Embraport, Brazil’s largest and most modern private port terminal, situated on the left bank of the Port of Santos, continues investing in technological solutions aimed at promoting development, safety and speed in its operations. The newest debut is the use of QR Code technology in bulk cargo operations, particularly the handling of rails for import.
In Embraport operations, rails are unloaded from the ship and stored in the terminal’s yard. To load them on a truck, they are grouped in “bunches” (12 rails held together by a spreader and transported by RTG) that are later placed on the trailer. Each truck can transport up to two bunches of rails, for a total of 24 units.
In the previous process, an Embraport supervisor had to write down all rail serial numbers on a clipboard and later report this information manually to the cargo importer, to monitor transportation of parts and gather information on the vehicle responsible for transportation.
To facilitate this process, Embraport’s IT area developed technology to read codes found on each of the rails using a QR (Quick Response) Code system. Using a data collector, the Embraport employee registers information quickly and provides it to the importer, making the process quicker, more efficient and safer.
Proof of the effectiveness of the system, since its implementation at Embraport in March of this year, more than 30,000 rails have been imported with an 80% success rate in reading cargo, guaranteeing greater speed and safety in operations.
Elder Coppi, IT Manager at Embraport, says that this is the first time this technology has been used in the Port of Santos. “This process makes handling this type of cargo much easier. With data available in real time, the client can access all necessary information and monitor transportation from anywhere using the online Embraport system, making it easier to track rails,” he said.