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THE FUTURE IS AUTOMATION

Gain a Head Start to Terminal Success

All About Automation - Work Smarter Not Harder

Everything you need to know about Automation as we answer: What is it? Why do we need it? How can we implement it? and When is it to act?

Success Story - TPKS Terminal Achieves New ARTG Move Rate

Hear real results from a real terminal who has seen incredible results from implementing Automation capabilities.

How to Prepare for Automation in 4 Easy Steps

Follow the necessary steps to assess the level and type of Automation right for you.

AUTOMATION IS WORKING NOT HARDER

WHY AUTOMATION?

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. 

DEFINITION

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
  • Vehicle Booking System (VBS)
  • Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) – Message for Web Portal
  • Customs Management
  • E-reports
  • E-payment

This is the most common form of automation as it directly and autonomously transforms planning information into container movements. It is inclusive of:

  • Automated Rubber Tyred Gantry (ARTG)
  • Automated Straddle Carrier (ASC)
  • Automated Rail Mounted Gantry (ARMG)
  • Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV)

This type of implementation enhances operational efficiency as it incorporates autonomy to eliminate human intervention, and hence, streamlines processes. A few of the ubiquitous automation devices include:

  • Radio-frequency Identification (RFID)
  • Gate Operating System (GOS)
  • Differential Geographical Positioning System (DGPS)
  • Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
  • X-ray

Marine terminals in search of strengthening their security protocol have deployed autonomous technology such as:

  • RFID
  • Fingerprint
  • Iris Scanning 

To enforce not only strict measures before verification as well as granting entry and departure, but also measure target performance.

CURRENT LANDSCAPE

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.

BENEFITS

Reduced 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:

Reduces
Terminal
Costs

Increases Operational Efficiency

Enhances
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

REAL AUTOMATION RESULTS

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As a terminal with the intention to automate operations and activities, the TOPS Automation module provided a seamless and easy integration. The safety level of operation is increase proven by no human accident involved, following the implementation of the TOPS Automation module.

The implementation process was supplied at an excellent standard, especially by their quality team and services who were present and readied to help at every step of the way. It is evident that they are unswerving of their vision and values; strictly abiding by their customer-centric approach, ensuring that all our performance targets, as well as business objective demands, were met at the end of every phase.

Thank you, RBS, your product, and services provided are unparalleled, and we have yet to witness better. It’s a pleasure working with you, and we look forward to the continued benefits of using TOPS Automation module to operate our ARTGs.

THE FUTURE OF

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

STEP 1

ASSESS

ASSESS

Highlight the current aspects of terminal operations which require improvement and autonomy. Determine the problem areas prone to inefficiencies such as high container re-handling rates as well as any areas posing a grave hazard to on-site workers.

STEP 3

RESEARCH

RESEARCH

Look for a proven automation solution with real results. The reliability and quality of a system solution is reflective in their architecture, functionality and feature. Take the initiative to request for more information until you have answers to all requirements.

STEP 2

DEFINE

DEFINE

Outline the goals, business objectives, and performance targets that you want to achieve. Determine the level of autonomy required to accommodate and satisfy the objectives established.

STEP 4

EVALUATE

EVALUATE

Contact, question, and probe the system provider to ensure what is offered matches your goals and requirements, what is delivered, performs and meets the criteria. Take the necessary steps to validate and evaluate if the automation strategy aligns with the overall company vision. 

CONNECT

UPCOMING EVENT

24
- 25
MARCH 2020

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!

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