The stack profiling option of Kalmar SmartStack ensures safety by recognising the position of containers in the stack. The solution prevents containers from being knocked over by the spreader as it moves over the stacks, preventing this particular type of accident that typically has serious consequences for both equipment and people. Kalmar has used these measurement systems for some time on automated stacking cranes to help with inventory operations.

The anti-truck lifting option of Kalmar SmartLift ensures trucks are correctly loaded, preventing unintentional lifting. The anti-truck lifting feature is a laser based detection system protecting against lifting a container chassis due to a locked or jammed chassis twistlock. This SmartLift process automation option has been included in the recent order for six Kalmar rubber-tyred gantry cranes order for PT Terminal Petikemas Surabaya in Indonesia.

With Kalmar SmartPort being both equipment and terminal operating system independent, the stack profiling and anti-truck lifting options are available and can improve the safety at any terminal, Kalmar stated. These particular solutions are available as an extension and improvement over already implemented process automation solutions.

The company stated that its SmartPort solutions drive greater efficiencies through process and equipment automation, resulting in lower overall operational costs, improved safety and better equipment availability. Process automation solutions are designed to optimise the information flows within the terminal’s business processes to ensure the most efficient equipment utilisation. They represent an accessible and fast way to get immediate productivity improvements for a relatively small initial investment. The process automation solutions fit any size of terminal, any brand of equipment and any terminal operating system.