Optimizing Steel Plant TAT with Advanced Yard Management

Optimizing Steel Plant TAT with Advanced Yard Management

In the bustling world of the steel industry, Time is Money. The time taken for trucks to enter, get loaded or unloaded, and exit a facility, often termed as Turn Around Time (TAT), can significantly impact operational efficiency. A long TAT can lead to increased operational costs, missed delivery timelines, and an overall dip in customer satisfaction. While many steel plants still rely on traditional manual monitoring systems, these methods are increasingly becoming a bottleneck for efficient operations.

The Context: Manual Monitoring and its Limitations

Manual monitoring, characterized by human-dependent checks and paperwork, presents various challenges. This traditional method lacks comprehensiveness and often leads to coordination issues and errors. The need for physical checks, cross-verification of papers, and reliance on individual memory often causes trucks to wait for extended periods, ballooning the TAT.

Introducing a Capable Solution: Fretron’s Yard Management System

With the objective of streamlining processes and reduce TAT, it’s essential to digitize and automate yard operations. Here’s how Fretron’s robust system addresses the challenges:


  1. Live Control Tower for Yard Management: Gain a bird’s eye view of all operations in real-time, ensuring complete visibility and transparency.

  2. Digitization of Operations: Move away from paper trails and human errors. Digitize all operations, from entry to exit.

  3. Automation of Entry & Exit: Reduce wait times and human intervention by automating the gate-in & gate-out of vehicles.

  4. Online Document Management: Avoid the hassle of paperwork. Maintain and manage all shipment documents online, accessible anytime, anywhere.

  5. Insightful Reporting: Dive deep into performance data, identify bottlenecks, optimize operations, and ensure a consistent reduction in TAT.

Features & Benefits: Elevating Yard Management

Fretron’s Yard Management isn’t just a feature; it’s a transformative tool. Here’s how:


  • Proactive Management: With the Control Tower, manage yard operations proactively, cutting down dependency on constant coordination calls by an impressive 75%.

  • Reduce TAT and Yard Congestion: Ensure faster movement of vehicles, reducing overall TAT and avoiding the pitfalls of yard congestion.

  • Automate Processes: From parking and dock assignments to real-time alerts for all stakeholders, everything is automated, ensuring smooth operations.

  • Standardized Inspection Processes: Streamline inspections, set process standards, and guarantee adherence through custom checklists.

The Real-World Impact: Cutting Down TAT by 33%


Several clients have made the switch to Fretron’s advanced Yard Management System, and the results have been nothing short of transformative. With the enhanced system in place, some clients reported a remarkable reduction in their TAT by 33%. This level of efficiency not only ensures smoother operations but also translates to significant cost savings.

In Conclusion

In an industry where efficiency determines success, relying on outdated manual processes can be a costly oversight. By embracing digitization and automation through Fretron’s Yard Management System, steel plants can ensure they’re always a step ahead, boasting reduced TATs, enhanced operational efficiency, and unparalleled customer satisfaction.

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