November 20, 2013
The Robotic Container Management System has been designed and engineered by the Israel Aerospace Industry, partnered by Circle srl for what concerns the marketing and business strategy phases. This system has been created as a response to the constant growth of container traffic worldwide, leading to a parallel growth in traffic and dimensions for container ships: companies as Maersk are capitalizing on these trends and building ships able to store up to 15000 TEUs.
Port Terminals and communities worldwide are providing different answers to the growth in traffic and container ships dimension, compatibly with their geographical structure and expansion possibilities. Many Port Authorities, however, do not have either the budget or the phisical space for tackling the huge shortage in container store space: the RCMS acts as a technologically advanced, new generation solution for bottlenecks elimination in the container handling process.
The RCMS allows a better utilization of current and future land area, to eliminate need for sea drainage or land port expansion: its optimization potential allows Port Terminals to work at the highest efficiency possible and brings the necessary flexibility for ports to adjust to changing conditions. Furthermore higher stack yard flexibility maximizes storage density-vs.-stack yard throughput and minimizes stack yard reshuffling needs.
The main positive consequences of adopting RCMS include: higher throughput, higher personnel safety and represent an environmentally friendly alternative for those Port Authorities that might have the space and budget to expand capacity in the traditional way but wish to implement CSR-related systems.
Main performance objectives and indicators include: ship turn-around reduction; increased yard density , waiting times minimization for horizontal transport at interface areas; increased storage equipment productivity, shuffling reduction.
The Israel Aerospace Industry relies on an extensive experience in robotics and large scale integration programs that have been fundamental for RCMS, the elaboration of which has been preceded by an extensive performance analysis and by the filing numerous patents including: control and management methods and optimization algorithms, unique AGV design, special mechanical mechanisms, integrated holistic solutions.
The actual implementation of RCMS is preceded by a feasibility study, in order to understand terminal preferences; factors that are included in the assessment are: technical feasibility \ infrastructure adequacy; operational concepts & scenarios; preliminary design; layout; systems & subsystems; Performance analysis simulation & optimization. Furthermore, ROM prices are prepared together with an inclusive economic analysis and work plan defining the roadmap to the actual installation of the RCM system.
Please find attached the official video of RCMS