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POAGS Uses RFID to Manage Ore Deliveries

Australia's largest bulk and general stevedoring company is utilizing active tags and readers to identify ore-hauling trucks, and to direct their drivers to the appropriate hoppers.
By Dave Friedlos
"Working around civil, electrical and mechanical construction teams provided various challenges," Connell reports, "yet we managed to complete the implementation within the project timetable."

"The traffic-management system provides a high level of vehicle movement visibility to the control-room operators," Connell states. "It allows control-room operators to track the in-bound vehicles as far as 5 kilometers away from the entrance to Utah Point, then determines the truck's stockpile destination within the facility, operational state of POAGS' equipment for unloading the ore, and demand for that stockpile location by heavy vehicles at the truck's determined time of arrival. Among other benefits, this visibility allows us to effectively manage demand for timeslots [at the stockpile]; monitor unloading equipment at the hopper, status and break-downs of unloading equipment and the hoppers; and keep truck turnaround to a minimum."

The TMS application is also integrated with the central control system, in order to coordinate the automatic startup and shutdown of POAGS' unloading equipment with the trucks' arrival times, and to maintain the efficient running of the equipment. Moreover, the application determines that the correct truck is at the proper stockpile before allowing that vehicle to unload, thereby preventing costly contamination.

POAGS is working closely with it clients and the Port Hedland Port Authority, Connell says, and may consider extending the TMS and RFID capability as the port's capacity is expanded.

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