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A Happy Union

November 2nd, 2011

Are Alliances the Holy Grail in better functioning and more cohesive port soft- and hard-ware? Apparently so, if manufacturers and developers are to be believed. Promising an extended network, optimised offerings and cost savings, these partnerships offer a link between what might otherwise be competing manufacturers and flighty customers: out is the go-it-alone approach; in are MoUs, alliances and partnerships in many guises.

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Star Alliance for Santos

October 24th, 2011

Santos Brasil SA Terminal is to deploy APS Technology process automation solutions delivered through the Navis Star Technology Alliance. Santos will use APS’s Quay Crane OCR and Matchmaker systems to identify containers underneath the quay cranes and match them to terminal trucks during the discharge cycle. and for vessel loading, APS’s Sure Stow will verify the container number and the actual slot on the vessel where the container is to be placed.

APS’s quay crane OCR system is sold through the Star Technology Alliance as Navis Marine Telematics Automated Vessel Load and Discharge. Navis will integrate the APS products with the terminal’s TOS, which is SPARCS 3.7.

“We chose the Navis Star Technology Alliance solution because it provides a proven, fully-tested, fully-integrated solution, allowing us to seamlessly increase efficiencies and in turn deliver a significant return on our investment,” said Washington Flores, terminal manager at Santos Brasil. According to Navis, the systems will provide a projected US$1.5M annual return on investment.

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Port of Houston Authority Expands Gate Automation with APS Technology

October 20th, 2011

 

 

News Releas:  October 20, 2011

Contact: Allen Thomas, +1 858 571 4444

Email:  allen@aps-technology.com

 

Port of Houston Authority Expands Gate Automation with APS Technology

Gate OCR installation in 2010 enabled PHA to process trucks twice as fast and reduced truck idling time by 48%

San Diego, CA – APS Technology Group, Inc., a leading provider of optical character recognition (OCR) and automation technology solutions for marine and intermodal container terminals, announced the Port of Houston Authority (PHA) will implement the APS Gate OCR Portal to automate equipment identification, traffic processing and damage inspection imaging at the newly constructed entry gate complex of its Bayport container terminal in Houston.  One of the largest ports in the world, The Port of Houston handles 69.6 percent of the containerized cargo market in the U.S. Gulf, and 95.5 percent of the containers moved through Texas seaports. 

Expanding on the six existing lanes of Gate OCR installed at Bayport in 2010, PHA will add six additional portals to process entering trucks.  The system automatically identifies containers, chassis, and license plates associated with the equipment.  The APS Gate OCR solution will be integrated with the Navis N4 gate system to enable the automatic gate processing functions without human interaction.  Since implementing APS at the six existing lanes in 2010, PHA has transformed the gate into a free-flowing process – processing takes about half the time it did prior to gate automation. No queuing led to a 48% reduction in truck idling, dramatically reducing emissions.

PHA faces a special challenge in that a high percentage of the trailers that carry containers through the terminal are not marked with an ISO standard stencil. APS will provide 2D optical tags for identification and its patented MatchMaker™ tractor identification solution to automatically associate containers to the trailer or other container transport vehicles.

“We’re excited to extend our partnership with The Port of Houston as they continue to modernize their operations,” said Allen Thomas, APS Technology COO.  “This is just another example of The Port of Houston Authority’s progressive leadership in embracing programs that improve productivity and efficiency while also lowering the environmental impact on the local community.”

About APS Technology Group

APS Technology Group is a leading provider of OCR and automation technology solutions for marine and intermodal terminals.  The solutions improve the productivity, efficiency and cost effectiveness of container operations by increasing the visibility, velocity, and volume of cargo moving through a terminal’s gate, rail, vessel and yard operations.

APS leads the industry with over 700 OCR and automation systems installed at 43 marine and intermodal container terminals in 14 countries around the world, including APM Terminals, CSX Railroad, DP World and HHLA.  The company is located in San Diego, CA and has offices or partner resellers in North America, South America, Asia and Europe. For more information, call +1 858.571.4444 or visit http://www.aps-technology.com.

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MultiRio Chooses APS Technology for Crane Automation at Container Terminal

September 20th, 2011

News Release:  September 21, 2011

Contact: Clay Kent, +51.951.751.269

Email:  info@aps-technology.com

MultiRio Chooses APS Technology for Crane Automation at Container Terminal

Process automation and OCR will reduce operating costs and improve visibility into operations and safety

San Diego, CA – APS Technology Group, Inc., a leading provider of optical character recognition (OCR) and process automation technology solutions for marine and intermodal container terminals, announced the award of a crane automation solution project for the MultiRio container terminal in Rio de Janeiro.  MultiRio is owned by the Multiterminais Group, one of the largest marine terminal and dry port operators in Brazil. MultiRio chose the APS Crane Automation Solution to support a major expansion at the terminal. The APS Crane Solutions will automatically identify containers loaded and discharged by the STS cranes to improve data accuracy, efficiency, and safety while reducing operating costs.

