Case Study

Expansion of loading capacity and automation of tax steps

A project that optimized the entire logistics of the plant, from truck routes to the issue of invoices

Fertilizers

Solutions from power supply to inventory control

Project Data

CAPACITY

More than 300%.

magnifying

The loading capacity of the plant went from 576 to 1920 trucks/day

SCREENING

Real time

of the location of the trucks

Through RFID technology it is possible to optimize routes and locate the trucks throughout the plant

TAX STEPS

100% automated

Entry into the plant, weighing and invoicing are done automatically, saving time and expense

Context and Challenges

One of the world's largest fertilizer companies was facing a problem at a plant in Brazil due to the logistical inability to deliver production. The marking process for loading and unloading was slow, and weighing was also slow because it depended on people to perform all the fiscal tasks. There was no internal logistical control, and at harvest time the slowness of the process generated queues at the entrance of the plant, which led the trucks stopped at the shoulder to be fined. Solving this situation involved the challenges of:

  1. Finding ways to track trucks and improve internal logistics control
  2. Identify the main bottlenecks in the loading process and possible ways to improve them
  3. Implement improvements and process automation, including instrumentation, commissioning and start-up

Solutions Used and Equipment Provided

We have implemented an RFID identification system to track all the trucks in the plant.

We install self-service terminals for truck drivers with biometric identification, and sound and pager systems to organize the flow.

We use together RFID identification and an OCR image reading system to read the trucks' plates and thus automate access, weighing and invoice issuing systems.

We controlled the internal traffic at the plant through traffic lights.

We have implemented a route optimization system, accessible by decision support terminals.

Experts

IT Analyst

João Vitor Figueiredo

IT Technical Manager

Marcelo Simões Reis

Awards

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Expansion of loading capacity and automation of tax steps

A project that optimized the entire logistics of the plant, from truck routes to the issue of invoices

August 20, 2020

published by

João Vitor Figueiredo

IT Analyst

published by

Marcelo Simões Reis

IT Technical Manager

CAPACITY

More than 300%.

magnifying

The loading capacity of the plant went from 576 to 1920 trucks/day

SCREENING

Real time

of the location of the trucks

Through RFID technology it is possible to optimize routes and locate the trucks throughout the plant

TAX STEPS

100% automated

Entry into the plant, weighing and invoicing are done automatically, saving time and expense

One of the world's largest fertilizer companies was facing a problem at a plant in Brazil due to the logistical inability to deliver production. The marking process for loading and unloading was slow, and weighing was also slow because it depended on people to perform all the fiscal tasks. There was no internal logistical control, and at harvest time the slowness of the process generated queues at the entrance of the plant, which led the trucks stopped at the shoulder to be fined. Solving this situation involved the challenges of:

  1. Finding ways to track trucks and improve internal logistics control
  2. Identify the main bottlenecks in the loading process and possible ways to improve them
  3. Implement improvements and process automation, including instrumentation, commissioning and start-up

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