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Bromma wins new automated terminal spreader orders

01.11.2011 – Bromma has now won contracts for nearly 300 all-electric crane spreaders for service in automated or semi-automated terminal environments. In 2011 the largest of these orders have been for automated operations in Khalifa in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (34 all-electrics) and Terminal Catalunya in Spain (40 all-electrics). Most recently, Bromma has won orders for a total of 12 all-electrics for service in semi-automated operations in Brisbane and Sydney, Australia.

In addition to the above, Bromma all-electrics are also in service today in automated terminals in Virginia in the United States; in Hamburg, Germany; in Algeciras, Spain; in three automated terminals in Korea; and in Ningbo, China. Bromma anticipates further automated spreader orders later in 2011. What these operations tend to have in common is that they are high-throughput operations. As such, the move to automation in container handling represents one of the most significant new trends in the industry.

“An automated terminal is the last place you want to experiment with an unproven spreader,” notes Vikram Raman, Bromma’s Commercial Director. “A spreader breakdown is the last thing you want in an automated operation and this is an important reason why Bromma is doing so well with these projects. Big companies want reliable partners. Over the past decade Bromma has sold nearly 2,000 all -electric crane spreaders, so no one can match Bromma in experience or proven all-electric reliability. Bromma has the advantage of a decade of experience and improvement. Plus, we understand the operational issues in the ASC environment, since we have worked in so many of these projects.”

Another major factor in Bromma’s success in this area is that many of the larger customers are looking for greener product solutions. Bromma’s all-electric yard spreaders reduce emissions – 200 tonnes of emissions per spreader over the spreader’s lifetime. This emission reduction from a single Bromma all- electric yard spreader is equivalent to the emissions produced from driving a Volvo sedan 42 times around the entire world. Bromma spreaders are lighter and do not have an always-running motor. With no hydraulics, there is no risk of groundwater contamination. Bromma spreaders use Swedish steel and a tonne of Swedish steel produces just 1/10th the emissions of a tonne of Chinese steel.

“Bromma spreaders,” notes Bromma Vice-President Lars Meurling, “are widely recognized to be the greenest spreaders in the world, and many customers appreciate the environmental benefits. Yet, the great thing is that these green spreaders also produce cost savings. They reduce spreader energy consumption by 90%. There are fewer service points. No hoses to replace. No oil to leak. A 60% reduction in spreader maintenance cost. They are lighter, so a savings of 30,000 Euros in lifetime diesel fuel expense. They are green and they cost less to operate. So this is really a win-win for automated terminal customers.”

New productivity applications from Bromma also promise to reinvent how spreader fleet maintenance is done, and to make spreader performance in automated terminals even more reliable.

Bromma Roadmap™ maps past spreader fault areas as a guide to helping terminals focus service resources on identifiable “risk areas” for spreader downtime or under-performance. Roadmap™ helps management understand where they are based on spreader key performance indicators (KPI). Roadmap™ also identifies the “10 most frequent fault areas” that have in the past affected the spreader fleet’s performance.  Roadmap™ then helps managers strategically align spreader maintenance plans to address prior spreader fault areas. By focusing on weak links, terminals can strengthen the chain of spreader fleet performance.

“Stated simply, this tool helps management focus on areas of service that are most strategic,” says Bromma V.P. of Marketing and Product Business Development Lars Meurling. “To get where you want to go, it helps to know where you have been. Our expectation is that careful and systematic attention to past spreader performance issues can help terminals avoid a repeat of these issues in the future.’

Bromma’s 2nd new app, Fleet Doctor™, has been developed for use by spreader maintenance staffs. Fleet Doctor™ continuously monitors the operating functions of spreaders (such as expand/retract function or twistlock function) in order to detect and identify decelerating performance. Spreader performance is ultimately based on the reliability of key spreader functions, each of which should operate within an optimum performance range. When one or more of these spreader functions moves from its “green zone” of performance into the yellow zone, this is an indication that service attention is needed to prevent further decline of the function, and/or to prevent faults that may cause downtime.

The detection of decelerating spreader function is an important first step to staying up and staying productive. Bromma Fleet Doctor™ gives terminal maintenance staffs improved “eyes and ears” with which to detect, understand, and resolve potential problems before they become real problems.

Second, Bromma Fleet Doctor™ provides very specific diagnosis of the source of faults when spreader downtime occurs. This enables service technicians to find and resolve problems more quickly so that spreader downtime can be minimized and spreader change-outs eliminated. Rather than driving to the crane-mounted spreader and first looking for the problem (and then heading back to the service centre for  spare parts or tools or wiring that may be needed), Bromma Fleet Doctor™ enables service technicians to know what they need to do before they even leave for the site of the crane spreader. This elimination of “fault search time” and time wasted during “back and forth” trips between the crane spreader on the quay and the maintenance operations center is a boost to terminal productivity.

For more information, please contact:

Lars Meurling, Vice-President, Marketing, Bromma Conquip
Tel: +468 620 0900

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