Jason's success in his role is no surprise given his Petroleum Service Corporation 2021 Power of One Award. This award reflects his work in implementing meaningful process changes, service improvements and for identifying the need for the East Inbound Scale.
This system helps Shell Polymers determine the heel, or the amount of product that can’t be lifted out of the railcar after a delivery has been made. By determining that weight, we can load incoming railcars more precisely by knowing what volume of resin they require. We can also identify heavy loads in railcars making their way back to Shell Polymers. These heavy cars may not have been emptied completely at a customer’s location.
What’s that mean for customers? It means Shell Polymers has the ability to proactively contact customers about partially full railcars and see how they would like to proceed. Where many plants may return the product to scrap, we will give customers the option of retrieving that product.
A New Way to Manage the Yard
Shell Polymers is always looking to incorporate the latest technology into our efforts and that is no different with Jason’s position. The team is currently developing a custom interface for our rail yard management software. This software, along with tablets and tag readers, will provide a state-of-the-art, highly-automated yard management system. Jason explains that the team will be able to track cars in our yard and their movement in real time, helping us to give customers more information about their supply’s location.
There are also safety features built into the system that will not allow cars listed for repair to be loaded. To do this, the system uses a series of tags and scanners to verify that each car to be loaded or unloaded at is the proper type of railcar.