The company visit took place on September 3, 2019 at Cargotec’s subsidiary Kalmar Global in Hervanta, Tampere, where the company has its Technology and Competence Center. Kalmar has the largest automation test field for cargo handling and world-class facilities and laboratories for prototyping, simulation, testing, monitoring and optimization.
Kalmar Global offers industry shaping, eco-efficient cargo handling equipment and automated terminal solutions, software and support services.
The opening presentation held by our host Lasse Eriksson highlighted how the industry is shifting from product-centricity to customer-centricity and gave concrete examples how robotics and digitalization can improve productivity in the terminals as containers have yet to witness disruption.
After the presentation we got a tour through the virtual test site where automated equipment can be tested with live equipment and via remote connection 24/7. During a Q&A session, our hosts gave us a glimpse of the hands-on software and automation testing and we had a spectacular view of the physical test site. The tour was followed by an interactive presentation, given by Pekka Mikkola, who pointed out that cargo vessels have doubled in size over the past 10 years. Todays vessels carry 10.000 containers on average, which increases the need for automation and intelligent services to shorten the vessels’ turnaround time. He further stressed that Cargotec’s digitalization vision is to create value on data, meaning that the equipment and base fleet will be connected no later than 2020. The presentation was concluded with insights to Cargotec’s IoT cloud and their artificial intelligence journey.