Made in Virginia: TMEIC Corp – Port Crane Automation


NARRATOR: TODAY ON MADE IN VIRGINIA WE’RE GOING BEHIND AND ABOVE THE SCENES TO THE PORT OF VIRGINIA TO LEARN JUST WHAT IT TAKES TO CONTROL THE PORT’S LINEUP OF SHIP TO SHORE CRANES. IT’S NO SMALL TASK TO IMPORT AND EXPORT OVER 50 MILLION TONS OF PRODUCTS ANNUALLY. IT REQUIRES SAFETY, PRECISION, AND SPEED TO SERVICE THE EAST COAST’S DEEPEST AND MOST MODERN PORT. DRIVEN AND POWERED BY STATE OF THE ART ENGINEERING THE PORT CRANE CONTROL SYSTEM’S DEVELOPED BY THE TMEIC CORPORATION IN ROANOKE, VIRGINIA ARE AT THE VERY HEART OF WHAT MAKES THE PORT OF VIRGINIA ONE OF THE NATION’S MOST DESIRABLE CARGO DESTINATIONS. IT’S MATERIAL HANDLING AND PORT CRANE AUTOMATION AT ITS FINEST AND IT’S ALL MADE IN VIRGINIA.>>MADE IN VIRGINIA IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY — AT UNION BANK AND TRUST WE SALUTE THE DREAMERS, THE THINKERS, THE DOERS, THE BELIEVERS, THE BUILDERS, AND THE MAKERS. THANKS TO YOUR VISION, HARD WORK AND INNOVATION YOU MAKE VIRGINIA SHINE. UNION BANK AND TRUST, A PARTNER OF VIRGINIA BUSINESS AND A PROUD SUPPORTER OF MADE IN VIRGINIA AND VIRGINIA PUBLIC BROADCASTING. ♪ NARRATOR: THE IMPORT AND EXPORT JOURNEY TO AND FROM THE PORT OF VIRGINIA GENERATES NEARLY A BILLION AND A HALF DOLLARS IN STATE AND LOCAL TAXES ANNUALLY. THE DESIGNERS AND ENGINEERS AT TMEIC, A ROANOKE, VIRGINIA BASED CORPORATION, HAVE DEVELOPED AND DEPLOYED CONTROL SYSTEMS THAT ASSURE THE PORT OF VIRGINIA’S WHARFS AND CRANES OPERATE IN A SAFE, EFFICIENT, AND SPEEDY MANNER.>>I LOVE OUR PORT. WE NOW HAVE THE DEEPEST PORT ON THE EAST COAST WITH A 50 FOOT DEPTH. RECENTLY, I WAS ABLE TO WELCOME COSTCO DEVELOPMENT THE LARGEST SHIP TO EVER GO THROUGH THE PANAMA CANAL. LET ME TELL YOU, WHEN I WENT THROUGH THE CANAL IT HAD ABOUT THIS MUCH ON EACH SIDE. IT IS FOUR FOOTBALL FIELDS LONG, ABOUT 17 TEU’S WIDE, WHEN IT WENT THROUGH THERE WAS ONLY ONE PORT IT COULD COME TO. IT CAME TO OUR PORT IN VIRGINIA. WHEN THAT SHIP CAME IN I’LL TELL YOU IT WAS SOMETHING. WITH ALL THE GOODS AND CARGO THAT WAS ON IT, AND THEN GUESS WHAT? WE LOADED THAT UP WITH VIRGINIA PRODUCTS TO THEN TAKE OUT.>>WE’RE MOVING TRADE SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, 24 HOURS A DAY. WE HAVE SIX FACILITIES WITHIN THE PORT PORTFOLIO, FOUR DEEP WATER FACILITIES, TWO INLAND FACILITIES, ONE IN RICHMOND AND ONE UP IN FRONT ROYAL. SO WE’RE CONSTANTLY MOVING IMPORTS TO THE UNITED STATES MARKETS, A LOT OF OUR ACTIVITY MOVES INLAND BY RAIL, AND WE’RE MOVING EXPORTS AND A LOT OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT. OVER $10 BILLION OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT FROM VIRGINIA WAS EXPORTED ACROSS THIS PORT LAST YEAR SO WE REALLY ARE FACILITATING COMMERCE, WE’RE FACILITATING TRADE, WE’RE CREATING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR VIRGINIA.