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SmartTAS

Overview

SmartTAS is a flexible Terminal Automation Solution which gives you total control over product movement and stock reconciliation. Since launching in the UK 2011, SmartTAS has grown worldwide, allowing our customers to transport bulk liquid with the highest efficacy.

The latest features on the software enhance digital transformation by meeting the latest demands in the industry. Our mission is to continue making the transportation of bulk liquid as efficient as possible.

Bulk liquid distribution whether by road, rail, air or water requires tight controls to ensure safe, secure and efficient operations. Every site has its own unique set of circumstances that brings with it challenges commercially, environmentally, and logistically. A “one size fits all” approach to terminal automation is impossible. However, we can offer scalable standalone stations for a small depot, or a full client-server system for larger sites, or multiple operator stations.

SmartTAS offer flexibility in its application, supporting many of the leading batch controllers. Access control devices and identification methods are also available to ensure your product is kept safe.

SmartTAS allows full stock management and reconciliation system, with comprehensive reports, BOL to ADR as standard. It enables total site control and overview, allowing operators to access details of all gantries, loading arms, vehicles, drivers, and product in use on-site with ease.

New to SmartTAS, the Kiosks and queuing provide load planning and optimisation features with automated notification by SMS and electronic document delivery making operations transparent to stakeholders. API’s allow integration with ERP systems to allow an accurate exchange of transactions and orders, ensuring that the products dispensed are subject to financial controls.

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benefits


Real time data

Records all vehicle and personnel interaction on site. Creates records of all loading transactions and provides a comprehensive range of customisable reports and graphs. Remote workers can view data at home.

automatic reports

A wide variety of built-in reports can be customised. Automatically save, email or upload reports at specified intervals. SMS and electronic document delivery are available. Automatic printout of weighbridge tickets.

Security

Incorporation of mna functions designed to enhance existing safety and environmental processes. Driver and Vehicle profile configuration, with the ability to assign Card and PIN identification. Leak detection, unauthorised movement, overfill prevention and fire and gas detection.

queuing

To minimize the time the vehicles spend in hazardous locations in the site and prevent unnecessary traffic a queuing system is a necessity. Drivers enter the queue by setting up their load at an automated kiosk, before waiting to be called by the queuing system.

configuration

Configurable to multiple workflow procedures. Interfaces to Book Stock Management system for reconciliation of stock. Interfacing with the Tank Gauging System (VTW) for real-time Physical Stock Data. Business integration and enterprise systems such as SAP Business One, where all transactions can be linked to financial documents for invoicing and accounting.

Open system

Interfaces to most vendor devices for access control, rack loading computers and weighbridges. Integration to 3rd party systems is now possible through a new built-in OPC UA service. SmartTAS can publish live loading bay information, including transaction data such as driver names, order numbers, and vehicle registrations. Seamless integration of different vendor gauges such as Emerson, Honeywell and E+H.

technical support

Compared with our competitors we offer the fastest time to resolve any technical problems with in house support you can speak to someone in minutes.  Technical support is available 24/7 and experts will guide you through the system installation as well as in-depth training at your site or remotely.

COST SAVING

Better monitoring enables a reduction in inventory and prevents incidents to bring about a significant reduction in operational costs. The software can be scaled to the size and budget of your site so you will get the deal.

software features

SmartTAS has undergone a process of continual innovation over 11 years, often incorporating feedback and requests from the customers that use it. All our software is designed, developed, and tested in-house by a team of bulk liquid storage and handling experts.

The latest version of SmartTAS offers even more flexibility. Product UN Hazard Codes that are now fully editable with the ability to change the languages presented and add new hazard codes to fit their operations. Addresses are now first-class data items in TAS. A customer can have many addresses associated with it, each being ascribed a role.

Seal details can be entered at the bay and support the Danload DL8000 in a multi-arm deployment. SmartTAS can publish live loading bay information, including transaction data such as driver names, order numbers, and vehicle registrations. Integration to 3rd party systems is now possible through a new built-in OPC UA service.

When things go wrong at site, SmartTAS now allows operators to prepare documentation for vehicles that have been manually “topped off” or moved to another loading bay to complete a load.

