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Navis enhances its automated horizontal transport solution

Navis has announced enhancements to the Automated Horizontal Transport (AHT) scheduler on N4 3.8.

The Oakland-based supply chain solutions provider said its AHT Scheduler offers a turnkey solution to customers who are continuing to invest in automation at their locations for an increase in Return of Investment (ROI), terminals which are scaling their operations or those looking for additional quay productivity.

Additionally, AHT Scheduler increases efficiency at terminals by providing real-time data tracking, predicting outcomes for crane operations and enabling real-time decision making for terminal operators around the world, according to Navis' announcement.

The AHT Scheduler has already successfully rolled out at Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) in early May 2021, and has been implemented and is currently running seamlessly at the site.

Navis has announced the following benefits of its HT Scheduler:

  • Responsiveness - AHT Scheduler runs on average, under a few seconds for hundreds of CHEs in production and is continuously scanning the terminal to help adapt its decisions in real-time.
  • Ability to Support Large Fleets - The solution is ready to follow and support expansion plans, up to hundreds of Container Handling Equipment (CHE) at terminals around the world, and is ready to support terminal portofolio with support for AGVs, AutoTrucks, AutoShuttles and AutoStrads.
  • Quay Crane Utilisation- AHT Scheduler scans the state of the cranes every second and predicts their likelihood to starve, and balances the CHEs dispatching to ensure optimal productivity.
  • ROIs - In labs and standard customer emulations, the AHT Scheduler delivers an 1.5 increase in moves per CHE, an increase in 3 mph per crane and decreases unladen driving times by 1%.

“The newly enhanced AHT Scheduler will allow our N4 automation customers to implement a turnkey solution to help them reach operational milestones at their terminals for better production and output,” said Carlos Lopez Barbera, Vice President of Product Management at Navis.

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