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FEATURE: EFFICIENCY, DUST CONTROL KEY IN NEW SHIP LOADING/UNLOADING PROJECTS

Manufacturers find solutions to
COVID-19 restrictions
To deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and resulting control measures, ship loading and unloading equipment manufacturers
are finding new ways to keep sales and deliveries moving ahead.
"Being able to keep delivering our products in this environment,
with as little disruption as possible, is the main challenge," said
Lodovico Bernardi, sales director, Asia Pacific, for Bedeschi.
Travel restrictions are changing the way the company approaches
business, he said. Remote conferencing can only partially solve the
problem.
"We immediately introduced a smart-working model for all the
employees to maintain efficiency and kept the workshop continuously operative to guarantee support to our customers despite the
pandemic," Bernardi said. "We are positively looking forward to the
next months, which will clarify the real impact of the virus on longterm investments."
COVID-19 makes it difficult to work with equipment that needs local assembly and fine-tuning on site, said Neuero's Tomas Kisslinger.
But the company already has experience working remotely to complete one ship loader in Brazil without sending one person from its
headquarters in Germany. A M300 multiport unloader was assembled
and started from a distance at Bendasi Port in Libya.
"These are good lessons for the future because nobody knows how
long this situation will stay," Kisslinger said.
Because food is a needed commodity, business is not declining. In
fact, Bedeschi is seeing an increase in orders for grain and oilseed
bulk handling equipment, Bernardi said.
"The main issues are connected to environment regulations and sustainability of the handling system," he said. "The demand for new, stateof-the-art equipment is steady but we also see a lot of projects involving
more or less radical refurbishment of existing equipment/facilities."
Some of the most active areas right now are North America, Europe
and Ukraine.
Customers are continuing to ask for equipment that reduces dust
emissions, has low power consumption and overall efficiency. Bernardi said Bedeschi's philosophy is to provide a dedicated solution
rather than a standardized, less flexible machine.
Thanks to Bedeschi's experience beyond grain and oilseed bulk
handling, it has been able to adapt devices and solutions to different
materials.
"Application of our chain elevator unloading technology to a wider
range of product and the engineering and construction of a mobile on
tires loading/preprocessing machine are the most interesting results
of this philosophy," he said.
Environmental agencies throughout the world have different approaches on how to reduce dust emissions. This lack of a measurable definition makes it difficult to compare one system to another,
Kisslinger said. One approach is to define mass flow at loading, reducing the speed in a way that also reduces the dust emissions.
"We supplied the first SL1500 KIKO DSH 1,500-tph ship loader to
Bunge in Paranagua and hope that could serve as reference," he said.

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