Every day, shipbuilding requires about 1,500 internal material transports. These are handled by 175 employees in the intralogistics department. Material requirements from production are transmitted to SYNCROTESS via the ERP system SAP EWM. SYNCROTESS determines a supply run based on various system parameters and reports the departure time to SAP EWM.
Swap trailers and semitrailers are used to deliver construction materials ranging from large components to small parts just-in-time from the modern logistics center to the ship or directly to the shipbuilding site. From there, the material is either taken to the production area or, with the help of cranes, directly onto the ship through so-called openings.
Only items that are really needed on the construction site should be present. On the one hand, because the ships’ passageways and cabins are narrow, and on the other because the material could be damaged during long layovers and it increases the ship’s fire load. For this reason, intralogistics delivers the required parts in small but precise working packages on a short-cycle basis.
In operational transport, truck and forklift drivers, as well as employees on the ship, receive all of their relevant information about the transports and goods via the SYNCROTESS app. The logging of the transport with a photo of the goods at their final staging location, simply upload it to the app and link it to the corresponding order. This not only creates maximum transparency and traceability but also helps the production department to quickly find the material in the winding passageways on the ship.
Production is supplied just-in-time with the right materials. At the same time, transport optimisation ensures even resource utilisation, high transparency and avoids empty runs.