Siasun delivers 50-plus port carrier robots at ‘world’s largest transfer hub’

Amid hiring difficulty, rising labor costs and decreased work efficiency, heavy-duty autonomous robot carriers have offered a possible solution in transit hubs the world over.

Chinese media reported today that Siasun (新松公司), a robot, automaton and heavy machinery manufacturer, had delivered over 50 port mobile robots to an unnamed large port service provider overseas.

According to media reports, the port company took delivery of these robots, which resemble heavy container trucks but are driverless, at the world’s largest transfer hub.

Chinese media reports did not specify the exact venue of the delivery but it could well have taken place at the Port of Singapore.

The Port of Singapore currently holds the title as the world’s top transhipment port – an intermediate stop for cargo on its way to another destination – and the second-busiest port globally, after Shanghai.

The delivery is the largest ever abroad for Chinese-made autonomous port material handling robots.

In recent years, with the appearance of ultra-large container ships, the loading and unloading of cargo at harbors has become a challenge across the globe.

Amid hiring difficulty, rising labor costs and decreased work efficiency, heavy-duty autonomous robot carriers have offered a possible solution in transit hubs the world over.

According to Siasun, the mobile robots it delivered this time stand out for high payload and high operational accuracy.

They feature a payload of 65 tons, in addition to a position repeatability of ±5cm. Designed to move at a speed of up to 7m per second, these contraptions possess a braking distance of less than 13m.

They can shore up two 20ft containers, a 40ft container, a 45ft container, or two 20ft tank containers on a single errand.

Siasun told media that these robots were the first batch of deliverables, with more expected to be on their way to overseas clients following adjustment.

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Ni Tao is the founder and editor-in-chief of cnrobopedia. Prior to cnrobopedia, he had a full decade of experience with a major state-run English-language newspaper as a tech reporter and opinion writer. He is also a communications specialist, having provided consultancy services to established firms like Siemens, Philips, ABinBev, Diageo, Trip.com Group (Nasdaq: TCOM, HK: 9961), Jianpu Technology (NYSE: JT) and a handful of domestic startups. A graduate of Fudan University, he writes widely about China's business and tech scenes and other topics for global publications including South China Morning Post, SupChina, The Diplomat, CGTN, Banking Technology, among others, and tries to impart his experience to students at Fudan University Journalism School, where he is a part-time lecturer. When he's not writing about robotics, you can expect him to be on his beloved Yanagisawa saxophones, trying to play some jazz riffs, often in vain and occasionally against the protests of an angry neighbor. Get in touch with him by dropping a line at nitao0927@gmail.com.

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