Logistics for ready-mixed concrete
Concrete is an upscale material. Deficits in the just-in-time delivery can lead to expensive material losses. The supplier shall be well organized in order to react quickly to spontaneous changes in the production process on the site. It is also necessary that the foreman on the site communicates regularly with staff from the concrete plant to get the arrival of trucks managed in an efficient way. With the use of navigation equipment the communication between plant, foremen and the trucks can be optimized.
The pictures above give an idea of the installation in the cars and in the office at the concrete plant. Every truck is equipped with a mini computer that communicates the position of the truck to a central server on the internet. The server visualizes the position of each truck on a digital map. The map is displayed on a huge screen in the office. The partner in this project was the Computer Institute Bamberg (CIBamberg). With this system it is not only possible to track the position of the trucks, it is also possible to communicate with one or all the drivers by sending only one message. The status of the vehicle (load, drive, unload, accident, etc. can be communicated and visualized on the map by the driver with a push of a button. By using this system the companies were able to considerably increase the efficiency in their work.