The MultiRio container terminal covers 185,000 square meters and handles more than 45 containers per hour. The company is embarking on a major expansion and updating technology is a key to the process. APS will implement the Crane Automation Solutions along with its local maintenance and support partner, Deskline Technology Solutions. The solutions will be fully integrated with Navis SPARCS. The solutions being installed include:

  • Crane OCR – automates identification of containers during the load/discharge process.
  • MatchMaker – to automatically associate containers to terminal-owned trucks during handoff, allowing for work assignment and confirmation without manual intervention.
  • SureStow – to automatically verify the final load position of containers onboard the vessel.  SureStow compares the planned load events to the actual placement and notes any deviation from the plan.
  • X-Clerk Exception Handling System to enable remote resolution of OCR misreads, stowage exceptions and MatchMaker errors.

“We pride ourselves in being a technology leader, and we choose our partners accordingly. APS provides the right mix of product capabilities with proven integration.  We expect the return on Investment (ROI) for this project to be two years or less,” said Antonio Rodrigues, IT Director for MultiRio.

About Multiterminais

Multiterminais, an integrated logistics company, was founded in 1986 and began operating the first Customs Bonded Dockside Terminal in Brazil in an area contiguous to the Port of Rio de Janeiro.  Today, Multiterminais is among the largest marine terminal and dry port operators in Brazil and a leader in providing integrated logistics solutions to support Brazilian foreign trade. For more information, visit multiterminais.com.br.

About APS Technology Group

APS Technology Group is a leading provider of OCR and automation technology solutions for marine and intermodal terminals.  The solutions improve the productivity, efficiency and cost effectiveness of container operations by increasing the visibility, velocity, and volume of cargo moving through a terminal’s gate, rail, vessel and yard operations.

APS leads the industry with over 700 OCR and automation systems installed at 43 marine and intermodal container terminals in 14 countries around the world, including APM Terminals, CSX Railroad, and DP World.  The company is located in San Diego, CA and has offices or partner resellers in North America, South America, Asia and Europe. For more information, call +1 858.571.4444 or visit http://www.aps-technology.com.


Port Strategy Magazine: ICTSI’s automation boost

September 19th, 2011

 Tecon Suape SA (TSSA) partnered with APS to implement systems on gate automation, quay crane optical character recognition (OCR) and yard tractor identification for the SCT.

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Santos Brasil to Implement Quay Crane OCR from Navis

September 14th, 2011

Solution provided by Navis Star Technology Alliance will allow Santos to improve vessel operations and provide projected $1.5 million annual return on investment

Oakland, CA — September 1, 2011 — Navis, a part of Cargotec Corporation and the global technology standard for managing the movement of cargo through terminals, today announced Santos Brasil S.A. Terminal (Santos) in Santos, Brazil will deploy Quay Crane optical character recognition (OCR) solution provided by the Navis STAR Technology Alliance. The Navis STAR Technology Alliance brings together Navis’ terminal operating system (TOS) solutions with best-of-breed technology vendors (partnering with APS Technology Group for OCR) to offer complete solutions for terminal operating customers. The solution will allow Santos Brasil to increase vessel loading and discharge productivity and accuracy on vessel´s stow.

“We chose the Navis Star Technology Alliance solution because it provides a proven, fully-tested, fully-integrated solution, allowing us to seamlessly increase efficiencies and in turn deliver a significant return on our investment,” said Washington Flores, terminal manager at Santos Brasil. “We are confident that the Navis solution will meet our needs because of Navis’ proven track record with customers around the world.”

The system couples the Navis SPARCS 3.7 terminal operating system (TOS) and the Navis Marine Telematics Automated Vessel Load and Discharge with Quay Crane OCR and MatchMaker™ from APS Technology to automatically capture information as containers are loaded and discharged from vessels. Cameras read the container information and, using MatchMaker, automate container handoff to terminal trucks. Through the interface with SPARCS, the data is automatically processed within the TOS. SureStow™ from APS then tracks the container load positions back to the vessel.

“The Navis Star Technology Alliance will provide a turn-key process automated solution for Santos Brazil,” said Bill Walsh, president and CEO of Navis, LLC. “It is exciting to be an integral part of key automated terminal process implementations as terminals worldwide are looking at the latest technology advancements to improve their efficiencies and reduce costs. We look forward to developing our relationship with Santos as they realize the benefits of automating container information reporting and vessel operations.”

About Navis, LLC
Navis, a part of Cargotec Corporation, is the global technology standard for managing the movement of cargo through terminals, standing the test of time. Navis combines industry best practices with innovative technology and world-class services to enable our customers to maximize performance and reduce risk. Whether tracking cargo through a port, automating equipment operations, or managing multiple terminals through an integrated, centralized solution, Navis provides a holistic approach to operational optimization, providing customers with improved visibility, velocity and measurable business results. www.navis.com.

