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Automate with Apex. Scott Dugan [email protected] 913-384-0880 Ext. 5767. Session Objective. Learn how automation can reduce truck time in the plant, streamline your vehicle ID and scale ticketing process, and make your operation more efficient and cost effective. 

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Automate with apex

Automate with Apex

Scott Dugan

[email protected]

913-384-0880 Ext. 5767


Session objective

Session Objective

  • Learn how automation can reduce truck time in the plant, streamline your vehicle ID and scale ticketing process, and make your operation more efficient and cost effective. 

  • This session will highlight products that you can integrate with your Apex application to improve your daily operations, with a focus on real world case studies that include unattended and remotely attended sites.

  • Also learn more about Scale Watcher, which provides photo verification of the vehicle weighing process, and the anti-theft options that are available with this module. This session will challenge you to rethink current processes to make room for site improvements.

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Session outline

Session Outline

  • Why Automate?

  • Technology Overview

    • What does Apex have to offer?

  • Dividia Presentation

  • Study Abroad (Real World Example)

  • A look at other industries

  • Project Implementation Approach

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Why automate

Why Automate

  • Customer Service

    • Reduced Time In Plant

    • Reduced Stress from Trucks Lined up

    • Ticketing Accuracy

    • After Hours Access

    • Accommodate Spikes in Demand

      • One Time Job?

  • Safety

    • Keep drivers in the truck

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Why Automate

  • Operational Efficiencies

    • Increase throughput over scale

    • Semi-attended and unattended operations

    • Improved utilization of staff

      • Freed up for other tasks

    • Less Re-work – Overloads / Underloads

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Scott killough s childhood

Scott Killough’s Childhood

“Scott, is that a remote control for the lawn mower?”

“No Dad, the mower is fully automated. I’m just downloading historical data to calculate my allowance.”

Scott Killough

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Technology overview

Technology Overview

From Check In

To Loading

To Ticketing

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Technology overview1

Technology Overview

From Check In

To Loading

To Ticketing

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Automating the check in process

Automating the Check-In Process

  • Why Check In?

    • Know which trucks are in your plant

    • Solve any issues up front (Credit, Expired Tare, etc.)

    • Facilitates more efficient loading and check out

    • Track Time in Plant for improvements

  • Check in options defined by vehicle

    • Pre-Assigned to a Load

      • Apex Dispatch Module

      • Manual Assignments by Weighmaster

      • Repeat Last Load

    • Driver selects from authorized choices

      • Apex RFID Terminal

      • Apex RFID Kiosk

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Rfid technology

RFID Technology

  • Automated vehicle identification

    • Eliminates errors caused by keying in wrong Truck ID

  • Truck mounted or

  • Hand held tags

  • Readers can be placed in multiple locations to automate different process steps in the plant.

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RFID

  • Truck mounted tags

    • Similar to Toll Pass

    • Higher cost

    • Ideal for a fairly static fleet

    • Fastest ID (just drive past like highway toll)

    • Extremely efficient for ID Only stations (No driver interaction)

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RFID

  • Hand Held Tags

    • Lowest Cost

    • Ideal for larger dynamic fleets

    • Requires driver to stop and present card.

    • Flexibilty for situations where you might issue more than one card

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Driver interfaces

Driver Interfaces

  • Traffic Lights

    • Less confusion and faster processing of trucks

    • Gives simple indication of success/error at check-in and ticket out.

    • Eliminate verbal communication and premature drive offs.

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Driver interfaces1

Driver Interfaces

  • Setup Examples

    • Multiple lights with lane/silo indicators.

      • Example: Check Vehicle in Plant

      • Truck pulls on scale and views red light. Upon selection of load information a light is turned on indicating which lane or silo to proceed to for loading.

C

Proceed

Lane/Silo “C”

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Driver Interfaces

  • Auxiliary Display – Configurable Messages

Welcome to

Apex Quarry

Proceed to

Stockpile Area 2

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Driver Interfaces

  • Present RF Card and respond to prompts for authorized selections.

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Driver Interfaces

  • Touch Screen Interface

    • Provides familiar intuitive user interface.

    • Allows driver to select from multiple lists

    • Provides clear way to confirm current assignment

    • Options to enter additional info

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Driver Interfaces

  • RFID Kiosk

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Driver Interfaces

  • The RFID Kiosk integrates the most common needs into one plug and play packaged solution.

