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Yard Crane Scheduler: Optimising Yard Crane Workflow

At RTG and RMG-operated terminals, the yard cranes are a key driver for productivity. Quay cranes and terminal trucks depend on a flow of containers being handled by the yard cranes. However, many terminals experience difficulty in managing their yard crane workflow. How about yours? TBA’s Yard Crane Scheduler will help you make sure you have your yard cranes at the right place at the right time.

– Order the right amount of CHE for each shift

– Prevent yard clashes in the vessel plan

– Distribute RTGs over the yard

– Distribute cranes within a lane

– Identification of threats

– Event response and recovery

In many terminals there is a lack of visibility into the near future of operation, making it almost impossible to anticipate on problems and production bottlenecks. The Yard crane scheduler checks if you hire the right number of equipment, prevents yard clashes in the vessel plan and grounding allocations, distributes RTG’s over the yard in an optimal way and identifies threats of workload peaks. It can check the work scheduled for each lane and visualize the surplus or shortage of cranes. It also applies a very fast simulation to the chosen crane deployment plan, and uses this to calculate the impact on several Key Performance Indicators for the next hour.

There are two options for implementation of the YCS. As a supporting program connected to the TOS to give the scheduler feedback on the plans so he can manually change them or implemented in the TOS environment where it automatically sets the optimal pattern and plans the RTG’s automatically.

The Yard Crane Scheduler gives your terminal a boost in handling performance and efficiency. And has proven itself in one of the biggest container terminals in the world Jebel Ali.

The TBA Yard Crane Scheduler also employs mathematical algorithms that predict incoming gate traffic using historical data. Vessel stowage plans are taken from the TOS. These forecasts are then used to estimate how much there is and how it is distributed over the yard, and how much equipment is required to handle the amount of work. Using the TBA Yard Crane Scheduler in this way, you no longer need to guess. Instead, you can get a grip on the unnecessary deployment of redundant cranes.


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