Truck Management Systems for Manufacturing Industries
So what is ‘Truck Management Systems for Manufacturing industries’? and how can it help, in improving the operational efficiency of the manufacturing industries? Stick around, I’ll help you.
Time is considered crucial in all fields of work, especially in the manufacturing and the transportation sector.
Let’s center on transportation because the manufacturing sectors were the first to adopt various management processes to go a bundle on achieving great efficiency.
Ever been on the highway staring at a 20 wheeler piggybacking an extremely long blade (50mtrs) of a wind turbine. Ever wonder how long it would take for 100 men to carry such megalithic invention to the desired location.
Now, that’s where transportation signified its importance to the world. To help humans create a better world by saving time and power.
Let’s see how these transportation sectors assist manufacturing industries in their process.
Truck Management system for Industries:
Our daily lives were rendered smooth and easy by various industries. For example, the cement and iron industries are the two most important industries worldwide. Imagine a delay in their processing because of improper management in their transport schedule.
These situations are absolute chaos both for the industry as well as the customers. Hence it is up to the fleet management to control the exhaustive process of managing the trucks by assisting the truck drivers through the entire process.
The most tiring problem the management faces is the ‘Congestion’ caused by the over-crowding of a massive number of trucks at the plant gate, inside the plant, and at the exit gate.
Congestion is a common problem the truck management face every day.
Since the industrial business plays a crucial role in the world’s economy, the process should be efficiently channeled. Hence, IT Solutions for industry truck management systems comes into play by managing the operation efficiently and by providing various management solutions for fleet management.
Our IT solutions to truck fleet management systems for manufacturing industries center uniquely in providing all the required resources for truck management through user-friendly management software. And our truck management systems for manufacturing industries can assist the industries in not being obsolete in the technologically superior world
To understand the features and the functions of the management software knowledge about the activities practiced in the plant for managing the trucks is necessary.
Presently followed practices and activities in truck management systems for manufacturing industries:
The Flowchart outlines the practices at the plant every day :
- A Truck Driver arrives at the plant’s entry gate. He is requested to wait with several other trucks, piled up near the plant’s entry gate. Fleet management personnel challenge this turmoil pretty often. This chaos is the result of inappropriate information conveyed to the drivers.
- The management personnel verifies the truck driver’s identity and requests further confirmation for entrance from the higher-level authority. This process takes a lot of time and will result in congestion near the gate.
- The Higher-level authority performs the secondary verification and then guides the management personnel with a proper response.
- As soon as the confirmation is received, the truck is allowed to enter the plant.
- The management personnel, inside the plant, guides the trucks to their destined location.
- Another pile-up of trucks ahead as several misguided trucks are wandering in the plant, creating turmoil.
- After another stressful ride through the plant, the truck reaches the destined location on the main grounds and perform’s the loading or unloading functions.
- After the loading or the unloading functions, the truck reaches the exit gate, the driver is verified, and the management personnel examines the container before allowing the truck to exit the plant. This final verification process consumes a lot of time, as it is crucial in the process.
- After all this turmoil, the truck is let out, free from congestion and chaos the truck driver paces up towards his next assignment.
These are the various stressful and tiresome practices performed every day by the truck management team.
Since the healthy invasion of technology in the world, the world has radically improved in all aspects. Technology has assisted the world in eradicating the flaws and has helped several businesses in creating a seamless environment. Notably, the market today depends solely on technology. Henceforth, people have come up with various fresh technologies to render any field of work seamless and hassle-free.
CronJ’s IT Solutions to truck management systems for manufacturing Industries:
Our truck fleet management software will provide all the requirements for fleet maintenance (truck maintenance) to help create a sound environment in the plant. By the way, how will the software or application function? What does it do?
We know how the fleet management handles the trucks from it’s arrival at the plant’s entry gate to its departure at the exit gate. Now, let us understand how our small and heavy truck fleet maintenance software or application can advance the traditional- industry truck fleet management solutions.
