Tideworks Technology introduces comprehensive Terminal Operating System for intermodal terminals
Intermodal Pro includes highly intuitive graphical tools and flexible user-driven reporting that eliminates the guesswork from intermodal terminal operations, enables more efficient loading and unloading of trains, and boosts productivity while reducing operational costs.
More and more intermodal terminal operators are replacing legacy systems and seeking solutions that allow more efficient and cost effective management of their terminals. Tideworks designed Intermodal Pro in response to this growing demand, by evolving the company’s Spinnaker Planning Management System, a fully-integrated graphical planning solution for vessel, berth, yard and rail planning, to fit the specific needs of intermodal terminals.
“Over the years we’ve seen an increasing need for an easy-to-use graphical planning and terminal operating tool for the intermodal market,” said Michael Schwank, president of Tideworks Technology. “Our expertise with marine terminal operating systems, as well as our experience with intermodal ramp operators, have enabled us to develop innovative solutions designed specifically for intermodal terminal operators, allowing them to reach their productivity goals and achieve an attractive ROI.”
Intermodal Pro offers automated planning tools that accelerate loading, unloading and gate operations while also maximizing space utilization. The system’s flexible, user-driven reporting tools, as well as a centralized network topology allow intermodal terminal operators to centralize planning, equipment tracking and gate operations from multiple terminals.
In addition, a sophisticated electronic data interchange (EDI) engine and translator allow terminals to easily trade booking and billing data, making it easy to exchange sensitive information with customers, partners and back-office systems. Automated dispatch and optimization functionality, available with the Traffic Control™ module, transmit container move instructions to equipment operators via a user-friendly graphical interface. And real-time, 3-D views give terminal operators instant visibility into the status of container moves, container inventory and the current location of all handling equipment.
Intermodal Pro will be deployed at CSX Intermodal’s operations at Evansville Western Railway’s new Northwest Ohio Terminal (NWOH), which is targeted to open in early 2011.