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Technologies for smooth port logistics Ports facilitate international trade and commerce. The giant cranes and ground conveyors that handle the loading and unloading of cargo are one of the most important piece of equipment for any port to be successful. In order to ensure smooth operation of these gigantic machines, hydraulics plays an extremely important role. Ports are an important aspect of the modern economy. They play a key role as important shipment hubs for a variety of goods. They are complex, high-performance centers and a key economic factor all over the world. In this busy environment, the international tech giant ‘Continental’ is doing its bit to ensure fluidity in operations, and plays a vital role in the construction of new ports. Jade Weser Port, Germany’s only deepwater port, during the construction of this mega-project, the contractors were in need of floating hoses. They contacted Continental for their hose requirements. Special-purpose hoses were used for shifting 12 million cubic meters of sand from the dredgers. Continental also supplied the high-quality, special-purpose hoses for transporting concrete to MACHINE ELEMENTS WORLD OF INDUSTRIESMOTION, DRIVE & AUTOMATION 2/2017

01 In the Batumi terminal in Georgia, highly resistant bunkering hoses from Continental transport fuel oil, carburetor fuels, and hot asphalt to and from the ships 02 The special TractorMaster tire has been specially designed for tractor units deployed for handling operations in port terminals and forwarding agent’s yards container terminals under construction. Whether it is deepening of the port on the coast, river deepening for inland water transportation, or land reclamation for expanding terminals, companies have counted on Continental and its technological expertise wherever they require regular clearing of waterways. For these tasks, companies need highly wear-resistant hoses that are not only durable and flexible, but also meet individual customer requirements. Along with wear-resistance and flexibility, safety is of equal importance here. The floating hoses are designed to withstand three times the pressure stipulated in the planning data. The floater dredges deployed to perform such tasks are also equipped with conical mounts from Continental to ensure the required stability. These components continuously compensate for the movements and shifts in weight that occur as a result of the extreme stresses. Installed on the ring mount in the dredger, the mount ensures that the water engineering vehicle always stays on course during construction operations. Solutions for mobile dockside logistics Wireless signals allow the crane operators to locate the assigned bays for goods from all over the world. Everything works fully automatically. In tandem operation, the LHM 600 Litronic from Liebherr – a mobile dockside crane for heavy goods and project cargo – can load up to 320 metric tons of general cargo. The dockside cranes move very slowly and avoid tight curves. Continental offers a range of special tires for these mobile colossi. The ‘Crane- Master’ tires can support extremely heavy loads and, thanks to their low rolling resistance and, in turn, lower energy consumption, meet the stringent demands of these vehicles. Meanwhile, Continental’s drive solutions ensure maintenance-free, low wear solutions for lifting systems and ground conveyors. As alternatives to chain drives, polyurethane flat belts featuring ultra-high-strength steel cord tensile members are ideal for a host of challenging applications. Continental’s technology and products are also deployed for forklift trucks as well. Axle boxes help to cushion the front axles, ensuring that the chassis runs quietly. For Linde’s electric stacker 386’, two special axle boxes made from natural rubber were developed. These take up very little space and ensure mobility when the lift pole is tilted. The boxes absorb the three-dimensional loads generated when the stacker is in operation as follows: The load from the lift pole is absorbed vertically, while the load generated when the stacker is in motion is absorbed horizontally. In addition, the noise emissions from the forklift truck are permanently reduced. Continental also offers the special ‘TractorMaster’ tire for port logistics. This product has been specially designed for tractor units deployed for handling operations in port terminals. These tires allow large and heavy loads to be transported – and all that with uniform wear to prevent the tread from tearing. The tire is highly damage-resistant, has extremely low wear, and helps to cut not only fuel consumption but also CO 2 emissions. And with StraddleMaster, ContainerMaster, DockMaster, and Continental CraneMaster, the highly resistant ‘V.ply’ tires for port fleets also help to ensure smooth operations in port environments. In the trucks that unload the containers from the ships for onward transportation, air springs featuring lightweight plastic pistons save weight and fuel – for example, in the Mercedes-Benz Actros. Continental also develops sleeve air springs that gently cushion the driver’s cab. Handling oils and fuels safely Bunker hoses are used for conveying heavy fuel oil, carburetor fuels, and hot asphalt to and from the ships. Whether in Hamburg, Rotterdam, Antwerp, or Batumi, Georgia, these highly resistant hoses from Continental are essential for conveying these substances either onto dry land or onto the ships. When in operation, they have to be absolutely safe and reliable in order to avoid environmental damage. Decades of knowhow in the production of hybrid hoses lead to ever-improving product quality. And what’s more, when iron ore or coal in Rotterdam, Hamburg, or Narvik in Norway needs to be extinguished, oil-resistant and fire-retardant, energy-optimized covers from Continental ensure problem-free unloading to the designated bays – highly efficient and energy-saving. Photographs: lead and 01 ContiTech, 02 Continental AG About Continental AG Continental AG develops intelligent technologies for transportation of goods. The company is known to be a reliable partner that provides sustainable, safe, comfortable, and affordable solutions. In 2016, the corporation generated preliminary sales of € 40.5 billion with its five divisions, Chassis & Safety, Interior, Powertrain, Tires, and ContiTech. Continental currently employs more than 220,000 people in 56 countries. As a division in the Continental Corporation, ContiTech is one of the world’s leading industrial specialists. With around 43,000 employees in 44 countries, the company generated sales of approximately € 5.5 billion in 2016. 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