Agreement includes integrating equipment and software ready for future automation requirements.
Liebherr Container Cranes (LCC) and Tideworks Technology have announced an important agreement to cooperate on solutions for the container handling industry.
Increasingly terminal operators want to see hardware and software tested and working together at a test site before they commit to automation projects. This is especially the case where an operator is looking to retrofit automation to a brownfield site and does not want to see the facility disrupted by months of testing and commissioning. Tideworks and Liebherr have agreed to start working together in this respect.
As part of the initial phase of the agreement, the companies will install Tideworks’ equipment control system (ECS) Traffic Control, and its Insight data platform at LCC’s test facility. “Existing customer sites where Tideworks and LCC are both present will benefit from enhanced automation and optimization capabilities. Future terminal customers, both brown and greenfield, can take advantage of a complete equipment and software solution that is applicable across the terminal and fully flexible in terms of any future automation requirements,” the companies said.
Tideworks’ TOS solutions will be fully implemented and configured at LCC’s Killarney test environment by the end of 2019.
Tideworks has over 100 customer sites, including Portroe Stevedores in Dublin (now Doyle Shipping Group), which also uses Liebherr RTGs in its yard. Another port in Ireland, the Port of Cork, also uses Liebherr RTGs and is planning a new terminal that could include automation.
Tideworks emphasised that the agreement, which is its first cooperation with an equipment manufacturer, “demonstrates a progression of its efforts to provide the global supply chain with next-generation TOS solutions and innovative options that include both software and hardware in a harmonized approach. The cooperation will allow terminal operators to leverage tightly integrated TOS and lifting equipment in future offerings.”
“We are excited to collaborate with Liebherr, given their depth of crane experience, in order to provide terminal operators with a streamlined solution to meet their technology and equipment needs,” added Thomas Rucker, president of Tideworks. “The ability to offer Tideworks’ TOS pre-integrated with Liebherr’s cranes and handling equipment will provide terminal operators significant cost savings and reduce time to implementation.”
“The opportunity to cooperate with Tideworks helps us augment our innovative offerings to meet our customers’ evolving needs,” said Paul Bolger, head of product management with LCC. “Terminal operators are continuing to invest in and deploy solutions that will enhance their business and lower operating costs. The ability to integrate Tideworks’ TOS software into our equipment will help optimize their efforts and add value to their operations through more efficient and intelligent cargo handling and management.”