Improved safety and ease of operation
Created in close cooperation with customers, the redesigned cabin features a more spacious interior as well as new window geometry reducing night-time reflections. The user interface is intuitive, the cabin has more ergonomic seating, reduced noise level and excellent visibility into all directions.
The new automatic stability control ensures smooth and safe driving by continuously monitoring speed, turn radius and the spreader's position, slowing the vehicle automatically when needed. This makes the machine safer to operate without decreasing performance. The new active stability control comes as a standard for Kalmar hybrid and electric straddle and shuttle carriers.
The new wheel setup allows Kalmar hybrid and electric shuttle carriers to manoeuvre with greatly increased precision and speed. Each wheel can be individually controlled and there are four different steering modes according to the operating situation. The radical increase in agility enables shorter work cycles and reduces terminal congestion.
All Kalmar straddle and shuttle carriers can be equipped with remote connection and monitoring enabling diagnostic applications with remote problem solving capability.
Efficient automation solutions can bring significant gains in productivity and safety in container handling logistics. All the Kalmar models are future-proofed for automation and integrate seamlessly with the Kalmar SmartPort automation solutions. The automation level of new machines can be customised based on the terminal's needs.
Built on experience
Straddle carriers help optimise terminal productivity by decoupling waterside and landside operations. Their speed, reach and flexibility allow terminals to use a single type of equipment for all container operations. Shuttle carriers, in turn, are the ideal horizontal transportation system for terminals designed around automated stacking cranes or rubber-tyred gantry cranes. For both straddles and shuttles, Kalmar provides three models for the customers to choose from: the hybrid, the electric and the classic.
Kalmar's new generation hybrid carriers draw upon an unparalleled technical heritage and experience of over 70 years. To date, over 5,000 units have been delivered to customers around the world. The first automated Kalmar straddle carriers were used in commercial operations in 2005 in Brisbane, Australia. The home base for straddle carrier R&D and testing is Kalmar's Technology and Competence Centre in Tampere, Finland, where Kalmar focuses on the development of energy-efficient, safe and intelligent machinery and automation solutions.
Kalmar offers the widest range of cargo handling solutions and services to ports, terminals, distribution centres and to heavy industry. Kalmar is the industry forerunner in terminal automation and in energy efficient container handling, with one in four container movements around the globe being handled by a Kalmar solution. Through its extensive product portfolio, global service network and ability to enable a seamless integration of different terminal processes, Kalmar improves the efficiency of every move. www.kalmarglobal.com
Kalmar is part of Cargotec. Cargotec's sales totalled EUR 3.3 billion in 2012 and it employs approximately 10,000 people. Cargotec's class B shares are quoted on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki under symbol CGCBV. www.cargotec.com
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