Capacity Management in truck management systems for manufacturing industries:
Capacity management is considered as the fundamental aspect of the solution. It includes constant monitoring of trucks at the plant’s entry gate, inside the plant and its terminals. The capacities of all the main places, in real-time, should be updated in the system (management software), and trucks would be managed and directed accordingly.
For example, when a truck is nearing the plant and if its assigned gate has sufficient capacity, the truck will be guided to the gate; else, it can be requested to wait at a truck yard (Buffer zone) until the gate capacity frees up.
Once an appointment is taken, the prime trigger for the system’s functions would be the beginning of the trip carried out by the driver through the mobile application interface. There are several services under capacity management, some of them are mentioned below.
Truck appointment system:
we have come upon with a solution for reducing the congestion by enabling the truck drivers and the transport companies to book slots or appointments for the day through an application provided by our truck fleet software.
Buffer zone/truck yard:
A truck yard or Buffer zone is part of the Truck management system for the manufacturing industries. A Truck yard will be developed near the plant, for the trucks to park, until they are allowed to enter their designated gate or lane. The troubleshooting process can also be done in the yards.
A Truck yard is an effective step to be taken to help improve the operational efficiency of fleet management.
The management software or system will continuously monitor the capacity of the truck yard through integration with electronic gates (RFID readers). Electronic gates are expected to be installed at the zone’s entry and exit points.
The basis for assigning and routing a truck to the truck yard shall be when trucks arrive at the plant vicinity earlier than their appointment, the threshold of a gate is reached, the threshold of the terminals is reached, certain delays have occurred with previous activities within the plant.
If an immediate assignment to the truck yard is necessary, then authorized users are allowed to assign the trucks to the truck yard manually. But an active confirmation for manual order change is required before assigning the trucks to the yard.
Virtual Queue Management:
Virtual queue management is a flow management solution. It enables the trucks to wait in a virtual queue rather than a physical one. It is based on the FIFO concept (First-in – First-out).
The system automatically identifies trucks according to their appointment and their proximity to the plant and assigns them in the virtual queue.
The system should notify truck drivers when they can physically queue at specific lanes at the plant gates. The system must send notifications to the drivers after estimating arrival times based on GPS tracking.
This system feature will ensure no truck congestion occurs at the plant gates as it automatically adds nearing trucks to the virtual queue, at the same time, it continuously monitors the physical and virtual gate queue situation.
Trucks physically at the plant gates will be removed from this virtual queue once entering the plant gates.
Gate assignment & Lane assignment:
The system will guide the trucks to the assigned gates and lanes as per their appointments and purpose. The system will be able to define the purpose of the gates and the lanes at the plant and guide the trucks accordingly.
The gate assignment system is rendered scalable so that in the future inputs of new gates or lanes can be added along with their purpose.
Gate assignment details will be provided to the driver once the trip is initiated. Drivers would not be directed to the exact lane or gate unless the capacity is available.
Traffic data analysis in truck management systems for manufacturing industries:
Our system will gather and assess live traffic data from all around the city to ensure close to precise measurements of estimated arrival times (ETA) for all trucks destined for the plant. This part of the solution is also the most important aspect of our truck management systems for manufacturing industries.
There are several practices under Traffic data analysis, some of them are mentioned below.
Integration with traffic data:
Live traffic data will be acquired through integration with 3rd party providers such as Google Maps, HERE maps, etc. The traffic data will be updated in real-time to avoid inconsistencies and to ensure accurate time calculations.
Road traffic monitoring:
To assist the truck drivers in having a smooth journey to the plant, the system monitors live road traffic and informs the drivers of their expected arrival time and possible delay on the road due to several reasons.
Road traffic monitoring is a key service of the management software that helps the fleet management team in managing delays and congestion in the plant.
Geofencing is one of the integral aspects of the system or management software.
The prime purpose of it is to set up a geofence a certain distance away from the plant at which point, the drivers would be updated on their required destination at the time; be it a gate or buffer zone.
Geofencing will also be used to monitor specific roads that the Traffic Police require trucks to be using. This system will ensure continuous monitoring of truck routes and ensure obeying Traffic Police rules. The system will also help in identifying trucks that are not using the guided route.
