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

 

TOC hosts talk on trends in tandem lifting

TOC host talk on trends in tandem lifting

TOC Europe 2018 in Rotterdam played host to a talk by Cameron Hay on the trends in tandem lifting that show an increase in ports and terminals using single hoist tandem.

The talk began by making reference to published technical article by SIPG revealing some design and complexity issues with dual hoist operations and that dual hoist operations consume a high amount of energy, which as a result are not generally in high use.  Also discussed was the fact that new terminals are not selecting dual hoist cranes, but instead opting for more economical single hoist dual spreader cranes.

The results of an independent review showed the RAM SingFlex single hoist system was a superior headblock.

Cameron commented

The industry is clearly moving toward higher TEU ratios and tandem 40 will be the norm.  Terminals using SingFlex are achieving greater than 40% of all moves in tandem with its flexible design.”

Click here to see the full Power Point Presentation delivered by RAM at TOC Europe 2018

 

Newsletter (February 2018)

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Dear Friends, it is with great pleasure that I welcome you back to RAM Spreaders News.

Things have been hectic since the last edition.  We deepened our relationship with key accounts, expanded out geographical footprint, scored an award and are in the process of working on new product launches.

Delivering Value to Customers
It is always heartening to hear how our systems solve business challenges and increase productivity for our customers. Hence, you can imagine our excitement when we hear about the excellent feedback Transnet Port Terminals received from their customers following their introduction of the Containerised Bulk Handling system, using our RAM Revolver rotating spreader and broke loading rate records for the port.

Another customer in Latvia, Riga Universal Terminals, also saw an improvement in their biomass productivity with the implementation of the RAM Revolver Containerised Bulk Handling System. Being the very first RAM Revolver operating in Europe, this achievement is especially significant. See article on page 8 of our PDF newsletter.

Bolstering Our Market Presence
As a result of China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, Russia and the CIS markets are seeing unprecedented growth. In order to leverage the opportunities presented by the growing CIS region, in particular Black and Caspian Sea, we have added a new member – Evgenii Kudriavtcev – to our team. Based in Russia, Evgenii is tasked to grow our presence in the CIS region with the full range of RAM-SMAG range of spreaders and bulk handling equipment.

Winning a Business Accolade
Just months after we bagged the International Bulk Journal Innovative Technology Award, we received another prestigious award at the recent SME100 Awards. RAM was awarded the SME100 Award for Fast Moving Companies in Singapore. This is a proud achievement that belonged to everyone. It would have been impossible without the support of our staff, partners and customers.

New Developments
As a forward looking company, we continue to keep a close watch on market trends in the container handling and bulk handling industry, exploring relevant opportunities. I am glad to share that our research and development efforts have been fruitful, and in the coming months, we will be launching new products, which will provide customers with an even bigger choice of machines to suit their needs. In particular, you can look forward to next generation PinSmart™ Automated Twistlock Handling.

This is an exciting time for us as a company. We are achieving many great breakthroughs. But we are mindful that these are only possible with continued help and support from you – our customers and friends. Thank you and we look forward to another great year with you in 2018.

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

New Product Launch
SME100 Award
Customer News
How To Video
Special Feature: SMAG STS Grab
Special Feature: RUT Biomass Export
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