Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Automation company modernizes historic waterway

June 15, 2005
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

One of Canada’s historic transportation waterways will receive an automation makeover. After completing a two-year pilot project on the St. Lawrence Seaway,”Bosch Rexroth“signed a five-year contract with the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. to modernize the remaining locks of the Seaway’s Welland Canal near Niagara Falls, Ont. Once used by early North American explorers and Canadian fur traders, the St. Lawrence Seaway is a busy cluster of lakes and rivers used to ship mountains of cargo across North America every year.

The Welland Canal, with its eight large locks, connects Lake Ontario to Lake Erie and major industrial areas in North America. Rexroth, a German control and drives company, will provide an engineered hydraulic and controls system for this critical transportation artery. The new system will replace the existing 70-year-old system made up of electromechanical drives, gears, chains and steel cables.

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