"In the hot project phase, everyone pulled together and brought the project forward very constructively," tells the Project Manager Nils Knolle who has been employed with OAS AG for 19 years already. Essentially, this yard Automation solution by OAS is based on five focal points.
Automatic registration of the lorry driver
Now, the automatic registration of the drivers uses an automatic detection of the number plate. A Terminal featuring a bar code scanner was installed at the entrance to the parking area. Here, the driver scans the bar code of a previously created transport order or, as an alternative, enters this manually. On the new parking area, the driver registers subsequently to be called later or to go directly to the scales for entrance weighing.
Relieving the gatehouse
Thanks to the yard Automation, many process steps are taken away from the porter, such as the acquisition of registration data, handing out and collecting of pagers, handing out of parking chips. This relieves the porter and at the same time a tailback is avoided. The 2nd entrance road also contributes to this. In addition to the integration of the existing scales, mainly the new installation of one set of scales at the entrance and one at the exit should provide additional relief.
More safety on the premises
The yard management system guides the drivers through the processing steps required for their delivery orders on site. This considerably reduces the in-plant residence time and unnecessary actions by the driver. In addition, there is a fixed number of vehicles on site, so that the danger for all road users, such as lorry drivers, stacker drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists, is reduced to a great extent.
Improved process quality
Thanks to the yard Automation, the processing of orders follows a defined step chain. This makes the overall process more transparent and potential sources of errors are reduced. Moreover, the system can execute all peripheral controls, such as the truck scales or barriers as required by the process without the need of manual intervention by the employees. A true relief!
Optimised control of the vehicle inlet
Vehicles only go to the factory when they can be handled there. All vehicles on site are detected by our yard management software logis and the entry of vehicles depends on the resources. This leads to maximum transparency on the premises.
Despite major challenges, the project work went hand in hand and the project was completed in the planned time. With the Egger site in Wismar/Germany, OAS has automated the fourth company site already and another one is planned.