Automation of terminal operations holds many promises: cheaper and safer operations, less emissions, and better infrastructure utilization. Most importantly, automation should guarantee an exemplary performance and a stable operation. However, the high complexity of a reallife terminal poses equally high demands on the control of automated equipment. Control software therefore plays a crucial role in meeting the promises of terminal automation, and should guarantee that equipment is used to its full operational potential.
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 Shuttle Carriers (ShCs), Automated Stacking Cranes (ASCs) and Ship-to-Shore cranes (QCs).
TEAMS is currently the only proven system worldwide for controlling a complex robotized terminal and has shown to be up to the task over the past 10 years. It has a track record at HHLA’s CTA in Hamburg controlling its AGV fleet, at DP World’s Antwerp Gateway Terminal controlling its ASCs and at ECT’s Euromax Terminal in Rotterdam controlling QCs, AGVs, and ASCs. It is to be deployed at several other terminals in the near future. TEAMS has been coupled with Navis SPARCS and N4, but can be configured to work with any other suitable TOS.
The TEAMS product is based on modern distributed architecture and uses Linux or Unix as an operating system. TEAMS features a number of additional modules to make terminal operations easy such as a 3D graphical user interface, a statistics and logging manager that enables the measuring of performance at detailed levels, and remote monitoring tools.