TBA wins prestigious industry Award for IT Solutions
November 2018

On 19th November 2018, TBA won their 5th IBJ award in the IT Solutions category with its CommTrac Multi-Site Enterprise suite. This award is presented to a supplier of IT solutions that demonstrates its ability to deliver increased efficiency and improve management decision-making in a dry bulk cargo operation. CommTrac Multi Terminal is a browser-based solution which can be used by anyone with access to a web browser and security access permissions. Therefore, centralisation is easy to achieve. Many logistics organisations operate worldwide multiple bulk terminals and typically each terminal has its’ own management system, working independently from other business units in the organisation. The CommTrac suite allows these global organisations to completely change their model by centralising planning and finance functions, while at the same time allowing the terminal to operate in a dynamic, real-time environment. Centralisation then gives the senior management teams a real-time reporting overview at either a local level or from a global perspective allowing them to make key strategic decisions in a timely manner. CommTrac Multi-Site Enterprise Suite is currently being used effectively by a number of early adopters including: Large bulk and grain operators in the UK and, US operator with 7 multipurpose terminals along the USA coastline. Benefits of using CommTrac Multi-Site Enterprise Suite The business case is overwhelming for this approach: Significant savings in annual IT budget (around 75%) Global implementation of best practice Standard Operating Procedures Centralisation of planning and finance functions – Significant headcount savings Shared metrics and KPIs driving the whole business forward through comparison Customers have a real time overview of their global cargo movements and position. This award gives TBA Doncaster its 6th success in the event since the conception of the IBJ Awards 10 years ago and reaffirms TBA’s technological leadership in the bulk logistics sector. TBA’s previous IBJ awards are as follows: 2010 IT Solutions Award | CommTrac V3 2012 IT Solutions Award | CommTrac Traceability for Agri-bulks 2014 IT Solutions Award | Joint submission with Peel Ports 2015 Innovate Technology Award | Joint submission with Associated British Ports 2016 IT Solutions Award | CommTrac Plug and Play containerised solution 2018 IT Solutions Award | CommTrac Multi-Site Enterprise Suite The IT Solutions Award being handed to Glynn Thomas (Sales Consultant) and David Trueman (Managing Director)

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TBA TOS Billing Engine Now Available as a Stand-Alone Solution
November 2018

TBA TOS Billing Engine - developed by utilising best practices from clients from all sectors of terminal operations - is operational and well established on every continent on the globe. The solution works by mapping multi-tier tariffs against the operational and storage activities performed by the terminal. In addition, TBA TOS Billing Engine uses service requests and work orders to track incidental services and ensure that there is no revenue leakage. Driven by customer needs, TBA filled the gap in the market place where customisation was typically used to deal with the complexities around terminal operations with a stand-alone billing tool. Although TOS systems can record billable activities and push this data to finance systems for invoicing, the automation of the billing process in the finance/ERP package requires significant customisation to deal with the  terminal specific operations and therefore is very costly and time consuming. The alternative of creating manual line items for charges -those which could not be handled by the standard finance configuration - requires manual processing and is error prone. The software can be used as the Tariff Master or derive the tariffs from either ERP or CRM. The Billing Engine has two options for the ERP interface, either the invoice is generated in the software and the data is pushed up against customer/cost codes or the invoice can be generated in the ERP. Integration is proven to SAP, IFS, Navision, Oracle and others using TBA’s standard API tools. TBA TOS Billing Engine can handle: Global or customer specific agreements Rolling annual increases Variance by product type Cargo handling activities Service and conditioning activities Storage rental charges (long term, short term, guaranteed) Minimum volume contracts Labour and equipment Berthing and marine services Cash collections The software has a comprehensive reporting package with many standard reports and an ad hoc report builder, which allows the user to create their own reports. User Interface of TOS Billing EngineThe software is well-proven when connected to TBA’s CommTrac and Autostore products, however TBA are so sure that the system outperforms other solutions that they have now made it available as a stand-alone application. The return on investment calculation is a strong incentive for terminals to explore the capabilities of the software; customers report up to 10% reduction in revenue leakage and reduction in manual administration can significantly reduce headcount. Nowadays 25 terminals are using the TBA TOS Billing Engine to users’ satisfaction. TOS Billing Engine worldwide implementations TBA has an established and encompassing portfolio of software and service solutions to operate and optimise container, bulk and general cargo terminal operations. During the development of the completely new CommTrac Bulk and General Cargo TOS in 2015, it was decided to apply real focus on the capability of the software to convert operational activities into revenue. Contact us at TDO-sales@tba.group for more information about the TOS Billing Engine. Find out more about our sophisticated software offering, including: Autostore terminal operating system (TOS) CommTrac bulk and general cargo TOS TEAMS equipment control system (ECS) and Autostore warehouse management system (WMS)

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Autostore Software Controls Automated Warehouse at Largest Bagged Plaster Operation in UK
October 2018

TBA Leicester, developer of the Autostore brand of warehouse management system (WMS), warehouse controls system (WCS) and automation solutions, has been providing integral software solutions to British Gypsum’s Barrow-upon-Soar plaster production plant since 2008. British Gypsum is the UK’s leading manufacturer of interior lining systems and part of the Saint-Gobain group. The company has over 100 years’ experience in plaster, plasterboard and ceiling solutions with five main manufacturing locations in England. The Barrow-upon-Soar facility remains one of the largest and most technologically advanced plant of its kind in the world. The site underwent a major expansion that was completed in 2002 to meet growing demand for its speciality product, Thistle plasters. TBA was initially commissioned to facilitate the automation experience, particularly the PLC code and hardware, to operate the impressive fully automated Highbay Cranes. These cranes have over 8,000 pallet locations and turn over product in 48 hours to support a fast-moving supply chain. Autostore’s modular flexibility eventually convinced British Gypsum to upgrade to the WCS module. Subsequent technology upgrades, including Wi-Fi, laser positioning technology and onboard cameras, made it possible for TBA to introduce the innovative ‘Remote Control Station’ to the British Gypsum operation. Based on a standard solution from TBA and enhanced in collaboration with British Gypsum engineers, it combines camera technology with remote manual operation of the cranes. This has dramatically reduced the number of interventions on the cranes which require working at height. The productivity gains together with health and safety benefits are truly impressive. According to Bruce Fisher, project manager at British Gypsum, the choice for Autostore from TBA was evident: ‘One of the main reasons we chose TBA and Autostore was the degree of collaboration, flexibility and support that they offer. There have been several cases where this has been put to the test and each time TBA have delivered. We are very much looking forward to the next phase of development with them.’ TBA places high value in customer relationship and Andrew McKaig, managing director at TBA Leicester, states: ‘TBA is very pleased to have British Gypsum as a long-standing customer and Autostore User. We are working hard to ensure that we deliver the highest quality of product and customer service to British Gypsum and look forward to continuing the partnership for many years to come’.

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Know what you should be demanding from your automated warehouse
July 2018

TBA Leicester will host a CILT Round Table event at her brand-new and inspiring venue “Lancer House” on 20th of September 2018. CILT (the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport) Round Table events provide a unique opportunity to hear the topic-specific views of industry’s thought-leaders regarding contemporary supply-chain and logistics issues. The aim of TBA Leicester Round Table event is to discuss and demonstrate what the benefits are of automation within warehouses or warehousing operations. After following this interactive and inspiring event, participants will have gained insight on: Taking advantage of current day demands for diagnostics and reporting by refurbishing ageing systems The current opportunities for automated MHE (material handling equipment) and ASRS (automated storage and retrieval systems) within warehouse operations What the demands should be of warehouse automation The benefits of warehouse automation Secure your place in our Round Table discussion by subscribing yourself to our Round Table event at the web page of CILT Round Table Events.Non-members of CILT can book this event by registering at https://ciltuk.org.uk/Registration and selecting the non-member option.Round Tables provide a platform for industry thought-leaders and innovators to present their opinion and views concerning contemporary supply-chain and logistics issues and associated solutions for the benefit of CILT members and others. Round Table events provide the delegate audience with an opportunity to interrogate the events speakers further. Opportunities to share views, experiences, discuss best-practise, network and possibly collaborate with other interested parties are common.  

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Increasing RTG productivity by 10%, within a ROI in less than 6 months
June 2018

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Team tackles 10k wild run to raise money for Cancer Research UK
May 2018

In just over 2 weeks a pack of adventurous TBA Leicester ‘wolves’ will be taking on the famous Summer Wolf – the most popular event in the Wolf Run calendar. The team has spent the last few months preparing for the 10k wild running event, which combines mud, trail and obstacle runs in the ultimate test of mental and physical strength, skill and stamina. They’ll tackle open ground, woodland, lakes and thick mud on the land surrounding Stanford Hall in Leicestershire on Saturday 2 June. While the event itself will be a day of teamwork and hilarity, the team are also participating in support of a greater cause. In the final months of 2017, a colleague at TBA Leicester was diagnosed with cancer and has been off work battling the disease ever since. It is in her honour that the team are raising money for Cancer Research UK. Cancer Research UK is a nationally recognised registered charity with the ambition ‘to accelerate progress and see three-quarters of people surviving the disease within the next 20 years’. Summing up the ethos of the TBA Leicester Wolf Pack, veteran Wolf Runner and service delivery lead Sam Tomlinson said: ‘We are rooting for you to beat the Big C, Kerry! Keep fighting, be brave and kick cancer’s butt!’   If you would like to find out more or donate to the cause please click here to access the team's Just Giving page.

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TBA Debuts CommTrac TOS at prestigious European Breakbulk Event
April 2018

CommTrac, the market-leading bulk and general cargo terminal operating system for multi-purpose terminals, will be the focal product for the TBA Group team at the forthcoming Breakbulk Europe exhibition held at Messe Bremen (Germany) from 29 – 31 May.     With over 30 installations worldwide, CommTrac is a proven solution for managing your breakbulk and general cargo operations, providing the tools and control to maximise your operational efficiency, profitability and growth potential. CommTrac is the software choice for terminal operators and ports looking to reduce OPEX, increase revenue, eliminate claims and improve customer service. For more information about CommTrac in advance of the event or to book a meeting with the team please email Glynn Thomas. We look forward to meeting you on Stand 340 at Breakbulk Europe!  