About Cargotec Corporation
Cargotec improves the efficiency of cargo flows on land and at sea – wherever cargo is on the move. Cargotec’s daughter brands, Hiab, Kalmar and MacGregor are recognized leaders in cargo and load handling solutions around the world. Cargotec’s global network is positioned close to customers and offers extensive services that ensure the continuous, reliable and sustainable performance of equipment. Cargotec’s sales totaled EUR 2.6 billion in 2010 and it employs approximately 10,000 people. Cargotec’s class B shares are quoted on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki under symbol CGCBV. www.cargotec.com.


TOC Americas

September 12th, 2011

 

 

  

TOC Americas

November 15-17, 2011

El Panama House, Panama City, Panama

Presenter: Allen Thomas, COO, participating in PEMA Live Technology Forum

Visit us in booth B-12


Lloyd’s Maritime Academy – Terminal Automation Seminar

September 12th, 2011

Lloyds Maritime Academy Terminal Automation Seminar

Lloyd’s Maritime Academy – Terminal Automation Seminar

September 15-16, 2011

Bonhill House, London, UK

Seminar speaker: Allen Thomas, COO

Terminal Automation Seminar -  exploring industry trends, new technology and positioning for recovery


APS Technology to Provide Terminal Automation Solutions at Tecon Suape in Brazil

August 4th, 2011

 

 

News Release: August 4, 2011

Contact: Clay Kent, +51.951.751.269

Email:  info@aps-technology.com

 

APS Technology to Provide Terminal Automation Solutions at Tecon Suape in Brazil

APS brings first crane OCR solution to Brazil; plus automated gate systems providing fast ROI for container terminals

San Diego, CA – APS Technology Group, Inc., a leading provider of optical character recognition (OCR) and process automation technology solutions for marine and intermodal terminals, announced today their entry into the Brazilian market with the award of a terminal automation project at Tecon Suape S/A in Recife, Brazil.  Tecon Suape, a member of ICTSI Group, is implementing the APS solutions to support volume growth, reduce operational costs and to meet the Customs mandate to install OCR at its gates. Tecon Suape expects to increase their movement capacity to an annual throughput of 1.5 million containers.  This project represents the second in Latin America for APS within the ICTSI group, including Contecon Guayaquil SA (CGSA) in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

APS will implement and maintain the solution which includes its fully Automated Gate System, STS Crane OCR and its patented MatchMaker tractor identification solutions to automatically identify containers to improve data accuracy, throughput and security while decreasing overall operating costs.  Also included in the project will be two APS software solutions X-Clerk exception management system, which allows OCR misreads to be resolved in near real-time; and SureStow, which compares the planned load events to the actual placement, and notes any deviation from the plan.

“Recife is considered one of the biggest logistics centers in Brazil, and at Tecon Suape we are updating our information technology infrastructure to meet continued volume growth at the terminal,” said Sergio Kano, CEO for Tecon Suape.  “We chose APS Technology as our partner because we have the most faith in their approach and they proved to have the most experience in the region,” added Roberta Siqueira, Information Technology Manager.

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About Tecon Suape

Tecon Suape is situated in the Port of Suape, Northeast of Brazil.  Belonging to the Philippine group ICTSI – International Container Terminal Service Incorporated (www.ictsi.com), TECON SUAPE S/A won a public tender in 2001 for building and operation during a period of 30 years of a container terminal in the Port of Suape, state of Pernambuco, Brazil, and began operations in July 2001. Between 2001 and 2007, TECON SUAPE invested around 80 million dollars in human resources, information technology, equipment, sheds and patios for storing general cargo and containers, which resulted in an increasing and continuous demand of container movement.  For more information, visit http://www.teconsuape.com

 

About APS Technology Group

APS Technology Group is a leading provider of OCR and automation technology solutions for marine and intermodal terminals.  The solutions improve the productivity, efficiency and cost effectiveness of container operations by increasing the visibility, velocity, and volume of cargo moving through a terminal’s gate, rail, vessel and yard operations.

APS leads the industry with over 700 OCR and automation systems installed at 42 marine and intermodal container terminals in 14 countries around the world, including APM Terminals, CSX Railroad, DP World and HHLA.  The company is located in San Diego, CA and has offices or partner resellers in North America, South America, Asia and Europe. For more information, call +1 858.571.4444 or visit http://www.aps-technology.com.


TOC Middle East – September 27 thru 29, 2011

July 27th, 2011

TOC Middle East

September 25-27, 2011

Dubai World Trade Center, UAE

Seminar Guest Speaker: Matt Ramsay, Director of Business Development

OCR System and Gate Automation, 14:30, Monday, September 26th  

Automated gate systems that use OCR technology are increasingly allowing terminals to fully automate the processing of entry and exit traffic. Benefits include increased capacity and a more accurate service. This session will explore the latest trends in OCR technology and innovative gate automation solutions.

Visit us in booth C-14