Innovative Change for TPC’s Copper Concentrate Export

Terminal Puerto Coquimbo (TPC) enhances their loading and storing of copper concentrate, after adopting CBH technology.

TPC is part of the Ultramar group and are a multipurpose terminal in the Coquimbo region, who provide their services to tourism, the fruit and vegetable industry and mining. With a rise in demand to export copper concentrate, TPC have been looking for innovative ways to cope with increasing demands, meet environmental regulations and maintain product quality. The company had to look no further than RAM Spreader’s proven track record with the lightweight MHC RAM Revolver for a containerised bulk handling solution.

The containerised bulk handling system introduced by TPC is a Shed to Ship operation. It begins at the shed, where the copper concentrate is unloaded, and stored in an existing conventional bulk warehouse at the port. Upon the arrival of the ship, the Intermodal Solution Group (ISG) bulk containers are each loaded with 30 tons of copper concentrate. The containers are then sealed shut with a lid preventing the product from being exposed to the environment; loss of commodity or product quality being degraded. 10 containers are then transported to the quayside in a loop, waiting to be unloaded by the RAM Revolver directly into the ship

As TPC opted for the lightweight MHC RAM Revolver, their mobile harbour crane is able to unload a greater payload of copper concentrate per cycle. The RAM Revolver automatically removes the lid before rotating the container 360 degrees at the bottom of the hatch reducing dust plume. When the container is emptied, the RAM Revolver replaces the lid back onto the container, which is then placed back on the truck to be reloaded at the shed.

The TPC operation demonstrates how the CBH technology is able to flexibly integrate into a Port with an existing bulk warehouse to produce a more efficient bulk cycle.  This technology can integrate with any type of Port or bulk logistics system to sharply reduce both loss and contamination of the commodity.


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The age of automation is here!

RAM’s Head of Sales & Marketing, Cameron Hay introduced the future of container handling at TOC Americas 2019 in Columbia

Hay delivered a talk on the RAM’s new automated PinSmart II machine.  He began the talk by discussing issues ports face with the current container handling process, acknowledging that manual twistlock operations are dangerous, inefficient and expensive.

To combat those issues, RAM has designed an automated machine, which Hay believes is “the future of container handling”.  The PinSmart II includes two cradles and a tool for all twistlocks, allowing rapid transfer between quay crane operations. The machine’s innovative design will lead to a more efficient quay crane cycle; save big on labour costs and operate in any weather conditions.

Learn more about Pinsmart II by clicking here.

 

 

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.