How alphalogs ensures efficient co-ordination of traffic workflows.

Our client is an owner-run manufacturer of sanitary paper operating right across Europe. The sanitary paper industry can be characterised as followed: It is highly transport-oriented, basing its logistical processes on well organised transport networks. But the interfaces with internal processes are often neglected. Our job was to assess and restructure the transport processes in place at our customer’s company premises.

The result: The dock and yard management system introduced by alphalogs ensures consistent efficiency in the company’s logistics. The blocks previously existing at the interfaces between internal and external logistics have now given way to new synergies, while the high on-site logistics output can now be accommodated and passed onto the customer through optimum link-up of the delivery facility. All processes run evenly, including during times of heavy traffic volumes. Internal processes were optimised, waiting times minimised, and delivery by shipping companies better linked up to the local road network.

Analysis

alphalogs staff conducted a thorough actual analysis to determine the current delivery and loading processes. They found that the factory’s efficient on-site logistics were not being optimally passed onto the transport network. Heavy truck traffic, unstructured transport routes, and a poor layout were impeding traffic flows. alphalogs defined the requirements for the future traffic and ramp situation, taking charge of adjusting the transport concept to the factory environment, structuring orders, and developing a new planning and control instrument. Its analysis also showed that a new IT system was required to optimally control traffic within the factory premises – particularly at peak times.

Planning

alphalogs devised an intelligent traffic layout with a state-of-the-art control system, and designed a clear plan for all processes. It took into account appropriate, intuitive traffic routing, optimum space usage, and the relieving of loading stations through defined waiting areas. It also enabled interlinking for all future processes, to ensure smooth loading and recording. This additionally involved incorporating dynamic vehicle navigation, truck driver communication and controls into the existing IT architecture.

Implementation

alphalogs co-ordinated implementation of the new dock and yard management system in a competent and comprehensive manner, building on a good supplier network and the in-depth knowledge of potential project partners and conditions. It also wrote the specifications for the new software, and compiled the tendering documents.

Our other tasks included researching, selecting and monitoring suitable suppliers, and taking charge of negotiations and technical layout for contracts. alphalogs also checked to make sure the new IT system had been adjusted to meet all practical requirements, e.g. adapting the warehouse management system for consistent integration, flexibility through automatic trip adjustments to suit the current warehouse situation, and ensuring communication flows between the system and driver through redundant information carriers.

alphalogs monitored programming and start-up, co-ordinated IT system integration and initialisation, carefully checked deliveries for acceptability, introduced the customer team to the new system right from the outset, and trained the staff until the processes were firmly established and the project objectives achieved.

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