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Cement manufacturer automates dispatch processes

01 May 2015

Holcim has automated some logistics services using LOGiQ software from Schenck Process.

The manufacturer has standardised 18 cement locations in its Eastern European logistics network.

Holcim has optimised its automated dispatch processes and weighing technology in a move towards becoming a smart factory.

Since the beginning of the year, the LOGiQ logistics software by Schenck Process has been automating all process and data management relating to dispatch services in the company’s 14 locations from Slovakia to Bulgaria. 

This saves time and money. Four other locations are currently in the process of being connected to the highly available dispatch automation system. This includes all Outbound-, Inbound- and AFR transports by truck, train or ship.

The advantages

• Automated processes from order to shipment.

• Control of the flow of goods from and to production processes.

• Automation of data exchange between process and commercial systems.

• Seamless documentation of all processes.

• Precisely defined loading and unloading without requiring plant operators.

With the new generation of LOGiQ the cement manufacturer is able to network, manage, and document all stages of its intralogistics via Internet and Web 2.0 technology. The system is secure, shortens waiting times and helps save on raw materials.

Automated shipping processes at the Darmstadt-based Schenck Process GmbH interlock new hardware and software components with existing ones while relying on networking local intelligence. All major components of the hardware and software modules from the LOGiQ portfolio are currently in use at the 18 Holcim locations. LOGiQ controls the workflow management system from orders receiving to printing delivery notes automatically and in the local language of Holcim’s customers. All transactions between the delivery point, mixers and scales, operator terminals and loading bays are logged, stored, and archived. The orders are smoothly reported to the ERP system (SAP) without loss. An additional important interface to LOGON was realised in the areas of operations and time and fleet management for logistics. LOGON manages truck freight capacities and reports them to LOGiQ.