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Touchless Flow Operations is strategic initiative of the P&G Product Supply organization that is focused on improving optimizing process operations through the reduction of manual touchpoints and automating where applicable. As a specific application of this initiative, P&G plant sites are interested in innovating new ways to automate the process of loading and unloading liquid chemicals to third party tanker trucks through an automated solution.
Business Challenge / Needs Definition:
P&G is looking for partners and solutions that can assist them in automating the process of connecting to third party tanker trucks, loading & unloading chemicals, and securing chemical payloads prior to exiting plant sites. There are 2 applications for this automation that will need to be considered:
Ambrosia Piston Trucks
Ambrosia is a high viscosity surfactant produced by the Cincinnati Chemicals Plant. Between 3-6 loads of ambrosia paste are shipped out of the plant each day. These trucks travel back and forth between the Cincinnati Chemicals Plant and the customer. This volume is expected to not only continue but increase. The truck used for ambrosia is equipped with an internal piston that assists in the loading and unloading of this material due to high viscosity.
Many trucks come in and out of the Cincinnati Chemical Plants each day. On a typical day, 25 or more tanker trucks are received into the plant to be loaded or unloaded. Each of these trucks must have seals inspected and broken, then either hooked up for loading through the top manway of the tanker, or unloading through the rear chest, prior to being unhooked and sealed before leaving the plant site.
Specific Needs to be Met:
Initial Areas of Interest for Scoping:
P&G is looking for partners and solutions that can support the automation of tanker truck & piston tanker connection for loading / unloading of chemical payloads, and are available to execute a pilot in the United States. If you have ideas and supporting technologies that you believe can help deliver innovative solutions to the challenge highlighted above, we want to hear from you. Where there is a good fit, we are looking to drive agile in-market pilots with the goal of scaling successful solutions. All ideas and submissions will be fully reviewed.
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