5G-controlled cranes will be installed on the new Hungarian intermodal terminal

For the first time in the world, 5G technology will be used to remotely control the terminal’s fully automatic giant cranes, capable of even fine movements, supplied by Künz, Austria’s leading manufacturer of intermodal loading technology. The four cranes can handle up to one million twenty-foot containers (TEUs) per year at the rail-track intermodal combined terminal, which, once handed over, will be the largest such facility in Europe. The automated container and vehicle tracking system built at the terminal, which is the solution of the Belgian Camco Technologies, is also world-class.

Construction of the East-West Gate intermodal terminal near the Ukrainian-Hungarian border in Fényeslitke, Hungary, began in January this year. Following the handover of the facility, the New Silk Road, which will connect Asia to Europe, will be one of the largest and most important logistics stations equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

The terminal’s unique cranes and lifting equipment will be supplied by Künz, Austria’s leading manufacturer of intermodal loading technology, under the agreement. The combined track-based terminal and cranes will play a key role in lightning-fast transhipment of goods, mainly on standard and wide-gauge trains, and will be able to reload road semi-trailers, including non-crane trains, by rail. The three state-of-the-art Künz intermodal cranes (RMGs) and the manufacturer’s Freerider RTG container lifter will be able to handle up to one million containers a year.

Two of the RMG cranes will be loader cranes with a single-sided console. The third, larger crane is made with brackets that can be used on both sides. The RTG container lifter serves the storage area. The crane, which is capable of quite fine movements, can move fully loaded containers in any direction with lightning speed. All four cranes can lift and reload all types of containers and are also suitable for lifting road semi-trailers and swap bodies.

All four Künz cranes are highly automated. For the first time in the history of intermodal transport, the cranes will be controlled using 5G technology from the terminal’s control center. The East-West Gate will be the first combined terminal in the world to use its own 5G network for its internal communications and operation of its technical facilities. The Künz system will be operational by the end of 2021.

Full automation: the position and condition of the load can be tracked in real time

Entry and container tracking at the EWG will also be state-of-the-art. Camco Technologies, which develops terminal, gate and crane automation systems for maritime and rail terminals, supplies a system that continuously tracks the path of all rail trucks, semi-trailers and containers, as well as cargo arriving on rail trains, from entering and exiting the terminal. The system not only speeds up entry and exit, cargo transhipment, but also serves terminal management and security. Special cameras mounted on the gates and cranes follow the path of the containers in real time, showing a sharp view of their condition, so they can also see if the cargo has arrived damaged – thus helping to deal with any complaints.

The solution, which includes both hardware and software and is almost unique in terms of complexity, will work in full accordance with the terminal’s own control system. This allows customers to track exactly where their containers or vehicles are.

After the test period, the terminal will receive live rail and intermodal traffic in the first quarter of 2022.

Source: technokrata by www.technokrata.hu.

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