TBA’s TEAMS software supplies container terminals with advanced control over their automated equipment, including AGVs, (semi-) automated stacking cranes and double trolley quay cranes. TEAMS ensures efficient collision-free routing, fast container handling, accurate positioning and efficient failure management, according to TBA.
Under the project for Euromax, TBA has linked TEAMS to the Navis SPARCS terminal operating system. In addition to Navis, TBA is working closely with Gottwald Port Technology, its parent company and a specialist in terminal automation.
TBA started developing and testing TEAMS for Euromax in the second half of May 2007. By the beginning of September, exactly on schedule, TEAMS was controlling the activities of the AGVs on the terminal, using simulated quay and stacking cranes, and achieving a result of 40 crane-moves-per-hour. The next phase of the project, which is planned for completion within one year, will be to operate the AGVs in tandem with the actual stacking and quay cranes.
Klaas Pieter van Til, manager director of TBA, said: “The excellent performance to date of TEAMS demonstrates its ability to control the movement of AGVs in a demanding environment. Given the short implementation timeline and impressive results, we are confident that automated fleet management systems are reliable and efficient solutions for automated equipment control.”