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often complete systems. They mostly manufacture in-house, have a very high proportion of value added and their suppliers are usually located only a few kilometers away. The customer-specific part of the products is very small. SCM in stage one is usually of lesser importance because the companies are producing for niche markets and competition here is usually less intense. SCM is used to improve success factors such as timeliness, price and quality. Creating transparency A central goal for Beumer Group is to ensure internal transparency through company-based SCM. By doing so, the group focuses on the company as a whole. “Over the last ten years, we have grown enormously due to globalization. We were able to increase sales turnover from 100 million to 750 million Euro,” so Stemmer. Also the number of employees grew from around 700 in 2004 to currently over 4,000 employees. The company has a global presence with a total of 35 operative group companies and five production locations. “SCM for us is a central component to ensure transparency in the company and allow trouble-free communication between everybody involved,” explains Stemmer. Companies that are using a network-based SCM approach are going one step further and extend their view beyond their own company to include the suppliers. In- tegrating them into the internal company structure requires synchronous processes and systems. Both sides agree on common network goals that are superior to company and divisional goals. Focus on the customer “Our customers increasingly approached us with the request to get “everything from one source”. This is why during the last years we developed from a product manufacturer to a system supplier,” says Stemmer. By doing so, Beumer Group also focused their SCM more towards customer requirements. This strategy focuses on how the supply chain remains flexible based on the individual needs of the user during the quotation process and is considered as a core competence for system integrators. In order to further reduce complexity and respond to individual needs, Beumer Group has bundled the expertise and competences available in the various fields of all branches and created relevant Centers of Competence. These centers are responsible for research Customers should see us as a trustful partner who helps them turn their project into a success with excellent problem-solving expertise. Supply chain management as a central component helps Beumer Group achieve this Johannes Stemmer, Beumer Group Corporate Strategy and development, sales, project management, purchasing and above all the support of the group companies worldwide. “This way we can ensure consistent communication between all involved actors throughout the company during the quotation phase,” describes Stemmer. In order to make the costs for a project more transparent, the system integrator relies on cost analyses for individual components and products. Beumer increases the transparency during the quotation process by detailing capacity and resource planning and takes the total landed cost from the customer’s perspective into consideration. SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT No surprise costs “With the customer-based supply chain management we have found our way,” Stemmer is persuaded. “We are focusing on our company core competences, are innovative and strategic and consistently develop our internationalization further.” Maximum transparency of all participants is crucial to the project-specific supply chain configuration. This is particularly important to Beumer Group because for the system supplier the cooperation with the customer is based on mutual trust. DPD chose a Rota-Sorter for its ability to sort items across a wide range of shapes, sizes and weights on a single line and at high speed, as well as for its gentle handling of even fragile items. Photographs: Beumer Group 02 Intralogistics systems such as the high-speed sortation systems must be capable of handling more varying tasks and adapting to modified local conditions WORLD OF INDUSTRIES – INTRALOGISTICS & DISTRIBUTION 4/2017

Product News Complete drive solutions from Nord for conveyor systems In September 2017, the recently introduced Nordac Link series of field distribution systems from Nord Drivesystems, will be further supplemented by frequency inverters for motors rated up to 7.5 kW. With these additions, the new series will then comprise a comprehensive line-up of drive solutions specifically tailored for networked conveyor systems with many drive axes. The new size-2 systems will be deployed wherever smaller drives do not suffice and extra power is needed, for instance, in inclined conveyors, hoists, or long belt conveyors. By integrating the geared motors into the drive system configuration, Nord is now able to supply complete solutions from a single source to system engineers and operators of intralogistics facilities. Interfaces for all common fieldbuses and Industrial Ethernet protocols are supported. Plug connectors for power, sensors, and communication lines ensure particularly fast and error-free installation and maintenance. The size 2 frequency inverters complement the smaller drive size and motor starters launched earlier in 2017, which cover a large part of all intralogistics drive applications in the 0.55 to 3 kW range. BA Systèmes completes AGV automation of a cheese factory BA Systèmes, the French leader in AGV-based intralogistics systems has successfully completed the AGV automation of the Friesland Campina cheese factory in Gerkesklooster (NL). Based on the positive experience of the successfully implemented AGV system in Friesland-Campina’s cheese plant in Marum, BA Systèmes was again selected as the partner for the fully automated handling of heavy 4500-kg steel frames with Gouda cheese and 1500-kg boxes filled with foil cheese in Gerkesklooster. A fleet of 8 heavy GF type of AGVs transports the heavy frames from the 3-framehigh block stacks (top of the 3rd frame at 9 meter height) in the maturation cells towards the two cheese treatment units and vice versa. A fleet of 5 smaller GF type of AGVs handles the1500 kg boxes with foil cheese, storing them as 6-high block stacks in the buffer storage, before preparing sequenced truck loads in due time for shipments. Returned empty boxes are buffered by the same AGVs in a drive-in racking system. New helical-bevel gear units by Bonfiglioli expand the portfolio of its heavy duty drives Bonfiglioli, the Italian company specializing in the manufacturing of gearboxes, gear motors and drive systems, continues to expand its range of helical-bevel gear drives by presenting 4 new sizes of the proven HDO helical-bevel gear series: 71, 81, 91 and 95 ranging from 9 to 23 kNm torque. The new helical-bevel gear units of the HDO series are modular in design, extremely reliable, and offer high flexibility due to vertical and horizontal symmetry. Due to the robust cast-iron housing and the ground-profile bevel gears, according to the latest finishing processes, an extremely quiet and vibration-free operation is ensured even under the roughest operating conditions. The HDO series by Bonfiglioli is suitable for IEC and other international standards of electric motors. The new sizes of the HDO series are designed for the heavy-duty industry and specifically for material handling, mining, food and beverages, construction, water and waste water, recycling. First Liebherr LRS 545 Reachstacker for India Liebherr has delivered a new LRS 545 Reachstacker to Bothra Shipping Services Pvt. Ltd. at Kakinada Port. The new Reachstacker is being used at Bothra Shipping Group’s busy port for container operation predominantly for the stacking of containers inside the terminal. The LRS 545 is designed for highly responsive operation to allow high performance in a relaxed manner. The innovative individual drive concept ensures that, a hydraulic motor independently drives each wheel. Not only is this a more compact solution, it reduces tyre scrubbing and thereby increases tyre life. By removing the mechanical gearbox element, the drive of the machine from acceleration to braking is smooth and step less, which provides added sensitivity at low speeds and increases driver comfort. The highly efficient hydrostatic drive system of the LRS 545 makes a reduction in engine size possible. Fitted with a 4-cylinder 230 kW engine that meets Tier 4f requirements, fuel consumption as low as 12 to 14 liters per hour can be achieved. WORLD OF INDUSTRIES – INTRALOGISTICS & DISTRIBUTION 4/2017