>>I THINK ANYBODY TODAY RECOGNIZES THAT YOU HAVE TO BE PART OF THE GLOBAL ECONOMY. VIRGINIA’S REALLY BLESSED IN THAT WE HAVE SEAPORTS AND BOTH AIRPORTS AS WELL THAT ARE GATEWAYS TO GLOBAL COMMERCE. MANY STATES DON’T HAVE ONE OF THESE ASSETS AND WE HAVE BOTH. WITH THE PORTS OF VIRGINIA WE ARE REMINDED EVERY DAY PRODUCTS THAT ARE COMING IN AND PRODUCTS THAT ARE GOING OUT. THESE ARE PRODUCTS MADE IN VIRGINIA, WE’RE PROUD OF THAT AND WE SEE THE JOB CREATION, THE ADDITIONAL INCOME TO VIRGINIA THAT ARISES OUT OF DOING BUSINESS WITH OTHER COUNTRIES. NARRATOR: TMEIC COMBINES ITS WORLD LEADING SYSTEM ENGINEERING, NETWORK TECHNOLOGY, AND INTELLIGENCE SENSOR SYSTEMS WITH ITS OTHER CORE TECHNOLOGIES TO PROVIDE AUTOMATED CONTROL SYSTEMS TO THE PORT OF VIRGINIA.>>WE SUPPLY THE CONTROL SYSTEM AND THE DRIVES AND THE ENGINEERING EXPERTISE TO MAKE THE CRANES DO WHAT THEY’RE GOING TO DO. WE HAVE POC CONTROL WHICH USES PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES TO RUN THE CRANES. WE ALSO SUPPLY THE DRIVES. WE HAVE A FEW SITTING HERE NEXT TO ME. THESE ARE DRIVE SIMULATORS, THOSE ARE ACTUALLY WHAT MAKE THE MOTORS RUN SO AS THE CRANE MOVES THE DRIVES GIVE THOSE COMMANDS. WE ALSO SUPPLY THE ENGINEERING DESIGN FOR SOME OF THE NETWORKING AND FOR SOME OF THE CONTROL OF THE CRANE INTERFACING WITH THE OUTSIDE WORLD, SO THROUGH DATABASE CONNECTIONS AND OTHER COMPUTERS THAT THE CUSTOMER ALREADY HAS.>>THE BUSINESS IS AN EXCITING BUSINESS. IT’S BIG EQUIPMENT DOING GREAT PROCESSES THAT IMPROVE COMMERCE, IMPROVE THE GLOBAL ECONOMY. WE WORK AROUND THE WORLD ON DOING THESE PORT PROJECTS. WE’VE DONE PORT PROJECTS IN CHINA, AUSTRALIA, EUROPE. IT’S NICE TO HAVE A PROJECT AT HOME AND SEEING THAT OUR TECHNOLOGY IS BENEFITING THE STATE OF VIRGINIA AND MOVING MORE COMMERCE THROUGH THE STATE OF VIRGINIA SUCH THAT THE OVERALL ECONOMY OF VIRGINIA CAN GROW.>>I MEAN, TMEIC IS WHAT DRIVES OUR PORT. THE AUTOMATED PORT, THE AUTOMATED CRANES THAT WE HAVE ON TODAY. WE CAN PUT THE GOODS ON, WE CAN TAKE THEM OFF FASTER THAN I BELIEVE ANY PORT IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. YOU ARE IN A ONE DAY DRIVE OF BASICALLY 65% OF THE POPULATION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FROM OUR PORT THAT WE HAVE DOWN IN HAMPTON ROADS. NOWHERE ELSE CAN YOU GET TO THAT PERCENTAGE OF THE POPULATION, JUST OUR PORT. HAVING TMEIC AND THEIR TECHNOLOGY WITH THE CRANES, MOVING IT QUICKER THAN ANY OTHER PORT IN AMERICA, THAT JUST GIVES US A STRATEGIC ADVANTAGE BECAUSE MANY OF THE GOODS ARE MOVED, THEY’VE GOT TO GET THERE VERY QUICKLY. THEY’RE NOT MAKING MONEY UNTIL PEOPLE HAVE THEIR PRODUCT AND WE CAN DO IT FASTER THAN ANYONE ELSE. IN ESSENCE, WHAT I TELL PEOPLE AROUND THE GLOBE WHEN I TRAVEL, YOU WANT TO MAKE MONEY IN AMERICA WITH YOUR GOODS YOU BETTER BRING IT TO THE PORT OF VIRGINIA. THE ONLY PLACE YOU CAN MOVE THOSE GOODS INTO THE MARKET AND GET IT OUT TO THE BREADBASKET OF AMERICA, NOBODY CAN DO IT FASTER THAN WE CAN, OUR PORT OF VIRGINIA.>>WE COULDN’T MOVE ANYTHING IF IT WASN’T FOR THE CONTROL SYSTEMS THAT WE HAVE FROM TMEIC, THEY’RE PART OF OUR EVOLUTION AS A PORT. WE’RE MOVING TO SEMI-AUTOMATION, TRYING TO MOVE THINGS QUICKER, SAFER, CLEANER. IF WE DIDN’T HAVE THESE CONTROL SYSTEMS OR THIS INSIDE THE EQUIPMENT KNOWLEDGE WE WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO FUNCTION SO THAT REALLY WE’RE RELYING ON IT. PART OF THE VALUE TO US WHEN WE WERE AWARDED THE CONTRACT WAS A VIRGINIA COMPANY THAT HAS INTERNATIONAL EXPOSURE IS GOING TO BE WORKING RIGHT HERE AT HOME. WE ARE GOING TO BE A HOME TEST BASE FOR TMEIC FOR A LONG TIME BECAUSE THE ORDER THAT WE PLACED ON NOVEMBER 17TH OF LAST YEAR WAS FOR 86 RAIL MOUNTED GANTRY CRANES. EVERY ONE OF THEM HAS TMEIC INSIDE. SO JUST THINK OF IT THAT WAY, EVERY ONE OF THEM IS GOING TO BE BLENDED, MARRIED, AND DELIVERED HERE AND THEY WON’T WORK UNTIL TMEIC’S WORK IS DONE.