SOLVO solutions at the ULS railway terminal in Uzbekistan

29 October 2020

Back in 2015, the Solvo.TOS terminal management system was implemented at the container terminal of Universal Logistics Services in Uzbekistan, which, according to the company’s representative, over the past five years has allowed the customer to comfortably cope with a more than twofold increase in cargo turnover.

Today, ULS is key client and partner of SOLVO in Uzbekistan and one of the first customers who will be able to switch to the new SOLVO’s technology platform in the near future, combining several software products in a common information field.

ULS is a modern railway container terminal that provides a full range of services for the processing of containers, wagons, as well as oversized cargo.

The terminal is located in the cargo yard of the Chukursay station, equipped with all necessary means of mechanization, its own access roads allow terminal handling of containers, loading and unloading of wheeled vehicles from the ramp, sending and receiving cargo.

The total area of the container terminal is 10.9 hectares. The developed ULS infrastructure includes convenient access roads, a container platform, which includes a loading and unloading area, a loaded and empty containers depot.

The terminal's cargo turnover averages 120,000 TEU per year.

Among the ULS services:

  • Terminal processing of cargo:

- Receiving and sending cargo in 20ft, 40ft and 45ft containers; Reception and sending empty 20ft, 40ft and 45ft containers;

- Storage of loaded and empty containers;

  • Reception, dispatch, storage of cargo in tank containers (dangerous goods), wagons and refrigerated containers;

  • Preparation of the necessary accompanying transport documentation;

  • Customs support: The whole cycle of customs clearance;

  • Services of a warehouse of temporary outdoor and closed storage;

  • Additional services: acceptance, dispatch and storage of oversized and long loads.

The_mag.pngThe most important advantage of ULS is the reception and dispatch of cargo on a regular basis by accelerated container trains. This allows the terminal to significantly save time and timely release the rolling stock. In addition, there are technological capabilities for sorting private wagons of leading logistics operators and the possibility of further shipment to the south in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

Terminal operation scheme: receiving from the railway and shipping to the autotruck, unloading, receiving from the autotruck – shipping to the railway.

There are 6 reach stackers, 6 forklifts, and a railway ramp at the terminal.

The terminal is currently using railway front, automobile front and CFS (container transfer station).

In connection with the increasing cargo turnover, the expansion of the main range of services and processed cargo, the company arose the need for automation of the terminal.

As a result of a long analysis of the market for TOS-class system suppliers, ULS chose Solvo. According to General Director of ULS, Marat Umarov: “In general, the choice is explained by the many years of experience of SOLVO in this area and the large number of successfully implemented projects, as well as competently drawn up commercial offer after the preliminary examination of the terminal.”

After agreeing on all the details of the technical specifications and implementation steps, the Solvo.TOS version 4.0 system was installed, the launch of the system into operation took less than a month.

ULS_solvo.jpgAmong the capabilities of the Solvo.TOS system, primarily in demand at the terminal, we can distinguish:

  • Interactive terminal layout. Operational terminal management is carried out using an interactive “port map” or a graphical editor that visualizes the terminal topology objects and allows you to manage them in real time;

  • Automated TOS guided job issuance to tallymen, CHE operators and dockers via handhelds and cabin-mounted computers. Operational employees of the terminal interact with TOS through mobile devices on the Android OS;

  • Terminal equipment routing and optimization;

  • Management of loading / discharge operations for railway cars and block-trains: semi-automated container stowage planning, planners graphic user interface and accounting for technical specifications of wagons;

  • Solvo.Web portal. Truck visit requests are submitted by cargo forwarders using SOLVO Web portal in real-time with time-slotting technology;

  • Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). The module is designed to automate the process of electronic data exchange between cargo terminals;

  • Additional operations track and trace. CFS (container freight station): management of unstuffing / stuffing and weighing of containers; container inspection management (by customs and clients);

  • Container repair management;

  • Container stowage rules and strategies. TOS guided algorithms for container moves within the terminal minimizing the amount of rehandles and reshuffles;

  • Management of an empty container depot (ECD). Rules for the automated issuance / reception of empty containers at the terminal;

  • Integration with ERP and accounting systems;

  • Tracking, logging and recording of all operations at the terminal, preparing data for billing. Flexible reporting system. Allows users to generate the necessary reports without programming.

ULS_solvo2.jpgIn the near future, the company plans to upgrade the Solvo.TOS to the next version, which will automate the management of container and general cargo operations in a common system.

Using a separate software solution Solvo.Billing allows the terminal to automate commercial document management and tariff management of terminal services. This module is integrated with Solvo.TOS and the customer’s 1C ERP with which it exchanges information using the newest protocols.

It is planned that already this year the terminal will become one of the first SOLVO customers who can implement a new technological platform – Solvo.SCE, or Solvo Supply Chain Execution. It is a new integrated platform for managing port-oriented logistics, which has a modern service-oriented architecture and is able to combine several solutions, such as Solvo.TOS, Solvo.WMS, Solvo.GOS, Solvo.Billing, Solvo.WEB, Solvo.KPI or any combination thereof, in a common information space.

As part of the Solvo.SCE project, the company plans to implement a full version of Solvo.WMS warehouse management system for several sites at once and an additional Solvo.WEB module for remote work with terminal customers.