for WARSTEINER (D)
and AVN (A)
Two container cranes operate side-by-side at this fully automatic installation site.
Fully-automatic container crane
installations from Kuenz provided
for optimized logistic processes.
How does waste incineration link with the brewing of a premium beer?
At a first glance nothing, at a second glance however a link can be seen.
In these days both processes – the environmentally friendly incineration of waste and as well beer brewing – are highly
mechanised and automated. Automated control techniques monitoring the process and determine what goes on.
All this requires the highest quality standards.
For many years producers have not been offered the possibility of using a similar level of automation in the delivery and
transfer of goods, even if containers were used for this purpose, as they were used to in their storage and processing
control techniques. This gap is now being bridged by Kuenz crane installations!
Fully-automatic container crane for transfer of ISO and domestic containers for the Warsteiner Brewery in Germany.
Automatic container crane
The German brewery relies on Kuenz quality automatic
container transfer. An automatic container crane forms the
link between production and rail delivery. The crane spans
an open depot with a capacity of 400 20ft containers.
Fully automatic storage and removal of
containers within the storage area
Railway – storage transfer
Storage – road transfer
The crane is designed for fully automatic operation within
the secured area and does not have a crane operator cabin.
The CPU of the crane receives the orders direct from the
warehouse management program.
« We opted for Kuenz, because we
wanted to use know-how of the
specialists for this fully automatic
container crane installation.»
Josef Pater, Warsteiner Brewery
The CPU controls the storage and removal, in addition to
the re-stacking and pre-sorting of containers. The crane's
sensors and mechanics are designed in such a way that
6 containers can be stacked on top of one another with an
accuracy of +/- 45 mm. For this purpose, the crane was
equipped with a very stable rope tower, a rotary spreader,
a micro motion system as well as a comprehensive position
detection system. For safety reasons, the transfer of
goods to HGVs or the railway is carried out by a crane
operator located at a remote control stand.
AVN loading and unloading station AVN control stand
of ACTS containers at AVN Duernrohr.
Kuenz designed and manufactured an innovative fully automatic
container crane installation which allows for fullyautomatic
transfer of approx. 330,000 t of waste annually.
Waste is primarily delivered by rail in ACTS containers. The
installation meets the following demands:
Lifting and rotating containers up to 30 t weight from
the railway car over more than 20 m to the top edge
of the waste bunker
Weighing the container during transfer and controlling
the degree of filling during repositioning on the
Exceptional reliability and automation required due
to high-load capacity
Designed for ACTS containers instead of ISO containers
Kuenz designed a gantry crane travelling on a raised crane
rail for AVN. The redundant crane installation operates with
two cranes. Crane # 1 transfers containers between the railway
and interim warehouse. Crane # 2 transports containers
from the interim warehouse to the unloading station.
The automation includes loading and unloading of railway
cars, the interim warehouse and unloading station, complete
dual operation of both cranes and if needed the
emergency operation of only one crane.
If required manual intervention of the crane operation can
be performed by personnel located at a remote control
One particular challenge was to develop an automatic
system to fully load and unload railway cars with ACTS
containers. For this task, Kuenz engineers designed and
executed a concept which enables an automatic vertical
transfer of these custom-made containers (to begin with,
these containers were not designed for any vertical
« Kuenz engineers convinced us
with a clever and overall functional
design concept.» Bernhard Bogner, AVN Duernrohr
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Technical information on
the Warsteiner installation
Container crane data:
Crane rail length: 115 m
Lifting height: 20 m
Slewing range: 270 °
Lifting capacity-twist locks: 40 t
Lifting capacity-piggy-backs: 40 t
Crane rail width: 32,20 m
Container: ISO 20 ft, 40 ft, 43 ft, 45 ft
Full load lifting: 0–40 m/min
Part load lifting: 0–60 m/min
Crane travel: 0–180 m/min
Trolley travel: 0–60 m/min
Lifting gear: 470 kW / 60 % ED
Crane travelling gear: 12 x 25 kW
Trolley travelling gear: 14 x 13 kW
Slewing gear: 6 kW / 60 % ED
Hans Künz GmbH, A-6971 Hard, Tel + 43 5574 6883 0, Fax + 43 5574 6883 19
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Technical information on the AVN installation
Container crane data:
Crane rail length: 104 m
Lifting height: 19,20 m
Lifting capacity: 32 t
Crane rail width: 12,48 m
Lifting: 0–30 m/min
Crane travel: 0–100 m/min
Lifting gear: 246 kW / 100 % ED
Crane travelling gear: 4 x 13 kW / 100 % ED
Secondary installations: 17 kW