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Container Handling:
Automation system for gantry cranes

By loading and unloading containers, gantry cranes play an important role. The big challenge at the automation of these cranes on the water side to an unmanned operation is the precise control of the load: especially sway and skew must be avoided with an accurate and reliable sway control. At the same time, the control system has to generate and process information about the surroundings of the machine, the distribution of the load and the position of individual containers. The iSAM® Sensor Suite delivers all this information in an easy-to-use package for efficient container handling.

The highlights of the iSAM® Sensor Suite:


3D real-time laser scanner for automatic determination of load position and attitude, sway and skew with 10 Hz update rate

physikalisches Modell

Internal physical model for smooth trajectory control of suspended loads

Steuerung der Bewegungsabläufe

Control of the load movement and scan of the entire environment with just one sensor


Easy integration into existing control systems

The advantages of the system:

iSAM® sensor technology enables a significant reduction in development costs and project risk by

  • proven technology already in use in the world’s largest seaports
  • preprocessing of complex sensor data for use in conventional control systems
  • a fully modular system architecture
  • making certification easier by referring to already fully certified and operational installations


Port of Hamburg


Port of Rotterdam

the Netherlands

Supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology

Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie