TMS3000® Terminal Management System

TMS 3000 Product Specification

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The TMS3000 Terminal Management System is an integrated bulk distribution solution for petroleum, fertilizer, and chemical companies. It provides management of tank farm automation, product movement, driver access and security, inventory control, dispatching and the generation of manifests. The system integrates and controls loading racks and associated equipment, pumps, valves, motors, weigh scales, meters, card readers, data entry terminals, remote connections, printers and additization equipment. In addition to the core functionality, the system also provides features designed to automate truck, railcar, ship and barge, and pipeline receipt/shipment.

TMS3000 makes extensive use of multitasking features to allow data exchange between the automation system and corporate data systems. The system is scalable and can accommodate a small terminal and still allow for growth at the load rack. It provides a growth path for future integration and expansion of operations without losing the initial investment in the original system.

Design and Control Features

  • Open system design
  • User configurable
  • Language flexibility
  • Multiple units of measure
  • Workstations
  • Remote access
  • Network connectivity
  • Security and access control
  • Event and alarm logging
  • Automatic temperature compensation
  • Inventory reconciliation

An integrated system, TMS3000 interfaces with a variety of field level devices in order to provide a common user interface. A separate corporate computer (either local or remote) communicates with TMS3000, accessing data in order to perform corporate level functions.

System Features

Host and Billing Interfaces

Interfaces to Telvent/DTN PDXR (TABS), PDXB (PETROEX) and TDS services are optional features. PDXR (TABS) is the real-time communications link while PDXB (PETROEX) provides batch information.

An optional feature is the Exchange Loading Validation and Invoicing System that bypasses the expensive GE service charges. This standard communications protocol allows data transfer between the TMS3000 system and an exchange partner's computer system. TMS3000 can upload driver-captured and transaction data to the host system. Host systems can upload load authorization data to TMS3000.

Using TABS module, licensed exchange partners can:

  • Authorize their customers to load product at the terminal
  • Receive the load transaction data in real time
  • Produce cost-adjusted invoices immediately

Other Direct Interfaces Include:

  • SAP
  • Oracle
  • JD Edwards
  • Peoplesoft
Flexible Loading Procedures

Enormous flexibility with the sequences of driver prompts, validations, messages, and data entry at the various data entry points; gates, load spots, weigh scales, etc. The system comes with an excellent set of procedures that can be tailored to your exact requirements.

Possible Options:

  • Require driver to enter a purchase order number that is then validated by TMS3000 and sent back to JD Edwards, SAP R/3 or another host system with the transaction.
  • Display special prompts when specific product codes are entered. You can request from driver and validate just about any data within the database.
  • Prompt loader/driver to enter the amount of product that is already in his trailer.
  • Allow your customers to decide how cards should be distributed. A single load spot can support one, two, or more cards. The system recognizes how many cards are needed.
  • Activate a special set of procedures just for the oxygenation season.
Reports and Bills of Lading

TMS3000 reports run under Crystal Reports Professional. This award-winning, off-the-shelf software package enables nonprogrammers to edit existing reports and create new reports. It allows customers to develop reports in-house without GA's involvement (we can also create them for you if desired). To create reports with Crystal, users will need to be familiar with the database and SQL.

TMS3000 comes with a suite of reports that satisfy most users. Reports print on demand or automatically as scheduled. Standard reports include:

  • Bill of Lading
  • Loading Instructions
  • Tank Inventory
  • Meter Totals
  • Meter Status
  • Product Totals
  • Customer Totals by Product
  • Customer Totals by Customer Type
  • Stock Card
  • Scale Ticket
  • Trip Turnaround
  • Order Turnaround
Standard Units of Measure

Standard units of measure are supported by TMS3000 to fit the needs of a wide variety of users and their customers. Examples of common units are:

  • Gallons, 1/100th gallons, and barrels
  • Liters, hectoliters, deciliters, centiliters, milliliters
  • Grams, pounds, and tons

Terminals can maintain inventory in one unit and sell in another. Additional units of measure as well as conversions may be added.

Easy Access to Your Data

For 30 years GA's automation systems have provided remote access to enable terminal owners and shippers to control credit risks, retrieve transaction files, create reports and maintain files.

Here's an overview of the various methods of exchanging data with TMS3000 systems:

  • FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is used over a network or the Internet to exchange files among corporate computer systems, TMS3000 and Grand Central. Files containing new orders, customers and credit limits are commonly uploaded to GA's systems, which send files containing transaction data back to the corporate systems of terminal owners, shippers and marketers. File formats are tailored to our customers' needs. TMS3000 is usually configured to create a file every time a transaction occurs.

  • TMS-Remote Access is the dial-in VT100 terminal emulation method of manually maintaining files and retrieving reports. This method of access has been available in all of our automation systems going back 30 years. Some customers now call this access "Ugly Remotes" in comparison with the new web screens provided by TMS-WebStation.

  • TMS (PDXR) Access is the dial-in method of connecting to TMS3000 for downloading and retrieving files. File formats are tailored to customers' needs. 

  • TABS and E.L.V.I.S. are methods that allow a remote computer system to pre-validate loads in real time when drivers badge into TMS3000 at terminals. As soon as a transaction is completed, the data is sent to the remote computer, which may be owned by a shipper (product owner) or by a third-party service provider. The TABS (PDXR) format is owned and administered by API.

  • Petroex is a batch process using a dial-up or network/Internet connection to transmit transaction data from TMS3000 systems directly to shippers' computer systems or to a third-party service provider. TMS3000 supports dial-up and network (FTP) connections. The Petroex file format is owned and administered by the API.

  • PetNet was formed by a handful of major petroleum companies that got fed up with the high fees they were paying to get their own Petroex data from third-party services like TELVENT/DTN. They agreed to send Petroex (PDXB) files from their terminal automation systems directly to each other's corporate systems, thus eliminating the outside service fees. TMS3000 makes it simple to send Petroex files to anyone.