Long Beach Terminal orders 30 AGVs

Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) has signed a contract with Konecranes for 30 Konecranes Gottwald Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs).

LBCT currently operates a fleet of 72 lead-acid, battery-driven Konecranes Gottwald AGVs, the additional 30 new AGVs will greatly expand LBCT’s current, complete system which includes a Battery Exchange System (BES), transponder navigation and a fence control safety system. It was delivered turn-key, completely integrated in advance.

Ari Rämö, region Americas sales manager, Konecranes port solutions, said: “This order from LBCT is a strong vote of confidence in our Automated Guided Vehicle technology and its long-term viability in terms of constantly improving eco-efficiency and productivity.”

Anthony Otto, President of LBCT LLC, said: “LBCT is very pleased with the performance of our first fleet of AGVs. We will now be increasing this fleet as part of the completion of the final phase of the new terminal’s construction currently underway and scheduled to be finished in Q1 of 2022. Konecranes has been a fantastic partner and this additional purchase is a reflection of our confidence in their dedication to our partnership going forward.”

LBCT uses the TEAMS Equipment Control System (ECS) from TBA Group to manage travel orders, optimize routes and avoid deadlock situations in the operation of the AGV fleet. This system will be updated to reflect the expanded AGV fleet and its expanded operational range.

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