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GE’s Power Conversion Technology Boosts Handling Speed of Container Cranes - GE has developed a new head block coupling system that enables double hoist ship-to-shore (STS) container cranes to handle different container weights rapidly and easily (NYSE: GE)
GE’s Power Conversion Technology Boosts Handling Speed of Container Cranes

 

NewswireToday - /newswire/ - Berlin, Germany, 2012/07/09 - GE has developed a new head block coupling system that enables double hoist ship-to-shore (STS) container cranes to handle different container weights rapidly and easily (NYSE: GE). NYSE: GE

   
 
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• Enables Better Crane Travel Utilization and Higher Handling Rates per Shift;
• Reinforces GE Presence in the Growing Worldwide Seaborne Cargo Industry.

GE has developed a new head block coupling system that enables double hoist ship-to-shore (STS) container cranes to handle different container weights rapidly and easily. Up to four containers with completely different nominal loads now can be handled simultaneously. In addition, the automatic coupling or decoupling of the freely suspended spreaders will be possible at any time.

The new GE technology will enable ports to compete more effectively in the challenging and rapidly growing seaborne cargo industry. According to the Drewry report 2011, the world port TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit) throughput will reach the mark of 1.1 billion in 2020, compared to 542 million TEU in 2010. Besides expansion projects, advanced container cranes increasingly will be needed to efficiently handle the growing volume and the outsized New Panamax ships with capacities of more than 10,000 TEU in the world’s ports.

GE’s new offering improves the utilization of the container cranes as well the handling rates. Under optimal conditions, the new system can double a crane’s cargo handling per shift. The GE head block coupling system features high levels of flexibility and is equally suited for every container crane.

Previously, the hoisting of containers with very different loads led to different rope lengths, resulting in disruption of the head block coupling. With the new system, these head block displacements can be accommodated by the drive system using sensor data and real-time controller calculations.

“With the new head block coupling, GE again is demonstrating the innovation that differentiates us from our competitors and supports our customers in increasing their productivity, which will help GE to become a leading company in the crane industry,” said Georg Möhlenkamp, global product leadership manager for GE Energy’s Power Conversion business.

GE is supplying the complete drive equipment for container cranes based on its ProCrane drive technology and also is providing the automation equipment and crane management systems for smooth and efficient cargo handling.

GE Energy acquired Power Conversion (then known as Converteam) in September 2011. GE Energy’s Power Conversion business applies the science and systems of power conversion to help drive the electric transformation of the world’s energy infrastructure. Designing and delivering advanced motor, drive and control technologies that evolve today’s industrial processes for a cleaner, more productive future. It serves specialized sectors such as energy, marine, industry and all related services. To learn more, please visit: ge-energy.com/electrifyingchange.

About GE
GE (ge.com) works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works.

GE Energy works connecting people and ideas everywhere to create advanced technologies for powering a cleaner, more productive world. With more than 100,000 employees in over 100 countries, our diverse portfolio of product and service solutions and deep industry expertise help our customers solve their challenges locally. We serve the energy sector with technologies in such areas as natural gas, oil, coal and nuclear energy; wind, solar, biogas and water processing; energy management; and grid modernization. We also offer integrated solutions to serve energy- and water-intensive industries such as mining, metals, marine, petrochemical, food & beverage and unconventional fuels.

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