Kalmar, part of Cargotec, delivered the new graphic user interface (GUI) for its equipment control system for the operations of AutoStrad(TM) to Asciano for roll out at their container terminals in Brisbane and Sydney. The new user interface is completely 3-dimensional, providing the operators with an intuitive interface reducing the time needed for training.
Asciano Director Terminals and Logistics, Alistair Field, said: “The new system is much more intuitive for operators to work with, enabling them to respond to exceptions quickly and easily. It will greatly improve operations efficiency on the terminals. We look forward to rolling out the new user interface at our container terminals.”
The Kalmar AutoStrad(TM) is a proven solution and the new user interface is the centrepiece of the command and control interface of the equipment control system. With 3D visualisation of the port, it provides the operator greater situation awareness which helps in decision making. Being highly configurable, all user roles are provided with rich visual experience, multiple camera angles and context sensitive tools. Each point of work and each piece of equipment can be individually followed in real-time as they move throughout the terminal. The user has an option of creating custom filters or a choice of a number of pre-set filters including point-of-work association and departure heat maps for improved production control.
“The new user interface is further evidence of Kalmar’s commitment to be at the forefront of port technology. We have a team of 28 engineers here in Sydney who are committed to developing new technologies to make our customers operations run at peak efficiency and safety,” said Peter McLean, Vice President, Kalmar Australia New Zealand. The automation system and the new graphic user interface were created in Australia by Kalmar.
Kalmar has partnered with Patrick Terminals & Logistics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Asciano Limited, for many years both as a supplier of equipment as well as a maintenance provider. The AutoStrad(TM) solution was first introduced in Asciano’s Brisbane terminal in 2005 and is currently being introduced in the company’s Sydney terminal in Australia.