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TBA Group presents sophisticated software solutions at TOC Europe 2018
April 2018

TBA, market leader in terminal design and simulation benefitting ports and terminals globally for over twenty years, are shining a light on the group’s software portfolio at this year’s TOC Europe event (12 – 14 June) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Products and services The team will be exhibiting at Booth D50 where visitors are encouraged to stop by and find out a bit more about our sophisticated software offering, including: Autostore terminal operating system (TOS) CommTrac bulk and general cargo TOS TEAMS equipment control system (ECS) and Autostore warehouse management system (WMS). Coupled with the renowned design and planning, consultancy and implementation offering, our software portfolio provides the team at TBA Group with the unique ability to utilise data analysis across many operational touchpoints to provide a comprehensive and tailor-made service to our customers. Enter our Competition at Booth D50 Stop by Booth D50 to participate in our special TOC competition – more details to be announced in mid-May. Keep track of the news by following us on twitter (@TheTBAGroup) and LinkedIn. Presenting leading speakers in the bulk and container industry In addition to exhibiting at the Rotterdam-based event, we have several team members that will be presenting at both the TECH TOC conference and the BULK conference. Dr Yvo Saanen, Commercial Director and founder of TBA, will be speaking in the TECH TOC Seminar on the subject of Operating Smarter on 12th June from 12.30 – 14.15. Ian Crowder, Head of IT at the Doncaster office, will be speaking in the Bulk Seminar on the subject of Centralised Multi-terminal TOS Systems: the path to Heightened Business Intelligence on 13th June from 14.00 – 14.30. Dr Mi-Rong Wu, Project Manager with expertise in design and performance assessment in the bulk sector, will be speaking in the Bulk Seminar on the subject of A Systematic Approach to Creating a Data-driven Master Plan for Import Bulk Terminals on 13th June from 16.00 – 16.30. Whatever your motivation for attending TOC Europe, we look forward to meeting you!

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TBA Yard Crane Scheduler automates one of world's largest RTG terminals: RTG productivity increased by 10%
April 2018

One of the largest RTG terminals in the world has recently completed the integration of TBA’s Yard Crane Scheduler (YCS). By automating the task of setting ranges for their 130+ RTGs, the terminal has enabled their dispatchers to work proactively to prevent bottlenecks. The productivity of their RTGs has increased by 10% as a result. For Chinese translation please click here Yard Crane Scheduler developed by TBATBA’s Yard Crane Scheduler represents the start of a new era in container terminal automation and optimisation. It connects to the Terminal Operating System (TOS) to continuously obtain information about the yard operation and analyses that data in real time to provide the user with a picture of the optimal distribution of the RTG workload. The RTG ranges are updated in the TOS automatically, resulting in better workload balancing and increased productivity. The Yard Crane Scheduler is beneficial for terminals with more than 1 million TEU throughput, in particular. Automatic RTG rangesThe core of the Yard Crane Scheduler tool lies in the ability to automatically update the ranges of RTGs by continuously monitoring the operation. By looking further ahead than a human operator could, better decisions are made on the long run. The optimisation of the ranges is a continuous process and any changes in crane deployment or planning are processed directly. By taking the expected workload into account, the RTGs will be in the right place at the right time. Proactive dispatchersThe main function of the Yard Crane Scheduler is to control an otherwise time-consuming manual task so that dispatchers will have the opportunity to work more proactively. Instead of firefighting yard clashes and working reactively, dispatchers will be able to avoid them in time. The Yard Crane Scheduler helps dispatchers identify potential problems and improvements and provides warnings, such as:  - Yard crane clashes (planned work in adjacent bays around the same time)  - Unnecessary shuffle moves (handling sequence can be improved)  - Housekeeping activation (detect when both fetching and putting RTGs are idle)Users will have ample time to respond to warnings and solve potential problems before operations are affected, due to the large amount of data which will have already been processed by the Yard Crane Scheduler. Proven go-live: Yard crane scheduler in operationThe Yard Crane Scheduler software was developed and tested with TBA’s state-of-the-art terminal emulation* software, CONTROLS. In July 2017, the Yard Crane Scheduler was deployed full-time – for the first time – across the entire terminal with the goal of automating the RTG ranges in live operation. The RTG performance and user experience improved significantly without negatively affecting the quay cranes. Both the RTG and QC productivity were measured and compared to the average productivities of 2016. The QC productivity remained stable (in fact, a slight increase in productivity was reported), and the RTG productivity increased by 10% during the first few months of active deployment compared with the figures from 2016. The TBA Yard Crane Scheduler is still having a positive impact on the terminal’s daily operations as evidenced by their productivity reports. Another 10% increase is expected for 2018 when lane change automation is considered. This topic was presented at the PTI's Container Terminal Automation Conference in March 2018, London. Please follow this link for the presentation. Want to know more? Request a brochure here * As a market leader and innovator, TBA defines the difference between Simulation and Emulation as below:Simulation = a simulated TOS connected to simulated terminal --> purpose: used for long term planning and processesEmulation = a real TOS connected to a simulated terminal --> purpose: used for TOS tuning, testing and training

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Team takes on 10k warrior challenge for local neonatal unit
April 2018

This April, an intrepid bunch of TBA Doncaster colleagues are banding together to tackle the Yorkshire Warrior 10k obstacle course. The team will be braving the tough Yorkshire countryside, making their way through hills, bogs, river crossings, barbed wire, electric fencing and more – all in an effort to raise money for the local Neonatal Unit in Doncaster. The Neonatal Unit at Doncaster Royal Infirmary provides intensive care, high-dependency care and special care for babies born at 26-weeks’ gestation and above. The unit has a cot capacity of 18, three of which are designated for intensive care. In addition, the unit has two nurseries with nine cot spaces in each as well as six parent rooms, two of which are double rooms. John Stokoe, director at TBA Doncaster, said: "At TBA we are committed to giving back to our local community and it all starts with a little teamwork."   If you would like to find out more or donate to the cause please click here to access the Just Giving page.  

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Autostore WMS Sponsors Key Supply Chain Solutions Event
February 2018

Autostore Warehouse Management System (WMS), the state-of-the-art WMS from TBA Leicester – the developers of modular automation and warehouse control systems (WCS) solutions – is confirmed as a key sponsor of dedicated logistics and supply chain solutions event IntraLogisteX. As the Registration Sponsor, Autostore WMS will be the brand that welcomes all visitors to the prestigious industry event. The event takes place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry and attracts logistics professionals who are looking for solutions to their current and future challenges, from the latest materials handling technologies to full-scale warehouse automation options. In addition to sponsoring the event, the team will also be exhibiting on Stand 157 on both Tuesday 27th & Wednesday 28th February 2018. Our WMS software operates manual, semi-automated and fully automated ASRS supply chain and warehousing applications. With customers across Europe, Scandinavia, the Baltic, the Middle East and Australia, our UK users include household names such as British Gypsum, Great Bear Distribution, Jaguar Land Rover, Mondelez International, Nestlé and the Stobart Group. Autostore is a real-time, modular WMS software solution for single warehouses through to DC networks that delivers maximum value and performance for your supply chain operations. Interested in exploring Autostore WMS further?  Visit us at Stand 157 at IntraLogisteX or get in touch with us by emailing TLE-sales@tba.group or calling +44 (0)116 282 1800.  

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TBA Addresses Automation Challenges with AI & Terminal Performance Expertise at Global Port Technology Industry Event
February 2018

Over the last few years, the shipping industry has seen growing investment in automation. Companies have made this investment in order to remain competitive and in an effort to drive the industry forward, but investment in training and in global standardisation has lagged behind significantly. Global standards are an important part of the process of enabling systems from various suppliers to work together; it is this standardisation that will allow the industry to take full advantage of emergent technologies. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a trendy topic, but does the industry have the right framework in place to support the utilisation of this powerful tool to its full potential? It is questions like the above that will be addressed by Dr Yvo Saanen, Commercial Director of the TBA Group, at the Container Terminal Automation Conference (14 – 15 March) in London. At the conference, Yvo will share his thoughts on how terminals can fully benefit from AI and how variable costs can be drastically reduced by using existing assets in a more productive way. As a pioneer in the process of using simulation in a proofed environment, TBA has an impressive global portfolio of experience assisting different types of terminals and addressing customer needs with proven solutions. The Container Terminal Automation Conference 2018: Automation and AI takes place from 14 to 15 March in London. The event brings together the top futurists, analysts and engineers in AI Automation to uncover the secrets of AI Automation, explore the latest cutting-edge operations along the supply chain, address the human cost and how that can be leveraged, envision what lays in store for humanity and physical trade, and ensure optimum cybersecurity practices are discovered. To find out more about the importance of this prestigious industry event, visit www.porttechnology.org/conference

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TBA Leicester invests in new Headquarters
January 2018

TBA, developer of the Autostore software brand of solutions for warehouses, ports and terminals worldwide, has signed a lease to occupy a 22,000 sq ft office building in Leicester. The move to larger premises represents a substantial investment in the future of software development for TBA and confirms the company’s commitment to Leicester. TBA is moving from its existing base in Blaby to Lancer House, on the Braunstone Industrial Estate just two and a half miles from the city centre. With direct ties to several Leicestershire based universities, TBA Leicester anticipates this move will facilitate increased focus on and capacity for its programmes for graduate trainees as well as attracting experienced IT professionals. TBA will carry out a complete refit of the interior of Lancer House, which will be the central location for the team responsible for supporting all deployments of Autostore software worldwide. Once the refit is complete, TBA Leicester employees will enjoy purpose-built facilities aimed at encouraging creativity and innovation. This will include a software demonstration room, a variety of break-out spaces and amenities. TBA is leasing Lancer House from Leicester-based property investment and development company Rotherhill Developments. Rotherhill managing director Paul Bagshaw said: “We have spent £1.5 million refurbishing the building for TBA so that it meets their exacting standards. “It is great that we have been able to deliver a property suitable for a hi-tech software developer, which enables them to remain in Leicester where there is a shortage of suitable top-quality space.” TBA was advised by local chartered surveyors and commercial property specialists Mather Jamie. Alex Reid, director of Mather Jamie, said: “We worked closely with TBA to identify their property needs in relation to their rapidly growing team. “The impressive refurbishment undertaken at Lancer House shows how updating a vacant property to grade A specification creates opportunities for companies looking to move to secure, high-quality premises.” TBA Leicester managing director, Andrew McKaig, said: “This move represents a great vote of confidence in the team and will provide employment opportunities for many people in the region. I’d like to thank all parties involved in helping us create and deliver a fantastic working environment for leading-edge software development.”

