Kalmar has introduced Kalmar One, said to be the first open automation system for container terminals
Kalmar One is a modular and scalable system that provides a robust foundation for automating container handling operations regardless of the vendor, equipment type, operation mode or automation level at the terminal, and it is TOS neutral.
"Kalmar One is the next step on our journey to promote openness in our industry," said Antti Kaunonen, President, Kalmar Automation Solutions. "We want to speed up the industry transformation by offering a standardised system that allows customers to change the automation level of their operations at a pace that suits their business.
"One of the most important factors holding back our industry is the lack of global commercial standards for terminal automation. Our automation system brings clarity to the automation offering and enables customers to take ownership of their terminal’s automation journey."
Kalmar One combines Kalmar’s equipment control system and process automation capabilities into one system with open interfaces. The openness of the system is enabled by Kalmar Key, first introduced two years ago for Kalmar TLS, which Kalmar One replaces.
Kalmar One makes it possible for customers to streamline their container handling operations faster, easier and more cost-efficiently. The extensive portfolio of automation products ranging from process automation to fully automated moves as well as the provided lifetime support provided allows customers to choose the level of automation they wish to deploy based on their business requirements.
“We have defined and bundled common functionalities of container handling into product families that can be used to automate both Kalmar applications as well as solutions where competitor equipment is part of the solution," said Tero Kokko, COO, SVP, Terminal Automation Solutions, Kalmar.
"Because the same automation products are used to build different applications, our support will be more responsive and customers can trust that the new enhancements and features will work and are available during the whole lifetime of the application.”
Kalmar One was officially launched at Kalmar’s second biennial "Explore Automation Technology Days" event at its Technology and Competence Centre in Tampere, Finland on 9-110 October. This was attended by over 75 people from Kalmar’s customer base and prospective automation customers from all over the world, including many brownfield terminals - inland intermodal as well as ports.
Speakers from the port and intermodal industries included John Alvarez (TraPac, Los Angeles), Greg Pauline (Moorebank Intermodal Terminal Project, Sydney), Johannes Skelten (Eurogate/Contship Italia Group), Michael Houen (Patrick Automated Terminals) and Dr Stefan Wiech (Hamburg Port Consulting).