Tanker, bulk and waste management operators receive tailored TOPS solution
The latest development to come from the cutting edge software specialists, Fargo Systems, is version 3.8 of the TOPS Transport Management System which includes extended features specifically for the tanker, bulk and waste management sectors. Already established as the de-facto standard for the UK container transport market, Fargo Systems has worked closely with a number of clients to develop a range of tailored and flexible functions for operators in the tanker, bulk and waste management sectors.
Recent enhancements include a simplified order entry system that automatically breaks large orders down into multiple journeys for scheduling based on work category rules and vehicle limitations. Development Director at Fargo Systems, Kevin Terrill, said: “It is crucial that the transport planner has full visibility of every movement required to carry out much larger orders, that perhaps span across several weeks and tens of journeys and vehicles. All the while the customer may only be interested in being billed for the one instruction given.” A significant factor is the ability of the telematics solution to not only provide the transport instruction to the driver, but for them to be able to update the back-office system automatically with actual weights and quantities.
Tariffs and invoicing play a significant part in the TOPS automation process and bulk, liquid, and unitised cargos are all fully catered for. “It’s all about managing requested amounts and reconciling these with minimum quantities, actual checked and chargeable values” adds Kevin.
All different vehicle types are fully catered for and in particular tanker pot configurations and capacities are clearly definable, whether these are by weight, volume or quantity. An important aspect to waste management is that in many cases it may be hazardous and this is also true of many liquified tanker operations. TOPS now also includes the abilty for full hazardous goods classifications to be stored and quickly retrieved by the system as well as allowing other CDG/ADR qualification checks as required.
Peter Larner, Managing Director of petroleum tanker haulage specialists, Suckling Transport, said: “The flexibility of TOPS helps streamline our traffic office procedures and makes our operators’ jobs a lot easier. The excellent support Fargo Systems provides gives our senior management the peace of mind we need from a provider of critical services.”
Fargo specialises in developing software systems for companies in the transport and shipping industries. Formed in 2002, the company is the UK market leader specialising in the container haulage industry, thanks to the original TOPS software, which manages an amazing 3 million container moves each year. Fargo’s ability to tailor its innovative transport management solutions to the needs of clients, regardless of their cargo or location, has made it possible to expand the company into new sectors.