>>FOR THE VIRGINIA PORT PROJECT WE’RE SUPPLYING THE ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT FOR THE SHIP TO SHORE CRANES, THE LARGE 50 METER CRANES THAT TAKE THE CONTAINERS OFF THE SHIP AND PUT THEM ON THE PEER-TO-PEER AND — PIER. THEN WE’RE DOING THE AUTOMATIC STACKING CRANES WHICH TAKE THE CONTAINERS FROM THE PIER, PUT THEM IN A STACKING AREA LIKE A YARD TO STORE THEM UNTIL THE TRUCK DRIVER ARRIVES WITH HIS TRUCK TO PICK UP THOSE CONTAINERS AND TAKE IT OUT TO THE FINAL CUSTOMER. THEN WE’RE ALSO DOING THE RAIL CRANES, THE LARGE RMG CRANES WHICH SPAN THE RAIL TRACKS SO WE CAN TAKE THOSE CONTAINERS THAT ARE COMING OFF THE SHIP AND PUT THEM ON TOP OF THE TRAIN SO THEY CAN BE THEN TAKEN TO THE NEXT CITY AND OFF LOADED THERE TO BE DISTRIBUTED TO THE FINAL CUSTOMER. THE ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT AND COMPUTER SYSTEM YOU WOULD SEE ON THOSE CRANES IS SIMILAR TO A LARGE ROBOT, EVEN THOUGH IT DOESN’T HAVE ARMS REALLY TO SPEAK OF. THE COMPUTER SYSTEMS AND THE ELECTRO-EQUIPMENT ARE MOVING THE ARMS AND LEGS TO GET THE CONTAINER OFF THE SHIP ONTO THE PIER AND THEN THE AUTOMATED STACKING CRANES ARE MOVING AT A MUCH HIGHER SPEED TO MOVE THEM INTO THE STACKS TO GET THEM AWAY FROM THE SHIP SO THE SHIP CAN THEN PULL AWAY.>>WE DID ELEMENTARY DRAWINGS SO MECHANICAL DRAWINGS THAT HELP US INTERFACE WITH CONEY CRANES. THE CONEY CRANES ARE THE MECHANICAL DRAWINGS FOR THE CRANES. WE TOOK THOSE MECHANICAL DRAWINGS AND WE APPLIED OUR EXPERTISE AND GAVE THEM ELECTRICAL DRAWINGS FOR THE IO AND FOR THE INTERFACE OF THE PLC. WE THOSE TO DEVELOP OUR SOFTWARE SO WE ARE ACTUALLY DELIVERING A SOFTWARE PACKAGE, THAT’S THE MAIN MEAT OF OUR PRODUCT. THE CRANE CONTROL IS THAT WE — WHAT WE SELL FOR THAT. WE ALSO HAVE SENSOR PACKAGES, WE HAVE OUR MAX VIEW SYSTEM AND OUR CRANE DIRECTOR SYSTEM. THOSE ARE OUR SENSOR PACKAGES AND SOFTWARE PACKAGES THAT ALLOW THE CRANE TO ACTUALLY BE AUTONOMOUS, TO DO AUTOMATIC MOVES BY ITSELF. NARRATOR: THE PROCESS OF DEVELOPING THE WORLD’S FINEST CRANE CONTROL SYSTEMS LIKE ANY OTHER BEGINS WITH SOLVING A PROBLEM. THE ENGINEERS AT TMEIC HAVE BEEN SOLVING PROBLEMS FOR OVER 40 YEARS RIGHT HERE IN ROANOKE, VIRGINIA. IN THIS CASE THE PROBLEM WAS HOW DO WE SAFELY AND EFFICIENTLY MOVE MORE CARGO ON AND OFF MORE AND BIGGER SHIPS AND ONTO TRUCKS AND TRAINS, AND DO SO WITH A HIGHLY USER FRIENDLY, RELIABLE SYSTEM THAT CAN REPEAT THE OPERATION FROM ONE CONTAINER TO ANOTHER EACH AND EVERY DAY.