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BoxCatcher: Full crane OCR solution.

Catching every box. Every time.

BoxCatcher camera: STS crane OCR

Camco’s patented BoxCatcher camera system for STS cranes accurately identifies containers during (un)loading, without slowing down crane operations. Seamless TOS integration ensures that the captured data is instantly sent to the TOS, ultimately improving vessel turnaround time. This advanced crane OCR solution detects container ID, ISO code, seal presence, IMDG label and door direction, and provides 360° container images.

This moving camera is installed on a rail mounted onto the STS crane and follows the container’s flight path in real time. It  autonomously travels vertically to the optimal position to capture the swiftly passing container. To capture images of both the container short and long sides, and to support varying container sizes, configurations and distances, the BoxCatcher uses a combination of 12MP and 4MP global shutter cameras. Built-in LED light projectors ensure appropriate (on demand) lighting conditions. 

Single pair of BoxCatchers per STS crane

Contrary to other vendors, a single pair of facing BoxCatcher cameras per STS crane is sufficient to accurately capture all container moves and provide crisp 360° images. This is because the system vertically travels onto the rail so that the pictures are consistenly taken perpendicular to the load, combining two high-res cameras that integrate with the crane’s control system.

Competitors typically offer cheaper but very high-maintenance PTZ (Pan/Tilt/Zoom) camera solutions comprising of 12 to over 30 separate cameras installed all over the crane. These fixed PTZ cameras have limited wide views and fail in case of back-reach and below portal beam operations.

Wash & Go

The system optionally comes with a washing station for automated front cover cleansing without disrupting crane operations.

Crane Operator Application

Operators can use the Crane Operator application for further exception handling in case the OCR data confidence levels are low. They can correct specific fields before committing the data to the TOS.

Crane Operator Application

Operators can use the Crane Operator application for further exception handling in case the OCR data confidence levels are low. They can correct specific fields before committing the data to the TOS.

Benefits

  • No constrained spreader path. The quay crane driver is free to operate the crane in the most optimal way, taking into account container weight and balance, container position, tide, wind, safety rules, lashing sequence, etc.
  • Sharp images in any condition and at any container traveling speed.
  • Full crane OCR: container ID, ISO code, seal presence, IMDG label presence/classification, container door direction.
  • Easily accessible home position allows for safe and easy maintenance.
  • One-fit-all solution with support for various container configurations: single, tandem, 20′, 30′, 40′, 45′.
  • Safe and accurate registration of physical container data. Alternative to physical checker.
  • Optional washing station for automated and scheduled BoxCatcher cover cleaning.
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