Sidebar: UPS Worldport's Applications

United Parcel Service Inc. spent $100 million to internally develop 50 applications -- running on five operating systems -- for Worldport. These are the applications serving as core systems for managing the hub:

  • Common Message Environment ties together core applications with a proprietary messaging protocol.
  • High Level Control System manages the operation of programmable logic controllers that control package sorting, based on smart bar-code labels.
  • Human-Machine Interface provides visibility into automation system controls and provides statistics on the automation system operation.
  • Air Hub Control System tracks all the container movements on the property, using radio frequency scanners to update locations of the containers as they move through the inbound, sortation and outbound processes.
  • Flexible Lineup Editor allows Worldport operators to configure systems in the building so that all the dependent applications know where to shunt packages on a daily basis.
  • Scanning Control System provides in-transit visibility for domestic packages, while the Operations Scanning System does the same for international packages.
  • Dimensional Weighing System captures the dimensions and weights for the packages and forwards the information to the UPS data center in Mahwah, N.J., for billing use.
  • Distributed Weight and Balance System calculates weight and balance for containers loaded on an aircraft.
  • Load Manager links the package tracking information to the outbound container they are loaded in, to provide full visibility for tracking of packages.
  • Operations Decision Support System supports the operational reporting needs of UPS for Worldport and provides continuous process improvement data.

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