Bulk material handling and port automation - Shiploader

iSAM® Anti-collision system for bulk material shiploaders with an option for fully automatic operation

iSAM has developed and succesfully implemented a GPS / laser based sensor and evaluation system which enables a shiploader control system to obtain complete information about its own position and also of all other objects in the vicinity.

For the first time, this allows for the effective protection of the shiploader boom in manual mode. It also creates the foundation for remote or an even fully automatic operation.

  • Hatch open/close detection
  • 3D scan - Cargo distribution
  • 3D Ship Model - Collision Prevention and Operator Assistance
  • Shiploader and ship with self-discharging conveyor, 3D ship model of same ship
The facts in brief:

  • 3D laser scanning system for boom protection
  • 3D laser scanning system for ship modelling
  • RTK-GPS system for machine positioning
  • Suitable for ship sizes ranging from small barges to capesize vessels, including ships with deck cranes and butterfly hatches
  • Software for sensor data evaluation and detection of possible collision hazards
  • Interface with existing machine control systems
  • Visualization of ship-model and collision information in the operator cabin or at a remote control center


HMI - 3D laser data and highlighting of collision zones

HMI - 3D laser data and highlighting of collision zones

It allows configuring additional zones for either protecting the boom or individually moving structures such as an operator cabin or a telescopic chute. Should the machine be equipped with a shuttle, the related zones are automatically adjusted to match the actual boom length.

The system provides all necessary data to the machine control system to ensure a safe stop of the shiploader before a collision occurs.


Combination of the iSAM® 3D ship model and a 3D CAD model of a shiploader, displayed as the operator interface

Combination of the iSAM® 3D ship model and a 3D CAD model of a shiploader, displayed as the operator interface

The iSAM advanced anti-collision system can be upgraded to facilitate fully automatic ship loading. This system utilizes the 3D ship model and the 3D boom protection systems and hence makes it possible not only to control the entire loading process from a remote location but also provide an unprecedented level of automation, enabling one operator to easily control several shiploaders from a central control room.
Fields of application: Bulk material handling in ports
iSAM® Anti-collision system for bulk material shiploaders with an option for fully automatic operation

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Realisiert bei:

Europees Massagoed-Overslagbedrijf (EMO) bv,
The Netherlands

Hafenbetriebsgesellschaft mbH,
Germany

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