Chute anti-Collision devices
Anti-Collission devices on wharf machines are generally fitted in abundance. Opportunities are plenty with Machine-Machine and machine-ship interfaces. Most devices are relatively straight forward with structural elements having a generally singular degree of freedom to worry about.
However, Chute protection seems to be the one area that suffers from a lack of reliability when it comes to collission protection. The reason is, perhaps, that the chute moves with the aggregate of all other degrees of freedom and has several motions of its own. Further, it has the potential to collide not just with the superstructure, but also with the hatches and hatch covers.
What experiences do people have in this. Does anyone operate a reliable method of preventing collissions with chutes? Is it a system that is automatable?
Director and Principal Engineer
Mayer International Design Engineers Pty Ltd
Specialist Engineering of Material Handling Equipment,
Cranes and other Custom Machines