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Published: 26 May 2011      

PEMA to host new TOC Forum

Paul Avery
The Port Equipment Manufacturers' Association (PEMA) will host a new, free-entry industry forum, moderated by WorldCargo News, on Tuesday 7th June at the TOC Europe 2011 show in Antwerp

The forum will discuss innovative container terminal technology in the Innovation Zone on the exhibition floor. It will be moderated by Paul Avery, Associate Editor of WorldCargo News .

The new "forum style" is aimed at moving from a prepared speech format to an open debate where equipment and system suppliers and terminal and port operators can discuss different approaches to technology and operational issues.

Panelists will be asked questions on the practical implementation of new technology, how they measure the environmental benefits of handling equipment and the real benefits of port automation.

The forum will also discuss process automation, what benefits it can achieve and how easily terminals can integrate technology within the overall IT framework.

The forum will feature five panels discussing the shape of the industry today and what to expect in the near future for terminal automation, including: 

  • • Automated Cranes – Adoption of automated stacking cranes in container yards continues to gather speed, with a significant number of new projects now in planning worldwide. This session will look at what’s driving the growth, where the technology is heading and the prospects for quayside crane automation
  • Real Time Data Capture and Telemetrics - The panel will talk about new technologies and how data capture technologies such as OCR and RFID are changing the face of traditional and automated terminals
  • Automated Horizontal Transport – To complement the automated crane discussion, three experts will discuss the use of AGVs and other horizontal transport technologies for quay-yard transfer.
  • Application Software - Software brings it all together. This session will address new applications, including asset management, emulation and simulation systems, and how terminals can benefit from them.
  • Complex IT Project Integration - In this key closing session, suppliers and their clients will discuss what it takes to integrate multiple systems. Joining this panel will be Oscar Pernia Fernandez, Processes, Systems and Innovation Team Leader at Total Terminal International Algeciras, the first automated terminal in southern Europe, and David Serral, IT Director for Grup TCB, who is responsible for Grup TCB’s new green field terminal in Buenaventura Colombia.

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