, AMMESA engaged in misleading conduct and therefore is in breach of section 18 of the Australian Consumer Law.


Costs

The court awarded that AMMESA is to pay the majority (>90%) of the legal costs which have been incurred by NSL/RAM.  The quantum of such costs is significant.

Such a large percentage of costs are an indication of how emphatic the victory for RAM has been.

Learning about the successful judgment Mr. Philip Lee, Chief Executive Officer of RAM Spreaders commented “We are pleased to have such an emphatic judgment of non-infringement in this patent case against AMMESA/Rotainer.  We are happy to put this legal action in the past and continue to focus on our customers without the threat of any further misleading conduct from provincial companies like AMMESA”.


Conclusion

  1. Federal Court of Australia has found RAM Revolver did not infringe AMMESA’s innovation patent and that AMMESA is restrained from asserting infringement.
  2. AMMESA made unjustified threats in relation to writing to RAM’s clients and partners.
  3. AMMESA engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct under the Australian Consumer Law

Newsletter (September 2016)

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Welcome to the second edition of our newsletter.  This newsletter is of great significance to us as it allows RAM to share with you news and innovations amongst our customers and friends.

Since the launch of our first newsletter in April, we have kept busy, preparing for a very special event which represents a pivotal milestone in the history of RAM Spreaders – the official retirement of our founder Mr Robert A. Mills.  After over 40 years of dedicated hard work, will retire from RAM this year.

The event was held at the prestigious Hotel Atlantic Kempinski in Hamburg, where a famous chase scene for a James Bond film took place.  The evening got on to a start with Robert making his grand entrance into the room filled with family, friends and work colleagues who were gathered to pay homage to the RAM founder.  Guests toasted Robert and he, in turn, delivered a heartfelt speech to thank everyone for their help and support over the years.  In his address, he also touched on the merger with SMAG, his elation with all that has happened and his quiet confidence in the company’s ability to grow from strength to strength.

In commemoration of this occasion and to pay tribute to our founder, we have prepared a special instalment where we take a trip down memory lane to reminisce Robert’s early years, and how he transformed a humble family run business to a true spreader pioneer of our time.  We hope you will join us all at the RAM family in wishing Robert good health and a happy retirement.

Click here to view the special instalment looking back at Robert’s career.

Concurrently, at RAM, we saw our innovative products receiving some good media coverage over the past few months – from Port Elizabeth celebrating their first anniversary of implimenting the Containerised Bulk Handling process using the RAM Revolver to a Chilean TV news report on the ceremonial arrival of the CBH system at a Port in Chile.  These examples not only exemplified the success of our products implimentation, but also their effectiveness in helping our customers achieve their goals.  In addition, their was also a news feature on the trends in multiple lifting which outlined the concept of lifting multiple containers using a single hoist crane.  Specific mentions and references were made to the success of our RAM SingFlex Tandem40 Headblock that is now in operation on five continents.

Please click here to view the individual newsletter news items.

I hope you enjoy reading about our latest achievements in this edition of our newsletter.