Merry Xmas and Happy 2017
December 2016

TBA wishes you a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year.

2016
IT solution award 5th time winner at IBJ
November 2016

DBIS wins the IT Solution Award at the International Bulk Journal Awards at the Tower of London Pavilion last week. This is the 5th time that DBIS has been recognised at the awards. Congratulations to Glynn Thomas and Ian Crowder here collecting the award.

2016
TEAMS software to automate POAL
November 2016

TBA’s proven automation software TEAMS will be delivered in the Port of Auckland. For more information check the links below: https://www.porttechnology.org/news/terex_gets_auckland_automation_underway https://www.porttechnology.org/technical_papers/innovation_and_process_optimisation_drive_success

2016
Entering the Maritime Sector / Logistics 4.0 Revisited
November 2016

In a special edition of The Journal of Ports and Terminals (Top 30 Papers 2014-2016), an article on brownfield automation by Yvo Saanen that was originally published in Edition 69 – The Mega-Ship Issue has been updated. Find a pdf version of the same article here: Brownfield Automation    

2016
Frank Tazelaar to join TBA as Managing Director
October 2016

TBA has strong ambitions to further grow both its consultancy and software business in the coming years, by increasing its market presence globally and by growing the installed base of existing and new software products.  We are very happy to announce that Frank Tazelaar will join TBA as Managing Director to support these ambitions. He will take up his position on November 1st, 2016. This also enables the other directors Yvo Saanen and Martijn Coeveld to increase focus on commercial activities and operations respectively.  Frank, previously Managing Director of APM Terminals Maasvlakte II (the Netherlands), has a proven track record of more than 15 years in growing organisations in the ports and maritime industry. “Customers in the ports business have an ever increasing need for innovative and effective software solutions. TBA is well positioned to meet those customer needs, building on its dedicated employees and clear values. I look forward to join TBA and support its development in the years ahead”, says Frank Tazelaar.

2016
DBIS to deliver MRF plant automation
September 2016

DBIS have been Awarded a contract by Sutco Recyclingtechnik GmbHto provide a complete electrical and automation solution for a new waste materials recovery facility in the UK.DBIS will be providing a complete solution from design and build of the MCCs, design and installation of site control cabling as well as PLC / SCADA design and delivery.

2016
DBIS Secures new automation project in Russia
September 2016

DBIS have been Awarded a contract by Vigan Engineering UK to provide electrical design and automation software for a sulphur plant in Ust-Luga, Russia. DBIS will be responsible for the full electrical design of the plant control system including Functional Design specification, panel design and cable installation as well as design and programming of the PLC and SCADA system.

2016
TBA in Archis Volume #49: Hello World!
September 2016

Archis is an experimental think tank devoted to the process of real-time spatial and cultural reflexivity and action. One of their initiatives is publishing the Volume magazine. In which various editorial concepts and publishing formats of have been realized over the years. Archis Volume #49: Hello World! includes an article on the recent developments on Maasvlakte II in which TBA has played and is still playing its role.   

2016
World Port days Rotterdam; visit the automated terminals APMT MVII and RWG in virtual reality!
August 2016

Port Authority Rotterdam has invited TBA to participate on the stand of the Port authority during the World Port days, 2, 3, and 4 September. The World Port days are the biggest public event in the Port of Rotterdam, where numerous companies open their doors for the general public to show the latest innovations on one of the largest ports in the world. World Port Days demonstrate how multi-faceted and fascinating the Port of Rotterdam is. Port authority Rotterdam manages, operates and develops the port and industrial area of Rotterdam. TBA will showcase in cooperation with APM MVII and RWG both terminals in virtual 3D. Visitors can play a specially developed World Port Days mission on one of the terminals in virtual reality with the Oculus Rift. These virtual 3D terminals have been built to train terminal personnel in near real live circumstances while not disturbing any real live operations. This is the most advanced training game for automated terminals worldwide, TBA’s SAFE T GAME, developed in cooperation with Dinalog, the national top institute for logistics. During the World Port days mission you are flying in a drone around one of the two terminals. You will have two minutes to find a number of objects on the terminal, such as a quay crane, an AGV, a stacking crane, a barge, and safety fences around the automated area. You can find the event in the following link: http://wereldhavendagen.nl/programma/ontmoet-het-havenbedrijf-rotterdam-aan-de-wilhelminakade/ Please come and meet us here on 2, 3 or 4 September!

2016
Tilbury Grain Terminal orders major new upgrade
August 2016

Tilbury Grain Terminal will be the first of our customers to upgrade to Version 4 of our terminal operating software CommTrac. The Grain Terminal, part of the Forth Ports Group, have placed an order with DBIS that will see both their grain and bulk operations upgraded to our latest web based application CommTrac V4. As part of the upgrade works DBIS will supply a redesigned SCADA package which will give seamless integration into the new TOS system. 

