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12.06.2014- Visy and LASE will showcase their new joint developments at this year’s TOC Europe exhibition. These will set a new milestone in the field of automatic container damage inspection.

In order to enhance the degree of automation in ports and terminals, the game-changing LaseCDI / Visy ADDS product series has been developed to enable the automatic detection of damage to containers without disturbing the workflow.

For a presentation of the product, visit either LASE at stand F26 or Visy at stand D62 at TOC Europe in London from 24th to 26th June.

“Active” and automatic damage detection

The product series can be used in conjunction with gate operating systems and crane OCR Systems. The examination of the container surfaces (roofs, side and end walls) by means of laser technology is combined with OCR container recognition and high resolution imaging to actively detect different kinds of damage (bulges, dents, tears, holes, etc.) in containers.

With a scan frequency of 100 Hz and an angle resolution of 0.5°, the data obtained by the laser scanner is forwarded to dedicated application software, which produces an intelligent profile image of the container. The detected damage category, extent and location are displayed to the operator. The system is able to work under harsh environmental conditions with a temperature range of ‐30° to +50° C to ensure continuous operation.

Applicable for gate and crane operations

The Automatic Damage Detection System for gate operations includes the LaseCDI‐Gate solution, which consists of three 2D laser scanners (LASE 2000D series) mounted on the frame of the OCR gate. This measurement system
allows the container surfaces to be inspected without any delays even when passing through the gate at a moderate speed. The laser inspection results are combined with the container OCR recognition results, very high resolution
imaging and other features of the Visy Access Gate operating system for gates.

For crane OCR, the system includes the LaseCDI‐STS solution, which is used for the recognition of damage during STS operations. The measurement system includes 2D laser scanners and two 3D components (LASE 3000D series) to
accommodate the different mounting positions determined by the site and nature of the operation.

During the vertical movement of the container when loading or unloading, a horizontal scan plane is emitted and outputs a 2D profile of the container sides. After being lowered towards the ground, a 3D profile of the container roof is also generated. The automatic recognition of the damage is achieved by comparing the actual container to an ideal one and combining the results within the Visy Crane OCR recognition and operating system.

Thus the operator receives information enabling him or her to determine whether the container is suitable to continue operations in the yard or onboard or if an alternative handling process should be initiated.

A new product to increase safety and prevent accidents

General Manager Lars Ambrosy (LASE GmbH) and Sales and Marketing Director Raimo Raita (Visy Oy) are confident that they are entering the market at the right time with the increasing safety requirements and the degree of automation in ports worldwide. Lars Ambrosy says: “The increased need to examine containers is accompanied by a rapid increase in the employment and handling of freight containers. This leads to structural damage or material stress which cannot be identified by using only passive camera systems. Thus the combination of an active laser scan system and dedicated application software can help to prevent hazardous incidents by detecting the damage and identifying defective containers.”

For more information, please contact:
Visy Oy: Raimo Raita- Tel : +358 3 2110403 | www.visy.fi
LASE GmbH: Lars Ambrosy – Tel : + 49 281 95 99 00 | www.lase.de

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