RAM Spreaders makes successful challenges to a Rotainer patent in a hearing at the national patent office.
Following a recent hearing at the National Patent Office in Canberra, Australia RAM Spreaders had succeeded in the opposition against a Rotainer-AMMESA patent application.
The National Patent office found in the opposition hearing brought by NSL, that an AMMESA Patent application relating to apparatus for handling of containers for bulk purposes lacked novelty as it did not involve any inventive steps; and as a result the patent was not granted to AMMESA.
Company AMMESA submitted a Patent application relating to apparatus for the handling of containers for bulk purposes. The patent was for a container tipping device for which there are extensive prior patents.
RAM Spreaders parent company (NSL) raised concerns that the new patent was surprisingly similar to older patents, and supplied extensive examples of these patents to the national patent office which showed the old patent art. This included two American patents and documents prepared by RAM founder, Robert Arthur Mills.
The RAM Spreaders (NSL) concerns were raised in the form of a ‘notice of opposition’ under various subsections of the Patents Act 1990, insofar as the invention, as claimed, is not a patentable invention as it is not novel.
In March of 2017, the opposition hearing was held at the National Patent Office in Canberra. National Patent Office Delegate Mr. Ed Knock, who chaired the hearing, deliberated the evidence brought before him by the opposition RAM Spreaders (NSL) against the patent application submitted by AMMESA.
Click here to read the full article which includes the decision and conclusion to the case.
Port of Qingdao Automated Container Terminal is able to achieve 5.2 million TEU capacity thanks to the RAM SingFlex twin spreader headblock connection on single hoist cranes.
XINHAUNET news reported in May on the Port of Qingdao putting into operation their fully automated container terminal which has the ability to serve 24,000 container ships every year thanks to the RAM SingFlex tandem headblock connection; which enables the port to increased lifting rates with single hoist cranes.
We reported back in our April 2017 Newsletter on the Port of Qingdao ordering 7 units of our RAM SingFlex single hoist tandem 40 headblocks for their fully automated terminal.
The order followed the terminal’s long study into the RAM SingFlex tandem headblock connection for single hoist cranes with alternatives. The study recommended the RAM SingFlex to be the solution for the two new automated terminals because of the flexibility, low capital cost and proven stable design. It also has the flexibility to couple with all spreaders, ensuring no obsolete equipment.
The XINHAUNET news article on Port of Qingdao can be viewed here.
RAM SingFlex is quickly becoming the tandem headblock of choice with units sold in China, Southeast Asia, North Africa, South America and UK.
More information can be found also on our RAM SingFlex News Page.
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PortalPortuario reports on Puerto Angamos in Chile transferring a record 2 million tons of bulk since using the Containerised Bulk Handling System with the RAM Revolver®
Back in May 2017 we reported on Puerto Angamos producing a video showing their containerised bulk handling operation using 3 mobile harbour cranes, each with a RAM Revolver® rotating spreader. Puerto Angamos is making more news again in January 2018 with PortalPortuario reporting on the port achieving an operating record of 2 million tons of bulk which includes copper concentrate since using the Containerised Bulk Handling process.
This is another milestone achievement for the port as during October of 2017, Puerto Angamos achieved an operational record, transferring 126,000 tons of copper concentrate in one month.
Click the following links below to read the full article from PortalPortuario in translated English language and the original news article in Spanish.
World Port Development reported in their December 2017 edition on Riga Universal Terminals increase in biomass productivity since the introduction of the Containerised Bulk Handling system which uses the rotating spreader RAM Revolver®
The article reports on Riga Universal Terminals ability to quadruple their biomass productivity which has been fueled by the recent demands for renewable energy sources.
The CBH system which involves the use of open top container and rotating spreader which utilises existing port equipment to export biomass, or any other bulk commodity for that matter. In Riga Universal Terminals’ case, they used their existing Liebherr MHC cranes and projected a 30 cycles per hour being possible with skilled operators.
The article by Word Port Developement goes on to reveal that RUT did a comparison with the work of a small handler with that of the RAM Revolver® and showed that the RAM Revolver out-performed the small handler by 4-1 as the small handler managed 200tph whilst the RAM Revolver® achieved 800tph.
You can read the full article by World Port Developement by clicking here.
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Bolivia President delivers a hearfelt speech at the start of Port of Quijarro exporting urea to Brazil.
In a heartfelt speech, Bolivia President Evo Morales spoke at the Port of Quijarro’s historic launch of exporting urea and fertilizer to Brazil. Bolivia have for some twenty years exported natural gas into Brazil, but now with the emergence of Containerised Bulk Handling, Bolivia is now able to export processed gas in the form of fertilizers and urea to Brazil.
This not only allows Bolivia to export processed gas in the form of fertilizer to Brazil but also avoid the need for small to large producers to import ferilizer from other countries.
