Specifics of container handling equipment - Kalmar ECO Reachstacker 

Use of container handling equipment 

Container handling equipment is typically used in ports. They can also be used at points for the movement of containers with cargo. They assist in the smooth movement of containers.  

Who can operate container handling equipment? 

Kalmar ECO Reachstacker in operation

In order to operate the equipment, it is necessary for the person operating it to have the relevant authorisations to operate it. The authorisations are obtained during a special course ending with an examination before an UDT commission.  

Kalmar ECO Reachstacker 

The Kalmar ECO Reachstacker is a device that not only increases the efficiency of container terminal operations, but also ensures that operators are prepared for the future electrification of this type of equipment. 

ECO Reachstackers' characteristics 

Of huge importance is the Reachstacers' transmission system. The one used on the Kalmar ECO is one of the most advanced systems of its kind in the world. It features a hydromechanical continuously variable transmission system. Unlike the standard unit, it does not require constant braking or acceleration by the operator. The transmission handles all activities that are related to the drive of the machine. This is because the driving speed is independent of the engine speed. This allows the engine to run at a constant speed all the time. The gearbox takes care of changing the driving speed of the machine. This results in less exhaust fumes, less noise and less fuel consumption. It also increases the efficiency of the unit by extending the refuelling interval.  

Cost-effectiveness of ECO Reachstackers Calamari 

container handling equipment

The ECO Reachstacker is a far more economical machine compared to machines of its ilk. Fuel consumption is around 40% less than that of 5 or 10-year-old machines with standard drive trains. The reduction in fuel consumption is financially beneficial. In addition to this, this ECO Reachstacker is able to perform around 50% more movements per hour compared to standard equipment. This is possible due to a combination of the management of the drive system and the working hydraulics. This is also influenced by the reduction in refuelling time. 

ECO Reachstackers' eco-friendly Kalmar solutions 

The manufacturer of engines for ECO Reachstackers has started producing even newer drive systems that are capable of reducing harmful CO2 even o 90%, as they can run on HVO fuel. It is a product that consists entirely of renewable raw materials. These are products such as vegetable oils and animal fats, still with the same or almost identical chemical structure to diesel fuel. A European Union directive indicates that this type of fuel has no negative impact on the environment. In addition, it is the only liquid fuel technology that can meet the requirements to reduce carbon particulate emissions by up to half by 2030. 

manipulation of the Kalmar ECO Reachstacker container

ECO Reachstacker thus helps to combat climate change. All by reducing the carbon footprint of the logistics industry. The manufacturers of these machines attach great importance to ecology, which also sets a good example in terms of sustainability standards for other companies in the industry.

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