A project from the EffizienzCluster Logistik Ruhr

Increasing dynamic and complexity of the transport chains in the steel industry are causing the need for new control- and logistics strategies. The present supply and distribution networks only have minor ability to react to changes like production downtimes, traffic jams and other delay elements. The safety improvement of the supply chain demands the use of modern soft- and hardware technologies. Concepts like “Supply Chain Event Management” (SCEM) or “Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) are opening new opportunities to increase efficiency and intelligence of internal and external transport logistics.

The system design focuses on the information networking of the parties involved. A shared internet platform provides the information along with complementary processes of the transport chain. The most adequate way to collect the data needed is the “agent-technology”. Agent technology refers to an IT concept which is intelligent, flexible and autonomous, in order to work in a dynamic and unpredictable environment.

The software modules installed at the IT interfaces of the involved parties interact automatically according to pre-adjusted regulations with the software agents of its respective counterpart. The modules react flexible on different states of information, demanding missing data from the system by themselves without any manual interference. This project regards the individual needs of the different partners along the transport chain. Due to the increased communication between the partners it is possible to reduce stock and processing time and improve the resource efficiency. After all it is contingent to create safer and more efficient transport chains in which ad hoc decisions are inapplicable and replaced by coordinated solutions throughout the entire supply chain.