The way in which the port is able to export fertilizer is following the introduction of the Containerised Bulk Handling system which uses the RAM Revolver®. The innovative and environmentally friendly bulk handling solution uses sealed containers as a means of transport, storage and discharge. The RAM Revolver® attached to a reach stacker at the port of Quijarro is used to pick up the container, it then automatically removes the lid of the container before the commodity is rotated, gently tipping out the urea into hoppers at the export facility.
Speaking at the Port, President Morales said “This is a historic day for us, we’re selling processed gas in the form of fertilizer or urea“.
The President went on to say “It is wonderful that we have started exporting LPG and fertilizers“.
Click the main image above to see the President of Bolivia speech.
For more information on the RAM Revolver® Containerised Bulk Handling, contact your local Sales Agent by clicking here.
Mundo Maritomo reports on the record breaking achievements of Puerto Angamos in Chile since using the Containerised Bulk Handling System with the RAM Revolver®
Back in May this year we reported on Puerto Angamos producing a video showing their containerised bulk handling operation using 3 mobile harbour cranes, each with a RAM Revolver® rotating spreader.
Puerto Angamos is making the news again with Mundo Maritimo reporting on their record breaking containerised bulk handling copper concentrate export during the month of October for the terminal.
During October of this year, Puerto Angamos achieved a new operational record, transferring 126,000 tons of copper concentrate in one month. This important milestone exceeds the figures obtained previously by the port terminal that, in December 2016, had mobilized 93,503 tons.
Click here to read the full Mundo Maritimo article English Language
Click here to read the original Mundo Maritomo news article in Spanish Language.
Riga Universal Terminal, located just outside the beautiful city centre of Riga in Latvia has become the first European terminal to introduce the environmentally friendly Containerised Bulk Handling system; using the RAM Revolver® to export biomass materials.
A few years ago RUT, a multipurpose port which handles containers, breakbulk, timber and various types of bulk materials, expanded its terminals growth and began handling sunflower pellets, wood pellets and wood chips to fuel the demand for renewable energy sources.
Increase in demand for renewable energy sources
Since then, RUT have seen an increase in demand for renewable energy sources, and as a result, had to look for more efficient high capacity loading system to continue growth and meet demand.
When considering the different options available, RUT thought about buying a new material handler in the region of 1.3 million Euros, as well as possibly having to sell one of their existing MHC cranes. “This would have meant a huge investment without getting a meaningful profit in return” Ricky Yong CEO of RUT explained.
The RAM Revolver® high loading rates
With the support of Liebherr service partner, Alfis Ltd and sales agency Intersafe Marine AB, RAM put forward a recommendation for their RAM Revolver®, with loading rates of up to 45 tonnes per cycle. The Containerised Bulk Handling system utilises the existing Liebherr MHC and with skilled operators, RUT projected 30 cycles per hour being achieved.
Material Handler vs RAM Revolver®
RUT compared the work of a small handler with that of the RAM Revolver® while loading vessels with wood chips, and found the material handler had a maximum capacity of 200 tons/hour compared to 800 tons/hour on the first usage of the RAM Revolver®.
Click here to read the full article about RUT’s successful biomass operations
Centre: Riyaadh Man Lee (TPT Engineering Technician) and Siya Mhlaluka (TPT General Manager, Eastern Cape Operations) with Port Elizabeth Technical Team. Picture courtesy of rnews.co.za
RAM are delighted to hear that TPT’s introduction of the Containerised Bulk Handling system using the RAM Revolver at the Port Elizabeth Container Terminal has delighted customers, an article published in South Africa press reveals.
Since 2013, The Port Elizabeth Terminal has been ranked the highest in Africa for moves per hour, and is South Africa’s first terminal to load bulk ore carrying vessels using ship to shore cranes with RAM Revolver spreaders. This achievement is all down to the wealth of experience and the innovative technical team at Transnet Port Terminal’s Port Elizabeth Terminal, which has helped save the company millions of Rands, improving turnaround time and setting loading records to meet customer expectations in May 2017.
The article showed the innovative technology introduced by TPT for loading bulk ore has enabled customers to export more than 2.5 million tons of manganese ore over the past four years; which has shown an increase in export volume by an average of 22.5 percent year-on-year.
Customers demand for capacity, increased loading rates and reduced vessel stay time at the port grew. As a result, TPT introduced 2 more RAM Revolver’s complimenting the terminal with 3 fully operational adjacent cranes, allowing all three hatches of a vessel to be loaded simultaneously.
Recently the terminal broke yet another record in achieving a loading rate of 14,230 tons of Manganese ore in just 12 hours.
The way in which this terminal has broken records in bulk export in South Africa, and that customer’s satisfaction and confidence has grown; will no doubt lead to increased business and new business growth for the Terminal.