Inform has successfully integrated proven middleware Linker into its Syncrotess rail scheduler, an add-on solution to optimise train unloading and loading processes.
As a result, all container terminals using a standard Navis N4 terminal operating system (TOS) can now quickly introduce Inform’s Syncrotess rail scheduler for faster deployment and return on investment (ROI).
Dr. Eva Savelsberg, senior vice president, logistics division of Inform, said: “We are excited to have successfully launched an integrated version of Linker at GCT Deltaport.
“With a proven middleware between Syncrotess and the Navis N4 TOS means that other terminals wanting to benefit from the advanced add-on optimisation that Inform offers for rail operations can do so more quickly and effectively.”
The Syncrotess rail scheduler optimises train loading and unloading processes between yard blocks and rail tracks and back again.
It accomplishes this in real-time by adjusting to crane schedules and crane positions, aiming to reduce the cranes’ travel distances and simultaneously increase container handling efficiency.
The solution supports double-cycling whenever possible to create positive handover and equipment transfer flows.
For terminals with multiple rail cranes, the rail scheduler considers all handling equipment when assigning work and splits the cranes to avoid handling delays.
Workloads are adjusted automatically for planned maintenance, breaks, and unforeseen workflow descriptions.
Dr. Rafael Velasquez, senior consultant and project manager for North American optimisation projects at Inform, said: “The Linker has been successfully integrated into Inform’s Syncrotess solution and enhanced with additional logging and monitoring services to bring it up to Inform’s high standard for software development and has successfully gone live in our North American installations.”
Inform is a market leader in add-on AI and optimisation software to facilitate improved devision making.
Based in Aachen, Germany, with a regional office in Atlanta, US, the company has been in the optimisation business for over 50 years.
Inform serves a wide span of logistics industries including ports, maritime and intermodal trends.