INFORM GmbH

INFORM GmbH

INFORM specializes in Agile Optimization Software to improve operational decision making. We offer a wide variety of optimization solutions for maritime and inland terminals. Designed by terminal professionals and powered by best-of-breed algorithms, they are able to make split second decisions, moving every container and equipment into an optimized position, giving them a head start for their next move – irrespective of their grade of automation (manual, semi or full).

Integrating with almost every existing TOS and IT landscape,  these systems render a wide range of terminal processes (e.g. rail crane operations, yard management, etc.) more productive, agile, and reliable. Major terminal operators around the world use INFORM’s field-proven software to speed up their processes: APM Terminals (Maasvlakte II), Port of Hamburg (HHLA CTA + CTB), Port of Los Angeles (TraPac, LLC), GCT Deltaport, and many others.

INFORM is the leading company for Agile Optimization Software. Other applications include Logistics, Inventory and Supply Chain Management, Airline & Airport Operations, S&OP, Materials Handling, Production Scheduling, Fraud Prevention, and Workforce Management. Globally, more than 550 business analysts and software engineers, originating from more than 30 nations, provide systems to more than 1,000 customers in over 40 countries. Solution deployment is turn-key, including individual customization, on-site consulting, go-live assistance, and perpetual 24/7 support.


Yard Optimizer

Assigns an optimized position in the yard or staging area to each load unit (container, empty container, reefer, hazardous cargo, semi-trailer, etc.). The overall goal is to use space efficiently, keep retrieval distances short and to reduce...

Crane Optimizer

Dynamically assigns each work order to the corresponding crane (rail, STS or ASC crane) and optimizes their sequence of work orders. This reduces travel distances and improves on-schedule performance.

Vehicle Optimizer

Assigns each transport order to the most suitable vehicle (straddle carrier, reach stacker, AGV, tractor, etc.) in real-time and creates multiple transport chains. This reduces waiting times and minimizes empty travels.

Train Load Optimizer

Automatically creates optimized train load plans – in pre-planning as well as in real-time while loading is in progress. The result is a faster and on-schedule train dispatch and a significantly higher train load capacity.

Truck Scheduler

Calculates an optimized sequence of loading and unloading points for each truck and automatically assigns the required handling equipment – thus reducing overall turnaround times.

SyncroTESS for Inland Terminals

INFORM's intelligent software for inland terminals has been specifically designed for intermodal processes. It combines a complete TOS and optimization modules.


Yard Optimizer

Assigns an optimized position in the yard or staging area to each load unit (container, empty container, reefer, hazardous cargo, semi-trailer, etc.). The overall goal is to use space efficiently, keep retrieval distances short and to reduce...

Crane Optimizer

Dynamically assigns each work order to the corresponding crane (rail, STS or ASC crane) and optimizes their sequence of work orders. This reduces travel distances and improves on-schedule performance.

Vehicle Optimizer

Assigns each transport order to the most suitable vehicle (straddle carrier, reach stacker, AGV, tractor, etc.) in real-time and creates multiple transport chains. This reduces waiting times and minimizes empty travels.

Train Load Optimizer

Automatically creates optimized train load plans – in pre-planning as well as in real-time while loading is in progress. The result is a faster and on-schedule train dispatch and a significantly higher train load capacity.

Truck Scheduler

Calculates an optimized sequence of loading and unloading points for each truck and automatically assigns the required handling equipment – thus reducing overall turnaround times.

SyncroTESS for Inland Terminals

INFORM's intelligent software for inland terminals has been specifically designed for intermodal processes. It combines a complete TOS and optimization modules.







Increased Efficiency in Maritime and Inland Ports thanks to Intelligent Logistics

SyncroTESS – Optimization Modules: the most sophisticated IT solutions for optimized maritime and inland container terminals

Increased efficiency for Inland Terminals: Intelligent Software for Optimized Container Handling

SyncroTESS – the intelligent software for optimized container handling

Maersk and Hamburg Süd Agree Deal

  15 Mar 2017

Maersk Line’s acquisition of German liner Hamburg Süd has taken another step forward after the two parties signed a Sale and Purchase Agreement yesterday (March 14, 2017)

Is Your Port Future-Proofed?

