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 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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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.

CM reports on spreader manufacturers tandem lift operations helping customers

RITN CM report on tandem lift operations

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.

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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 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 2017) Customer News

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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.