Semi-automatic crane system enhances LTH Logistics’ safety, sustainability

The system offers an alternative to the conventional reach stackers that usually handle ISO container storage.

By ·

As a subsidiary of Vibrant Group , an integrated logistics solutions provider, LTH Logistics looked to develop a space-saving and sustainable alternative to conventional reach stackers, which are typically used to handle ISO container movements and storage.

LTH Logistics operates the semi-automatic, PLC-regulated crane system remotely from a control room, using cameras and advanced sensors to accurately position the ISO tanks. Operated like fly-by-wire technology, the system controls the lifting, positioning, stacking, retrieval and loading of ISO tank containers—large pressure vessels (sometimes weighing more than 30 tons) contained within 20-foot ISO standard frames, which are used for the transportation and storage of bulk liquid and gases.

“With the supplier’s anti-sway technology on the positioning of tank and human control—using touchscreen LCD—loading and unloading is much easier, safer and efficient for our customers,” says Don Tang, general manager of LTH Logistics. “The system knows when to lower the hook at normal speeds, and when to slow the process for precision lowering and lifting. With automated positioning and locking, it won’t operate until everything is in place and secure. The machine knows when to operate, and if the lift is not safe and secure, it won’t work.”

In addition to using less space than reach stackers, the liquid container handling system also offers employee safety and environmental conservation benefits, as it separates container handling staff from bulk handling and chemical hazards, and doesn’t require fossil fuel vehicles.

Konecranes
(937) 525-5533


Subscribe to Modern Materials Handling Magazine!

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Find out what the world’s most innovative companies are doing to improve productivity in their plants and distribution centers.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Latest Whitepaper
How Industry 4.0 Design Principles are Shaping the Future of Intralogistics
Industry 4.0 is changing how we interact with machines and how those machines interact with each other.
Download Today!
From the January 2018 Modern Materials Handling Issue
PFS built one of the largest and most automated AS/RS freezers in the world in Washington state. Next up is a new design for automation. Automated Storage/ Automated Retrieval System, Cold Storage.
Lift Truck Series Part 1: Lift truck technology connects pickers to productivity
Breaking Through On Yard Visibility
View More From this Issue
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Sign up today to receive our FREE, weekly email newsletter!
Latest Webcast
Emerging Technologies for Your Distribution Center
Come get an insider's view of the latest technologies for inside your Distribution Center. You'll learn which technologies are being piloted, which are having success and moving from concept to implementation and into production on the maturity scale, and what's coming on the horizon.
Register Today!
EDITORS' PICKS
Trinchero Family Estates: Pallet handling in the vineyard
The second-largest family-owned wine company in the world turns to automated pallet handling and...
System Report: Rocky Brands Sees the Light
Confronting an aging materials handling system and new channels of business with new customer...

Top 20 industrial lift truck suppliers, 2017
The top lift truck suppliers list is changing with industry acquisitions causing a dramatic...
Lodge Manufacturing: Distribution Cast in Iron
In a new facility, iPhones and a new WMS allowed cookware manufacturer Lodge to double its business...