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Innovative CommTrac software delivers for clients in the general cargo and bulk industry
November 2017

TBA Doncaster, suppliers of the bulk and breakbulk terminal operating system CommTrac, have experienced significant productivity during the period 2016 to 2017, successfully innovating the installation procedure and the software offering in response to the specific needs of each customer. TBA Doncaster installed the industry-leading CommTrac bulk TOS software solution at seven sites – within Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Africa – in total during this time. In response to customer need and market trends, the team not only designed a web-based version of their original product, but also released a Software as a Service (SaaS) option and a truly innovative ‘software in a box’ solution. The brand-new, web-based CommTrac V4 software was introduced to five locations, while two more upgraded their existing CommTrac software to this new web-based version. The advantages of the web-based system are numerous and include the ability to access the software from multiple locations in addition to enhanced support and training capabilities. In response to changing business models, TBA Doncaster created an option for customers to implement CommTrac via the SaaS model. This approach allows customers increased budgetary flexibility because they can pay a monthly license fee attributed to their operational expenditure (OPEX) rather than a substantial one-off fee that effects their capital expenditure (CAPEX). One customer required a more innovative solution still for two of their sites and TBA Doncaster met this challenge by delivering a ‘software in a box’ solution, comprising a plug and play terminal operating system (TOS) that can be used to deploy terminal management software (TMS) in the most challenging port environments. This solution incorporated the CommTrac V4 software, server hardware and integrated weighbridge all in a container kitted out as an office. Operatives from the customer site were trained in the UK and the ‘software in a box’ was shipped to the port locations for a swift operational ‘go live’. Each installation project represented a challenge for the TBA Doncaster team but the agility and resourcefulness of the company ethos put the team in an excellent position to deliver these complex implementations to their valued customers. Interested in exploring CommTrac further? Get in touch with us by emailing Glynn Thomas.

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CommTrac takes centre stage for TBA at industry exhibitions in October
September 2017

CommTrac, the bulk terminal operating system from IBJ award-winning TBA Doncaster, will be the focal product at two industry exhibitions attended by TBA this October. Our TBA Doncaster team will be exhibiting at: the European Commodities Exchange in Brussels from 12 – 13 Oct on Stand A9 and Breakbulk Americas in Houston Texas from 17 – 19 October on Stand 938.  Our CommTrac product enables you to plan, track and manage all bulk and breakbulk cargo, manned/automated assets and people right across your terminal or terminal network – in real time! With over 30 installations worldwide, CommTrac is a proven solution for managing your grain, agribulk, mineral and general cargo operations, providing the tools and control to maximise your operational efficiency, profitability and growth potential. Come along to either show and visit the team to find out how CommTrac can simplify your operation. Interested in exploring CommTrac further?  Visit us at Stand A9 at the ECE Brussels and/or Stand 938 at Breakbulk Americas or get in touch with us by emailing Glynn Thomas.

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Serious gaming for port industry during the World Port Days 1-3 September 2017
August 2017

TBA joins hands again with Port Authority Rotterdam at upcoming World Port Days.In cooperation with the Port Authority Rotterdam TBA presents a Virtual Reality game which makes users aware of the complex processes at logistic hubs. Visitors can play an especially developed World Port Days mission of simulated (real life APMT and RWG) terminals in virtual reality with the Oculus Rift. This virtual reality set up is the most advanced training game based on extensive (real case) data for automated terminals worldwide. These virtual 3D terminals have been built to train terminal personnel in near-to-live situations without disturbing the ongoing processes on a terminal.During the first weekend of September, the city of Rotterdam celebrates its port during the World Port Days. What once started as the one-day event has since grown into the Netherlands’ largest annual public maritime event, which welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors over the course of three full days. Numerous companies open their doors to public to show the latest innovations in one of the largest ports in the world. A unique opportunity to check out areas in the port that normally wouldn’t be able to accessible. Port authority Rotterdam manages, operates and develops the port and industrial area of Rotterdam.The international nature of Rotterdam is reflected in its focus on innovation. This makes Rotterdam the smartest port and the most important logistical hub of Europe and beyond. Start-ups, entrepreneurs, and investors from around the globe flock to Rotterdam to set up shop and contribute to making each day better than the last; to pave the way and address global challenges such as digitisation and energy transition in a quintessentially Rotterdam way.Experience our Virtual Reality game at the World Port Days:http://wereldhavendagen.nl/en/programma/meet-the-port-of-rotterdam-authority-at-the-wilhelminakade/

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How can simulations help ports and terminals?
July 2017

News article published in Harbours Review June 2017 by Remmelt Thijs, Senior Project Manager and Dr. Yvo Saanen, Commercial Director and Principal Consultant at TBA.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 container market has gained a certain dynamic. This is reflected at container terminals accommodating larger vessels, new combinations of shipping lines and often a step-wise growth. This growth could result in higher utilization of existing sites as well as regular expansion projects and new greenfield development for which simulation modelling can be of value. Click here to read the full article

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Logistics software specialists CSA and DBIS unify under a single brand - TBA
June 2017

CSA and DBIS become TBA – simplifying operations Two of the UK’s leading supply chain, automation, bulk, general and container cargo software specialists have re-branded as TBA. TBA Leicester, formerly CSA Ltd (Central Systems & Automation), and TBA Doncaster, formerly DBIS Ltd, now sit alongside Dutch sister company TBA Delft under a unified TBA brand. TBA now offers integrated solutions for the entire lifecycle of ports, terminal and warehousing operations: design, implementation, operation and optimisation. Formed in 1979, TBA Doncaster designs and installs CommTrac, the bulk, break-bulk and general cargo terminal operating system (TOS) of choice for 30 terminals worldwide. It also supplies a wide range of advanced automation solutions for the most demanding industrial environments. Both TBA Doncaster and CommTrac are multiple award-winners in the technology categories of the annual International Bulk Journal Awards. David Trueman, managing director of TBA Doncaster said: “The names are changing but our structures, management and respective customer bases remain the same. However, by coming together under the TBA brand and simplifying the way we operate, we believe we can enhance the way we serve our customers. This means adding value through complementary, end-to-end digital solutions and shared expertise that will help our customers simplify their own operations for enhanced efficiency, integration, profitability and safety – plus help them future-proof the long-term performance of their businesses”. Formed in 1988, TBA Leicester designs and installs the Autostore range – warehouse management system (WMS) and warehouse control system (WCS) solutions – for manufacturers and logistics operators plus container terminal operating system (TOS) solutions for port and inland terminal operators. Autostore WMS is a multi-award-winning technology solution as recognised by Logistics Business magazine and TBA Leicester is the recipient of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.Andrew McKaig, managing director of TBA Leicester said: “TBA Leicester and TBA Doncaster combine over 60 years' experience delivering cutting-edge strategic control, automation and inventory management software systems that set the industry standard in supply chain and cargo management. Not only does unifying under the TBA brand signify our commitment to offering our worldwide customers class-leading solutions for their existing supply chain and terminal operations, it also expands their options for innovation as the ‘Internet of Things’ evolution gathers pace”. TBA Delft is a leading international provider of container terminal consultancy, training services and software with a client-base that includes all major terminal operators worldwide as well as large local port operators and manufacturers. In addition, TBA Delft supports the implementations of both U.K.-based sister companies, further reinforcing the company goal of providing end-to-end solutions for every TBA client. The unification of the three renowned businesses combines a stunning track record of more than 100 installations worldwide with over 1,000 successful projects undertaken, enabling consistent innovation of new software designs and unrivalled attention to customer care. For more information about our enhanced product portfolio please refer to the below contact information. Autostore WMS - mark.dorman@tba.group Commtrac - glynn.thomas@tba.group / david.trueman@tba.group Container terminal consultancy, training and software - martijn.coeveld@tba.group

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The car industry and our big automation hopes
March 2017

The entire automation industry is putting their money – rightfully – on the developments in the car industry. An industry many times bigger than the maritime industry. Tesla – as one of the frontrunners in car automation - makes – at least claims to make - one of the most advanced automated cars today. They introduced extensive driver’s support systems already some 2 years ago (Autopilot 1), and recently launched Autopilot 2 (see www.tesla.com), which should enable driverless driving. Autopilot 1 already offered automated cruise control, automated steering (on highways), and semi-automated overtaking. Autopilot 2 should go far beyond. Promise versus reality However, a very recent experience showed what is actually delivered today! From all the promised driver-support functions none actually worked when the car was delivered. Even worse, one of the new features (the triple camera behind the windscreen) did not work at all (which had not been tested, because..... because the software did not work. The camera replacement was not problem, but since the car’s delivery (early January), the software updates have not brought a level of driver support that Autopilot provides. No automated steering on the highway (limited to 50 km/h), no automated overtaking (even not semi-automated), and a very buggy automated cruise control. Automated parking: no. Semi-automated parking: no. State-of-the-art? This bad experience brought me to visiting one of Tesla’s competitors, BMW, who just launched the new 5 series, which should provide a major step forward in driver’s assist. So a test drive had to show where they stand compared to for instance Tesla. The experience was even more disappointing. The automated cruise control worked flawless (hey, this was introduced in 2006 already), but the autosteer on the highway was completely useless, if not dangerous – automated overtaking was not yet available, as it was not ready upon the launch. Several times the autosteer function switched off (without any sound, although the icon on the dashboard did change), and the car drove of the highway onto the emergency lane. A lighting example? Having driven a Tesla for 3,5 years now, I have experienced the software updates (great), the regression problems (not so great), the buggyness of big updates (not great at all), and the time it takes to resolve those (frustrating, especially when it concerns key functions). We should realise that our industry will eventually benefit from the car industry, but today, I could not say that they are a lighting example in terms of quality, and meeting promises. Far from that!

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TBA Brings Leadership To Global Port Technology Industry Event Addressing Port Terminal Automation Challenges
February 2017

Industry-leading port technology resource for news and technical content, Port Technology International, follows up success of 2016 event with larger, more senior second annual meeting; Terminal Automation & Training C-Level Networking Conference. The Terminal Automation & Training C-Level Networking Conference 2017, taking place on April 19-20 in London, will bring thought leaders in the automation and training sectors of the port industry to do business, network and discuss the stages of terminal automation, implications on port staff training and the need for simulation to facilitate this.   Yvo Saanen about last years conference: "Inspiring event, with a highly interactive audience; covering a lot of ground in the area of automation" Speaking at the announcement of this year's conference, James AA Khan, Managing Director at Port Technology, said: "We have all seen the huge and growing investment in automation made by our industry over the last few years, as a means of staying competitive and driving the sector forward, but what has lagged behind is investment in training. This is where operators can really differentiate themselves from the competition, ensuring they have the best people to take advantage of these new automation technologies.” To find out more about the importance of the industry meeting C-level event, visit www.porttechnology.org/conference

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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. 

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New services movie at TOC Europe 2016
June 2016

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

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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:

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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.

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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:  

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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Terminal Automation & Training Conference in London
April 2016

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

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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.

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TEAMS @ LBCT
January 2016

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

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DBIS wins IBJ Innovation award
November 2015

DBIS won an award at the IBJ ceremony in Antwerp this week. This is the 4th award in 7 years of the event. DBIS won the award in the Innovation category together with ABP. DBIS was also shortlisted in two other categories. From left to right Damir Lovrinov, Director Caravel, Hong Kong. Mike Sellers, Director ABP. David Trueman, Director DBIS. Ray Girvan, IBJ.

