The Push for Automated Cargo Handling

Kalmar will deliver two new 5th generation Kalmar automatic stacking cranes (ASCs) to expand TraPac's automated terminal in Los Angeles.
Kalmar will deliver two new 5th generation Kalmar automatic stacking cranes (ASCs) to expand TraPac's automated terminal in Los Angeles.

More than two dozen robots wheel cargo containers at TraPac LLCs Los Angeles terminal. And it’s a shining example of how automated systems and machinery will handle the flood of goods new free-trade agreements will push to the nation’s ports.

Experts say automation can boost terminal productivity and reliability as well as cut labor costs, and they maintain it is critical if ports are going to successfully cope with surging trade volumes and megaships. Experts estimate technology could reduce the time ships spend in port and improve productivity by up to 30 percent.

Yet in spite of this, TraPac is only one of four cargo terminals in the United States using this technology. Read more about the need to automate the nation’s ports at: http://www.wsj.com/articles/massive-robots-keep-docks-shipshape-1459104327