Automation is transforming the container shipping industry. As the technology of cranes and stacking carriers evolves, companies like TraPac, an Austin-based stevedore that operates container terminals, are increasingly embracing remote-controlled and self-driving equipment.
For TraPac, automating its flagship operations at the Port of Los Angeles terminal enabled the company to cut costs, slash emissions, and move human operators out of harm’s way. In order to fully realize the potential benefits of automation, however, TraPac needed to also harness their data. In 2017, the company implemented OSIsoft’s PI System to organize and analyze the information generated by their machinery. Better data management has helped TraPac wring inefficiency out of their systems, improve maintenance, and diagnose puzzling equipment problems.