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Nectar sign multiple contracts with DBIS software
October 2015

Nectar was established in 1972 and in the early 1980s revolutionised the bulk handling industry at developing ports around the world when it invented and launched the world’s first mobile bagging system.More recently Nectar has developed its strategy towards the management, operation and maintenance of terminals starting in 2011 with the Beira Coal Terminal in Mozambique. In operating the coal terminal, Nectar is responsible for all of the activities within the terminal from unloading of coal from the trains up to loading of the vessels including maintenance of all terminal equipment. The terminal has a design throughput capacity of 5 million tonnes per year and has a vessel loading capacity of 2,400 metric tons per hour. Nectar chose DBIS to provide their terminal management system for Beira and the organisations have worked closely together on various initiatives until 2015 when Nectar was awarded two major projects; firstly a ten year concession to operate the Freetown Terminal in Sierra Leone and then a joint venture between Seasia Logistics Philippines Inc. and Nectar to construct a US$18.5 million terminal in Bataan, Philippines. Nectar will operate each terminal with a local management team but at the same time allow the central management to interact with the terminals to monitor the performance of the operations from both a process and a financial perspective. For this to work effectively Nectar needed consistency in the local operational practices and the capability to access real time information remotely. To facilitate this Nectar has followed up their decision at the Beira terminal and implemented the CommTrac terminal management system from DBIS. In 2015 DBIS released CommTrac V4, a totally new release of the CommTrac software created using a web user interface, which is perfectly suited to the requirements for remote access required by Nectar. CommTrac V4 has also been created to meet the needs of break bulk and general cargo terminals as well as DBIS’ traditional customers in the bulk sector. This additional functionality provides Nectar with the perfect platform to develop their terminal business in whichever direction the market requires. To keep human resources to a minimum Nectar will use a single system administrator based in the UK to manage master data and commercial terms within the systems, training of local teams will also be performed by Nectar’s own super users.To deliver the software to the terminals in a quick and simple way the decision was made to construct containerised offices, which use modified shipping containers as administrative offices and server rooms, interconnected using Wi-Fi. This allowed the systems to be connected to weighbridges and fully tested in the UK prior to shipping by standard container liner service to the destination country where they could be set down, powered up and put into operation, quickly and easily.DBIS and Nectar have put in place a multi-site agreement with the plan to implement the DBIS solution wherever Nectar establishes a terminal operation, to ensure consistent and remotely accessible information is provided to the key decision makers in the organisation.   Standard shipping container with secure window for interaction with drivers on the weighbridge Container fitted out to create an office environment User training at DBIS’ office

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3 ways to optimise your port
October 2015

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Optimising Bulk Operations
September 2015

http://www.porttechnology.org/news/optimising_bulk_terminal_storage_with_simulation

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TBA @ Terminal Automation Seminar
August 2015

Yvo Saanen (MD) is expert speaker at the Terminal Automation Seminar 2015. Terminal Automation Seminar: A comprehensive guide to successfully implementing automation technology in port and terminal operations For more info check:

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360 Container Terminal Experience
July 2015

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Simplifying your operation at TOC 2015
May 2015

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.

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Chimney App
April 2015

The goal of the chimney Intelligent plug-in is to increase safety in the yard. On terminals chimney stacks are undesired because of safety due to the risk of falling when handling other containers, and the risk of falling due to wind. Here, we define a pilein the yard as a chimney (stack) when either: 1. The difference between the pile height of the pile and the maximum pile height of the adjacent piles (in the same bay) is 2 or more 3 or more (depending on user configuration) 2. In RTG terminals, the pile on the lane closest to the truck lane is already a chimney when it is higher than its adjacent inward pile Due to stacking parameters, and loading sequences, chimney stacks will evolve. On RTG terminals, for safety reasons, chimneys in the yard need to be avoided On ASC terminals, in case of approaching storm, chimneys in the yard need to be avoided and now manual planning is needed to prepare the yard  The app will Identify the chimney stacks Avoid new chimney stacks List the moves to resolve chimney stacks Make the chimneys visible in the TOS Plan moves for the containers to new piles First take chimneys of MTYs  down Then take chimneys of fulls down This article was published on Port Technology International

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APM Terminals Maasvlakte II Officially Open
April 2015

On 24 April 2015, APM Terminals hosted a celebration attended by The Netherlands’ Monarch King Willem-Alexander, and 500 senior representatives from the global shipping industry and world governments in honor of the official opening of the new APM Terminals Maasvlakte II Rotterdam facility, the world’s most technologically advanced and environmentally sustainable container terminal.  Please find the full press release here: APMT MVII officially opens. Watch the movie

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Smartest port of the world
April 2015

On Sunday 26 April 2015 at 21:00, TBA will play a role in the documentary titled 'De slimste haven van de Wereld' / 'The smartest port of the World' on Dutch national television made by VPRO.

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Verification App
April 2015

This article can be read on:  http://www.porttechnology.org/news/feature_app_of_the_week With TOC Europe just around the corner, simulation, emulation and software specialists TBA is presenting an ‘App of the week’ initiative together with Port Technology International. The Intelligent App platform is developed in conjunction with terminals to optimise operations. 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 N4 2.x.   App of the Week: Plan Verification App Planners at terminals have to think of many factors when planning the handling of a vessel. Key questions revolve around whether a team is using the right working patterns, whether the right containers are being handled in the right sequence from the yard, whether a yard supports the cranes and so forth. An extensive analysis of training results in our planning training has revealed that the improvement of planning can lead to much better productivity, while avoiding the typical ‘fire-fighting’ that happens in the control tower. From the same analysis we gathered the most commonly made mistakes and implemented them in our Plan Verification App which instantaneously checks plans for common mistakes. The latest release also checks for optimisation opportunities, minimises yard clashes and checks for twin-lift possibilities as well as dual cycling. The Plan Verification App is part of the Intelligent App platform and works seamlessly with Navis SPARCS 3.7, and N4 2.x. It can be remotely installed and has no effect on the production system, hence it is risk free.

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New web based CommTrac V4 is here!
March 2015

The latest version of our terminal management software, CommTrac V4, brings together all the core functionality of previous versions with a new web based front end.Being web based, CommTrac V4, now makes it easier for companies to adopt a centrally hosted solution with multi-terminal roll out via standard web browsers. It also allows user to take full advance of new mobile and tablet technology.

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Vote for Navis Inspire award Terminal Operations Improvement SCCT
February 2015

To Vote, press like on http://community.navis.com/t5/Navis-Inspire-Awards/Suez-Canal-Container-Terminal-SCCT-Terminal-Operations/idi-p/25059   Terminal: Suez Canal Container Terminal Entry Submitted by: Jan Buijze, COO Navis Inspire Awards Category: Terminal Operations Improvement   Tell us about your terminal.  The most unique characteristic of Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT) is that it is located in Port Said, Egypt at the mouth of the Suez Canal on the Mediterranean Sea. It is a major transshipment hub for the Eastern Mediterranean region and a gateway port for local Egyptian cargo. The terminal’s current capacity is 5.4 million TEU, making it one of the largest container terminals on the Mediterranean Sea. SCCT started operations in 2004 and is operated by APM Terminals, the major shareholder.    We are one of the largest sites in the world that has gone live successfully with Navis N4 (our old TOS was RBS) where the advanced modules as Expert Decking and Prime Route were implemented from the very start. A large portion of world trade is passing doors, providing us significant opportunities to attract customers.  Why are you nominating your terminal for this category? Describe the project, what was it and why was is/it unique and important? We are nominating our project in the terminal operations improvement category. The biggest challenge was the migration of a large and complex facility from RBS (Australian TOS) to Navis N4 TOS. We have migrated to N4 including all the advanced functionalities such as Expert Decking and Prime Route and in fact this is the first go live where the advanced modules of Expert Decking and Prime Route were successfully implemented from the start. SCCT, APMT, TBA and Navis teams have worked closely together to achieve a successful implementation. Furthermore, the SCCT migration has been one of the largest, if not the largest, N4 migration in the history of the TOS. Currently, it is one of the largest sites in the world running with the advanced modules of Navis TOS. After go-live (September 2014) experienced a significant drop in Productivity (15 moves/hour) but we have steadily increased productivity and are presently (February 2015) operating between 26-27 moves/hour. We are not there yet (29+) but this will hopefully be a matter of time. An added complexity was the fact that we simultaneously went live with N4 billing and it is fair to state that no vessel related invoices were delayed more than a few days during go-live and we have internally and externally validated that no revenue was leaked as consequence of changing systems. The success of this large terminal using Navis’ state-of-the-art software shows what N4 is capable of achieving. Describe the Goals and Objectives that you had for the project. Goal for the project included the following: Optimise terminal logistics through automation  Eliminate manual interference Use automation to enhance our productivity Please tell us about the project planning, development and execution. We had a project manager who reported to the steering committee, which included the COO, CFO, Chief Commercial Officer, Operations Manager and Planning Manager. This group took all the key decisions, approved project plans, budgets and followed up on the progress of the plan as agreed. For the first nine months, we met once a month and when we were closer to the go-live, we met bi-weekly. In the last month, the meetings happened on a weekly basis. Even after the go-live, we continued to meet twice a week to be able to act quickly on issues and developments that needed escalation or attention. The go-live preparation took a year and we were committed to keeping the whole organization informed on all decisions and steps, what was to be expected and what the changes would entail. Since we did this from the beginning of the project, it created good faith and a positive vibe about the whole project. We focused on all employees from yard planners to the equipment operators. We have 1,200 operators and another 1,000 contractors who are working in our trucks. We put a lot of focus in keeping them involved and abreast of any changes and benefits. We spent significant time on training. Overall, we have been able to make the change to N4 without to much noise. Productivity went down temporarily due to various technical issues we had in the beginning of the project—network coverage, certain things in the release and mistakes from our own staff. As the project progressed and people got better at operating the system, things started to improve. We developed in-house applications for RBS, but many of these in-house apps became redundant for N4. Either functionality was available fully or partially in N4. Please detail key measures, metrics, and ROI results. Include as much detail as you can including examples and evidence. How has your operation or business improved as a result of this project? We expect to grow substantially over the next couple of years and we would simply not be able to manage with our old (RBS) TOS. We migrated mid September 2014 and the productivity level is now between 26-27 moves/hour, which is 1-1.5 points below what it was before the N4 implementation. However, the expectation is that we will do better than that in the long-term. The good thing is that we did not have a meltdown. There are various examples in this industry where a change of TOS has resulted in a meltdown at the terminal and where it took months to recover. The process of handling a truck when it gets into our gate has been reduced by 50%. We are also expecting increased efficiency in both planning and execution. It’s important to involve your own workforce and key people from an early stage at terminals, so you are familiar with the people and they are ready to help you when you need them. What are the factors that affected the project positively or negatively? What lessons would you like to share with the Navis community? From the preparation period, our teams were well-organized. This allowed us to catch any issues at an early stage before they became an obstacle. As with all projects, communication is key, particularly with our internal teams. If everybody remains open and objective, things go smoothly.  The big lessons we learned are to make sure you get the real buy in from the people who will be using the new application. In the test period, try to implement the system with as little customization as possible, and when you have a release with some level of customization, test it over and over again. We started testing in April and did several full cycles before the go live. We started the testing process first with super users and then we involved more people within the organization. We did that on a rotation based on their shifts. In doing all the testing, everyone got a good number of hours using the system. Who were the key team members who drove and contributed to the success of the project.  SCCT: Mohamed Abouwarda – Project Manager Mohammed Tamer – Planning Manager Jan Buijze – COO Fredrik Klinke - CFO Eslam Hossni – Superuser Lars Koch-Soelyst  - CCO   APM Headquarters:  Brian Hibbert James Burgess   TBA: Raoul van Heffen Santhana Manickam Richard Chan Richard Bennis  Bert de Groot

