Bite-size Insight: The Right Smart Planning

 03 Feb 2015    Automation and Optimisation , Cargo Volumes and Throughput, Container Handling, Automation Systems, Containers, Going Places, Mega Ship Ready, Port Planning, Ports

In an exclusive new initiative, Dr Leif Meier, Senior Consultant at RBS EMEA, provides valuable insight into smart planning at ports in a quick and easy to read ‘bite-size’ format:

Logistics planning can be seen as a puzzle: it is fun to work on it, but it is also really hard to solve.

In reality– as for the puzzle – it is all about ‘winning the game’. Badly solved puzzles result in wasting time, money and resources while smart solutions create savings immediately by making the best use of resources available.

It is all about finding smart ways to deliver the right product at the right time to the right location, but also to deliver the right quality and the right quantity, linked to the right information, within the right budget assigned to the right resource.

While an information system basically stores the required information for decisions (providing puzzle pieces), the planner now has to make the right use of this information to define smart assignments (solving the puzzle).

What does your information system look like?

The information system supports the puzzle process on different levels: it can make a planner’s life easier by providing well-structured information, and smart algorithms may even support with automated decisions. However, in a worst case scenario, the information system may also add complexity to the process making puzzle solving even more difficult.

Modern information systems are able to simplify the work for a whole organisation and provide a key success factor to realize business benefits. The RBS TOPS EXPERT smart terminal operating system combines well-structured information with automated decision support for each single process of the container terminal and manages the information flow in real-time. This allows terminals to maximize the utilisation of cranes, make efficient use of yard resources and focus on the customer requirements.

Simple, considering the fun while solving puzzles to win the game.

Dr Leif Meier

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