Options to configure Master Terminal for director tasks have grown in recent years so a blog post covering these options seemed like a great idea.
Director Tasks are a great way to use the power of Master Terminal to manage finding appropriate cargo and MT containers for delivery, shipping or packing. They can be created directly from the Road Gate or via release requests (used for Road, Rail, Ship or Packing releases) or just to move cargo around the yard.
To use this functionality your Master Terminal system needs the Radio Telemetry module licence and the Terminal needs ‘Radio Telemetry Enabled’ in Terminal Configuration Settings tab.
How director tasks are sourced depends on what they are for, how they are created and controlled by a few configuration options.
For Release Requests that are ‘by type’ but that also have cargo assigned, only this cargo will offered to the machine drivers when working these tasks. You can assign more cargo than is requested – and cargo can be assigned to more than one release so long as the releases have ‘Allow Cargo On Multiple Releases’ ticked.
For other Release Requests that are ‘by type’ without any assigned cargo the system will either use Yard Allocations (for fulls) or the Terminal’s Empty Container Release Strategy as set on the Yard Allocation Configuration.
For full containers the system will step through the Terminals Yard allocations looking for a matching allocation and then examining the allocations ranges to see if there are any matching cargo items.
How Master Terminal sources MT’s is controlled by the ‘Empty Container Release Strategy’ option.
If ‘Allocations’ is set the system will work as it would for full containers. Progress through Yard Allocations in priority order, when finding a matching allocation it checks the allocations ranges for matching cargo.
If ‘Terminal’ is selected the system will check through a dictionary of all MT containers for the Operator selected and find the first available, least overstowed (for gridded area cargo) container.
This method takes into account other director tasks that may be sourcing cargo from areas in the terminal so cargo will not be double booked.
With ‘Allocations then Terminal’ the system will check through allocations and if no cargo is found it then checks through the entire Terminal (as above).
Two kinds of bulk internal moves that generate director tasks can be created. Both can be created from the Yard operations form by clicking the ‘New’ button.
Creating a Move Request – Move Requests are for bulk moving of cargo items.
These Director moves can be fulfilled by any cargo item in the source area (unless a list of cargo ID’s is specified). The only required fields are Number Requested and Source location. If no target area is selected the system will autoplan the cargo on pickup. Job ID (which will be generated if not complete), Priority , Required by Date/Time, Remarks are for reference only. Selected Cargo, which can be filled from the selector query, is used when cargo is sourced as a list for validation. If cargo is selected only cargo on that list can be moved.
Creating a Delivery Request. A Delivery Request creates Director move tasks with more specific requirements
These moves allow you to specify operator, ISO Group and Type and availability grades. Delivery Requests assume we are moving MT containers. Required fields are Number Requested and either a Source or Target area – you can specify both if required else one will be auto planned. The selector form can be used to find cargo and return the cargo’s terminal area as the source area.
ISO Group can be selected alone or along side an ISO Type. Multiple Availability grades can be selected. Another interesting option is to be able to pre fill this data for a packing release by selecting the release and release item. The system records how many MTs have been requested and delivered for that packing release. The Delivery Request will attempt to source cargo when saved (if add to RT Queue option is ticked) and will not queue if we fail to find appropriate cargo.
When saved these jobs will be visible on the Yard Operations form and from here you can manage queuing and managing these moves.