Currently, the Transport company decides to clean or not to clean an equipment before or during the planning of a new transport order. This decision is based on the product of the planned loading and the corresponding cleaning requirements. This cleaning requirement comes from his customer or the Chemical Company,
If the decision is to clean the equipment, the resulting communication is to send a cleaning request in the form of an electronic EFTCO Cleaning Order or eECO with cleaning instructions from the Transport company to the Cleaning company.
If the decision of the transport company is to not clean the equipment (cf. dedicated flows, product-on-product loadings, etc.), the resulting communication is an issuance of an electronic proof of previous load document or ePPL from the Transport company to the ChemCo/loader. With this document the Transport company declares that the equipment was last loaded with a specific product which is allowed according to the cleaning requirements of the ChemCo and has not been used for any other purpose.
The process flow is summarized as follows starting from the equipment planning process:
Whether the process will follow the eECD flow (decision to clean and send an eECO) or the ePPL flow (decision to “not clean” and issue a ePPL) is determined in the ‘assign load step’ by the EquipmentOperator - dispatcher. The following scenario’s do occur:
When a cleaning is needed => eECD process flow
When no cleaning is needed
The ePPL should be seen as another electronic document (next to eECD) in the booklet of an equipment on compartment level. So, in the equipment booklet you have per compartment a history of loadings and either an e-ECD when a cleaning happened between 2 consecutive loading, or an ePPL where no cleaning was done between 2 consecutive loadings.
During the equipment planning process, these eECD / ePPL document requirements can be updated by changing/updating/cancelling the equipment in the assign load step.
The “accept and complete load” step of an eECD or ePPL by the loader follow the same process and functionalities.
Archived eECO’s and eECD’s are stored together in an “eECD archive” as defined by each actor and can be searched for.
Archived ePPL’s are stored in an ePPL archive as defined by each actor and can be searched for.