With TOC Europe just around the corner, simulation, emulation and software specialist TBA is presenting an ‘App of the week’ initiative together with PTI.
TBA’s Intelligent App platform is developed in conjunction with terminals to optimise operations and the apps presented in this series are working apps and apps currently in testing.
The Intelligent App platform is working together with Navis SPARCS 3.7, and Navis’ N4 2.x.
App of the week #3: Pooling App
The Pooling app’s main goal is to improve productivity by up to one box per hour, in the situation where 'Prime Route' is already tuned to its full potential through emulation.
Navis’ Prime Route is installed at many terminals and provides a solid basis for prime mover (terminal trucks, straddle carriers, shuttle carriers and automated guided vehicles (AGV’s)) pooling between various points of work (POWs).
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However, the tool requires frequent human intervention to get the maximum result. The control panel to the user (EC Console) offers ways to set priorities and limit the number of vehicles allowed per POW. As some work queues require more equipment than others, an adjustment of these parameters is needed.
As this requires full and continuous attention from supervisors, as well as in-depth knowledge about how to configure the EC Console, we have developed a plug-in that automates the adjustments of parameters according to a unique situation. Based on the number of available prime movers and the type of work queues ongoing it sets, for each work queue, the minimum and maximum parameters and updates push rates.
Don’t forget to come back next week, when we’ll be featuring TBA’s 'Housekeeping App' as part of its Intelligent App series.