Belotti Handling Reinvents The Reach Stacker Machine

Belotti Handling S.p.A., which invented the Reach Stacker machine for container handling in 1969, offers today a totally new and innovative unit with automated and sophisticated systems. The new machine is the result of a collaboration between Belotti and Pininfarina, with design and the most advanced know how studied and developed by the University of Robotics in Genoa. The new machine is already provided by five international patents, which ensure originality and innovation in this particular range of rubber tired cranes.

In fact, the unit is provided by a container self docking system (SDS) developed jointly with the University of Robotics in Genoa, which is well-regarded for the design of independent robots and marine working arms. By means of special digital cameras and optical sensors, when the spreader is at 1.5 meter of distance from the container, the automatic approach mode is actuated till the locking is made. This operation avoids wasted time due to the usual attempts of the operator before he succeeds in getting the spreader in the container twist locks holes. As the total operation is completely automated, it is possible to perform the same, even without physically see it.

The new Belotti Reach Stacker is also provided by a particular roller system for the N.4 front wheels, which enabled the user to get more use (up to 400 percent additional wear) from the tires.

This unit also includes an on-board mounted Modem/GSM system for remote assistance in real time, anywhere the machine is working. It has even the possibility of being interfaced with the Customer software for the automatic management of the entire stacking area. The rear axle is provided with a patented suspension system, making the Belotti Reach Stacker extremely stable. The operator cabin will be developed directly by Pininfarina Design, and it will be outfitted with modern electronic systems for easy operation and maximum safety. The steering wheel has been replaced by two modern joy sticks, which allow a better comfort of operation and a complete front visibility downward. The ergonomic driver seat is fully rotating together with the onboard instrumentation, designed to ensure perfect control of the machine in every position. The Reach Stacker will have impressive speed, as the manufacturer claims it is more than twice a s fast as any unit on the market. In addition, it has the capability of stacking 9.5-ft. containers on second row 5 high (while 6 high on first row).

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 41,  Aug 2001

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