2016
AGV Versus Lift AGV Versus ALV
August 2016

Based on various recent studies, carried out for various customers around the world, TBA has composed a comprehensive comparison between today's state-of-the-art robotized horizontal transportation systems in combination with automated yard cranes. Find the full article here: https://www.porttechnology.org/technical_papers/agv_versus_lift_agv_versus_alv Or view a pdf version of the same article here: AGV vs L-AGV vs ALV    

2016
New services movie at TOC Europe 2016
June 2016

At TOC Europe 2016 in Hamburg, we presented a new services movie.

2016
The world's first e-Learning training portal for ports and terminals
June 2016

Empowering your workforce to discover their profitability for more info, click the picture below:

2016
How can simulations help ports and terminals?
June 2016

The container industry is dynamic by nature. Due to considerable growth, the competitive situation in and between ports, and the changes in shipping line alliances of recent years, the containermarket has gained a certain dynamic, reflected at container terminals accommodating larger vessels, new combinations of shipping lines and often a step-wise growth. However, this growth could result in higher utilization of existing sites, as well as in regular expansion projects and new greenfield developments. TBA's consultants elaborate on the use of simulation in this setting in a publication in Harbours Review 2016/2. A pdf version of the article can be found here: How can simulations help ports and terminals?  

2016
The journey of CONTROLS: DPW Antwerp
May 2016

This year, TBA is proudly celebrating ‘10 years CONTROLS’, TBA’s innovative and leading emulation tool. In a series of articles, The Journey of CONTROLS will take you around the world, bringing you to various terminals who are using emulation and sharing their stories. In this second episode, we will write about the usage of CONTROLS at DP World (DPW) Antwerp. Find the full article here: https://www.porttechnology.org/technical_papers/the_journey_of_controls_dp_world_antwerp Or view a pdf version of the same article here: The journey of CONTROLS: DPW Antwerp 

2016
New intelligent apps innovate multiple terminals accross the globe
May 2016

Intelligent Apps went live on several terminals accross the globe, marked in the movie.

2016
Simplifying your operation at TOC 2016
May 2016

We are happy to announce that we will share the stand with our sister companies CSA (providing software for warehouse and container terminals) as well as TBA (providing consultancy and software for bulk and container terminals). Our common goal: Simplifying your operation! David Trueman will speak on Tuesday June 14th at 14.30 in the session about:  

2016
Simplifying your operation at TOC 2016
May 2016

We are happy to announce that we will share the stand with our sister companies CSA (providing software for warehouse and container terminals) as well as DBIS (providing software for bulk and break bulk terminals). Our common goal: Simplifying your operation! VISIT MAASVLAKTE II IN VIRTUAL REALITY ON OUR STAND! Want to visit the Second Maasvlakte in Rotterdam, where TBA delivers their state-of-the-art TEAMS software for equipment control in two of the newest automated terminals? In TBA's virtual reality terminals you can drive and walk around the terminal wearing the Oculus Rift on our stand for a fully immersive experience! Read more here on our VR serious games.