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Vote for Yvo as engineer of the year
February 2015

http://www.dagvandeingenieur.nl/stem-nu/

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Bulk simulation page lauched due to succes bulk simulation projects
February 2015

TBA has launched a new Bulk subpage on their website under Simulation Analysis. After completing a significant number of Bulk simulation and consultancy projects over the past year TBA has noticed that there is a high demand within the Bulk market for proven simulations. More and more Bulk companies want to know where they can optimise their current facilities, what the maximum capacity is and how they should design their new facilities for an optimal layout.  With the proven accuracy of our simulation models of within 5% TBA has been the choice of the largest Bulk operators over the past years.  For more information about Bulk or to download our Bulk brochure click the picture below: 

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Yvo Saanen in finals for Engineer of the Year
January 2015

Yvo Saanen, Managing Director and co-founder of TBA, was selected as one of the three finalists for Engineer of the Year! You can vote for Yvo from February 10th until March 15th by clicking the picture or link below:   http://www.dagvandeingenieur.nl/ The link to the official press release: https://www.tba.nl/resources/press+section/press+releases/20150126 Persbericht Finalisten Prins Friso Ingenieursprijs bekend.pdf.

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Explore the Virtual Terminal
January 2015

Always wanted to experience your future terminal in its greatest detail before actually building one? Interested in experiencing the future layout, buildings, and combination of equipment in the terminal planning phase? So far the domain of simulation only, TBA now introduces the combination of highly accurate terminal simulation models with state-of-the-art technology in the form of the Oculus Rift https://www.oculus.com/rift/ This revolutionary combination create a unique experience of walking around in your newly planned terminal years before go-live. At Maasvlakte II in Rotterdam TBA is using their Virtual Terminal simulation model to train people. Connecting the Virtual Terminal to the Oculus Rift, safety training on Terminals will become even more realistic. During the upcoming TOC in Rotterdam http://tocevents-europe.com/ TBA will allow visitors to walk around the terminals of Maasvlakte II: an experience that can only be gained in this virtual world, as fully automated terminals are the exclusive domain of robots……

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Succesful 2014 for TBA
January 2015

TBA has had a very busy and successful 2014, with over 100 projects. We have highlighted some of these projects in our newsletter to inspire you for 2015!  

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The challenge for suppliers; State-of-the-Art Automation
December 2014

On the Second Maasvlakte in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and in Long Beach, CA USA, three of the most advanced automated terminals in the world are being build (Rotterdam World Gateway, APMT MVII and LBCT). End to end the workflows on the terminals are automated, with minimal manual intervention. TBA is involved as a software supplier, where we deliver our TEAMS software, which is the equipment control software. TEAMS software translates the planning from the TOS (terminal operating software) into outside moves, where the software acts between the equipment and the Terminal Operating Software (TOS). Routing, collision detection and high speed operations are among the operational challenges which are executed by our software. As a supplier we are challenged to perform to our best, and to explore new workflows and terminal design in cooperation with our clients and other suppliers. It is exciting to work on state-of-the-art terminal design and to be a part of the building blocks of innovation in operation. We are continuously measuring the impact of automation on productivity and seeing higher levels as the automation software is mature and all suppliers are working together to deliver the best. For 2015 TBA sees a new challenge to expand the TEAMS software to more equipment types, to expand the automation possibilities for terminals with different types of fleets.

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Strategy evaluation; expansion of E-RTG’s for GPA
December 2014

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) asked TBA to evaluate their long term strategy. GPA operates the Garden City container terminal in Savannah, North America’s busiest single-terminal container facility. The 1,200 acre terminal with a fleet of 27 Ship to Shore cranes and 116 RTGs, currently handles over 3.0 million TEU per year. TBA has build a simulation model of the entire Garden City Terminal, which has been used as a decision support tool. During the last two years, the TBA simulation model has been used for a wide range of studies, including a long term capacity analysis, evaluation of improvement measures (yard strategy, equipment deployment, etc.), gate expansions plans and an evaluation of rail operations. One specific and interesting aspect of the simulation studies focused on the implementation of full electric RTGs (E-RTGs). GPA is the first operator in North America to use E-RTGs, to improve their sustainability and to reduce costs in the long term. After positive evaluation, GPA is expanding the E-RTG fleet to 15 E-RTGs. GPA intends to electrify all RTGs by 2024 to become one of the most sustainable terminals worldwide. The TBA simulation model was used to assess the performance of the E- RTGs, including the time impact of (de)coupling to the conductor bar during E-RTG block and lane changes, compared to the existing fleet. Based on this outcome the simulation was used to determine the long term E-RTG fleet size requirements to support GPA current and future throughput targets with a complete and sustainable E-RTG fleet.

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SCCT TOS migration support using CONTROLS
December 2014

Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT), a large Mediterranean transshipment terminal, has recently migrated to Navis N4. TBA was asked to support in several aspects of the project, including testing the new TOS under near-to-live circumstances, giving Virtual Reality TOS training sessions and setting up the advanced modules PrimeRoute and Expert Decking. For each of these activities, TBA used its proven emulation software CONTROLS. The decision of SCCT to deploy TBA’s emulation approach enabled extensive testing of the TOS, using a TOS dataset from production (migrated to the new TOS) to test the system under realistic load. The training sessions with CONTROLS enabled the trainees to use the new TOS during dynamic operations, so they could apply best practices and experience the impact on their future system well in advance of Go-Live. To setup PrimeRoute and Expert Decking, TBA combined its extensive experience in optimizing these modules with the benefits of emulation. The initial configuration was done according to TBA’s vision on these systems, after which the configuration was verified and improved in the virtual reality operations of CONTROLS to roll out into the live operations.  As a result, the large and complex terminal went live without any major problems, with PrimeRoute and Expert Decking successfully deployed from the very first day. This enabled SCCT to handle 4000 container moves per day, ramping-up to an impressive figure of 6000+ in 4 weeks.

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DBIS win the 2014 IBJ award for IT solution
December 2014

The award was won as part of a joint submission with Peel Ports Liverpool for the CommTrac system operating at Peel Ports Agri-Bulk terminals in Liverpool. Having first worked with Peel Ports Liverpool in 2001 when we jointly developed the Management, Operations and Traceability System for the Grain Terminal we then went on to develop their CommTrac Bulk Terminal Management System, which has subsequently become the product of choice for bulk terminals around the world.In 2012 we delivered a major upgrade of the automation and management systems at the Agri-Bulk terminals at the Port of Liverpool and have, this year, implemented CommTrac at Peel's Runcorn docks operation.The award was collected on the night by DBIS director David Trueman (centre left) and Peel Ports,Liverpool,Port Director David Huck (centre right)David Huck said “CommTrac delivers a tangible return on investment for Peel Ports Liverpool through administrative efficiencies, optimisation of operational processes and, more importantly, delivering further added value for our growing customer base. The traceability and QA requirements at Liverpool are intrinsic within CommTrac, enabling the terminals to further advance their compliance with global traceability and product security standards”.The award , which is our 3rd IBJ award, further cements our position as the leading global supplier of integrated systems to bulk and general cargo terminals.See what Peel Ports have to say about the award

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TBA Addresses Automation Challenges with AI & Terminal Performance Expertise at Global Port Technology Industry Event
November 2014

Over the last few years, the shipping industry has seen growing investment in automation. Companies have made this investment in order to remain competitive and in an effort to drive the industry forward, but investment in training and in global standardisation has lagged behind significantly. Global standards are an important part of the process of enabling systems from various suppliers to work together; it is this standardisation that will allow the industry to take full advantage of emergent technologies. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a trendy topic, but does the industry have the right framework in place to support the utilisation of this powerful tool to its full potential? It is questions like the above that will be addressed by Dr Yvo Saanen, Commercial Director of the TBA Group, at the Container Terminal Automation Conference (14 – 15 March) in London. At the conference, Yvo will share his thoughts on how terminals can fully benefit from AI and how variable costs can be drastically reduced by using existing assets in a more productive way. As a pioneer in the process of using simulation in a proofed environment, TBA has an impressive global portfolio of experience assisting different types of terminals and addressing customer needs with proven solutions. The Container Terminal Automation Conference 2018: Automation and AI takes place from 14 to 15 March in London. The event brings together the top futurists, analysts and engineers in AI Automation to uncover the secrets of AI Automation, explore the latest cutting-edge operations along the supply chain, address the human cost and how that can be leveraged, envision what lays in store for humanity and physical trade, and ensure optimum cybersecurity practices are discovered. To find out more about the importance of this prestigious industry event, visit www.porttechnology.org/conference

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APM Terminals Maasvlakte II Begins Landside 24/7 Operations
November 2014

APM Terminals Maasvlakte II has announced the commencement of the landside operations! An important milestone in the life of the new APM Terminals Maasvlakte II container terminal.  Please find the full press release here: APMT MVII opens landside.  

