Kalmar launches RMG crane
By Christian Shelton21 September 2017
Cargo handling solutions specialist, Kalmar, has launched a rail-mounted gantry crane (RMG). It said the crane can be designed to meet the requirements of its customers’ intermodal or container terminal operations and is the culmination of Kalmar’s combined experience in the rail-mounted crane and port and automation sectors.
Kalmar said its RMG can be tailored for customer-specific requirements, making it suitable for greenfield sites or to be fitted into existing brownfield operations. The crane can be combined with Kalmar’s horizontal transportation and mobile equipment to provide what the company describes as an end-to-end solution for intermodal and container terminals. Kalmar said its RMG has an efficient electric drive units which provides smooth operation with zero emissions at source. Kalmar’s RMG is available to fit rail spans between 20-55 metres, a lifting capacity of up to 65 tonnes, an outreach of up to 18 metres, and it can stack up to a height of 1 over 6.
Timo Alho, vice president, intelligent crane solutions, Kalmar, commented, “We are excited to put new focus on the intermodal market with our brand-new RMG. In designing this product, we have leveraged our experience of over 40 years in rail-mounted cranes and over 20 years in port and terminal automation. We have delivered various cantilever RMGs to intermodal terminals since the 1970s, and today, Kalmar Rubber Tyred Gantry Cranes are commonly used in intermodal terminals especially in Europe. With this new RMG, we were able to combine the best features of different types of equipment.
“”What is so special about our RMG is that it can be automated step-by-step by adding features incrementally when it suits the customer. We have utilised the same, field-proven technology that is already available in our fifth-generation automatic stacking cranes (ASCs). The Kalmar RMG can be operated manually, remotely or automatically. Even if you choose a manually operated crane today, it can be retrofitted in the future to be remote controlled or automated.”