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Method of Operation

When a container is retrieved from a container ship it is positioned on a conveyor belt leading to an inspection station where it is scanned and then transported by a four-pronged forklift truck to its programmed slot in the mobile carriages. Our patented storage and retrieval system is made up of mobile carriages riding on tracks and bearing racks capable of storing, in individual slots, containers of various sizes. These movable racks would typically consist of four tiers.

Smaller versions of our system, utilizing smaller storage slots, can be seen in warehousing facilities throughout the country. Similar smaller systems will be used extensively in crossdocking and warehousing facilities within each port.

Because each container is in a preassigned slot, sequentially programmed aisles are instantly accessed, and targeted containers are instantly retrieved for delivery without the necessity of repositioning other containers. Our system and its one-of-a-kind software program enable terminal operators to schedule precisely-timed retrieval and delivery operations thereby providing turnaround times measured in hours rather than in days.

This overhead view shows a structure having an annual passthrough capacity of approximately 420,480 TEU. A facility with this capacity with the additional space needed for our revolutionary delivery system requires less than 25 acres. These typical structures are two-sided, with the independently operating sides separated by a building containing spaces for offices, equipment and vehicles. While one side is storing containers from an off-loading ship, the other side will be retrieving and delivering previously stored containers in an orderly, precise, programmed way. The push of a button opens the desired aisle either side of this particular configuration. The size and number of structures, and the number of movable carriages within each structure, would be determined by the container yard's requirements. Every container is instantly accessible, and modern day logistics and software preclude any confusion or delays. Each container is in a previously assigned slot and is handled on just two occasions; when it is first placed in its assigned space, and for the second and final time, when it is retrieved for delivery. Conventional container yards, on the other hand, are required to handle each container time and time again, at a considerable cost, and the consequent delivery delays and cost increases are borne by the embattled consumer.

Using a small fraction of a port's present acreage, the structure in this particular illustration would allow a facility to pass through a minimum of 1152 TEU each day. Needless to say, the savings in time and money are incalculable, and equally important, logjams would be eliminated and there would be no further concerns with respect to future growth and expansion.