Panama terminal deploys ASCs, embraces automation

Panama terminal deploys ASCs, embraces automation

Tideworks Technology Inc, a full-service provider of terminal management and planning software systems, announced that Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT) Panama has deployed the latest versions of Tideworks’ terminal operating system (TOS) solutions to support its automatic stacking cranes (ASCs).
These ASCs are part of a large-scale automation project at MIT to streamline operations and increase efficiencies.
The addition of the ASCs signifies the beginning of automated terminal operations at MIT. Manufactured by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co Ltd (ZPMC), the cranes provide 12-wide stacking capabilities, allowing MIT to substantially increase yard density. Cranes are equipped with multiple systems employing lasers, cameras, and radar to help precisely position trucks and chassis under the crane, as well as ensure accurate landing of the spreader bar and containers.
A “Chassis Anti-Lift System” prevents containers from being lifted if they are still locked to the chassis or flatbed. Because the cranes are electric, CO2 emissions are dramatically reduced compared with MIT’s legacy diesel-powered rubber tired gantries (RTGs).
In order to leverage the abilities of MIT’s ASCs, Tideworks delivered several new automation and optimization features within its Spinnaker and Traffic Control systems. Additionally, Tideworks worked with ABB, the ASC drive control system provider, to meet integration requirements.
As part of the larger automation project at MIT, Tideworks also recently deployed its GateVision gate operating system to help streamline gate activity and reduce trucker turn times at the facility.
For more information, see www.tideworks.com.
MIT offers shipping lines transiting the Panama Canal efficient and reliable port services and serves as a regional transshipment hub for Caribbean and South American destinations. The facility is 2.5 kilometers from the Panama Canal entrance and stands adjacent to the Colon Free Zone, one of the world’s largest free trade zones.

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