01 June 2018
You will be able to read below the fifth entry shortlisted for the Automotive Logistics Awards Europe 2018, in the category “FVL High performance”: the axis trains.
GEFCO's experts team have worked on this project with a major objective: to make more efficient FVL rail schemes with economic, leadtime and environemental benefits for its customer.
The rail schemes for a large car manufacturer were before based around a single wagon model: each wagon was loaded for a precise destination and transferred to a rail freight company.
It was easy to manage them in the plant, but hard to have always a good vision on the situation of each wagon, with multiple rail legs needed.
The rail schemes optimisation started with 2 hubs that served as a rail marshalling yard. Each wagon had to take at least 2 rail lines, and eventually an inter-hub connection to their final destination. These Rail lines improved our visibility on the wagons situation, but they were not always well synchronized and the leadtimes had to be improved.
GEFCO wanted to propose new options to improve the global rail supply chains.
With a global and common reflection with our client and an “out of the box” way of thinking, we imagined a lean way to organize the wagons management. It has been jointly called “axis trains”.
The "axis train" solution consists in a complete redesigning of the rail organization of the outbound logistics transport schemes without the use of rail marshalling yards.
It is taking into consideration the following points:
Additional solutions had been set up to adapt to the client volumes:
Almost 30 different axis have been identified with those rules. Consequently, it has become a necessity to have a good organization for the trains.
We jointly decided with our client to transfer the management of the factory compound to GEFCO in order to drive the load of the expected wagons on a day to daybasis.
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