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Multi Machine Moves

Several configurations are required to use the multi-machine move functionality;

  1. Terminal areas and interchange areas
  2. Machine move rules
  3. Machine terminal access

Your scenario
  1. You want to move cargo from a Block Stack to an interchange area (holding area) to the crane transfer area where the vessel is.
  2. You want to use a top lifter from the block stack to the interchange area, and then using the straddle to take them from the interchange area to the crane.
Set Up Terminal Areas and Interchange Area
In this example, we have 4 areas;
  1. Block stack called ‘EMPTY’ 
  2. Yard Interchange area called ‘VTA’ 
  3. Crane transfer area called ‘C1TA’ where Crane 1 is
  4. Vessel – Voyage 10503
We also have 3 machines
  1. Top lifter called ‘ALI1’ available in the Block Stack and Interchange area
  2. Straddle Carrier called ‘SC1’ available in the Crane transfer area and the Interchange area
  3. Crane 1 (Hook) using the C1TA Crane transfer area which loads directly on to the vessel.
In Master Terminal, go to the Terminal Area Definition screen from the Terminal Ops menu. Create these 3 areas;
  1. Block stack called ‘EMPTY’ 
  2. Yard Interchange area called ‘VTA’ 
  3. Crane transfer area called ‘C1TA’
You now need to restrict what machines have access to these areas so that when moving cargo between the Block stack and the Crane transfer area, it uses the VTA and only those machines assigned to those areas.  This is done by connecting the Block stack and the Crane transfer area to the Interchange area.  To do this, from the Terminal Area definition screen, select your yard interchange area;
Go to the Terminal Areas tab, click on edit and add the Block stack and Crane transfer area;
Next, go to the Machines tab, and add the machines that will only have access to this area;
Save these new settings.
Select the Block Stack ‘Empty’ in the Terminal Area Definition screen and click on edit;
Select VTA as the default interchange area on the definition data tab.
Go to the Machines tab and ensure the machine to work the Block Stack is selected;
Save these settings.
Do the same for the Crane Transfer area; apply the default interchange area and ensure the Straddle Carrier machine is selected under the machines tab;
For the Crane, go to the crane you will be using to load the cargo on to the vessel from the Machine Table in Terminal Admin and select the Crane Transfer area you will be using;
Save this setting.

Set Up Machine Rules
The Machine Rules Maintenance screen (under Terminal Ops) enables you to configure default rules that apply to machine moves between specified terminal areas. Some moves require multiple machine types to be completed. Each movement of a machine within a move is referred to as a leg.  

In this example, in the Machine Rules Maintenance screen, the move method for a Block Stack to a Crane Transfer Area will be the Top Lifter for the Block Stack to the Interchange Area then a Straddle Carrier for the move between the yard interchange area and the Crane transfer area.  The Move Method will be this one;

The Rule will look like this;
Set Up Machine Terminal Access
From the machine table under Terminal Admin, ensure the machines you plan to use have access to the terminal areas and interchange areas they will work in.  Forklift ALI1 will be working in terminal area ‘EMPTY’ and interchange area ‘VTA’, so these are the areas the Forklift has access to;
Do a similar set up to ensure the Straddle Carrier can access the VTA interchange and the Crane Transfer area C1TA.
Planning the Vessel
In the LOLO Planning screen, in Planning Mode, select the Hold to plan the containers to and select the ‘Display Load Colour Codes’ button;
Set up colour coding for the voyage based on the attributes of the cargo you want to plan.  In this example I have used ISO Container, and discharge port ‘NZAKL’;
Go to the Load List under the Planning menu item (from the Voyage Functions menu) and select the voyage to see the unplanned cargo available for the voyage;
Plan your vessel by creating load jobs for the areas of the vessel in Load Job Mode and assign the bays to the crane (C1) and save as a new Job number;
Change the LOLO Planning screen to Load Planning Mode, select the Bays you want to plan to. Then go back to your Load list, select the cargo, right click and ‘Plan Load Selected Cargo’.
You have now planned your cargo to the vessel and can see your planned moves in the Load List screen under the Planned tab;
From the Order of Work screen, load the Jobs to Operations;
You will now see both Jobs in the Job Operations screen;
If your jobs are not queued, right click and queue them.
Move your Containers
In the Radio Telemetry Queue screen, set up a new Queue for the Voyage;
Create the Crane queue against the voyage queue;
We have set up the Crane to act as the Ship Lander, so that once the Crane has the cargo, the system shows it is already loaded on to the vessel.  You can change it so you can use the Lander App to manage the movement from the Crane to the vessel.  
You can now see the queued moves for the containers in the Block Stack to move to the VTA following the machine sequence set up in the machine rules for these terminal areas, going from EMPTY to VTA, then VTA to Crane 1 (C1TA);
Logging in as the Top Lifter, the moves are selected in order of sequence;
When the move is accepted, and set down, the RT Queue for the top lifter is updated.  Once all the top lifter moves are completed, the cargo is now queue to be moved from the VTA to the Crane by the Straddle Carrier and can be seen when you log in as the Straddle Carrier.  Complete all the moves.  The cargo is now on the vessel.  

2 replies on “Multi Machine Moves”

Is it possible to create a multi machine move from a truck (rather than an onsite yard area)? E.g. container arrives on Truck, is unloaded by Straddle, who sets down in an Interchage Area, to then be moved to final queued location by Forklift.

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