Künz and Conductix-Wampfler sign Tangier deal

Hans Künz GmbH and Conductix-Wampfler have signed a contract for motor driven cable reels for 32 ASCs Hans Künz GmbH and Conductix-Wampfler have signed a contract for motor driven cable reels for 32 ASCs

Hans Künz GmbH and Conductix-Wampfler have signed a deal to provide automatic stacking cranes (ASCs) and associated technology for a new terminal for APM Terminals at the Port of Tangier, Morocco.

Künz, a specialist supplier of container cranes, is supplying 32 ASCs for the terminal, while Conductix-Wampfler will provide High Dynamic SMART Drive motor driven cable reels which aim to provide smooth supplies of energy and data for the ASCs.

The cable reels have been specifically designed for highly dynamic crane applications.

“Above all, Künz was won over by the newly developed technology, the overall concept presented, and our strong emphasis on service,” said Dinu Solomon, Conductix-Wampfler’s sales director for Germany and Austria.

“Particularly in the field of ASCs, the requirements for travel and centre-feed crossing speeds and for acceleration are becoming more demanding – the system limitations with regard to maximum cable loads are approaching,” Mr Solomon added.

The container-stacking area of the terminal is divided into 16 stacking blocks, and each will have two fully automated stacking cranes supplied by Künz.

Conductix-Wampfler’s motor driven cable reels have optimised spools with the lowest possible inertia, sophisticated control software and newly-developed HD gearboxes which are available in three sizes, each with over 20 different gear ratios.

These components allow for the optimisation of drive design, the reduction of cable loading and the increase in energy efficiency.

For Künz, Conductix-Wampfler is providing the SMART drive HD20 VFD variant, which comes with SEW motors with integrated frequency-inverter control.

“This enables an operation in Tangier with minimized cable pull and temperature fluctuations between –10°C and +45°C (14–113°F), with acceleration rates of 0.35 m/s and at speeds of up to 210 m/min,” Mr Solomon said.

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