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Play the terminal 'Safe - T Game'
November 2014

WHY The trend in container terminals worldwide is towards more and more automation to reduce costs and improve performance. The most recent terminal designs are fully automated nearly without people on site when things run smoothly. But when disruptions occur, due for instance to equipment breakdown, people have to go onsite to solve these issues. On site the risks are different in an automated environment than in a non automated environment, as automated equipment has no reaction to on site people. In the Port of Rotterdam (Netherlands) two of these fully automated terminals are being build and are close to live operations. Together with the University of Delft, Dinalog, TBA, RWG, APMTMV2 and several SME companies a big research project (SALOMO) has begun in 2011 into shared situational awareness in the container supply chain, to reduce on site risks and therefore disruptions, which have a negative impact on supply chain operations, safety and productivity.  Shared situational awareness aims for a higher awareness of the risks which exist in an (semi-) automated terminal environment and improve overall productivity by reducing disruptions and disruption time. Especially interdependent risks, where multiple parties are involved, can be reduced through a better understanding of the implications of decisions and communication throughout the supply chain. TBA has developed a serious game within this research project to train onsite personnel for day to day operations in fully and semi automated terminals and to create more awareness among personnel about the impact of their decisions on others, on the operation and on reducing existing risks. WHAT The serious game is the first terminal game worldwide pioneered by TBA as the next innovation in training automated terminal personnel based on the actual operation and not an approximation. By connecting their TEAMS equipment control software (used in the live operation for running automated QC’s, ASC’s and AGV’s), their CONTROLS emulation software (runs the virtual terminal and normally is used for optimizing and testing TOS software) and a virtual reality game engine they have created the Safe - T Game. You can walk around in the virtual terminal, which has the exact layout and the exact behaviour as the live terminal outside.  The game is made custom to the terminal to replicate the exact circumstances, such as safety and fence control procedures. Currently you are either a dispatcher or a maintenance technician in the game.  In the Safe - T Game TBA is currently testing with the research partners how to train several risk awareness subjects, such as situational understanding, safety procedures, how to handle disruptions to minimize impact on performance, how to handle equipment breakdown and communications effectiveness. Preliminairy tests have shown technical personnel to behave in the game as in real life and has exposed behaviour which poses a potential risk. In addition effective communication from an operations room to outside personnel seems to be an important subject to improve on to quickly reduce risks for technical personnel. Future developments Together with the two terminals and the University of Delft TBA is currently extending the Safe - T Game into a full training suite, to train dispatchers, technical maintenance personnel and external personnel that occasionally needs to work on site. Depending on the terminal procedures and the training demand the subjects for training will be developed in 2015 and the game will technically become more advanced.  An example of a foreseen technical development is the use of the Oculus Rift virtual reality glasses, which will give the Maintenance Technician an even more realistic experience in the virtual terminal. Preliminary testing has been done with connecting the Terminal Operating System (TOS), where the operation in the virtual terminal will than replay the actual outside live operation, as planned and executed in the TOS. This would allow personnel to recreate live disruptions and vary and evaluate their responses to see the impact on the performance in the TOS. Other extensions which are under evaluation are the addition of more & different equipment maintenance scenarios, add disturbing factors such as sound, add additional roles or using the virtual terminal for one time / specialty maintenance personnel as a quick training tool on procedural behavior and safety risks in automated environments. But it can also just be fun and educational; imagine putting on the VR glasses in the reception room and just walk anywhere on the terminal, seeing up close how the operation works, climb a QC or jump on an AGV, whereas in real live very few people are allowed on site! TBA sees the Safe - T Game as the next generation training tool to improve performance and safety for semi- and automated terminals through increasing awareness and insight of terminal personnel of the impact of their decisions. It is the only serious game to connect real operating software with training scenarios to mimic live operations and behaviour as closely as possible in terminal world. TBA is ahead of the game with Safe - T Game!  

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We are TBA company movie
September 2014

TBA has released their first company movie: We are TBA.

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TBA Main Sponsor at the LOGMS 2014
August 2014

TBA is the main sponsor of the 4th International Conference on Logistics and Maritime Systems will be held in Rotterdam 27-29 August 2014. The objective of this conference is to provide a forum for exchanging ideas on the latest developments in the field of logistics and maritime systems among participants from universities and related industries, and to seek opportunities for collaboration among the participants. Logistics activities worldwide have intensified in the wake of globalization and increased international trade. As a result, global supply chain networks are becoming more complex as they typically involve maritime transport, inland waterways and onshore road and rail transportation systems. The first conference of this series took place in Busan, Korea in 2010 integrating various predecessor conferences like the International Conference on Intelligent Logistics Systems (IILS), held in Busan, Korea (2005), Brisbane, Australia (2006), Kitakyushu, Japan (2007), Shanghai, China (2008), and Gold Coast, Australia (2009), and the Maritime Logistics (MLOG) conference held in Singapore (2009). Later LOGMS conferences were held in Bremen (2012) and Singapore (2013).

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Exclusive interview TBA at TOC Europe
August 2014

Straight from TOC Europe, Dr Yvo Saanen, Managing Director of TBA gives an exclusive interview with PTI at TOC Europe in London.

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New TBA app to alleviate TOS problems
July 2014

How do you optimise the travel path of reefer mechanics while maintaining due times for plugging and unplugging? And how do you create subsequent moves between straddle carriers and empty handlers automatically? Also, what is the best way to set CHE ranges for automated RMGs? All of these can represent small gaps in the functionality spectrum of most terminal operating systems. Which was why Dutch optimisation specialist TBA has created an ‘intelligent app platform’ to fill in these gaps with useful and productivity-enhancing behaviour.   Terminal Operating Systems provide more and more functionality and can facilitate efficient operations. Planning and operation become more automated on a step-by step basis, especially with regard to repetitive functions such as vessel planning and yard planning. Yet, in terms of terminal operations, there is still much uncovered ground requiring manual intervention. The new app platform has been designed to alleviate these problems and connects seamlessly to SPARCS (N4), using Java technology for the apps. The apps produce clear feedback on what has been optimised and when the app ran; they can be easily switched on and off.   A TBA spokesperson added that as practical experience grows, further releases with an increasing number of apps will become available.  

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Minimizing planning errors? Try the plan verification tool!
July 2014

Planning of vessel, yard and equipment at terminals is of increasing importance of the scale and density of operations is ever-increasing. Minimizing unproductive moves, avoiding QC clashes, working in unproductive vessel sequences, working plugged reefers, not twinning 20's are just a few examples of opportunities for productivity improvement that we found when analyzing live plans across a large group of terminals. For this purpose, we developed an assistance tool, called 'plan verification tool'. This tool checks for a large series of common errors made in plans almost instantaneously, and lists them in a clear report, pointing at the specific work queues, work instructions, yard areas or equipment that is involved, so that a planner can easily correct the errors.  The tool works seamlessly with SPARCS 3.x as well as SPARCS N4, as such covering a large range of terminals. The tool can be trialled for a test period. Want to know more? Please contact bert.de.groot@tba.nl 

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TBA launches new container terminal simulation video
June 2014

We have just launched our new container terminal simulation video that is available on YouTube. At just over two minutes long, the brief, realistic simulation portrays the workings of an ideal container terminal, with numerous daily scenarios highlighted. The simulation reveals how various parameters impact on each other and is designed as an aid to effective terminal planning. Therefore, from a safe, office environment, users are able to precisely evaluate the complex current and future situations that are likely to occur at terminals.

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TBA participates at 4th VCWI Talent Forum
June 2014

The Association of Chinese Scholars and Engineers in the Netherlands organizes the 4th edition of the Talent Forum in Eindhoven on June 14th for their members and various companies. TBA is proudly participating in various parts of the agenda.  Please visit the website for the entire programme: www.vcwi.nl. Hope to see you there!

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Win an iPAD Air at TOC with TBA’s online terminal game
May 2014

TBA will offer an online terminal game at this year’s TOC Europe, with the best “virtual terminal” planner set to win an iPAD Air. The game will be offered at www.gametba.com and will only be available during the TOC event. To get the entrance key all you have to do is visit TBGA at stand L38. The Yard Crane Scheduler (YCS) game has been developed – in co-operation with the company InThere - to show the importance of pro-active RTG placement in the container yard, and the capability of dispatching RTG’s in real-time, in sync with container grounding. The technique of micro-gaming is taking off as way of conveying serious training goals in a limited timeframe. It combines key tactical methods with the thrill of a highly competitive game. The highest scores will be displayed on the website until the next TOC Europe in 2015. TOC Europe 2014 will be held in London from the 24th until the 26th of June at the Excel conference centre. http://tocevents-europe.com/

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TBA shows process improvement within 365 days ROI
April 2014

Over the past decades, innovation in the container terminal industry has mostly been focused on keeping up with ever-increasing volumes. At the start of the crisis in 2009, many terminals became painfully aware that as a result, the cost and performance of their operation has been largely ignored. In a number of case studies, TBA has found that a large potential for improvement exists at many facilities. Even now that volumes are increasing, the business case for a systematic elimination of operational inefficiencies is undeniable. With many terminals increasing their focus on cost and performance, the industry is maturing further. Terminals that fail to keep up run the risk of being left behind. The TBA Process Improvement Program (PIP) is centered on improvements in cost or performance, and often a combination is possible as the two are in many cases related. Examples of earlier achievements: More volume (10%-15%) without additional investments, even when the yard is considered “full” Less equipment deployment (10%-25%) without a drop in service levels Higher performance or service levels (5%-10%) without additional equipment Cost reduction targets are 5-15%, but reductions of 20% are not uncommon. Because the PIP ensures that no money and time is spent on the wrong measures, the payback time for the program is limited to about a year in most cases. For more information about process improvement check:

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Virtual training shows major productivity improvement for Embraport, Brazil
April 2014

TBA just delivered another successful SPARCS planning training using its proven virtual terminal tool at Embraport, in the port of Santos. This is the second training at one of DP World’s newest facilities as more and more people get hired in this growing facility. The unique setting of our planning training allows accurate measurement of the quality of the plans planners make, and due to the built-in iteration, we can measure whether the planner’s capability improves during the week of training. As an example, we have shown the comparison of the first plan (“base”), the second and third plan made by the planners in below graph. Being able to assess the work of a planning team on productivity and efficiency (e.g. amount of equipment deployed) is something that is hard in a live environment. What remains stunning is how significant the quality of a plan is on productivity! We typically see differences of up to 30% in berth productivity for instance. Another part of the training is the use of advanced tools and advanced (yard and equipment deployment) strategies. In a safe environment, the trainees can practice their skills with for instance Equipment Control, Yard Impact View, Expert Decking, Prime Route or Autostow.   During the training, in which the planners use their day-to-day working environment (SPARCS, or N4), planners get to see the results of their plans in a simulated terminal that mimics reality (see below). The improvements in planning can be seen in the Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s), such as berth productivity, quay crane productivity, or truck turn time, for each virtual terminal.

