Logistics going digital – on our doorstep!
Managing 2.5 million vehicle movements a year on a 9 square kilometer private site is a real challenge. At Steel the complex puzzle of truck handling will soon be solved digitally and automatically as paperwork and time-consuming weighing processes become things of the past, thanks to digital technology and automated driver self-check-in.
In addition, the new gates 6 and 7 as well as a modern truck parking area on Hubertusstrasse will make checking-in a more pleasant and convenient experience for truck drivers.
Complexity made easy: Project manager logistics André Alberti combined, standardized and digitized dozens of highly complex processes involved when trucks check into the plant in Duisburg Nord. In this video he explains the challenges he had to meet, what further developments we can expect, and why people will still be needed in the future too.
Only recently it looked like something from the 80s, but today it’s a model for traffic management at European industrial sites. In this film Christian Worberg, project manager equipment, explains the changes he made, how the plant gates of the future work, and what they mean for the efficiency of truck handling.
Limited rail capacity, more and more trucks on the road, and no end to the trend in sight … that’s the reality in Germany today. The result is not only congestion on the roads but also, until recently, frustrating bottlenecks and long waiting times for truckers at the plant gates of thyssenkrupp Steel. For the company’s logistics and security experts it was clear that the handling of truck movements on the site was in need of rejuvenation, both structurally and in terms of IT, otherwise gridlock was inevitable. After a project lasting three years, today management of traffic into and out of the site is much more efficient. At the same time, drivers can check-in at self-service terminals operated by an app. There are seven new, automated truck scales for fast weighing, and drivers too will enjoy more comfort. Soon they will be able to use a new long-stay parking area with modern sanitary facilities and break room.
Truck movements are now faster, safer and more transparent. Thanks to digitization there is less paperwork and staff at the gates can concentrate on more important tasks. And the environment benefits too: less congestion at the gates will mean less dust and noise pollution in Duisburg Nord.
Ingo Brauckmann is the new Head of Logistics at thyssenkrupp. The 48-year-old certified industrial engineer most recently served as Chief Supply Chain Officer at the Berner Group in Cologne, Germany, and brings a wealth of experience to the table. He is succeeding Ulrike Höffken, who has entered retirement.
The Logistics department at thyssenkrupp Steel represents one of the largest industrial loaders in Europe: It transports over 100 million metric tons for internal purposes each year, and has around 1,300 employees. For further information, see: https://www.thyssenkrupp-steel.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/press-release/index-107776.html
For reliable transport routes on the river Rhine: In Cologne, Premal Desai, Chairman of the Executive Board of thyssenkrupp Steel, signed the 8-point plan to strengthen the Rhine infrastructure together with Federal Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer.
„As one of the largest steel producers in Europe, we transport many millions of tons of goods each year – by ship, by railroad or by road. We are absolutely dependent on an intact and modern transport infrastructure. This is especially true for the river Rhine, for 80% of our raw material supply is transported on it. Last year‘s extreme low water levels have made it very clear that a reliable transportation on the Rhine is not a matter of course. We then launched a package of measures to ensure our production even at extremely low water levels. Because our location on the Rhine in Duisburg, in close proximity to many of our customers, is a competitive factor that we are going to protect. We therefore very much welcome the fact that politicians have taken the initiative with the 8-point plan to strengthen Germany's largest river as a major European transport route for the industry.“
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