UP is high on high-tech cranes for Chicago-area intermodal terminal

Shown: Four of the five electric wide-span cranes are assembled and ready for testing at the Class I’s Global IV intermodal terminal in Joliet, Illinois. Union Pacific Railroad

With consumer spending on the rise, containers are pouring into U.S. ports and filling trains headed to major population centers. That means the Class Is need more capacity to handle the volume surge, and more efficiencies to disperse containers at terminals quickly. Union Pacific Railroad is trying to cover both of those objectives at one of its key Chicago-area intermodal facilities by employing five new electric wide-span cranes that are integrated with artificial intelligence and automation.


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