>>THE PORTS THEMSELVES HAVE THEIR OWN BUSINESS SYSTEM RUNNING THE PORT. THEY’RE THE ONES SITTING THERE BECAUSE THEY KNOW WHEN THE TRUCK DRIVER’S COMING, THEY KNOW WHERE TO PUT THAT CONTAINER IF IT’S A SPECIAL CONTAINER LIKE A REFRIGERATED CONTAINER THEY’D PUT IT IN A CERTAIN LOCATION. IF IT’S A HAZARDOUS CONTAINER THEY PUT IT IN ANOTHER LOCATION. THE PORT AT THEIR LEVEL HAVE A BUSINESS SYSTEM COMPUTER SYSTEM THAT THEY’RE USING TO TRACK THE CONTAINERS. THEY SEND THE INSTRUCTIONS DOWN TO US OF WHICH CONTAINERS NEED TO BE MOVED IN AND MOVED OUT. IT’S SORT OF LIKE THEY’RE THE SUPERVISOR AND WE’RE THE WORKER. WE MAKE THOSE CRANES DO THE WORK THAT THE SUPERVISOR IS TELLING US TO GET DONE IN A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TIME. NARRATOR: BEFORE THE SHIP ENTERS THE PORT A COMPLETE LIST OF ALL OF ITS CARGO IS DELIVERED TO THE PORT AUTHORITIES. THIS LIST OR MANIFEST THEN BEGINS THE AUTOMATED PROCESS BY PRIORITIZING THE ORDER OF WHAT WILL GET TRANSPORTED TO ITS ASSIGNED SECTION OF THE PORT AND WHEN IT HAS TO GET THERE. TMEIC’S AUTOMATED SYSTEM THEN GOES TO WORK CALCULATING AND ORGANIZING THE INCOMING LOAD FOR A SAFE AND EFFICIENT SHIP-TO-SHORE MOVEMENT OF THE CARGO.>>IT’S LIKE A RUBIK’S CUBE, YOU HAVE TO KNOW WHERE EVERYTHING IS. THEN YOU ALSO PLAN AHEAD SO YOU KNOW YOU’VE GOT THIS STACK OF SAY FIVE HIGH AND THE FOURTH ONE DOWN IS THE CONTAINER I WANT. I KNOW THAT I HAVE TO MOVE THAT CONTAINER AT SOME TIME IN THE FUTURE SO WHILE I’M MOVING CONTAINERS AROUND I CAN MOVE THE CONTAINERS ON TOP OF THAT TO DIFFERENT LOCATIONS, SAY, DURING A DOWN PERIOD SO THAT I CAN GET ACCESS TO THAT PARTICULAR CONTAINER WHEN I NEED TO. EVEN MOVE IT TO A DIFFERENT LOCATION SO NOW THE MOVE FROM IT TO THE TRUCK, LET’S SAY IT’S GOING OUT, IS A MUCH SHORTER MOVE, MUCH QUICKER MOVE, AND MORE EFFICIENT. NARRATOR: WHEN THE SHIP ARRIVES THE AUTOMATED SHIP-TO-SHORE CRANES STANDING 50 METERS HIGH MOVE IN AND BEGIN UNLOADING. WITH GREAT CARE AND PRECISION THE CRANES PLACE AND STACK THE CARGO RIGHT WHERE IT NEEDS TO GO FROM THE UNLOADING OF THE SHIPS ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE PROCESS WHEN THE CARGO IS PLACED ON TRUCKS OR RAILROAD CARS. OPERATORS IN THE COMMAND AND CONTROL ROOM USE TMEIC’S AUTOMATED CRANE SYSTEMS AND THEIR MAX VIEW SMART LANDING SYSTEM TO MONITOR THE OPERATION SYSTEM AND CONFIRM THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE JOB.>>THE TECHNOLOGY TODAY, IN THE PAST THE CRANE WAS A BIG MECHANICAL ROBOT BUT IT WAS ALL MANUALLY CONTROLLED BY THE OPERATOR. HE WAS USING HIS EYES TO MOVE THE EQUIPMENT INTO LOCATION AND THEN ADJUSTING LEVERS TO MAKE THOSE CONTAINERS LIFT UP AND MOVE BACK TO THE PIER. NOW WE’RE INTRODUCING VISION SYSTEMS, LASER SYSTEMS TO BE THE EYES FOR THAT CRANE NOW. THEN WE’RE USING OTHER SENSORS FOR THE POSITIONING OF THE SPREADER TO PICK THE CONTAINER UP AND PUT IT INTO ITS RIGHT LOCATION. THE OPERATORS ARE REALLY NOW THERE MORE TO SUPERVISE, TO MAKE SURE THE CRANE’S OPERATING SAFELY, AND IF THERE’S ANY ABNORMAL ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE THE CRANE THAT THE OPERATOR CAN JUMP IN AND TAKE CONTROL OF THE CRANE.>>THE AUTOMATION DOES GIVE YOU THAT EFFICIENCY. YOU’RE ABLE TO DO MOVES ALL DAY LONG, DAY OR NIGHT, WHETHER IT’S LIGHT OR DARK. THAT AUTOMATION JUST LETS THEM KEEP RUNNING THE PORT AT ALL TIMES. YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT SOMEBODY GETTING SICK OR SOMEBODY NOT BEING ON THE CRANE OR NOT KNOWING HOW TO RUN THE OPERATORS, THE CRANE RUNS BY ITSELF. WITHOUT THAT IT’S WHAT WE HAD IN THE PAST WHICH, AGAIN, IS A MANUAL CRANE.