Core Functionality 

  • Product Transactions
  • Orders
  • Products
  • Drivers/ Personnel
  • Vehicles, Companies
  • Gantry, Configuration
  • Device/ Instrument Configuration
  • Kiosk/ Queuing

orders and transactions

An order represents a right to load for the vehicle and confirms an agreement between parties for the exchange of products. Full stock management and reconciliation system are available with our software. Orders can be simply inputted through the SmartTAS user interface, or for sites with a higher volume of orders, they could be imported from an ERP system. Sometimes these agreements can be very specific, defining the amount, the product, the compartment, the vehicle and the driver. Sometimes the order can be loose; a customer can take up to a maximum amount of product. SmartTAS can handle those and any cases in between.

On arrival at the site, the driver will select the associated order number and all load details are downloaded to the loading computer to enable the loading process.

Order numbers are created ahead of time in TAS to control the quantity and product for each truck and compartment. This method provides a safe approach for the driver and reduces the risk of loading incorrect quantities or products into the wrong compartments. Alternatively, loads can be created and authorised on demand by the terminal operators upon the arrival of a truck/driver, and all details are recorded immediately within SmartTAS. Addresses are now first-class data items in TAS. A customer can have many addresses associated with it, each being ascribed a role, such as Billing Address, Delivery Address, Safety Contact Address.

Laptop showing SmartTAS Daily stocks

SmartTAS provides a visual representation to the operator of all active data, displaying the loading process with all information associated with the selected order. A full log of all loading transactions is maintained by the automation system, and the Book Stock module gathers all input data for reconciliation of stock. Automatic BOLs are printed at a location on completion of a transaction.

Picture of terminal to show identity and access control

Identity and Access Control

A cornerstone in terminal automation is to know who and what is taking or delivering the product so that responsibilities are established at every step with optimal security. SmartTAS can work with a range of RFID cards and access control units. Biometric checks can be added to further confirm the driver’s identities and prevent “card sharing”. Details of drivers and vehicles can be managed through the SmartTAS application, or through integration using the API.

• The system can interface to most types of Access Control Units controlling both entry and exit of trucks, pedestrians and personnel.
• A full transaction log of all entry and exit requests and activity is maintained in the database.
• Detailed views of all people and vehicles on site are easily accessible in SmartTAS, both real-time and historical.
• Historical records can be queried to analyse personnel, driver and or truck movements.
• Multiple security options: PIN and Swipe card options are fully configurable, or security can be disabled altogether.
• Features can be fully customised to the site’s requirements.

Checkpoints, Loading Bays and Site Locations

At the loading bay the identity of the driver and vehicle can be confirmed ensuring that the right products are dispensed in safe quantities to the vehicle. SmartTAS can check the capacity of the vehicle compartment to prevent overfilling and check the order quantity to prevent oversupply. Inline blending and additive injection are also supported, allowing a diverse range of products to be delivered from a site to order. Further controls and checks can be added using checkpoints to ensure procedures such as bottom drain and seal fitting are carried out. SmartTAS logs the vehicles’ progress through the site locations.

Our continued quest to bring the world’s loading bay equipment into the SmartTAS software sees the addition of seal details being entered at the bay, and support for the Danload DL8000 in a multi-arm deployment.  When things go wrong at site, SmartTAS now allows operators to prepare documentation for vehicles that have been manually “topped off” or moved to another loading bay to complete a load.

Computer showing Smart TAS

Queuing

To minimize the time the vehicles spend in hazardous locations in the site and prevent unnecessary traffic a queuing system is must. Drivers enter the queue by setting up their load at an automated kiosk, before waiting to be called by the queuing system. A queue status screen in a waiting area ensures that people are kept in a safe location and only venturing on to the site when needed.

System Architecture

The system can be provided as a simple standalone station for small depots or as a full Client/Server system for larger sites where multiple operator stations are required. In most cases a high availability back office server interfaces to the field devices and hosts the database. Within this configuration, the operator stations act as clients to the server.

• Standalone station
• Client-Server system
• Distributed multi-site systems
• Modbus and OPC interfaces to sitewide
distributed control systems and other
business systems
• Fieldbus and device-independent

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SmartTAS is a flexible Terminal Automation Solution which gives you total control over product movement and stock reconciliation.