Port Technology (PTI) has released the latest technical papers from the recent Automation, Training and Simulation Edition, of The Journal of Ports and Terminals, to celebrate the start of Port Technology’s Container Terminal Automation Conference tomorrow (April 19-20, 2017).
PTI has made three of the latest subscriber-only technical papers open to everyone, and below are some extracts from a selection of popular papers contributed by companies featuring at the conference:
“Agile Optimization Modules do not replace an existing TOS, but rather work in conjunction with them to drive terminal efficiency.
This 'add-on' relationship allows terminals to implement the power of Optimization Modules without significant changes.
While deployment timeframes vary from case to case, it is measured in months, making it quick in comparison to a typical TOS implementation. Further, in most cases Optimization Modules work in the background without direct user interaction.
Users interact with their existing software environment while benefiting from optimization with no timely retraining required…”
“Digitising every step of the shipping process and growing use of container tracking devices will create vast amounts of data and opportunities for optimization.
Today many shippers and freight forwarders utilise multiple systems and lack consistent views of data for partner performance, multi modal booking and door-to-door tracking of container location.
Likewise, carriers struggle to consistently plan their allocations based on historical customer behavior, predict demand or perform efficient inland container management.
Data is often incomplete and lacks sufficient quality for business analytics…”
“During the start-up phase, terminals need to have realistic expectations regarding the evolution of maintenance requirements over time.
A common assumption with automated equipment is that failure rates will start at zero from equipment deployment and then gradually increase over the lifespan of the machine.
In reality, failure rates always follow a “bathtub” curve.
Failure rates begin at some non-zero level on start-up, decrease as the equipment and system are optimised, and then gradually rise again as the equipment nears the end of its planned lifetime…”
PTI will have insightful sessions featuring some incredibly thought-provoking speakers at the Container Terminal Automation Conference.