  08 Mar 2017

Port Technology has spoken to Arne Nilsen, Aurecon’s Global Leader for Ports, Marine and Industrial Structures, on the importance of future-proofing critical port and marine infrastructure

Inform Software Simplifies Rail Expansion

  30 Jan 2017

HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA) put INFORM's Rail Crane Optimisation module to the test when they completely reconfigured their rail terminal to accommodate two additional tracks in an ambitious expansion project

INFORM: Agile Optimization Strategy

  13 Jan 2017

PTI is proud to announce Dr. Eva Savelsberg, Senior Vice President of INFORM’s Logistics Division — specialising in Agile Optimization Software, as a speaker for the upcoming Terminal Automation & Training C-Level Networking Conference taking place 19 - 20th April 2017 in London

Crew Kidnapping Reaches 10-Year High

  13 Jan 2017

The ICC International Maritime Bureau's (IMB) annual piracy report has revealed shocking statistics and warnings about routes to avoid while at sea

PTI Releases Conference Delegates List

  30 Nov 2016

The PTI conference is providing networking opportunities and is focusing on key issues surrounding port industry automation and training sectors

Tax Increases Cause Port Strikes

  01 Nov 2016

Protests by over a thousand clearing and forwarding agents at the Port of Mombasa were announced yesterday following changes in tax

GCT Canada Wins Clean50 Top 15 Project Award

  22 Sep 2016

GCT Canada has been announced as a recipient of Canada’s Clean50 Top 15 Projects Award for 2017 from Delta Management, for its dedication to establishing a coordinated system

Amazon to Begin Testing Drone Deliveries

  26 Jul 2016

Amazon has announced that it will begin testing new methods for a parcel delivery system using drones through research and trials

DSP and Kalmar to Collaborate on Automation

  25 Jul 2016

DSP – Data and System Planning SA – has announced a new agreement to work closely with Kalmar on SmartPort implementation projects

Power Up Your TOS

There are two factors that impact decision-making in terminal operations: complexity and unpredictability. Complexity is straight forward; how complicated is the terminal environment

Viability: A Supply Chain Perspective

The container weighing rule has split opinion across the industry and wrought confusion in several areas. This piece aims to address that confusion and ascertain a definitive insight into how the industry will embrace the regulation. In order to reach this aim, insight has been sought from some key figures in the industry who have offered their views on key elements of the rule

A New Episode in Optimisation: The Agile Force Awakens

High performing hinterland systems are mission critical in order to manage peak demands and customer expectations, argues Dr Eva Savelsberg

New eBook: Cutting-Edge Automation

New eBook from PTI explores the latest trends and technologies in automation and acts as a precursor to the upcoming PTI Terminal Automation & Training Event

CyberLogitec: The Technology of the Future

PTI exclusively interviews Jason Hyeon of CyberLogitec

Connecting passenger ships to the future

Schneider Electric inform us of the requirements set out for port authorities and shipping companies in reducing air and noise pollution and consider methods such as cold-ironing as an alternative source of marine power at ports.

Options and opportunities of container weight verification

There can be little argument that the international cargo handling industry stands on the verge of one of the most significant changes since the advent of containerisation. Until now, cargoes have been shipped based on the container weights declared on the advance booking information provided by shippers. Vessel stowage plans and port operations are typically based on these pre-declared weights which can vary significantly from the actual mass of the cargo transported. The consequent risk to the health and safety of seafarers and port operatives is clearly apparent.

Delivering the optimum vehicle traffic service system

In this article, Bob Hockham, a master mariner and former port operations manager, now business development manager at BMT Isis, a subsidiary of BMT Group, reinforces the need to undertake a detailed and independent risk assessment, highlighting the factors port and terminal decision makers should consider before procuring VTS equipment. He believes that vital elements of the process are both the vessel traffic pattern analysis and modelling together with consultation and workshops with the end-users, including pilots; recognising that experienced staff are the key to safe and efficient operations.

‘Ports of money?’ – a reflection

It is now almost 30 years since Associated British Ports was privatized and a number of ports in the UK were sold into the private sector. Since then, there have been investments by the private sector in ports and port operations in many countries.

Early Contractor Involvement in infrastructure projects

Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) provides an efficient means of designing and planning infrastructure projects in a cost-effective, more efficient and less adversarial structure. Using ECI with a properly executed contract that reflects a partnering relationship should increase transparency and therefore reduce risk, increase shared responsibility and limit the reasons for litigation.

INFORM GmbH
Pascalstr. 23, 52072 Aachen; Germany
Dirk Schlemper
Tel: +49 (0)2408 9456 6000
Fax: +49 (0)2408 9456 6001
 

HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA) goes live with the latest generation of INFORM’s Rail Crane Optimizer - May 25, 2016


Germany’s largest container rail yard, HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA) uses INFORM optimization software for more than 14 years

KTL Kombi-Terminal Ludwigshafen uses SyncroTESS - April 28, 2016


Intermodal terminals need to find agile concepts in order to adapt their processes to the challenges of digitization. KTL Kombi-Terminal Ludwigshafen GmbH (Germany) uses INFORMs terminal operating system SyncroTESS with integrated optimization software for this.

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