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Making Straddle Carriers Talk

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 Making Straddle Carriers Talk - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Networks & Connectivity - Gateways
  • Sensors - GPS
Applicable Industries
  • Transportation
Applicable Functions
  • Business Operation
Use Cases
  • Machine Condition Monitoring
The Challenge

To enable the office to keep track of the straddle carriers' status, APM wanted to install a wireless system which would enable communication between the straddle carriers and the central office. The problem was that the carriers use a CAN-based bus internally which could not communicate with the Modbus-TCP-based monitoring system that was to send the data to the office.

The Customer
About The Customer
APM Terminals operates a Global Terminal Network of 72 operating port and terminal facilities and 140 Inland Services operations, as well as providing independent Crane Engineering Services to the global port industry, with a presence in 69 countries on f
The Solution

The Anybus Communicator CAN is used to enable communication between the CAN-bus in straddle carriers and a Modbus TCP-based monitoring system. Also, a programmable Communicator is used to connect GPS trackers (NMEA-based) to the CAN-bus of the straddle carriers.

Data Collected
Asset Location, Battery Voltage, Device Diagnostic Status, Fuel Consumption, Oil Level
Operational Impact
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Maintenance]
    Real-time status reports enable maintenance personnel to remotely diagnose the status of a vehicle.
  • [Cost Reduction - IT]
    Total cost of ownership is lowered due to reduction in IT cost and project time.

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