>>THE EFFICIENCY, SAFETY, MANY OF THOSE TYPES OF THINGS ARE VERY IMPORTANT. WHAT WE HAD MEASURED UPON IN TERMS OF OUR SUCCESS IS PLACEMENT OF THE CONTAINERS ON TOP OF EACH OTHER. HOW ACCURATELY ARE THEY STACKED SO THEY DON’T FALL OVER, AS AN EXAMPLE? THAT IS A PROBLEM IN PORTS, THESE STACKS FALLING OVER. WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE STACK THEM SO THAT THEY WON’T FALL OVER SO THERE’S A VERY TIGHT TOLERANCE IN THAT STACKING. WE ALSO GET MEASURED ON THE NUMBER OF MOVES. HOW MANY CONTAINERS CAN YOU MOVE OVER A PERIOD OF TIME? AGAIN, THAT MEANS WE HAVE TO VERY ACCURATELY MOVE AND KNOW WHERE TO MOVE THOSE CONTAINERS AROUND THE PORT. IN ADDITION TO THAT, THERE ARE PEOPLE EVERYWHERE SO SAFETY IS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT. WE HAVE TO HAVE SYSTEMS THAT ARE ABLE TO DETECT WHEN PEOPLE ARE AROUND AND STOP THE OPERATION SO THAT WE’RE NOT TAKING THESE CONTAINERS OVER TOP OF, SAY, A TRUCK OR EVEN AN INDIVIDUAL SO SAFETY IS AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT ASPECT OF THIS.>>ONE OF THE SIMPLEST CHALLENGES IS THE FACT THAT WE HAVE THIS MACHINE THAT IS 80 FEET TALL WE’RE TRYING TO LAND THIS 40 FOOT CONTAINER IN AS YOU MOVE DOWN THE RAILS. IT’S NOT A COMPLETELY RIGID MACHINE, IT’S MOVING AROUND AND IT’S TILTING BACK AND FORTH, THE MACHINE ITSELF. WE HAVE TO COMPENSATE FOR THAT IN OUR CONTROLS AND IN OUR MEASUREMENTS. WE HAVE TO BE WITHIN 50 MILLIMETERS, THAT’S ESSENTIALLY TWO INCHES. THAT’S FOR PICKUP AND DROP OFF. THOSE CONTAINERS ARE 40 FEET WIDE SO WE HAVE TO BE ACCURATE WITHIN TWO INCHES ON A 40 FOOT CONTAINER. THAT’S LANDING ON THE GROUND, LANDING ON OTHER CONTAINERS. IN SOME PLACES AROUND THE WORLD THAT’S ALSO LANDING ON TRUCKS, THINGS LIKE THAT. THAT ACCURACY IS PRETTY TOUGH TO GET BUT WITH OUR SENSOR SYSTEM IN PLACE WE HAVE THAT VERY CONSISTENT. NARRATOR: AFTER THE CONTAINERS HAVE BEEN STACKED TMEIC’S AUTOMATED SYSTEMS NOW IN COORDINATION WITH THE TRUCKS AND RAIL CARS THAT HAUL THE CARGO TO MARKET ARE LOADED. THESE AUTOMATED RAIL CRANES MOVE THE CARGO TO TRUCK AND TRAIN WITH THE SAME SPEED AND PRECISION AS THEY DID WHEN UNLOADING, PLACING, AND STACKING. SIMULTANEOUSLY, THE SHIP THAT WAS JUST UNLOADED IS BEING LOADED WITH GOODS FROM VIRGINIA TO BE SHIPPED ALL AROUND THE WORLD. BECAUSE OF THE DEMAND INTERNATIONALLY FOR TMEIC’S PRODUCTS THE COMPANY COULD BE HEADQUARTERED ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. ONE WOULD THINK AN OFF SHORE LOCATION WOULD MAKE MOST SENSE BUT WHEN TMEIC’S LEADERSHIP ADDED UP ALL THE FACTORS THE LOGICAL CHOICE WAS TO REMAIN IN VIRGINIA WHERE THEY HAVE ACCESS TO WORLD CLASS ENGINEERS AND A QUALITY OF LIFE THAT IS HARD TO BEAT.>>THIS PARTICULAR OPERATION STARTED WITH A GE OPERATION. IT’S BEEN AT THE VALLEY FOR A VERY LONG PERIOD OF TIME. CERTAINLY ALL THOSE YEARS AGO WHEN GE MADE THE DECISION TO COME HERE THERE WERE VARIOUS REASONS FOR THAT. CLEARLY, WE DIDN’T HAVE TO STAY. WE REALLY DID NOT HAVE TO STAY HERE IN THE VALLEY. TO BE QUITE HONEST WITH YOU, I’M NOT ORIGINALLY FROM THE VALLEY AND MANY OF THE PEOPLE IN THIS BUSINESS WERE NOT ORIGINALLY FROM THE VALLEY BUT YOU COULDN’T PAY ME TO MOVE SOMEPLACE ELSE.