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Port of Lyttelton automates straddle carrier tyre monitoring with IDENTEC SOLUTIONS

Press Release   •   Nov 06, 2013 16:55 GMT

LUSTENAU, AUSTRIA – 04.11.2013 Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) has recently installed wireless sensor technology from IDENTEC SOLUTIONS and partner Advantage PressurePro to provide real-time condition monitoring for tyres on its straddle carriers.The New Zealand port operator has implemented the new system as an extension of its existing investment in CTAS, IDENTEC SOLUTIONS’ real-time fleet management and process automation platform for container port and terminal operators.

As installed at LPC, the IDENTEC SOLUTIONS CTAS tyre management system (TMS) uses PressurePro’s heavy-duty 10 Wheel Monitor to continuously capture and record tyre data, including automatic alarms for low or high pressures and temperatures. The sensors, which are fitted to the valve stem of each straddle carrier tyre, can read pressures from 10 to 199 psi, with data displayed in psi, bar or kPa. Information from the PressurePro monitors is integrated into CTAS via the straddle carriers’ PLC controls and is displayed on the Fuel/Tyre dashboard of the CTAS Fleet Management software module. This allows LPC maintenance and engineering staff to remotely track, manage and analyse the performance of individual tyres and machines.  

A special feature of the LPC system is a “limp home” safety mode. When a low pressure tyre is identified, CTAS sends a signal to the straddle carrier PLC to automatically restrict the speed at which the equipment can be driven. At the same time, drivers receive a “Return to workshop” message on their CTAS cabin display unit. This ensures that drivers cannot continue to operate equipment normally until the fault has been properly checked and rectified by maintenance staff.

LPC has so far installed CTAS TMS on 4 new Liebherr straddle carriers commissioned earlier this year, with an option to roll the system out across its existing fleet of 18 Kalmar straddle carriers in the future. The TMS technology was factory-fitted and IDENTEC SOLUTIONS worked closely with Liebherr to ensure successful mechanical and electronic integration of CTAS and TMS components during equipment production and on-site commissioning. As part of the project, IDENTEC SOLUTIONS is also collecting shock data from straddle carriers and spreaders, which is transmitted to the equipment PLCs to assist with overall diagnostics and trouble shooting.

LPC is New Zealand’s third-largest deep water container port, and the largest in the South Island. Container trade through the port has grown by more than 20% in the last two years, as Canterbury rebuilds following the earthquakes of 2010-2011, and has surpassed 350,000TEU during the 2013 financial year. With container volumes expected to double in the next 8-10 years, LPC is now investing over NZ$16 million (€9.6 million) in new handling equipment and supporting technology such as CTAS TMS.

Previously, LPC’s tyre pressure management process was completely manual, relying on maintenance staff to perform regular field checks. As a result of its investment in CTAS TMS, the port now expects to save on maintenance labour and fuel costs, as well as improving operator safety. 

LPC was already using the CTAS platform for vehicle access control, remote fuel management and equipment shock monitoring and says that it “made good sense” to adopt the tyre monitoring module within CTAS rather than investing in a separate system. “With our existing investment in the IDENTEC CTAS system, this additional technology and functionality could be implemented to our straddle carrier fleet in a phased process with minimal disruption and cost,” said Ray Welten, Purchasing Manager at LPC.  “With the latest improvements and accommodation of various custom requirements for this project, the extended performance and functionality which the CTAS system will now offer is expected to greatly reduce operational costs and improve efficiency.”  

 “Worldwide, tyres are among the largest contributors to vehicle maintenance costs and the port sector is no exception,” said Michael Dempsey, GM Ports & Terminals for IDENTEC SOLUTIONS. “Under-inflation is the main culprit, creating safety hazards, increasing fuel consumption and emissions and leading to premature ageing.” US studies on commercial vehicle maintenance have calculated that just 10% under-inflation reduces tyre life by 11%, while 30% under-inflation causes a 40% drop in tyre life. “With tyres playing such a vital role in cost, fuel, safety and operational efficiency, IDENTEC SOLUTIONS is pleased to have been able to partner with Liebherr and Advantage PressurePro, both leaders in their respective fields, to develop this integrated monitoring solution for Lyttelton Port of Christchurch,” added Mr. Dempsey.


Notes to Editors:

For more information on this release please contact:

Michael Dempsey
General Manager, Ports & Terminals
Tel: +1 214 714 3475

IDENTEC SOLUTIONS media contact:
Kathy Magee
Next Level Information Ltd
Tel: +44 20 3327 0570



IDENTEC SOLUTIONS AG is a global provider of wireless solutions that improve efficiency, safety and security in harsh operating environments. In the ports and terminals sector, IDENTEC SOLUTIONS’ CTAS Terminal Asset Management System and RAMS Reefer Asset Management System combine advanced software with RFID, GPS and sensor technologies to deliver real-time visibility and control of handling equipment, containers and workforce.

Backed by 24/7 global support, our industry-specific solutions are built on the award-winning SensorSMART platform, a proven, robust wireless sensor network that is also used by the world’s leading application providers, systems integrators and government. An IDENTEC GROUP company, IDENTEC SOLUTIONS is privately held with its corporate office in Austria, and regional offices in Australia, Germany, Norway, the UAE and USA. 

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Advantage PressurePro is the developer and marketer of the PressurePro line of Tire Pressure Monitoring Solutions. The leading aftermarket TPMS system worldwide, PressurePro has been involved in the industry since 1991 and is renowned as the pioneer in the TPMS market. With a reputation for reliability, durability, accuracy and ease of use, PressurePro remains the only TPMS manufacturer that provides American -made products.

The only TPMS provider to offer numerous advanced monitoring options, PressurePro was the first TPMS company to add communications capabilities across its product line, bringing to life remote monitoring options alongside  the world’s leading telematics products. PressurePro also remains the only TPMS provider to offer fully automated drop-and-hook applications and data logging abilities. Trusted by customers worldwide, PressurePro remains committed to providing savings and safety for drivers worldwide.

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Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) is New Zealand’s third-largest deep-water port and the South Island’s biggest, handling over 330,000 TEU of containerised cargo a year. LPC is the preferred trade gateway for the exports and imports of Canterbury and beyond, and is essential to the region’s businesses and consumers. The Port caters for a diverse range of containerised, bulk and break-bulk cargoes, and offers a full array of shipping services, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Its coal facility is New Zealand’s largest, exporting 2.5 million tonnes annually, and it has the South Island’s only dry dock.

Lyttelton Container Terminal provides specialised cargo-handling and stevedoring services for general and refrigerated containers. The facility offers heavy-duty berths with 12.4 metres maximum draft, three ship-to-shore container cranes, storage for up to 7,500 containers and approximately 800 reefer plugs. The container terminal is fully serviced by rail. The main port is complemented by CityDepot, an inland port located 6km away, which provides 7,000TEU of storage capacity plus container repair and wash facilities in a centralised location. CityDepot is one of the most substantial and sophisticated off-wharf container operations in New Zealand, and offers both road and rail interchange.

LPC is by far the largest employer in the Lyttelton Harbour basin, with almost 500 permanent and part-time staff. The Company has around 800 shareholders, the majority of whom are the people of Christchurch, who own 79.57% of the Company through the Christchurch City Council holding company, Christchurch City Holdings Limited.

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