Request a Quotation

Shiploader Automation Facts

Robust Radar Technology

Radar has a 100% market share in maritime collision avoidance and object tracking – due to its resillience to environmental conditions that are common in the maritime industry. Our radar technology is the best choice on the market for applications around shiploaders.

dustDust
low visibilityLow
Visibility
rainRain
snowSnow
waterWater
ice, coldIce, Cold
heatHeat
dirtExtreme
Contamination

Shiploader Software

Software commands our redundant sensor network and processes huge amounts of data every second. The iShiploader backend software can either be implemented in the indurad System or on a PLC. Interfaces to SCADA and MES / TOS Systems are available (e.g. for loading the load plan and defining the loading pattern). To define loading patterns, indurad can provide a simulation tool.

indurad software
screenshot

Shiploader/Unloader Types

shiploaderShiploader
shipunloaderShipunloader
grab shipunloaderGrab Shipunloader
barge unloaderUnloader

Same but different. Our solution is customizable for different shiploader and shipunloader types and the specific customer requirements. We have already installed collision avoidance, operator assistance and automation packages on all standard shiploader types in different climate zones and for handling different commodities.

Solution Integration

Both for greenfield and brownfield operations, the mechanical and electrical integration of the solution is easy and can be performed in a short shutdown period. As all components are light weight, no structural changes to the shiploader are needed.

Service and Support

Reducing service and support is one of our most important design criteria. No regular maintenance is required for the sensors. To achieve this, we use redundant sensor layouts (“hot spare concept”, “self stabilizing sensor network”). Our experts are available 24/7 remotely and also locally.

Productivity

  • Taking the man away from the machine with at least same productivity
  • Enabling process automation and autonomous loading process
  • Reducing mooring time through faster and better trimming in process with reduced heeling and list variance
  • Reduced operational downtime and constant material flow into the vessel independent of loading scenarios
  • Better operator job satisfaction

Safety

  • Collision avoidance & operator awareness at all weather condition
  • Taking the man away from the machine with at least same productivity
  • Avoiding cargo shifting due to predefined loading pattern and in process controls
  • Reduced cost of asset damage per year
  • Reduced liability exposure

Key Features

  • Real time and online 3D hold mapping, 2D hatch size and limit detection
  • Ability to intervene at all times in the loading process due to requests by load master / captain
  • Environmental observation: Boom, chute, spout collision avoidance
  • Advanced positioning: Encoder backup with RTK D-GNSS (GPS GLONASS GALILEO)
  • Assistance & automation: Various loading patterns depending on material and vessel
  • Best practice analysis: Learning from your best operators and from machine learning
  • Fastest sequences: Saving time with hatch changes by parallel motions like slew long travel telescope
  • Teleremote operation: no cab on the boom - more productivity for the ship loader and less wear
  • Full automation: Reducing operational crew exposed to dangerous process

By Accident

Back in 2008 we founded indurad with a clear focus on helping mining machinery in underground and open pit mines to work more efficiently and safely.

One day, we were told about an accident in a coal export terminal. Two shiploaders crushed into each other. Just a minor mistake after a long shift – but however, one shiploader was down for some time.

As there was no real solution to this problem on the market, indurad developed a GPS based solution to monitor the position of the shiploaders and compare their positions (3D geometric CAS system) and also to detect any object around shiploaders.

We adapted our knowledge about safety and automation to the world of hulls, hatches, deck levels, heave and sway. We learned about berth and jetty, about the differences of common sliding hatch doors and vessels with folding hatch covers – which, to be frank, caused our collision warning system to act “like a Christmas tree” (according to our customer) at first.

To increase a shiploader's capacity by installing larger belts a customer had to remove the operator cabin. Therefor indurad had developed a remote control system for operators, allowing them to monitor and control a machine, they cannot see. Shorter shift changeover times had led to higher machine uptimes. Radar technology provided the highest reliability despite any limitation of sight, like dust, steam or fog.

Based on the success of productivity, shiploader semi-automation for loading operations had been required and evolved. Today, our shiploader solutions are not only installed and commissioned in many ports and terminals, they are highly accepted by operators and by management as well. The number of accidents has been reduced while installation numbers has gone up.

Currently we are commissioning a fully automatic shiploader with deep learning functionality to improve the ship loading process. An internal research and development project is about measuring the transportable moisture limit indirectly. This would be part of a set of features for automatic trimming and hatch automation to reduce the likelihood of cargo shifting according to IMO IMSBC Code 2009 for Group A.

We are also in dialogue with insurance companies and associations such as Swedish Club, TT-Club, the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) and ICHCA International about safety and more productivity, compliant with upcoming regulations.