>>WHAT ATTRACTED TMEIC TO STAY IN THIS REGION WHEN THEY COULD HAVE BEEN ANYWHERE IS A COMBINATION OF THE QUALITY OF THE WORKFORCE, THE QUALITY OF THE COMMUNITY, HIGH EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AND OFFERINGS, THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN A BROADER SENSE. TMEIC IS REALLY AN INTEGRAL PART OF OUR COMMUNITY, THEY REPRESENT A GLOBAL PICTURE WITH DEEP ROOTS HERE IN THE VALLEY. WHAT THEY MAKE AND THE PEOPLE THEY ATTRACT AND THE PRODUCTS THEY CREATE THEN GO FAR AND WIDE. HAVING THEM AS A PART OF THE BUSINESS MIX IS ESSENTIAL REALLY TO PART OF OUR SUCCESS IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY.>>TMEIC HAS BEEN GREAT FOR THE ROANOKE VALLEY REGION. THEY’VE BEEN A GREAT COMPANY, ALL THE ENGINEER HIGH PAYING COMPANY. THEY HAVE ABOUT 300 PLUS EMPLOYEES DOWN THERE, REALLY SPECTACULAR. BY THEM NOW WORKING WITH US TO MAKE OUR PORT THE BEST IN THE GLOBE, AND THAT’S DONE WITH THE HELP OF A VIRGINIA COMPANY WHO HAVE BEEN PROVIDING THE DRIVES TO RUN THE CRANES MORE EFFICIENTLY AND FASTER, THAT’S A WIN/WIN FOR THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA. I ASSUME THAT OTHER PORTS ARE GOING TO BE LOOKING, “WELL, HOW DOES VIRGINIA DO IT?” THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO HIRE TMEIC, GREAT VIRGINIA COMPANY, GREAT ROANOKE CITY COMPANY. THAT’S IF YOU WANT TO GET THE FASTEST CRANES MOVING, THE MOST EFFICIENT, YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO HIRE TMEIC TO BRING THOSE DRIVES TO YOU.>>VIRGINIA’S BLESSED TO HAVE A VERY DIVERSE ECONOMY. WE’RE NOT LIKE MANY STATES THAT ARE DOMINANT PERHAPS IN CHEMICALS OR PETROLEUM. WE HAVE MANY COMPANIES THAT ARE EXPORTING THEIR PRODUCTS AROUND THE WORLD, ANYTHING FROM FIBER OPTIC CABLE TO CHEMICALS, TO SURGICAL PRODUCTS, TO INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS. THERE’S ABOUT 320,000 JOBS IN THE COMMONWEALTH BECAUSE OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE. TO PUT THAT INTO PERSPECTIVE, WHETHER YOU TALK ABOUT BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OR JOBS THAT ARE CREATED, WE’RE VERY FORTUNATE IN THAT VIRGINIA IS A TOURIST STATE, IS A TOURIST DESTINATION, WE’RE PROUD OF THAT. INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN VIRGINIA IS ABOUT THREE TIMES THE SIZE OF TOURISM AND SO WE HAVE THESE GATEWAYS AND IT MAKES IT VERY COST EFFECTIVE FOR VIRGINIA COMPANIES TO SELL THEIR PRODUCTS AND MOVE THEM THROUGH OUR INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEM.>>THE PORT OF VIRGINIA’S THE THIRD BUSIEST PORT ON THE EAST COAST OF THE UNITED STATES, NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY’S FIRST, GEORGIA IS SECOND, AND WE’RE THIRD. WE’VE BECOME PART OF A NETWORK AND ALL OF THOSE PORTS GET CALLED BY THE SHIPPING LINES. JUST ON APRIL 1ST THE SHIPPING LINES CREATED NEW ALLIANCES. THE PORT OF VIRGINIA WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL CALLING FIRST IN AND LAST OUT CALLS WITH ALL THE NEW CARRIER NETWORKS. WE HAVE SEVEN WEEKLY SERVICES FROM ASIA TO THE US CALLING THIS PORT, EITHER FIRST IN OR LAST OUT. THAT BECOMES REALLY IMPORTANT WHEN YOU’RE MOVING THE PRODUCT. FIRST IN, GET THE IMPORTS TO THE CONSUMER FASTER. LAST OUT, MAKES OUR ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR EXPORT PRODUCTS TO GET OVERSEAS MARKETS FASTER WITHOUT DELAY.