The Conductix-Wampfler Group has expanded its product portfolio in the area of container handling equipment with its latest acquisition.
The world's leading manufacturer of systems for energy and data transmission to mobile equipment, Conductix-Wampfler has acquired LASSTEC S.a.r.l., headquartered in Sciez, France.
With its ‘Twistlock Load Sensing and Accident Prevention System’, LASSTEC offers a patented technology for the reliable weighing of containers. Based on sensors attached in each corner of a container spreader that send reliable weight data to the LASSTEC Interrogator, the system enables data to be collected and forwarded directly to the cabin of the crane or the higher-level terminal control system entrusted with coordination and performance of ship loading.
Due to the stricter regulations of the ‘Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea’ (SOLAS) from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the weighing of containers before loading them onto ships will be mandatory by no later than 2017. The new regulations will prevent overloading of containers that can otherwise severely compromise the draft or stability of a ship.
Phillipe Lang, CEO of the Conductix-Wampfler Group explains that the LASSTEC technology meets the requirements of the stricter international requirements and will be available exclusively to their customers in the future.
LASSTEC will be integrated into the Conductix-Wampfler Focus Market organisation.
For decades, Conductix-Wampfler has been among the top international suppliers to operators of container terminals, offering extensive solutions for energy and data transmission. Lang adds that the LASSTEC acquisition will allow them to expand their product portfolio for their customers in the area of container handling with components that will grow more and more important in the future, and can simultaneously contribute to additional safety in global container traffic.