The cloud-based logistics platform AX4 as mobile app
AX4 provides all relevant supply chain data at a glance
Supply Chain Management Based on the Internet of Things
“With advancing digitization, data is created along every meter of the supply chain. Drawing the right conclusions from this data will be crucial,” Schumacher states. “To do this, you need both an innovative, high-performance IT infrastructure, and also the experience and industry expertise to generate value from data.”
Bringing together industry 4.0 and logistics 4.0 using the Internet of Things (IoT) offers huge scope for innovation. Schumacher mentions, for example, the predictive maintenance sector. “Using the relevant IoT platforms, if a machine deviates from normal operation, the required spare part is automatically ordered, the supply chain is set in motion and a service technician is booked for the installation.”
It is conceivable that projects in the airfreight sector for coordinating appointments or other land-based cargo activities between forwarders, agents and airlines could also be managed on the basis of the AX4 logistics platform. Such a concept can easily be expanded to include a real-time tracking element. The participating parties therefore benefit from an increase in the quality of information and more efficient co-ordination processes in the cargo area of the airport, says Schumacher. Siemens Digital Logistics has a worldwide network of eco-system partners for this purpose.
With the Supply Chain Suite from Siemens Digital Logistics, the data from AX4 can also be used to simulate strategic and tactical planning problems. To do this, the data is continuously analyzed in an iterative process at higher frequency and the optimized results are fed into the operative management of the airport cargo flows. According to Schumacher, this is an integral part of the “digital twin in the supply chain” from Siemens Digital Logistics.
Text: Marion Frahm
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