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TBA attends Port and Terminal Development Brazil
March 2014

TBA will be attending "Port and Terminal Development Brazil" in Sao Paulo on the 19th and 20th of May. Dr. Yvo Saanen will be attending as one of the key speakers for this event. For more information check:

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TBA's new Website Live!
March 2014

  We are very happy to announce that TBA’s new website went live! As you will see, it has a much more modern look-and-feel and it is designed to be displayed properly on the various devices we use nowadays i.e. smart phones, tablets, laptops, etc. Thanks to all who have contributed to making this happen. We hope you like it too!   Team TBA

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TBA speaks at UNESCO-IHE International Port Seminar
March 2014

TBA has announced that it will be taking part in the International Port Seminar at UNESCO-IHE in Delft next month. In recent years the Port Seminar has shifted its focus from general organisational and management aspects within ports to port planning and engineering.With simulation becoming a critical part of this, TBA will be taking part in the program by showcasing the latest trends.The theoretical part of the seminar will be given at UNESCO-IHE by lecturers recruited from port authorities, terminal operators, universities, knowledge institutions and international consultants. They will transfer their broad ‘state-of-the-art’ knowledge to the participants by means of lectures, discussions, exercises and role play (SIM Port*).Lecture periods will be alternated with a number of excursions to ports located on the European North-West coast, which is home to the largest concentration of ports varying in size, type, terminal use and management models in the world.Visits to the ports of Rotterdam, Amsterdam and seaports in Belgium and France are included as part of this year’s programme.Sharing experiences is an inherent part of the seminar. The seminar offers a platform where participants can discuss their specific experiences and problems whilst at the same time developing mutual social and business contacts. On the last day of the programme participants will also be given the opportunity to share their experiences about specific topics related to their respective ports as well as other key issues. For more information check:

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TBA developed algorithm to optimize reefer mechanics walking path
March 2014

Netherlands based TBA developed an algorithm that may ease the work of reefer mechanics. Reefers are refrigerated containers that need power for maintaining temperature. Reefer mechanics have to do different types of jobs (connect, disconnect and monitor) related to reefers. Reefers are located at specified locations on the terminal and reefer mechanics have to travel long distances between these locations. Currently, there is no algorithm to determine the sequence of the jobs the mechanics have to execute and mechanics have to determine the order manually. This may lead to inefficient and time consuming schedules. In the current situation reefer mechanics are working for almost the fully 100% of the time. The way of jobs are scheduled today leads to high average travel times per job. The average travel time per job, dependent on the number of mechanics, is up to 3 times more than the optimal approach of the algorithm, while maintaining the time a container may stay unplugged within the defined boundaries. Based on the simulation model that was defined, we can conclude that with proper reefer job scheduling, the reefer mechanic’s productivity can go up by 100%. This would mean that the same amount of work can be done with less than half the man power, or that the reefer mechanics have an easier job.   The scheduling tool has been fitted into an intelligent app, that can be plugged into the NAVIS TOS suite. If you’re interested in this app please contact bert.de.groot@tba.nl  

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Peel Ports new Animal Feed Store extension at Liverpool is now operational.
March 2014

DBIS HAS delivered this as a full turnkey project, being responsible for electrical design and installation as well as PLC / SCADA software. CommTrac HAS ook leg extended from the original store to include management of the new storage area.

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TBA supports in E-RTG strategy for North America’s busiest single-terminal container facility
February 2014

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) operates the Garden City container terminal in Savannah, North America’s busiest single-terminal container facility. The 1,200 acre terminal with a fleet of 27 Ship to Shore cranes and 116 RTGs, currently handles over 3.0 million TEU per year. As part of their long term strategy, GPA has asked TBA, a leading simulation provider, to build a simulation model of the entire Garden City Terminal, to be used as a decision support tool. In 2013, the TBA simulation model has been used for a range of studies, including a long term capacity analysis, evaluation of improvement measures, gate expansions plans and an evaluation of rail operations. One specific study focused on the implementation of fully electric RTGs (E-RTGs). GPA is the first operator in North America to use E-RTGs. Currently GPA is expanding the E-RTG fleet to 15 E-RTGs. GPA intends to electrify all RTGs by 2024. The simulation model was used to assess the performance of the E- RTGs, including impact of (de)coupling to the conductor bar during E-RTG block and lane changes. In addition the simulation was used to determine long term E-RTG fleet size requirement to support GPA throughput targets.

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TBA delivers CONTROLS emulation software to LBCT
February 2014

Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) has ordered TBA’s emulation software CONTROLS. The CONTROLS software will be used by LBCT to thoroughly test the terminal operating systems (NAVIS N4 and TBA’s TEAMS package), prior to the go-live of the new facility, to ensure the target performance can be achieved. Besides testing, CONTROLS will be used to verify the performance capability of the entire system, at full build-out, and under peak conditions. Anthony Otto, President of LBCT, states: “The emulation will allow us to see in an early stage how well the software will perform, which is critical to our success”. Next to testing and tuning, CONTROLS will be used to train the operational personnel on their own 3D virtual terminal. CONTROLS has been used at over 40 terminals worldwide and has proven itself over the last 8 years. The advantages of having your own 3D CONTROLS terminal: -          Testing before go-live -          Risk free tuning and training in your own virtual terminal -          Faster than real-time testing -          Detailed on-line visualization -          Operation replay mode -          On-line and off-line statistics -          Advanced scenario definition capabilities

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DBIS secure large Russian automation project
February 2014

Vigan Engineering have Awarded DBIS a contract to supply the Motor Control Centre for phase 1 of a new bulk storage facility in Russia. Having already completed the electrical design for the project and DBIS will now supply the MCC as well as PLC and SCADA software.

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Lock simulation has proven itself in the Netherlands
February 2014

Netherlands based TBA is supporting the executive branch of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure (Rijkswaterstaat) in their decision making on the main waterway network since 10 years. The Netherlands has one of the busiest networks of inland waterways in the world. These waterways handle a significant part of the hinterland connection from the Port of Rotterdam, and as such are vital in achieving the growth of the port which is spurred from the construction of the Second Maasvlakte terminals. Since the most critical bottlenecks in the waterway network are formed by objects like locks and bridges, careful planning of this infrastructure is of the utmost importance and therefore simulation is deployed. TBA has analyzed a broad range of problems using lock simulation, such as: Capacity check of new lock designs Investigation of delays due to maintenance Effects of the increase in vessel sizes Optimization of lock strategies

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CommTrac live at Port of Tyne
February 2014

CommTrac has now gone live at the Port of Tyne and is being used to handle all bulk and break bulk operations. We are currently working on phase two of the project which includes integration to the terminals automation systems and delivery of CommTrac's new Planning and Scheduling Module.

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TEAMS, the brain of the automated terminal
February 2014

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.  

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Bulk sector takes major step forward using Simulation
January 2014

Bulk terminal operators are turning increasingly to simulation-based tools to assist them in their decision making. As demand for products grow, facilities with outdated infrastructure are in need of expansion or refurbishing end of life equipment. The quantum leap in technology has also given a wide range of options for terminal operators to choose from. Simulation-based tools assist operators in choosing where to invest and determine the potential profitability during every step of their respective investment and development plans. TBA has been involved in over 10 Bulk terminal projects over the past year. Extending its vast expertise in consulting terminal operators in strategic, tactical and operational studies, TBA’s project methodology, with its proven approach, has been applied at various bulk terminals. TBA’s services have been proven to add value to existing terminals by improving operational efficiency, helping existing terminals plan for future expansion and validating design for Greenfield terminals. TBA’s project portfolio covers terminals handling agri-bulk, coal, sulphur, sugar and more having worked for major bulk operators including Cargill, Louis Dreyfus, Vale, and Petronas.  The graphs below indicate the dynamics of real operations quantified by the use of simulation based tools, with a detailed representation of waiting times across different vessels over a whole year and the effect of weather induced and operational delays on storage.          

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CONTROLS supports go live of newest container terminals in the world
January 2014

Advanced emulation software is the way forward in container terminal planning when bringing some of the newest container terminals in the world on-line. TBA’s CONTROLS software acts as a ‘virtual terminal’ that is connected to the Terminal Operating System (TOS). This advanced software enables a TOS to be tested as if the terminal was live before the terminal actually goes live. The software is tuned to specific characteristics of the terminal's operation to deliver its full performance potential and reduce the risk of any start-up problems a new terminal may encounter. "Thanks to Controls we reached high performance 6 months earlier than budgeted" Rich Ceci - IT Director APM Terminals North America  All semi- and fully automated terminals that are currently being built are using CONTROLS to assure a fluent go-live. Meanwhile, more than 30 terminals are continuing to use this emulation tool to constantly improve their terminal in terms of yard strategy, equipment deployment and dispatching, as well as vessel planning.

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TBA supports inland container terminal
January 2014

TBA supports BCTN Meerhout in evaluating their plans for future expansion. BCTN Meerhout is the Benelux' largest intermodal container terminal. As a result of larger container volumes combined with the obligation of port operators to transport more over the European inland waterways, a major growth of intermodal container terminals is expected in the upcoming years. TBA will assess the current mode of operation and several future alternatives giving the Capital Expenditures (CAPEX) and Operational Expenditures (OPEX) for the different modes of operation over the upcoming years.

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CommTrac live at ABP Hull
January 2014

ABP’s Hull Biomass Terminal has also recently gone live using CommTrac to manage an unmanned weighbridge operation for truck movements between the berth and the storage facility.

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TBA’s Virtual Training: A Big Success in 2013
January 2014

TBA delivered more than 10 virtual terminal planning trainings in 2013 that achieved impressive results. The planners at terminals situated across the world showed significant increases in productivity and efficiency by the end of the training program. Due to the unique set-up of the training, the actual performance per planner can be measured, as well as his own achievement during the training. As the graph below shows the difference per planner is significant. During the training, in which the planners use their day-to-day working environment (SPARCS, or N4) , planners get to see the results of their plans in a simulated terminal that mimics reality (see below). The improvements in planning can be seen in the Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s), such as berth productivity, quay crane productivity, or truck turn time, for each virtual terminal. TBA's Virtual Terminal  

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Happy new year
December 2013

The entire team of TBA wishes you a healthy, stable and prosperous 2014! 2013 is world-wide a year of cautious recovery. Areas with growth, areas with stagnation, winners and losers, and turbulent changes in the shipping world. For TBA, 2013 is the year we entered a country of the future: China. Proudly we can say that we are assisting large terminals in their plans for automation; the next phase of their ambitious expansions. This also makes 2013 the year in which automation finally became an acceptable way forward in any region. For long, it has been restricted to high labour cost countries, and now it will be deployed in a country where labour seems abundant. However, reality is sometimes different. While setting first steps in this ancient society, we have been working extremely hard on the full-scale automation projects in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and in Long Beach, California. Challenging projects, where good co-operation between TOS supplier, equipment vendors, customers and ourselves is the key to success in realizing state-of-the-art, high performance terminals. In 2013, we also delivered a large number of training sessions, aimed at improving control room operator’s skills. Vessel planning training, yard planning training, and performance improvement training has been very popular, and led – most importantly – to good results in practice. Since 2011, DBIS is part of the TBA family. We have continued the world-wide growth, becoming the leading TOS provider for bulk, car and general cargo terminals. DBIS delivered the CommTrac TOS to a large number of sites. We hope you are all looking forward to the new year as much as we are, and wish you wonderful holidays and a prosperous 2014! For the movie check: http://www.youtube.com/embed/IMRXRHRHRfE

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DBIS secures order for Bristol Port Company
December 2013

The Bristol Port Company have chosen CommTrac to manage their Avonmouth operation. With their Portbury site already successfully using CommTrac, The Bristol Port Company decided it made sense for both operations to have a common approach to terminal management. As well as the new implementation at the Avonmouth the project will include an upgrade to the existing Portbury software.