    • RFID

    • Sunlight Readable Touch Screen Interface

    • Digital I/O (Traffic Lights, Sensor Inputs, etc.)

    • Aux Display Option

    • Single Ethernet connection for all devices

    • Thermostat controlled NEMA enclosure

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Driver Interfaces

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Driver Interfaces

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Driver Interfaces

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Technology overview2

Technology Overview

From Check In

To Loading

To Ticketing

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Automating the loading process

Automating the Loading Process

  • Wireless Loader Notification

  • Driver or Operator initiated overhead loading

  • 3rd party PLC loading (on-the fly blending)

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Wireless loader

Wireless Loader

  • Provides the loader operator with a real time display of trucks in plant.

  • Eliminate ‘lost’ trucks and product errors caused by verbal communication.

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Wireless Loader

  • Can utilize plant wireless network or cellular ‘aircard’ for connectivity.

  • Communicates with ‘service’ that resides on the same LAN as Data, allowing for network ‘dead’ spots.

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Wireless Loader

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Wireless Loader

  • Capture Load Times for Statistical Analysis

    • More detailed view of in yard times

    • Track averages by product, time of day, etc.

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Loadout

Loadout

  • Controls single or multiple overhead silo gates or spouts to load asphalt, aggregate, or cement into trucks and rail cars.

    • Apex Loadout

    • 3rd Party Loadout

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Apex loadout

Apex Loadout

  • PLC based loadout control with support for Silos over Scale, Negative Weigh, and Weighbatchers

  • Load profiles by vehicle type

  • Support for short scale scenarios

  • Auto learn for consistent accuracy

  • Driver initiated self-load option

  • Can integrate RFID to ‘auto-populate’ Loadout operator screen

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Apex loadout screen components

Apex Loadout Screen Components


Apex loadout silo inventory

Apex Loadout – Silo Inventory


Apex driver initiated loadout

Apex Driver Initiated Loadout

  • RFID at Lane Entrance

  • Strobe Light on Silo

  • Pull cord to Initiate Drop

  • Traffic Lights Direct Driver Through Process

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3 rd party loadout

3rd Party Loadout

  • Standard interface to 3rd party Loadout systems

    • PLC Interface

    • Database (WEM/Libra) Interface

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3 rd party loadout wem

3rd Party Loadout - WEM


Technology overview3

Technology Overview

From Check In

To Loading

To Ticketing

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Automating the ticketing process

Automating the Ticketing Process

  • RFID of vehicle at Outbound scale

  • Most ticketing should be completely self service

    • Consider off-site clerk for some locations

  • Remote ticket printing

    • Special handling (i.e Cash) can be directed to alternate printer

  • Scale Watcher

    • Integrated video capture solution for providing photo verification and event notification

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Remote ticket printing

Remote Ticket Printing

  • Easiest way to reduce time on scale

  • Ideally 1 truck length way

  • Driver stays in truck and out of scalehouse

  • Can be used with automated or manual ticketing.

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Video capture

Video Capture

  • Integrated video capture solution for providing photo verification and event notification of the weighing process.

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Real world examples

Real World Examples

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Real World Examples

Kiosk and Traffic Lights

Check In

Wireless Loader

Loading

ID Terminal & LED Sign

Ticket Out

Scale Watcher

Remote Printer

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Order Taking and Dispatch


In bound

In Bound

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Out bound

Out Bound

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Retrieve ticket

Retrieve Ticket

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Real World Examples

“Before Apex was trialed, manually recorded times demonstrated that trucks spent 24 minutes in the quarry. Today, through the utilization of Apex, that time has been reduced to 14 minutes.”

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Project planning

Project Planning

  • Define Goals

  • Review / Define Complete Process

    • Process Narrative

    • Document Exception Handling

  • Sell the Plan (Early Buy-In)

  • Go-Live Training Plan (Users/Drivers)

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Summary

Summary

  • One solution does not fit all locations

  • RFID and Remote Printing are biggest bang for the buck – low hanging fruit

  • Yes, even your truck drivers can use these systems

  • Involve us early in the process – leverage our experience

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The end

The End

Join us in the Trade Show area for a full demonstration.

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