Supply chains are actually all around us even if most of us thinks about the manufacturing industry. Here the traditional supply chain is represented by the network between a company and its suppliers to produce and distribute a specific product a customer. The industrial supply chain also represents the steps it takes to refine the product into a new state ready to be delivered to the customer. For these industries we see that digitization is about providing real-time information about the position and status of goods. The gains are obvious - by staying in control of your material production disturbances and customer delays, due to late shipments or broken goods, can be avoided.
There are several alternative supply chains out there. For the manufacturing industry we also see sub-assembly of parts and the internal flow of material as an equally important parts of the supply chain. We call this the internal supply chain. In this context digitization enables to register and visualize the flow of fork-lifts, picking and filling of bins and material used for assembly in real time. With facts at hand operational managers will able to reduce bottle necks and successfully run Continuos improvement programs to optimize the assembly process even further. Perhaps a new forklift is not needed? Faster charger stations might be a more efficient investment than buying another fork lift.
Different businesses have different needs. The supply for textile collectors consist of bringing in used textile that is to be sold at a second hand market or to be recycled into new clothing. Bins are normally placed on fixed, known locations. Here digitization brings in the possibility to collect, and build route planning based on the fill level for these bins. This means real time location is not as interesting as status of the bin. Status is represented by the fill level of the bin. The gain is of course less driving with less air polluted and less time and money spent on collection.
The collection of trash bins share many challenges with the collection of textiles. Most bins are collected by companies using advance route-planning systems to perform their work where they are tied to pre-determined schedules. This means bins are to be emptied independently if the bin is nearly empty or full. However, bottom-emptying containers often follow different rules, and here we see great potential in cost savings for apartment block property owners that have the means to control when and how often these bins are emptied. By introducing route planned collection based on fill level we often find great potential in direct savings.
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