All About Automation - Work Smarter Not Harder
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How to Prepare for Automation in 4 Easy Steps
AUTOMATION IS WORKING SMARTER BETTER NOT HARDER
An increase in vessel sizes has engendered the realization that operations can no longer be handled effectively and economically without incorporating any automation. Similarly, conventional logistics no longer sustain growing pressures to meet customer’s demands of immediate delivery. As a result, terminals are turning to automation as a strategy to accelerate cargo flow and lessen the massive $17 billion loss the Container Handling Industry currently loses to inefficiencies annually. This revolutionizing technology has transformed existing terminal operations and developed a large reception due to its ability to induce greater efficiencies in operations as a result of minimal to none human intervention.
Automation encapsulates capabilities which act independently, eliminating physical and manual interactions. The degree of terminal automation varies with the type of infrastructure (e.g. Automatic CHEs) as well as an information system (e.g. Yard Management) implemented. A fully autonomous terminal will adopt all automated equipment and devices. Though, a more common approach – partial terminal automation involves robotics such as ARTGs, ASCs, ARMGs, AGVs, and STS to handle container movement, free from any human intervention from planning to execution.
Predominantly assists and streamlines the intangible aspects of daily terminal operations. Current forms of process automation are:
- Terminal Operating System (TOS) Application
- Sistema de reserva de vehículos (VBS)
- Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) – Message for Web Portal
- Customs Management
Some existing terminals which have already fully embraced Automation have confronted poor results. Why? The underperformance reflects poor planning during the TOS selection process. Autonomous equipment requires a TOS that can interface with any automated container handling equipment and device in real-time. If the automated CHE retrieves information in real-time, it always processes the most up-to-date data which creates the most optimal and accurate work instructions, significantly reducing the number of re-handles. Many terminals do not realize that the prevalent issue of automation failure lies in the inability of the interface providing a real-time connection with both ends, and as a result, are incapable of realizing the true potential of Automation.
BENEFITSReduced capital expenditure and costs of labor are predominant factors contributing to the increasing adoption rate in terminals. Terminals are leveraging the benefits of automation to accelerate their initiatives in optimizing operations which inherently:
Increases Operational Efficiency
Return On Investment
Faster Turnover Rate
Increases Environmental Sustainability
Furthermore, depending on the Terminal Operating System (TOS), the automation module can be flexible and adapt to business goals as well as requirements such that terminals have the freedom to choose which operations and processes to automate.
HOW CAN AUTOMATION BENEFIT ME? DRIVE SUCCESS?
REAL AUTOMATION RESULTS
THE FUTURE OF PORT AUTOMATION
Port Automation has proven to be more than a mere trend due to the increasing adoption rate as a result of realizing the manifolds of benefits it offers terminals. The most significant factor tipping the deciding scale is the 25-50% decrease of operating expenses in deploying automation technology. However, by the time the adoption rate achieves 50%, terminals will enter a phase of maturity with well-established equipment, and have already enforced protocol for standards as well as operations. Therefore, if operators plan to introduce automation into their terminal, they must start acting now. Now is the time to leverage more significant control over operations through autonomy and gain the competitive edge needed to thrust to the frontline.
HOW TO PREPARE AND GET STARTED
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CONTAINER TERMINAL AUTOMATION CONFERENCE
Our team from RBS EMEA will be attending the PTI Container Terminal Automation Conference (CTAC) so don’t forget to stop by and:
- Ask all your terminal-specific questions
- See real demos and best-in-practice examples
- Learn where the industry is headed and how to keep ahead of the competition
- Discuss everything you have in mind with our panel of experts
We hope to see you there!