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Switcher Productivity

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In higher functioning YMS solutions, trailer move commands are issued wirelessly to switchers using ruggedised computers mounted inside the switcher cabs. Savings in switcher costs is one of the largest benefits from implementing a YMS solution. The cost of each switcher unit fully loaded including labor costs, fuel, and maintenance amounts to about one hundred and ten thousand dollars ($110,000) per year. A best in class YMS implementation can produce a savings of 30% or more in switcher expenses.


Planning capabilities, together with configurable business rules in a YMS solution, raise the productivity of switchers. A trailer move plan should cover a full working shift or more. Managing the activities of switchers in the yard should require very little human interaction, resulting in the elimination of radios. A YMS should au¬tomatically issue commands to switchers when dock doors need attention. Higher functioning YMS solutions offer intel-ligent task assignment capabilities that automatically determine which switcher to send a command to based on the least travel time to the trailer, which minimizes fuel expenses. Switchers may also be grouped into “teams” that are associated with distinct operational areas such as shipping and receiving. During slow times a switcher should be able to systematically update and correct trailer locations using an audit function from their cab. Manual yard audits are virtually eliminated when using RTLS technologies.
Switcher dispatch capabilities should carry significant weight when considering a YMS due to potential cost reductions. At a minimum, the YMS should support wireless dispatch of move commands to switchers, allow switchers to perform audit functions during slow times, include an intelligent method for assigning jobs to switchers when multiple switchers are available, and management reports that measure switcher productivity.

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Yard Management

The implementation of a yard management system (YMS) must result in operational excellence and bring value to the operation. The major segments of the yard…

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Gate Management

The Gate presents the first of many challenges a trailer faces when arriving at a yard. This is the point of initial interaction and communications between the carrier…

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Yard Operations

The functions for planning, managing and executing activities of a yard determine the amount of value that a YMS solution brings to an operation. Yard software…

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Dock Door Management

YMS solutions can have a significant impact on the cost of labour working the dock doors at supply chain facilities of up to 25% of the labour cost. This is accomplished primarily…

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