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TBA wins Journal of Simulation award
November 2013

TBA is delighted to announce that our paper “Improving container terminal efficiency through emulation” has won the Operational Research Society’s Tocher medal for best paper published in the Journal of Simulation (JoS) in 2011/2012.  The medal has been awarded to Dr. Csaba Boer and co-author Dr. Yvo Saanen at the Blackett lecture in London on Thursday 28th of November 2013.The K.D. Tocher Medal is awarded in recognition of the most outstanding contribution to the philosophy, theory or practice of simulation published in the Journal of Simulation within the relevant two year period.

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We are moving
November 2013

The extraordinary growth in business over the last 2 years means we are no longer able to accommodate the DBIS team at our current office location. So after over 20 years in our current building we are on the move. The new premises, located on a modern business park in Doncaster, offers us room for up to 50 staff. This will allow us the flexibility to further develop our team over the coming years. The added office space now gives us the ability to be able to offer an onsite training facility for new and existing CommTrac users to learn the system from new, take refresher courses or advanced super user training.

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TBA at Terminal Management & Planning London
November 2013

TBA's Managing Director, Dr. Yvo Saanen, will speak during the upcoming edition of Lloyd's Terminal Management & Planning London seminar. Dr. Saanen will guide participants through the latest developments in terminal planning, terminal simulation and terminal automation in a series of interactive workshops.

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TBA presents on APMT Maasvlakte II terminal
November 2013

TBA participates in an event organized by KIVI NIRIA, the Dutch association for engineers and engineering students, on and about APMT Maasvlakte II terminal.

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DBIS new website
October 2013

DBIS has a new website!. The website is designed to work for both computers and mobile devices and went live in October 2013

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TBA plans new Liverpool2 terminal
October 2013

TBA has assisted Peel Ports with the planning of the new container terminal “Liverpool2” in Liverpool, UK. David Huck, Port Director for Peel Ports Liverpool: "TBA was the primary consultant for planning services ranging from berth capacity analysis to selection of storage site, assessment of operational mode and system validation with simulation analysis. Despite Liverpool2’s challenging site constraints, TBA provided us with a well-balanced terminal plan. Furthermore, TBA helped us understand the opportunities of automation technology.”

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
September 2013

TBA has had a very busy and successful 2014, with over 100 projects. We have highlighted some of these projects in our newsletter to inspire you for 2015! To subscribe and receive our newsletter click the picture below

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TEAMS on television
September 2013

Last week, our fleet management software, TEAMS, was featured on a television show about the development of Rotterdam's Maasvlakte II port area. TEAMS will control AGVs and ASCs at both APM Terminals MVII and Rotterdam World Gateway. In the show, APM Terminals' IT expert Fieke Mol discusses the new Gottwald Lift-AGV technology and how great it feels to see virtual equipment crawling over the screen. For the Movie check: http://www.youtube.com/embed/JiSV-1QJ-yM    

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Black Sea Ports and Shipping Conference 2013
September 2013

DBIS will be exhibiting and speaking at this year’s Black Sea Ports and Shipping Conference in Istanbul and speak at this year’s Dry Bulk Terminals Group Annual general meeting. During both lectures David Trueman will provide examples of how automation and IT is used to make terminals more cost efficient.

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TBA establishes local presence in Australia
August 2013

TBA are pleased to announce local presence in Australia with Mahim Khanna joining the organization in Sydney. He will be looking after Projects & Business development for Oceania. Local presence & project management will allow us to offer improved service & cost proposition to our customers.Mahim was Operations in-charge for Maersk Line in Oceania & Director Operations with them in Europe. He attended APM Terminal's “Magnum” terminal management training program, and has been a part-time consultant with us in the region for the past three years.    

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TBA at Terminal Management & Planning Asia
August 2013

TBA's MD, Dr. Yvo Saanen, will speak during the upcoming edition of Lloyd's Terminal Management & Planning Asia seminar.

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DBIS secures automation project in Russia
August 2013

DBIS have been awarded a contract by Vigan engineering for the electrical design and automation software for a fertiliser 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.

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DBIS secures order for ABP, the UK
July 2013

Associated British Ports have again chosen CommTrac as the software of choice to manage its bulk terminal operations. The UKs largest port operator will use CommTrac to manage operations at its new Biomass facility in Hull taking its total install to 4 ABP operations.

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DBIS secures large automation project
May 2013

DBIS receive an order from Schenck Process to provide a complete electrical and automation solution for the extension to the Animal Feed Store at Peel Ports Liverpool. The Animal Feed Store at 250,000sq feet is already the largest of its kind in the UK and will be expanding its capacity by around 60% by constructing a further flat store area with a new Schenck Maxi-store bridge and shuttle conveyor. DBIS will be providing a complete solution from design and build of the MCC’s, design and installation of site control cabling, PLC/SCADA design, through to supply and implementation of CommTrac.

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DBIS at TOC 2013
April 2013

DBIS will be present at the TOC Europe 2013 in Rotterdam from June 25-27 at stand F10. The TOC is a leading conferences and exhibitions concerning terminal operations in the world.

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CommTrac live in Maydon Wharf
March 2013

CommTrac went live in Maydon Wharf, South Africa. CommTrac is now live in all large terminals of Grindrod in Africa.

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What customers say
February 2013

According to Dave McEwan from PeelPort, CommTrac allows him to be in control of his operation. Learn more what he and others have to say about DBIS and CommTrac.

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Large automation order for Salt Union
January 2013

DBIS secures a large order for conveyor drive systems for Salt Union in Cheshire UK. The drive solution is a containerized motor control system using 400KW Variable Speed Drives from Siemens.

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DBIS Wins IBJ award in the “IT Solutions" category
November 2012

DBIS has been presented the “IT Solutions, cargo handling” award by leading magazine International Bulk Journal (IBJ) in Hamburg, Germany. The IBJ Award was presented for DBIS product CommTrac, the leading Terminal Management Software for bulk and break-bulk terminals. The IBJ Awards have been presented since 2009 and are globally recognised as one of the most sought-after prizes in the bulk materials handling industry

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DBIS acquired large automation project
October 2012

DBIS received an order to supply Crane Control Systems for automated cranes for the Chinook Sciences Recycling Facility in the UK. This is automation project will be performed in conjunction with DBIS’ parent Company Demag Cranes.

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DBIS preferred supplier for Transnet
September 2012

Transnet, South Africa, has selected CommTrac as standard solution for their bulk terminals. First terminal that will go live with CommTrac is their facility in Saldanha Bay, an Iron Ore export terminal with a throughput of around 45M tons/year. Transnet operates 6 ports in South Africa.

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DBIS first order in Americas
September 2012

DBIS received an order of APMT for implementing CommTrac in their facility in Callao, Peru. APMT is the fifth terminal operator that has more than one terminal in their portfolio using CommTrac.

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DBIS in International Bulk Journal
July 2012

DBIS has recently seen three major projects go live, confirming the company’s position as a leading international provider of consultancy and software.

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DBIS and the Metro in London
June 2012

DBIS have been awarded a large electrical and automation systems contract by Joy Global. The tunnel project is part of the new East to West rail system in London. Joy Global will supply the 8.3 KM surface conveying scheme to remove and stockpile the tunnel spoils and DBIS will supply the electrical and control systems to operate and monitor the operation.

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Planning and Scheduling live
June 2012

The Planning and Scheduling module of Commtrac went live at TCM, Maputo, Mozambique. It was envisioned to have a stepwise approach. Step 1: go live with all basic functionality and allow people to learn to work with the system and step 2: add the extra functionality including the Planning and Scheduling module.

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CommTrac live at PeelPort
May 2012

Commtrac went live in both Peelport (the UK) and in AMPT’s site Pipavav (India). Pipavav is the first site where besides bulk (coal and general cargo), also break bulk is handled with CommTra

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First user conference DBIS
April 2012

On the request of several customers, DBIS has scheduled it’s first user conference in July of this year. CommTrac users will be updated on the development of both the company as on the product CommTrac.

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DBIS secures order for terminal in South Africa
March 2012

DBIS and one of their key clients, Grindrod Terminals of South Africa, signed contracts for the roll out of Grindrod’s 2012 IT roadmap including the implementation of the DBIS Planning and Scheduling module at the TCM Coal Terminal in Mozambique, a new CommTrac implementation at the Maydon Wharf terminal in Durban and further new modules at the Richard’s Bay terminal.

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Phase 2 live in Dhamra
February 2012

Today phase 2 at the Dhamra port in India went live. Where phase 1 was a stand alone installation, phase 2 is a fully integrated with the plant PLC system allowing the customer to: -Plan and schedule routes-Real time monitor the operation-Record of cargo handling information including weight, TPH, faults & stoppages etc.

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DBIS and the new metro line in Paris
January 2012

The Tunnel Boring Machine on “Step 1” Tunnel on the new Paris Metro Line 12 extension to Aubervilliers has broken through, completing DBIS’ involvement in the project. DBIS supplied and commissioned the electrical and automation systems for the spoils removal conveyors in conjunction with Continental Conveyors for the 3.8KM tunnel. See here how the TBM finished the job.

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CommTrac Goes Live at TCM Maputo
November 2011

DBIS complete the implementation of a fully integrated terminal management system at Grindrod Terminal’s TCM Terminal in Maputo, Mozambique. The implementation of CommTrac at TCM is part of a major expansion and modernisation project which will allow TCM to benchmark against the world’s most advanced terminals. The CommTrac Terminal Management system is fully integrated with the plant automation systems and Grindrod’s SAP ERP financial system to optimise and standardise the operational processes at the terminal, providing real time information to operators, decision makers and customers.

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DBIS secures order for terminal operator in India
September 2011

David Trueman, sales director of DBIS comments. “we are very pleased with this order because it shows that major terminal operators see the advantages of our system. Besides that we this will be the first side where our break bulk module will go live

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DBIS Secures order for Beira Coal Terminal
July 2011

Nectar Group will utilize the CommTrac Bulk Terminal Management Software to handle all their administrative process and optimize the performance of the terminal Beira Coal Terminal in Mozambique. The terminal will be the first client to use the DBIS KPI tool to analyze the operational performance of the asset

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Dhamra Port Company live with Commtrac
May 2011

Dhamra Port Company of Orissa State in India have gone live with Phase 1 of their CommTrac implementation. The new Dhamra Bulk Terminal has the capability to receive 20 million tonnes of coal per annum. Phase 2, which will interface CommTrac to the site automation and ERP systems will go live shortly.

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