GATE AND RAIL AUTOMATION AT CFL Eurohub Southpark
Luxembourg based CFL intermodal implemented a series of Camco’s Process Automation Systems in 2018-19 in order to automate the processing of rail freight, container trucks and semi-trailers on the terminal. At the same time, Camco installed an integrated access control system for CFL’s Eurohub South Park, including the intermodal terminal, logistics park, warehouse and secured truck stop
CONNECTING THE NORTH AND BALTIC SEA WITH SOUTHERN EUROPE
CFL intermodal is located in the center of the Eurohub South Industrial zone in Dudelange, Luxembourg, close to the highway, the marshalling yard and the logistics park. Combined train shuttles connect the terminal to the main industrial regions and the ports of the North Sea, the Baltic Sea and Southern Europe. The terminal is dedicated to the transshipment of containers, swap bodies, craneable and non-craneable semi-trailers. It covers an area of 33ha and efficiently handles train-to-train transshipment and gateway volumes using its ultramodern infrastructure.
A GATE OPERATING SYSTEM LINKING ALL AREAS
In 2018, Camco implemented truck and rail automation systems for the operational areas at CFL Intermodal, which are linked by Camco’s Gate Operating System (GOS). The GOS plays a crucial role in the central management of the access to each of these areas: the intermodal terminal, the logistics park and the secured truck stop. The terminal handles about 1500 trucks per day, and the gate systems, covering two “photo lanes” and six kiosk lanes, facilitate the easy flow and access of the trucks to the terminal. At the three exits there are two photo lanes and two kiosk lanes per exit.
Camco’s Truck Gate Automation System combines OCR and LPR cameras, smart card technology and unmanned driver kiosks to allow registered drivers and personnel to swiftly access and exit the CFL terminal gates. The system processes truck and container data and captures images for condition recording. In the subsequent gate lanes, driver kiosks and LPR technology validate all data and present drop and pick-up zone.
PROCESSING RAIL FREIGHT
The combined terminal processes up to 28 freight trains per day, handling the transfer of shipments from road to rail. All freight trains pass via a Camco-designed Rail OCR Portal enabling automated identification, inspection and inventory of rail freight and wagons. To ensure that all railway vehicles and their loads comply with specific dimensions and are thus suited for particular rail transport routes, Camco has installed an innovative loading gauge system.
HYDRAULIC LOADING SYSTEM FOR NON-CRANABLE SEMI- TRAILER
Four tracks, each 700m long (holding 20 wagons) are used to handle containers with RMG cranes and two special designed tracks, each 700m long, to handle trailers. These tracks use an automatic hydraulic loading system provided by LOHR, which allows handling a full train in about three hours. The LOHR Railway system greatly improves speed and efficiency for handling all types of semi-trailers during loading and unloading of train wagons.
To ensure that only authorized visitors and personnel are allowed to access specific areas of Eurohub South, Camco has implemented an integrated security and access control system. All visitors (trucks, cars, light vehicles and pedestrians) use the same access card, supplied by Camco, to access either of the facilities.
ONBOARDING TRUCK DRIVERS
The entire truck flow and the user interfaces at the kiosks have been developed for ease-of-use by the truck drivers visiting the terminal. The truck drivers come from many different countries speaking a large variety of languages.
Arriving at the kiosk, the drivers can select their native language. Having drivers interact with the system in their own language greatly contributes to the speed and accuracy of the processes and user satisfaction levels.
CFL multimodal organized meetings with trucking companies to train drivers and familiarize them with using the systems. In addition, the company provided instruction sheets to the trucking community explaining the process and the flow. Temporary access cards are assigned to truckers occasionally visiting the site, while permanent trucker ID cards are distributed to drivers visiting the terminal on a frequent basis. Ease of use of the system by the truck drivers was a key selection criteria when evaluating vendors.