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The thinking trucks - The installation of a new software system has enabled BMW to improve its process sequences and idle times at its German manufacturing plant. The rollout for additional plants has already taken place and will proceed further in the near future

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The BMW group has been utilising a dynamic truck control system (DLSS) for all transport movements - with a high degree of success. The BMW group allocates binding time slots to transport shippers. These time slots optimally control traffic sequences and prevent long waiting queues. The time slots can be varied dynamically so that they follow the needs of production. If the production line is running faster or slower than usual the time slots will be moved forwards or backwards to maintain the right product flow to the line. This only applies to JIS (just-in-sequence) material. The installation of SynchroSupply system from Germany-based INFORM is behind the optimisation tool. Complete documentation, shipper integration, truck identification, and reliability planning are all facilitated with the system

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Manufacturing Engineer  (Volume:86 ,  Issue: 1 )