The system will send notifications to appropriate users when required. It can be the driver or any other plant personnel. There are several instances for pushing notifications to the drivers, some of them are mentioned below. Right behind traffic data analysis Notifications is also the prime aspect in our truck management systems for manufacturing industries.
Based on results from the system’s virtual queue management feature, the driver will be notified of his position in the queue and his expected time of arrival. The initial queue position will be provided once a driver initiates his trip via the app and updated once the truck enters a predefined geofence. In addition, queue waiting times should be provided.
Assigned Parking Area and Gate:
Drivers will receive a notification on their required destination whether the buffer zone or a specific lane and gate. This is provided once the trip is initiated by the driver and updated once the truck enters a predefined geofence.
Routes to be Taken:
The system will be capable of providing truck drivers with the optimal route towards the plant and their dedicated gate or buffer zone, depending on the current situation at the plant, and the estimated arrival time.
It is important to ensure all traffic laws and regulations are met; in addition to, the enabling of the system to estimate arrival times of the trucks. If drivers were to stray away from the defined routes, the relevant stakeholders need to be notified.
In the case of accidents or road works, the system will provide drivers with alternative routes, if necessary.
The system will provide live updates to drivers and other users throughout the entirety of the trip. These updates can include route changes or destination changes, etc.
The continuous monitoring of the plant and gate capacities and truck locations via the installed GPS systems will enable the provision of these live updates. Live updates need to be provided up to the point when the truck exits the plant through the electronic gates.
Security of data in truck management systems for manufacturing industries:
Due to the nature of the data being exchanged, the system must have high-security standards when developed to ensure safe and secure communication. This can come in the form of a “blockchain” platform, as an example.
CronJ will render a system that can provide high-security standards for the data exchange. So all the data exchanged through the system or the management software will be secured.
Now, what are the hardware that can be integrated with our system to provide operation efficiency?
Hardware essential for integration with the system:
RFID readers are used for identifying trucks when at entry/exit of the plant and truck yard and extract all the essential information e.g. truck licenses, permits and plate numbers, etc.
RFID tags will be installed on all the trucks entering the plant. This RFID system will be used to verify trucks entering the plant at their allocated time.
Optical character recognition (OCR) & Cameras:
Optical character recognition can be used to convert typed or handwritten text into machine-encoded text. In this case, OCR along with the installed cameras, at the electronic gates, can help in identifying and reading container numbers and truck labels upon entry and exit.
Card readers & cameras:
Card barcode readers and HD cameras (for Guard to verify drivers with photos on their permits) will enable the verification of drivers upon entry (drivers would have cards holding all their info).
The Truck fleet management system software will extract all data from the installed systems and verify them with information inputted when taking the appointment and ones exchanged from the other databases.
After all, information has been verified, only then will the automatic barriers open for the trucks. The second line of RFID readers will be installed after the initial gate to ensure trucks have been completely validated for entry.
KPI (Key performance indicator) in truck management systems for manufacturing industries:
Key performance indicator (KPI) monitoring is essential for the continuous improvement of the industry truck management system. The IT solution is required to measure specific KPIs, which can be viewed in the form of a dashboard accessible to all authorized users.
Monitored KPIs will range from strategic to operational levels. It will be possible for an authorized user to dig deep to extract more detailed data from the system when required about a single truck.
KPI’s to be measured by the systems include, and is not limited to:
- The utilization rate of the plant, plant gates, and truck yard.
- Truck volumes (Hourly, Daily, Monthly & Annually):- Using truck yard, arriving on time, delayed for their appointments and purpose
- Penalties: Number of penalties committed, black points and fines collected and purpose
These are the various IT Solutions provided by our Truck management system (TMS) or Truck maintenance software for improving the traditional – industry truck fleet management solutions. CronJ provides high standard services for TMS, to render your operations efficient.
Our product is unique in its approach, it provides the wholesome package of service for the industry’s fleet management. Onboard, Cronj, are some of the experienced and talented software developers, who can render great results for your truck fleet management system.