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To cope with an increase in cargo handling at its new combi terminal while at the same time ensuring noise in the facility remains within acceptable limits and does not disturb those living in the adjacent residential area, Trelleborgs Hamn in Sweden turned to Kalmar for a solution. This was provided in the shape of a new, quiet reachstacker, two of which will be in operation at Trelleborgs by late summer.

The quiet machines - DRF450 75C5XS - achieve efficient handling on two parallel rail tracks, the first with a 45-tonne and the second with a 36-tonne lifting capacity. The first of the reachstackers is already in full operation at the terminal, whereas the second will be delivered in August 2006. Anders Kjellberg, Production Manager at Trelleborgs Hamn, commented:

We tested machines from other suppliers, but all senior drivers in the four teams responsible for container handling realised the advantages of Kalmar reachstackers. Drivers find the new machines great to work with; for instance, the shorter wheel base makes them particularly smooth to manoeuvre in restricted areas.

Area Sales Manager Mikael Persson, who was involved in the development of the reachstacker together with Product Line Manager Per Rosengren, continued:

The fact that the machines had to be able to handle large volumes of cargo so close to a residential area made the development process demanding. However, at Kalmar we take pride in our ability to listen to our customers and to deliver bespoke solutions according to their needs.

I think that is what differentiates us from our competitors, and also the reason why Trelleborgs Hamn turned to us, knowing that we could offer something that no one else in the market can.

The reachstackers’ special anti-noise features include effective and well-adapted sound absorbers and a new type of silencer. Moreover, Kalmar technicians developed new ways of drawing off heat from the machine, since the absorbers that also act as insulation could otherwise cause the engine to overheat.

The maximum silencing effect is obtained with Kalmar Control System (KCS), which controls the power train in real time. In addition, a new electrical system and a facility that together with the KCS controls the engine, the gear box and the hydraulic pumps prevent excessive noise from generating. Furthermore, engine speed is restricted between 5.30am and 7am when the quietest operation is required and time-controlled limitation of the power train has proven an effective way of removing disturbing noise peaks.

The new combi terminal in Trelleborg comprises two parallel 365m-long tracks. Last year a total of 56,000 combi units - including trailers, demountable bodies and containers - were handled at the facility. As the need for handling capacity increases, two additional railway tracks will be constructed. To cope with this development, Trelleborgs Hamn has an option for an additional Kalmar DRF450 75C5XS reachstacker.

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“Pictured: Anders Kjellberg, Production Manager at Trelleborgs Hamn and one the new quiet reachstackers. It was paramount to the port that the machines meet the noise level requirements set by the environmental authorities while having enough lifting capacity needed at the busy site. Knowing that there could be no other manufacturer who would be able to deliver a bespoke solution for this demanding working environment, Trelleborgs Hamn turned to Kalmar.

Kalmar is a global provider of container and heavy duty materials handling equipment, automation applications and related services. It is the world's leading supplier of cargo handling equipment to ports, terminals and intermodal facilities.

Every fourth container or trailer transfer at terminals around the world is handled by a Kalmar machine. The company also supplies a wide range of machines to demanding industrial customers for applications as diverse as handling steel and paper to shunting road trailers at distribution hubs.

Kalmar is also leading the way in port automation applications with its application of unmanned container handling technology, on-board smart features and remote maintenance products developed in co-operation with customers and partners.

Kalmar's product range is complemented by a large range of value added services such as maintenance contracts and fleet management. Production plants are situated in Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, Malaysia, China and the USA. Kalmar net sales were EUR 1,147 million in 2005.
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