>>MY NEXT GOAL WOULD BE TO GET IT TO A 55 FOOT DEPTH. THAT OF COURSE WOULD BE THE DEEPEST IN THE COUNTRY. WE’RE WORKING WITH THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, I’M OPTIMISTIC THAT WOULD BE THE NEXT STEP. TODAY THOSE POST PANAMAX SHIPS, WHEN THEY COME TO THE EAST COAST OF THE UNITED STATES THEY HAVE VERY FEW CHOICES. CLEARLY, THEIR BEST CHOICE IS THE PORT OF VIRGINIA, I WOULD SAY NOT ONLY BECAUSE OF THE 50 FOOT DEPTH BUT LET’S BE HONEST, WE HAVE THE LARGEST NAVAL BASE IN THE WORLD THERE. ALL THE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS, DESTROYERS, THE NUCLEAR SUBS, THERE’S A LOT OF GREAT ACTIVITY. WE NEED THAT DEEP PORT. WHAT I’M VERY PROUD OF IS THE EFFICIENCIES THAT ARE NOW ON THE PORT WITH TMEIC AND, AS I SAY, WITH OUR CRANES TO BE ABLE TO MOVE THOSE CONTAINERS VERY QUICKLY. THEN TO BE ABLE TO OFF LOAD AND THEN TO GET IT OUT TO THE COMMERCE OF AMERICA, NOBODY CAN DO THAT. WE HAVE CSX, WE HAVE NORFOLK SOUTHERN, I’VE EXPANDED 64, I’VE PUT NEW INTERCHANGES AT 564 SO THAT WE CAN GET OUR GOODS IMMEDIATELY MOVED OUT. THE GOOD NEWS IS THE PORT’S SET. WE ARE ON A TRAJECTORY NOW TO BE THE BIGGEST ON THE GLOBE. I WON’T TAKE SECOND TO ANYBODY. WE ARE GOING TO DEMOLISH THOSE OTHER WORTHLESS PORTS. EVERYTHING IN THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY HAS GOT TO GO THROUGH THE PORT OF VIRGINIA.>>THE MANDATE FOR THE PORT OF VIRGINIA IS TO BE AN ECONOMIC CATALYST FOR ALL VIRGINIA COMPANIES, FOR ALL VIRGINIA COMMUNITIES. TO GROW THE ECONOMIES, TO CREATE JOBS. WE HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE GOVERNOR, THE LEGISLATURE, AND THE ADMINISTRATION. WE UNDERTOOK WHAT IS A HISTORIC EFFORT TO PUT $700 MILLION INTO ACTION TO INCREASE THE PORT BY 40% IN THREE YEARS. THIS WOULDN’T BE DONE WITHOUT THE POLITICAL WILL AND THE SUPPORT WE HAVE FROM THE LEGISLATURE AND THE GOVERNOR. WE’RE TRYING TO DELIVER ON THAT PROMISE, DIVERSIFY THIS ECONOMY, GROW THIS ECONOMY, CREATE JOBS FOR VIRGINIANS, AND MAKE VIRGINIA THE PLACE TO DO BUSINESS.>>MANUFACTURING IS ALIVE IN VIRGINIA, THERE’S ABOUT A QUARTER OF A MILLION JOBS DIRECTLY TIED TO MANUFACTURING, ABOUT 4,500 MANUFACTURERS IN VIRGINIA ACROSS A WIDE RANGE OF SECTORS AND PRODUCTS THAT ARE MADE. AS I SAID, THEY PAY HIGHER WAGES THAN THE AVERAGE NON-MANUFACTURING WAGE. WE NEED TO INFORM THE NEXT GENERATION THAT MAKING A PRODUCT IS A GOOD WAY TO MAKE A LIVING AND YOU CAN SELL THAT PRODUCT ANYWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES OR AROUND THE WORLD. THAT’S GOING TO PROVIDE GREAT WAGES AND A LIVING FOR THOSE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR. MANUFACTURING IS HIGH TECH NOWADAYS. ANY PART, ANY SECTOR, ANY PRODUCT, THERE’S A LOT OF TECHNOLOGY THAT GOES INTO MANUFACTURING PRODUCTS. WE NEED BRIGHT YOUNG PEOPLE TO GRAVITATE AND GO INTO THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR.