Marlep manages its tanks’ logistics with Transics’ telematics solution

A telematics solution is a must for carriers who want to keep an edge in the temperature-controlled and time-critical shipping of liquid food products. Hamburg-based Marlep Tanklogistik GmbH has understood that well. In mid-2014, the medium-sized logistics services provider equipped its European fleet, consisting of over 60 storage tanks, with an advanced Transics telematics solution, including the fixed TX-SKY on-board computer, TX-CONNECT back office software as well as solutions to monitor the driving style and boost eco-friendly driving.

CEO Lars Johannsen: “Thanks to our integrated Transics solution, i.e. the on-board computer, the software and soon also the document scanner, we now have a fully connected office and fleet. The real-time information about drivers and their driving style, vehicles, costs and Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) make the daily planning easier and help us to constantly train our drivers and optimize customer services.“

To enable Marlep to meet all the customer needs in real time and at all times, every Marlep vehicle is directly connected with the logistics software. The firm’s Transport Management System is integrated into the TX-CONNECT back office software via Transics’ online Web service platform, thus helping Marlep to enhance efficiency and cut costs.

A customized order processing function helps the logistics expert to handle its orders more efficiently. The navigation functionality, linked to the order, and the charge-based workflow raise driver comfort. And, last but not least, TX-DOCSCAN, which Marlep will integrate in the near future, will allow drivers to forward transport documents from the cab, thus accelerating billing and payments.

Telematics increases efficiency, safety and eco-friendliness

Transics has greatly helped Marlep Tanklogistik to raise productivity and, as a result, boosted the firm’s competitive edge. The benefits include:

  • Reduced telecoms and fleet costs,
  • Better deployment of resources and optimized route planning (drivers / vehicles),
  • Reliable equipment monitoring (trailer).

In addition, Marlep benefits from enhanced monitoring of all transport activities and proactive customer communications. Direct communications with drivers and fast reactions in the case of sudden changes in the planning or technical incidents further enhance the safety of drivers and their cargo. At the same time, the real-time ECO assessments as well as the operational and route optimizations help avoid unnecessary empty runs and cut CO2 emissions.

Marlep Tanklogistik GmbH (Hamburg) is an expert in the European transport – by road, rail and short sea – of temperature-controlled raw materials for the food industry. A certified logistics partner, the company, which also has a branch in Poland, complies with the strictest hygiene requirements. The core competencies of the company include the shipment of products such as cocoa butter and mass, chocolate, liquid sugar, syrup, cream, milk, whey, fruit juices and concentrates, next to wine, pharmaceutical products, oils and fats. Founded in 2010, Marlep has a fleet of 60 isolated one- and multi-chamber vehicles (each with a capacity of up to 33.000 liters). The company works with a large number of subcontractors and employs over 100 persons. Its tank container fleet too will be supported by telematics soon.
www.marleptank.com

Transics International BVBA, a WABCO company, was established in 1991 and develops and commercialises fleet management solutions for the transport and logistics sector. Transics is a global full solution provider of truck, driver, trailer, cargo and subcontractor management. Our solutions are the result of many years of experience, thorough R&D efforts and an intensive focus on the customer experience. Transics, headquartered in Ypres (Belgium), has become a European leader in its sector and is active worldwide.

Transics’ “World of Solutions Road Show” on tour across Germany

On the 1st of June last, Transics, part of the WABCO group, kicked off a road show through Germany: starting at the head office of logistics service provider Fenthol & Sandtmann in Hamburg, the “WABCO World of Solutions Truck” crossed the country for three weeks on end. The tour, which was a first for Transics, dropped by at the sites of around 30 hauliers, carriers and logistics services providers. The objective: showcase the key features of Transics’ fleet management programme, i.e. the advanced TX-CONNECT fleet management platform and WABCO’s “Intelligent Trailer Programme”.

Didier Nulens, Global Sales, Marketing and Operational Leader: “Contrary to most common, standalone telematics applications for data from on-board computers and semi-trailers, our TX-CONNECT platform bundles and visualizes the real-time data from trucks, trailers and drivers together in one, single platform, in an efficient and cost-effective manner. In this way, we provide an innovative communications hub that connects trucks / drivers and the back office, thus raising road safety and truck efficiency, while also reducing harmful emissions.”

A key new building block of the platform is the TX-TRAILERGUARD trailer telematics solution that will be available on the market soon. TX-TRAILERGUARD collects relevant data from all kinds of trailer EBS and cooling systems, various peripherals and sensors. Bundled with data from WABCO’s braking, stability control, efficiency and safety systems and information registered by the integrated Transics on-board computers, that data is then visualized in the TX-CONNECT back office platform. TX-CONNECT brings all the data flows together in a general overview with practical management data. The reports provide users with valuable insights to improve fleet safety and efficiency.

WABCO’s award-winning “Intelligent Trailer Programme” features over 40 key trailer functions that help trailer manufacturers, fleet operators and carriers cut transport costs, save fuel and improve driver safety and comfort.

Several of these 40 functions were showcased on Transics’ road show truck. Examples of the WABCO systems, whose benefits were demonstrated at the truck, include TailGUARD – the blind spot detection solution with automatic braking aid –, the OptiTurn efficiency system and OptiLoad, which helps optimize the transport process through an intelligent lift axle. Also on show were the OptiTire tire pressure monitoring system and the Immobilizer safety system, which protects the vehicle from theft.

In addition, visitors to the truck discovered the OptiFlow SideWings and OptiFlow Tail aerodynamics solutions, which together allow carriers to save up to 7% on fuel costs.

Transics International BVBA, a WABCO company, was established in 1991 and develops and commercialises fleet management solutions for the transport and logistics sector. Transics is a global full solution provider of truck, driver, trailer, cargo and subcontractor management. Our solutions are the result of many years of experience, thorough R&D efforts and an intensive focus on the customer experience. Transics, headquartered in Ypres (Belgium), has become a European leader in its sector and is active worldwide. The Transics Germany GmbH offices are located in Cologne.

WABCO (NYSE: WBC) is a leading innovator and global supplier of technologies that improve the safety and efficiency of commercial vehicles. Founded nearly 150 years ago, WABCO continues to pioneer breakthrough products and systems for braking, stability, suspension, transmission automation and aerodynamics. Today, all of the world’s leading truck, bus and trailer manufacturers have WABCO technologies on board. In addition, WABCO provides the industry with advanced fleet management solutions and aftermarket services. WABCO reported sales of $2.9 billion in 2014. The company is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, and has 11,000 employees worldwide.
www.wabco-auto.com

Transics International contact for the press
Tinne Baele, +32 57 34 61 71, tinne.baele@transics.com