Tackling Challenges around Pipe Logistics
For construction companies in particular, smooth-running logistics is paramount. To ensure punctual delivery, logistics faces significant challenges associated with the transportation and handling of plastic pipes, which it tackles by means of customer-oriented planning, more digitalisation and close cooperation between all parties involved, sometimes even assisted by the police.
Pipe logistics is different from parcel logistics. Even a glimpse of the egeplast warehouse reveals a stunning diversity of products, from small 32-mm coiled bundles on palettes via stacked 12-meter rods or large wooden drums with more than 5,000 meters of Microduct tubes, to pipes featuring 30 meters in length and a 630-mm diameter or even jumbo drums the transportation of which required a police escort. The biggest challenges frequently arise from the construction sites as such, which are often hard to access or located in cramped inner-city locations.
Not only are these deliveries contingent on close coordination between the site manager and the egeplast dispatcher around punctual delivery as well as logistic details, but they also rely on particularly skilled truck drivers.
More transparency and safety
To meet the full range of any existing transportation requirements, egeplast Logistics cooperates with experienced freight forwarders and uses a wide range of vehicles and trailers such as dumper vehicles, crane trucks, telescopic trailers and open mega-trailers for safe and at the same time maximally efficient transportation. Recently, 15-meter trailers with greater capacity, thus affording an even more efficient means of transportation, have also come to be used in Germany. At the same time, the Logistics Department’s day-to-day business also entails customised and optimised container shipment for overseas transport.
Markus Hollenhorst, the Head of egeplast Logistics, is already in the process or preparing further optimisations for the customers. Enhanced digitalisation of the processes involved in the framework of on a transport management system supports time-window control as well as track and trace and status information throughout the entire transportation chain. It increases the transparency and security of the process via features such as previous announcement of expected arrival times, live position data, GPS tracking, visual documentation of loading and signalling of potential delivery impediments.
To ensure that the correct goods are selected for shipment, any storage and loading processes on the 70,000 sm-storage area on the egeplast premises are managed from a control station. Also, the articles are stored in separate sections grouped by business segments and types of articles. Since the products come in all forms, shapes and dimensions, state-of-the-art 4-way forklifts are used which are even suitable for loading pipes weighing 5 tons safely and free from damage.
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