Posts in: Intelligent systems
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The container terminal as a buffer

In my career, I have met a lot of very capable consultants who commit a fundamental error in how they view a container terminal. Often, people compare a terminal to a production line, and try to make it work more like one, when, in fact it is a service. The purpose of a production line […]

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Transforming the way we work

Digitalisation allows us to take big leaps not only in technology, but also in the way we work. The key word is ecosystem. We at Kalmar see digital ecosystem as a collaboration platform for the entire product lifecycle in cargo handling.

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Back to the future

21 October 2015 was the day Marty McFly and Doc Brown time-travelled to the future in the movie ‘Back to the future’. The date triggered somewhat global hype among movie enthusiasts as many ‘Back to the Future II’ predictions have come true. These movies are a great example on how to let our ideas fly […]

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Does digitalisation automatically lead to better services?

Container handling equipment has reached the era of automation. On the services side, digitalisation is now the leading theme throughout the customer lifecycle. But does digitalisation automatically lead to better services?

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Sustainable terminal automation

A conversion to automation is a significant undertaking that requires deep technical expertise as well as a capacity to integrate numerous complex systems. In order to carry out the conversion in a sustainable way from the point of view of the environment, the economy and people, both client and vendor need to focus on careful […]

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Digitalisation – incremental development or disruption?

Over the past few years, we have seen the reshaping of many business models that have existed for centuries. If this sounds like an exaggeration, just think of what is going on in the media and in retail trade.

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Automation potential for brownfield terminals

Automating a greenfield (newly built) terminal from scratch is often what comes to mind when discussing automated terminals. However, existing (brownfield) terminals can be automated partially or wholly to achieve the benefits of automation.

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Generation Z is coming – are you ready?

This is an imaginary story looking back from the year 2024. It highlights the generation gap, as well as the opportunities and challenges this may create for the terminal operating business.

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No single organisation can get us into the next century

Companies have come a long way since industrialisation, through continuous refinement of their operations together with other players in the same value chain. However, they will need a new approach if they are to solve the grand challenges facing various industries. In its many forms, ICT-enabled open innovation is a very powerful approach of this […]

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What if containers were intelligent?

The container is both one of the simplest and the most important of the world’s innovations. It would be fair to say that it has been the chief enabler of growth in global production, international trade and the global economy. And even if containers are simple, the solutions moving them are just the opposite; they are […]

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