Gaussin is launching a new battery powered prime mover designed to operate at temperatures over 50°C.
Gaussin Manugistique is making three product launches at the TOC Europe conference and exhibition in Rotterdam this week: an “Autonomous Prime Mover” (APM) using “natural navigation”, an AIV (Automotive Intelligent Vehicle or AGV) with the same navigation system, and the new APM HE “Hot Environments” vehicle powered by a LMP (Lithium Metal Polymer) battery pack.
The APM with natural navigation is similar to the vehicle Gaussin unveiled at TOC Europe last year, in partnership with DIDrivers, part of DigiRobotics. Noting that 70% of terminals worldwide use RTGs and prime movers, Gaussin has designed the APM for brownfield automation projects that have limited ability to implement automation systems that require civil works, and are looking manage internal and external traffic in the yard without setting up exclusive automation zones.
“The APM Autonomous “natural navigation” vehicle is equipped with technology that indicates the vehicle’s location without requiring any infrastructure. It mainly relies on the Lidar sensor for the location, the SLAM (Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping) system and various sensors are used to detect obstacles. Thanks to such technology, Gaussin is able to offer flexible FULL ELEC tractor solutions without cabin that can be implemented quickly and without disturbing the other activities,” the company stated.
Gaussin is now offering the same “natural navigation” technology with its AIVs. “Intensive testing is currently taking place on the Héricourt test site and tests under real operating conditions are scheduled before the end of 2018. These tests performed on autonomous port vehicles bearing a load of 70T and operating in an unstructured environment including pedestrians, lift trucks and traditional road trucks will be a world first,” claimed Gaussin.
The APM HE for very hot environments was developed in conjunction with Bolloré Ports, a partnership Gaussin had previously announced, using LMP batteries from Bolloré’s JV company, Blue Solutions. The battery is designed to withstand temperatures exceeding 50°C and the vehicle was developed to Bolloré’s specifications. “This concerns mainly the Gulf countries and Africa where there is a true commitment to environmentally-oriented growth,” Gaussin noted.
The AMP HE will be available in 38T and 75T versions, and can be supplied with or without a cab, and different battery systems can be installed according to the customer’s requirements.