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TEAMS, the brain of the automated terminal

February 2014
Press release

When you look at an automated terminal, the first question you ask is how can all these machines work together? Netherlands-based TBA is the company behind the smart software that makes automated terminals work.

TEAMS (Terminal Equipment Automated Management System) is TBA’s fleet management system and supplies customers with advanced control over their automated equipment, such as Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs), Lift AGVs, Automated Straddle Carriers, Automated Stacking Cranes (ASCs) and Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes. TEAMS sits between the equipment and the Terminal Operating System (TOS) and translates the equipment orders from the TOS into optimal movement plans.

TEAMS is currently the only proven system worldwide for controlling a complex robotised terminal and has shown to be up to the task over the past 10 years. It has successfully controlled the AGV fleet at HHLA’s Container Terminal Altenwerder and has been well received at DP World’s Antwerp Gateway Terminal where it controls the ASCs. It has also been implemented at ECT’s Euromax Terminal in Rotterdam where it controls QCs, AGVs, and ASCs. TEAMS is to be deployed at several other terminals around the world in the near future.

TEAMS has been coupled with Navis SPARCS and N4, but can be configured to work with any other suitable TOS.