2016
On the way to optimised productivity and enhanced customer service levels for Eimskip
April 2016

EIMSKIP CHOOSES AUTOSTORE TOS FROM CSA TO CONTROL FOUR CONTAINER TERMINALS ACROSS ICELAND AND THE FAROE ISLANDS Leading Icelandic cargo transport company to install Autostore Terminal Operating System (TOS) in major IT infrastructure upgrade CSA (Central Systems & Automation Ltd) is to implement Autostore TOS for Eimskip (Eimskipafélag Íslands hf) across four container terminals: Sundahöfn, Reyðarfjörður and Grundartangi in Iceland and at Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands. As part of the contract, CSA’s sister company and leading European terminal software consultancy TBA will work jointly with CSA and Eimskip on TOS migration across operations, planning and IT integration. The initial TOS implementation will be at Sundahöfn Terminal in Reykjavik, Eimskip’s largest terminal. Established in 1914, Eimskip provides substantial cargo handling operations across the North Atlantic alongside an extensive worldwide network of reefer logistics services. The new TOS implementation spans the Autostore Container Terminal Management System (CTMS) plus a range of additional modules to increase cargo throughput and enhance operational efficiency at Eimskip’s facilities. TBA will also work with Eimskip on a performance improvement programme designed to enhance customer service levels, leveraging the best practices to be brought into Eimskip’s new software landscape. Spanning 13 cargo terminal operations and a fleet of 20 ships backed by 42 chilled, cold storage and warehouse operations - plus air freight, freight forwarding, agency and road distribution services - Eimskip has 57 offices in 19 countries and employs nearly 1,600 people. All four terminals will be run from a single centralised Autostore TOS implementation using the Autostore Multi Terminal Management module. Other TOS modules to be deployed include: Berth Planning; Graphic Vessel Planning; Vehicle Booking; EDI; Activity Charging; Vehicle Booking; 3D Yard Visualisation and Value Added Services for container maintenance and repair. CSA will also offer 24/7/365 support across remote virtual private network (VPN) for all operations. The new TOS implementation focuses on terminal performance and cost-efficiency. Key here will be the integration of other Eimskip businesses in trucking and liner operations: Sundahöfn Terminal acts as an important node in the Eimskip network that serves the company’s other businesses. With clear goals defined for the Eimskip TOS implementation, this IT project is a long-term performance improvement programme that will enhances Eimskip’s competitive position in the market place. Effectively the new TOS is the starting point to continuous operational improvement, thus marking a shift in traditional TOS deployment towards it being a fully integrated part of the customer’s strategic business plan. Kristjan Thor Hallbjornsson, ICT Director at Eimskip said: “Optimised productivity and enhanced customer service levels are the objectives we seek to support our growth plans into the next decade. CSA and TBA are critical parts of the delivery equation: the proven expertise of both companies in delivering business benefits and future-proofed software platforms was key to our decision”.   Andrew McKaig, CEO at CSA, said: “We’re delighted to expand our TOS capabilities into the crucial North Atlantic cargo market. The Eimskip contract highlights the ability of Autostore TOS to handle integrated multi-terminal operations – simplifying complex distributed operations while adding both value, performance and real-time flexibility to frontline container cargo management”. Yvo Saanen, Managing Director at TBA, said: “Eimskip, CSA and TBA have much in common: lean and responsive structures underpinned by a strong, entrepreneurial culture. TBA’s extensive simulation, emulation and modelling capabilities will create a powerful performance optimisation layer for Eimskip, one that that helps drive long-term efficiency and profitability”.

2016
TBA @ 1 Year SmartPort Celebration
April 2016

SmartPort celebrated a 1 year anniversary on April 7 in Rotterdam. TBA was invited to showcase one of the outcomes of a research initiative with a.o. the Delft University of Technology and the new container terminals at Maasvlakte 2.

2016
Terminal Automation & Training Conference in London
April 2016

TBA is headline sponsor of the conference. For more information click the picture below. 

2016
Entering the Maritime Sector: Logistics 4.0
March 2016

To read the article check:  https://www.porttechnology.org/technical_papers/entering_the_maritime_sector_logistics_4.0 

2016
TOS in a box, Plug and Play all over the planet
March 2016

Typically the delivery of TOS systems requires considerable effort both by the provider and the client to establish the infrastructure, train the users, test the functionality and integrate the software with other local systems. However this is not always easy or practicable, especially where local IT skills are limited or travel to a particular region is risky or difficult. Nectar Group recently signed a 10 year agreement with the Government of Sierra Leone to manage and run the Bulk Terminal located at Queen Elizabeth II Quay, Freetown. To operate the terminal, which is known as Nectar Sierra Leone Bulk Terminal (NSBT), Nectar needed to implement a TOS system and weighbridges. To do so they consulted with DBIS (Software and Automation) Ltd and in a sharing of ideas produced a blueprint for a self-contained  TOS solution, which could be delivered to the terminal and once connected to the main electricity supply operate the terminal “out of the box”.  Standard shipping container with secure window for interaction with drivers on the weighbridge The terminal required two weighbridges one on the in gate and one on the out gate so the decision was made to use standard 20’ shipping containers as weighbridge offices and use the same containers as the administrative office and the server room. The two containers are fitted with internal linings to create an office environment with power and networks installed to the requirements of the users. The two containers have a network connection using Wi-Fi with the server in the main office container. The weighbridges were manufactured in the UK and the weighbridge controllers were integrated with the IT environment for testing and training prior to the containers being shipped. Once the solution was built the operators travelled to the UK for training both on how to assemble and connect the weighbridges and how to use the software in their application. Training certificates were issued and on sign off of the software functionality the server and workstations were packaged for transport and the containers shipped to the site for deployment. DBIS is able to connect to the server via the web to handle any support issues in the future. The solution has created a solution which meets all the requirements of the terminal without requiring any construction or local IT preparation. Deployment and training costs have been minimised and the system will be operational within a week of delivery to the terminal.

2016
The journey of CONTROLS: 10 years
February 2016

A brief history about TBA's emulation platform CONTROLS. This article takes you through the development of this concept from the early days - more than 10 years ago - to today. The article can be found here: https://www.porttechnology.org/technical_papers/tba_the_journey_of_controls Or view a pdf version of the same article here: The journey of CONTROLS 

2016
TEAMS @ LBCT
January 2016

Watch TEAMS in action @ Long Beach Container terminal from 50:35. 

2016
Terminal Automation: Key Questions Answered
January 2016

SWZ Maritime published the article and can be viewed here: Terminal Automation: Key Questions Answered

2016