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Free-Roaming Stevedoring Terminal- success story of CrispTech

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CrispTech  is a leading Australian distributor of industrial communication products and national distributor for Moxa products.  

Crisptech’s extensive range of industrial communication products delivered the necessary technical expertise and product performance to meet the exacting demands of the Patrick AutoStrad™ Terminal project.  

Products used for the project include:

  • Moxa EDS-510A-1GT2SFP-T
  • Moxa Vport 354-T
  • Moxa Nport 5150 and Nport 5210
  • Moxa PT-7728 series

Project Introduction  

Patrick is Australia’s leading provider of port-related services to importers, exporters and shipping lines. Patrick is a major operator of container terminals and a leading bulk and general stevedore.  

Patrick has been actively engaged in commercialisation of the robotic AutoStrad™ Terminal through their development company Patrick Technology & Systems. The AutoStrad™ Terminal is the world's first free-roaming stevedoring terminal, in which 110T AutoStrads™ remotely transport shipping containers between ship-to-shore cranes and road trucks.  

The AutoStrad™ Terminal located at the Port of Brisbane is the largest heavy industry robotic site globally. The AutoStrad™ Terminal operates in a 24x7 maritime environment, which places high environmental and reliability demands on equipment and systems.    

Product Requirements and Goals:

Patrick's continued focus on improving terminal productivity has brought about its latest innovation: the Remote Control Operator Station (RCOS).  

The RCOS involves the relocation of existing operators at terminal truck grids over 500m away into one control centre. Operators will remotely control an AutoStrad™ to pick or place containers with an accuracy of 25mm.  

This is not a small feat, given that this accuracy is required over a site more than 1km x 0.5km. To meet the demanding operational requirements of the RCOS project, the data networking equipment had to guarantee:

  • High temperature operation
  • Long operating hours
  • High bandwidth
  • High reliability
  • Low latency

CrispTech Solutions:  

CrispTech’s industrial video encoders have been installed on every single AutoStrad™ to achieve real-time visual management.  

The device features high video resolution, wireless tolerance, low latency (less than 200ms from photon capture to visual user display across a wired network) and real-time video for events, making the VPort 354 the best choice for Patrick’s application.  

CrispTech’s industrial full gigabit Ethernet switches are installed inside every electrical cabinet near the loading grids to ensure maximum network availability and redundancy.  

Key features include: 

  • Remote management
  • Redundant fibre links
  • Multiple UTP ports with VLAN functions
  • Din rail mount and various voltage inputs
  • Operation in extreme environmental conditions including high humidity and wide temperature range (-40˚C to +70˚C)

Additionally, extra ruggedised features were also required in this application. Two Ethernet ports and dual power inputs were offered for redundancy as well as an IP-30 metal casing that promised superior reliability in a mission-critical automation environment.

Customer Feedback

CrispTech is proud to have the opportunity to assist with the world’s biggest robotic AutoStrad™ project with Patrick.

Patrick’s Automation Manager Robert Davie stated, “Service was always at hand, and solutions to problems were resolved quickly and with certainty. CrispTech showed an understanding for the demands of this project by recommending the correct products from the start.”


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