Syncrotess for Intermodal Terminals combines the world's most advanced optimization with a purpose-built Intermodal Terminal Operating System (TOS).

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Yard Control

Gate Control/TSM

Vehicle Control

Crane Control

Rail Control/TLO

Booking & Billing

AI & Optimization

Intermodal TOS Modules

Our modular Intermodal TOS design allows terminals to select the features they require to build a custom Terminal Operating System to suite their specific needs. As your terminal grows, add additional modules to increase your TOS functionality to match your needs.

 


 

  • Booking

    The booking functionality allows for manual bookings as well as interfacing to third-party systems to receive automated booking data into Syncrotess.


    Improved visibility of inbound trucks

    • Syncrotess supports interfaces to third-party booking systems
    • Conflicts between bookings will be highlighted.
  • Billing

    All operational data is transferred to the billing module to determine whether the handling/service of a load unit is to be invoiced.


    Streamlined billing

    • Customer specific set of rules to configure which handling/service is to be invoiced
    • Individual price lists per customer/per invoiceable service
    • Send invoice data to third-party accounting system.
  • Gate Control

    Check of incoming trucks and load units to determine the best sequence of handover positions.


    Streamlined gate processes

    • Collecting pictures of trucks and load units, and several details such as license plates, LU number, damages and warning plates using Syncrotess Standard OCR interface
    • Speed up the manual process of checking load units via mobile application
    • Providing truckers with transport orders.
    • Optional: Add-on Time Slot Management or Truck Scheduler

  • Yard Control

    Get full transparency of all terminal processes, positions of load units, as well as internal and external resources in your terminal.


    Intelligence for the heart of your terminal

    • Configure areas/slots for preferred load unit types
    • Configure areas/slots for forbidden load unit content (hazardous goods)
    • Lock/unlock areas/single slots
    • Set maximum stacking heights
    • Optional: Add-on Yard Optimizer and Machine Learning.
  • Vehicle/Crane Control

    Get full transparency of internal resources, their current status and position, as well as actual and planned work orders.


    Driving your terminal forward

    • Real time overview of all existing work orders
    • Dispatcher can assign work orders to dedicated resources
    • Direct feedback when a work order was completed by a resource
    • Optional: Add-on Vehicle Optimizer or Crane Optimizer.

     

     

  • Ship Control

    Management of incoming and outgoing ship voyages including administration of ship schedules.


    Keeping waterside operations afloat

    • Administration of ship schedules
    • Quay management
    • Pre-stowage functionality.

  • Rail Control

    Provides management of all rail related base data to allow manual train planning using drag and drop functionality.


    Keeping your rail humming

    • Management of many types of rail car base data
    • Management of train timetables as well as track occupancy
    • Optional: Add-on Train Load Optimizer.
  • Maintenance & Repair

    Administration of damages and load units which needs to be repaired. Client individual calculated estimates can be automatically sent vie email out of Syncrotess.


    Full-service intermodal facility TOS

    • Management of load unit specific damage kinds
    • Managements of configurable kind of repair services
    • Confirmed estimates can be converted into specific services
    • Service details will be transferred to the billing module to be invoiced.
  • Reporting & KPIs

    Syncrotess comes with a set of predefined business reports to give specific insights in your daily operations.


    Transparency for all stakeholders

    • Standard reports based on operational data
    • Statistical database to run extensive queries to gain deep insights
    • Third-party BI software can be easily connected.

+ AI and Optimization

At the heart of INFORM's Intermodal TOS is a powerful AI & optimization engine that, when added to your TOS's configuration, streamlines your terminal's efficiency and productivity helping you to reduce costs, improve revenues, and manage increased terminal complexity.

 


 

  • Vehicle Optimizer

    Vehicle Optimizer increases vehicle utilization across all equipment types while reducing travel and lowering maintenance costs.


    Increased vehicle utilization and reduced travel

    • Simultaneous real-time optimization of all equipment and jobs
    • Reduced idle-time of equipment
    • Execution of jobs within their accepted time windows
    • Combines jobs where possible for enhanced productivity
    • Pooling and/or gang functionality
    • Integration of positioning and safety systems
    • Optimization of all vehicle equipment types and operational mode (manual, semi- and fully automated).
  • Crane Optimizer

    Crane Optimizer increases crane productivity by reducing travel and equipment interference as well as leveraging double-cycling moves when suitable.


    Minimized travel and improved service quality

    • Simultaneous, real-time optimization of all equipment and jobs
    • Optimized crane routing
    • Reduced crane idle times
    • Execution of jobs within their accepted time windows
    • Double-cycling proposed when resonable
    • Dynamic crane working areas
    • Integration of positoning and safety systems
    • Optimization of all crane equipment types and operational mode (manual, semi- and fully automated).

  • Train Load Optimizer

    Train Load Optimizer plans and updates the stowing of outbound trains while improving slot utilization and business objectives and practices.


    Better all-around performance

    • Maximized train/slot utilization
    • Real-time re-optimization of load plan and adjustment to situation changes
    • Adherence to rail car, axle, trailing load, center of gravity and hazardous good rules/restrictions
    • Minimized yard re-handling, loading distance, and pin configuration changes
    • Supports single and double stacked trains.
  • Time Slot Management

    Time Slot Management shortens external truck queues and traffic while alleviating gate congestion through optimized arrival time slot allocations.


    Shorter queus for improved turnaround

    • Intelligent external time slot booking system
    • Clear communication of allocated gate arrival time
    • Minimized gate wait times and significant decrease in bottlenecks
    • Dynamic real-time monitoring and automatic schedule adjustment.

  • Yard Optimizer

    Yard Optimizer provides an optimized yard allocation for load units to reduce rehandles and improve resource and storage area utilization.


    Improved utilization and transparency

    • Efficient storage area and resource utilization
    • Optimized housekeeping moves if desired during off-peak hours
    • Minimized load unit rehandles
    • Balance between scattered stacking and targeted stacking functionality
    • Improved stack height potential
    • Real-time knowledge of all load unit positions
    • Optimization of all yard types.
  • Machine Learning

    Machine Learning improves the accuracy of operational data used for real-time operational decision-making and long-term strategic management planning.


    Better input data accuracy

    • Improved optimization capabilities
    • Better overall data quality for long-term strategic planning and real-time decisions
    • Improved automated terminal performance and storage area utilization
    • Minimized load unit rehandles
    • Improved equipment maintenance schedules.

Syncrotess Intermodal TOS Benefits at a Glance

  • Significantly higher data availability and transparency.

  • Increased efficiency due to automated and optimized job assignment.

  • Improved efficiency in train planning.

  • Significant reduction in truck cycle times.

  • All in one system including: incoming orders, order execution, and billing.

  • Support in reaching your sustainability goals.

  • Scalable – start with what’s required and grow alongside your terminal.

  • Future ready system – automation ready, machine learning ready, integration ready.

Selected Success Stories and References

KTL Pushing the Boundaries of Intermodal Terminal Operations


Operating a full-service intermodal terminal within the world’s largest integrated chemical complex is a tough challenge. Expanding it beyond its physical yard and designed capacity limits is an ambitious project, requiring not only a state-of-the-art TOS, but a TOS with optimization capabilities based on AI algorithms.


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Samskip Setting the New Standard for Intermodal Terminal Operations


Upgrading to a new TOS is a major project and an ambitious undertaking for any terminal operator. After all requirements were specified, a roadmap was outlined that ensured a smooth transition from the old to the new system. In March 2018, the go-live was successfully completed. What Samskip got was not only a full-blown, state-of-the-art TOS, but a TOS with optimization modules powered by algorithms.

 

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