Transport and Delivery
The term “logistics” is derived from the classical Greek word logistike and originally meant “practical arithmetic”. It was not until the period of European military conflicts around 1800 that the term was used (particularly by the French) to mean specifically the organization, storage, and transport of goods needed by the military. Nowadays, the definition of Logistik in German-speaking regions has been established as encompassing the overarching planning, controlling, coordination, execution, and quality control of all of the flows of goods, materials, and/or information – both within a company, as well as internal-external.
Individual Packaging Solutions
Our logistic process begins with the conception of individualized, order-specific packaging for transport – whether that involves a moisture-resistant solution for humid destinations (such as when shipping turbochargers to India); shipping crates impregnated with insecticide; or simply in open plastic or metal crates that can be loaded directly from inside our hall onto lorries, delivered to our customer, and unloaded again on the same day – all under cover, to avoid the possible onset of corrosion. Protecting our components from unwelcome environmental influences is the primary function of choosing the best packaging option – although it’s worth noting that additional motivation is provided by the enthusiastic handling of cargo during transport and unloading, which can sometimes be rather…let us call it “startling”. And let us not forget the challenge of transport even when the customer provides the packaging: for engine parts in particular, finding suitable packaging is not the challenge; the key is organizing the properly-timed delivery of containers from the customer – clean, empty, dry, and in sufficient quantity.
Our Logistical Goal
Consignment warehousing, individually tailored for our various customers, is another factor to take into account; the servicing and maintenance of such storage requires an expertise all its own. Above all, the skill here lies in open communication about the probable timing of supply-and-demand fluctuation and ensuring enough lead time when customers place orders. For complex production procedures, such as those with additional reheating stages and/or the possibility of quality control by (external) certification organization(s), the timing can prove to be a true challenge.
It goes without saying that unequivocally identifying the exact part needed on the warehouse shelves is another balancing act. Especially with unfinished castings, different variations of the same part can only be identified by an expert (or by hand with callipers). It is helpful when the casting itself is properly labelled, but it is far more helpful if identification does not end there – a systematically assigned tracking number that is both unique and firmly attached to the packaging is also indispensable.
As our castings – both finished and unfinished – travel along their logistical pathway, information about their whereabouts is continually being transmitted along a parallel path. Before transport begins, the delivery information is sent to the receiver in the form of a advanced shipping notification (ASN), so that this information can be included in the logistical planning on the receiving end; this gives the receiver time before delivery, if necessary (such as with rush orders) to initiate any necessary processes and free up capacity for subsequent machining or installation of parts.
Regardless, however, of whether the casting is grey or SG cast iron, ADI or Ni-Resist, our logistical goal is to ensure that the proper castings are available when needed – in the right condition, in the right place, and at the right time
We will find a suitable solution.