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Conductix-Wampfler installs first E-RTG system in South America

07.12.2011 – Conductix-Wampfler AG has installed the first E-RTG system in South America for the electrification of diesel-powered “rubber tired gantry” cranes (RTGs) at the Ecuadorian port city of Guayaquil. The German technology in use is a Plug-In version in a 250m long container block where it is supplying two RTGs with reliable power.

Conductix-Wampfler offers the electrification of RTGs either by motor-driven cable reels or conductor rails, as Drive-In solutions or a Plug-In solution.  In the “Plug-In” solution with conductor rails, the RTG is “unplugged” and “plugged back in” when changing container corridors. The conversion to an E-RTG with the newer “Drive-In” systems makes that manual step unnecessary, since the collector trolleys of the conductor rail system are automatically guided into the guide rails of the steel frame when the RTG crane moves into the corridor.  Conductix-Wampfler has continued to optimise the Drive-in solution since its introduction in 2009. The Drive-in L system that is currently on the market has an extremely compact design, works entirely without pneumatic or hydraulic components, and is the lightest on the market. This means it can be used for any E-RTG, even those with little room for additional components.

“The port operator CONTECON Guayaquil SA first became aware of our E-RTG technology at last year’s TOC Americas in Buenos Aires,” explains Uwe Manthei, Senior Manager Global E-RTG Projects at Conductix-Wampfler. “We’re working very closely with CONTECON to develop the ideal system for their needs on-site.”

CONTECON initially decided on a Plug-In system, but left the option open of moving to the automatic Drive-In solution. “We were convinced from the start that the test system would achieve the savings objectives we had hoped, so we are already planning another environmentally protective expansion of the port,” says the project lead from CONTECON.

For more information, please contact:

Michael Kusch, Global Marketing Communications Manager, Conductix-Wampfler AG
Tel: +49(0) 7621 / 662-492