>>WELL, RIGHT NOW WE’RE UNDER PROJECTS, $700 MILLION, A MILLION CONTAINER CAPACITY. WE’RE GOING TO INCREASE THE CAPACITY OF THIS PORT BY 40% IN LESS THAN THREE YEARS. THAT’S A BIG SHOT. NOW, THAT MESSAGE IS ALSO GOING AROUND THE WORLD SAYING VIRGINIA IS IN THE BUSINESS FOREVER. WE ARE IN THIS TO WIN IT AS A PORT, TO BE A SAFE HARBOR ON THE EAST COAST AND BE ONE OF THE PREMIERE PORTS ON THE EAST COAST. THE VIRGINIA MESSAGE IS GETTING ALL OVER THE WORLD BECAUSE ALL THE CARRIERS ARE FROM EVERY CONTINENT. THE SHIPPERS ARE FROM EVERY CONTINENT SO THEY KNOW VIRGINIA BECOMES A SAFE HARBOR. WE BECOME THAT GLOBAL GATEWAY FOR TRADE, BOTH IMPORTS AND EXPORT. WE’RE SELLING VIRGINIA EVERY DAY, THAT’S WHAT WE DO. NARRATOR: TMEIC BASED IN ROANOKE WITH ITS WIDE ARRAY OF STATE-OF-THE-ART PRODUCTS IS AT THE HEART OF THE VIRGINIA PORT SUCCESS CONTINUING TO LEAD THE WAY AND INNOVATE WITH ITS CRANE AUTOMATION AND CONTROL SYSTEMS ALL MADE IN VIRGINIA. THE WEIGHT OF MEASURE OR MASS THAT WE CALL A TON HAS ITS ROOTS IN MEASURING THE DISPLACEMENT OF SALT WATER CAUSED BY THE WEIGHT OF CARGO IN SHIPS. THIS MEASUREMENT IS CALLED AN IMPERIAL TON OR DISPLACEMENT TON. THE ACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE COMMON WORD TON WE USE IN THE US TODAY COMES FROM A. ANCIENT GREEK, MEANING TUNA FISH. B. ROMAN, MEANING THE WEIGHT OF 10 FULLY ARMED CENTURIONS. C. ENGLISH, MEANING THE WEIGHT OF 35 CUBIC FEET OF SEA WATER. THE ANSWER WHEN WE RETURN.>>MADE IN VIRGINIA IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY — AT UNION BANK AND TRUST WE SALUTE THE DREAMERS, THE THINKERS, THE DOERS, THE BELIEVERS, THE BUILDERS, AND THE MAKERS. THANKS TO YOUR VISION, HARD WORK, AND INNOVATION YOU MAKE VIRGINIA SHINE. UNION BANK AND TRUST, A PARTNER OF VIRGINIA BUSINESS AND A PROUD SUPPORTER OF MADE IN VIRGINIA AND VIRGINIA PUBLIC BROADCASTING. NARRATOR: ALTHOUGH THE WORD TON HAS MANY ORIGINS FOR ITS USAGE AS A UNIT OF MEASURE THE ACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE WORD IS A. TUNOS, GREEK FOR TUNA FISH. BY THE WAY, A TON IS USED TO DESCRIBE THE COMMON US MEASURE FOR MASS OR WEIGHT IS 2,000 POUNDS. NEXT TIME ON MADE IN VIRGINIA WE’RE GOING TO TOAST TO PERFECTION. IT’S SINGLE MALT WHISKEY AND IT’S THE WINNER OF THE WORLD’S BEST AMERICAN SINGLE MALT. LEARN THE SECRETS OF FINE WHISKEY MAKING RIGHT HERE NEXT TIME ON MADE IN VIRGINIA. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TODAY’S EPISODE OR SUGGEST A VIRGINIA MANUFACTURER FOR THE PROGRAM YOU MAY VISIT US AT MADEINVIRGINIA.TV AND AT WVPT.NET. [CAPTIONING PERFORMED BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CAPTION CONTENT AND ACCURACY. VISIT NCICAP.ORG]

2 comments on “Made in Virginia: TMEIC Corp – Port Crane Automation”

  1. Shawn Carter says:

    Ships and truck drivers hate this system.

  2. Aunuua Maaele says:

    Full of shit! Great company tactic to sell there BS lol No one benefits from automation and it is the slowest productivity here in the West Coast…

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