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SICK’s Laser Measurement Sensors Help Prevent Collisions at the Quay

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LMS laser measurement sensors from SICK function as anti-collision sensors at major container ports across the world by preventing cranes from colliding with ship superstructures.  

Collisions between cranes and ship superstructures at container ports can result in widespread damage and millions of dollars in cost. Libra Terminals of Brazil therefore decided to rely on laser measurement technology from SICK for their anti-collision sensors.  

Terminal operators such as Libra Terminals as well as terminal suppliers, shipping companies and insurance companies are focusing on preventing accidental collisions of crane booms against the superstructures of ships via sensors. Insurance statistics confirm that damage costs as well as follow-up expenses in the ship-to-shore (STS) area can be eliminated almost entirely by suitable electronic sensor solutions.  

Libra Terminals is part of Grupo Libra, one of the largest port operators and logistics enterprises active in the region. Libra moves approximately 16% of all containers at the Brazilian port.  

Two new STS cranes from ZPMC, a Chinese manufacturer were recently put into operation at the Libra terminal. The cranes were equipped with LMS laser measurement sensors for collision prevention. The terminal operator also plans to retrofit the existing STS cranes with LMS laser measurement sensors for their proven safety.  

In addition, Libra Terminals is planning to use intelligent laser measurement sensors to modernise various lifting vehicles and cranes such as reach stackers and RTGs for container handling in the container stack area.  

Laser measurement technology for ports and terminals from SICK is precise, reliable and extremely weather-resistant. Laser measurement sensors from SICK for STS collision prevention include the LMS211 that has been tried and tested for many years in several thousands of installations around the globe. Based on this family of sensors, SICK developed the LMS511 with additional features.   

The new LMS500 laser measurement sensors with their enhanced range and optimised detection performance under extreme weather conditions are ideal for port and terminal applications.

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