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WIN 2019

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18 CEMENT AMERICAS • Winter 2019 • www.cementamericas.com FEATURE After reviewing the site, JWS recommended the use of RFID readers for quick identification of trucks when they arrive and outdoor printers mounted at cab height, eliminating any need for drivers to get out of their vehicles – ensuring both efficiency and safety for the drivers. JWS worked with Pan Pacific on appropriate positioning of the hardware so it could be incorporated into their exist- ing construction plans. Matt Fox, the project manager for JWS, maintained constant contact with Pan Pacific Cement and the third-party PLC provider to ensure that everything was on schedule and that all of the infrastructure at Pan Pacific Cement's new terminal would be in place when the technician arrived on site for installation and setup of the Apex system. Technology Overview The implementation for the Pan Pacific Cement terminal employed the following software and hardware solutions from JWS. • Apex Ticketing – At the core of the system is the Apex tick- eting software, providing an intuitive Windows user inter- face for data management and ticket printing at the site. • Auto ID – This module interfaces with the core ticketing application to allow the use of RFID readers and remote user input devices to automate the ticketing process. • Third-Party Controls Interface – Apex systems can com- municate with a third-party PLC using a standard OPC (OLE for Process Control) interface. This allows the Apex application to provide information such as Target Weights, Bin ID, etc. to the loadout control system and to monitor status conditions. • Remote Ticket Printing – An environmental enclosure, designed specifically for outdoor printing in conditions found in the bulk materials industry, houses an industrial printer for rapid delivery of tickets to the driver. • Scale Watcher – Integrated video capture provides a still image of truck license and side door view for every ticket generated. These images are stored with the ticket, elim- inating the need for driver signatures. Each loadout lane includes an RFID Terminal, Remote Printer and Integrated Video Capture. Process Flow Each vehicle is issued a handheld RFID badge. The Apex system stores all of the information required to load each vehicle, including configuration (single or double trailer), target weights for each trailer, maximum GVW, billing infor- mation, etc. When a truck pulls into a loadout lane, the driver presents the badge to the RFID terminal mounted at cab height. The driver will confirm his assignment on the terminal, or contact the loadout operator if his assignment informa- tion needs to change. Once confirmed, Apex will capture the tare weight and communicate the lane ID and target weights for this vehicle to the loadout PLC. The operator will lower the spouts and initiate the load- ing. The scale configuration allows the PLC to load a front and back trailer simultaneously with independent target weights. Once the loading is complete and the spouts have been raised, the PLC will set the appropriate status and the Apex application will capture the final gross weight and print a delivery ticket at the appropriate remote printer. At the time the ticket is printed, the Scale Watcher module will store the video capture from two cameras, with an over- lay of key ticket data values, as a pdf image that is indexed by ticket number for easy retrieval in the Apex application. An additional image of the printed ticket is stored in the ECM (Enterprise Content Management) system. From beginning to end, including the cement loading time, the entire process is completed in as little as three minutes. Conclusion The Pan Pacific Cement terminal is an excellent example of how the combined technology and industry experience of Command Alkon and JWS can be counted on to provide best Each loadout lane includes an RFID Terminal, Remote Print- er and Integrated Video Capture.

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