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.
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Emmanuel Mair of Container Management looks at the way spreader manufacturers are moving firmly towards the direction of tandem lift operations helping customers reduce downtime and improve productivity.
Equipment companies normally have two basic things in mind when tailoring their products to customers’ needs: maximising the efficiency and productivity of their product offerings and ensuring that downtime is minimised through durable designs and quality maintenance. Spreader manufacturers are no different from anyone else in this respect.
The trend towards single-hoist tandem headblock systems is one which RAM Spreaders wants to capitalise on. Virtually all cranes delivered within 5–10 years will be single-hoist tandem, Cameron Hay, the company’s chief sales officer, told CM, citing studies by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co (ZPMC) and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG), which suggest that dual-hoist systems are becoming antiquated.
RAM’s product can fit any standard headblock connection, while the changeover from a single spreader to a tandem spreader is fully automated, taking less than two minutes.
For terminals looking to operate in tandem, a key issue is the percentage of lifts that can be done in tandem. Hay explained: “Our clients have 40% tandem operations – that’s critical. One of the key reasons why they can do that is …click here to read the full article.
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.
“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.”
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PSA Panama International Terminal S.A.
Once again, global port operator PSA International has entrusted RAM Spreaders with one of their most critical operational elements that is essential to the provision of continuous and reliable services – Spreaders.
PSA Panama has acquired eight new Super Post Panamax Quay cranes with 10 RAM 2940 Separating Twinlift Spreaders. This recent order adds to the three existing RAM 3530 All Electric RTG spreaders, bringing the total number of RAM spreaders with PSA Panama to 13.
With over 200 fully operational spreaders in Panama, RAM becomes one of the leading spreader suppliers in the largest container transshipment hub in Latin America.
Inclinometer settings for the RAM SingFlex Twin Spreader Headblock
Following popular demand, we have added a new “How To” video to our collection of useful step-by-step guides.
The new video, which is our third in the series of “How To” videos produced, goes through the step-by-step process of setting the inclinometer on the RAM SingFlex Twin Spreader Headblock connection.
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Bali and Jeju Islands
The RSLT Group’s year-end company trips were among the most highly anticipated events by the staff. The trips were organised in recognition of the Group’s success and achievements in 2016. While the RSLT staff enjoyed an idyllic island trip to Bali, RSC staff had a memorable holiday at the Jeju Island.
An Indonesian island known for its forested volcanic mountains, rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs, Bali Island provided RSLT staff an opportunity to savour the breathtaking views of Tanah Lot as well as be charmed by traditional dances and the gorgeous sunset at Jimbaran beach.
Meanwhile, the RSC staff were spellbound by the natural beauty of Jeju Island which is characterised by lava caves, sandy beaches and spectacular craters. Particularly, the grand Halla Mountain located at the centre of the 1,800 square metre island left the staff awestruck.
Walking Towards Better Quality
In an effort to further strengthen the quality of products manufactured at RAM SMAG Engineering (Changshu) Co., Ltd (RSC), the Company introduced the “Leadership Quality Walk” programme.
This programme engages all mid-level managers and supervisors to gather at the shop foor for a walk around the facility. The walk-around initiative will allow the respective managers and supervisors to gain a better understanding of interrelated processes and operations in other departments.
Notably, apart from inspecting the quality of work produced at each station, managers’ attention will also be drawn to details, including 5S, cleanliness, organisation and handling of work pieces.
In-depth and lively discussions are encouraged to recommend ways to help enhance the current work quality and productivity.
“The objective of ‘Leadership Quality Walk’ is to raise awareness of managers and supervisors concerning quality, as well as to instil in them the importance of taking ownership in quality. To achieve quality products, we need to start from the beginning, and to pay attention to every detail during each process and operation.” – Htay Aung, Chief Operating Officer – RSC
RSC Obtains EN1090 & EN ISO3838 Welding Certification
In replacement of the now obsolete DIN 18800 welding standard and to be in line with the parent company PEINER SMAG Lifting Technologies quality system, RAM SMAG Engineering (Changshu) Co, Ltd (RSC) has achieved new certifcations – EN 1090 and ISO 3834.
In compliance with the new requirements, a dedicated Welding Supervision Team made up of qualified welding inspectors, led by a certified welding engineer has been set up. The new certifications place emphasis on welding quality assurance, which involves the controlling of production process in addition to inspecting and testing the welded product.
Significantly, these new certifications ensure that the RAM product quality is of a high quality – meeting international recognition and complying with European regulation.
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