Most of the goods traded worldwide are transported by sea. Almost 40 million containers are in circulation worldwide, and this number is continuously increasing. As a result, container handling at seaports is steadily increasing. Highly specialised logistics facilities are crucial for the efficiency of port terminals. In most cases, gantry cranes are used for handling containers. One of the world's leading companies in port logistics uses Lamigamid® 310 from Röchling Industrial in Xanten for the rope sheaves of its rubber-tired gantry cranes.
Container terminals constitute the interface between surface transport and sea transport. All container logistics have to run quickly, smoothly and reliably, time is money. Incoming containers are temporarily stored at the transshipment centre to be picked up by lorries or freight trains. Outgoing containers are waiting to be loaded onto vessels. Gantry cranes are used for transporting the containers. They consist of lateral, mobile gantry supports and a bridge, on which the spreader in the hoist can move transversely to the main direction of travel.
Gantry cranes are available as rail gantry cranes (RMG) and rubber-tired variants, so-called RTGs - rubber tired gantry cranes. The advantage of gantry cranes having rubber tires is their mobility, which results in an extended area of application compared to the rail system, for instance various container alleys are accessible to the crane.
A leading port logistics company has developed a new, innovative variant of its rubber-tired gantry cranes having a completely new design to meet the strong demand for efficient and cost-effective transport processes, especially for the Asian markets. A simplified structure, state-of-the-art technology and high quality and safety take the requirements of the markets into account.