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Ancra Systems B.V. participated in Supply Chain Managers Congress organized by PSML. The event, which took place in Warsaw 20-21th October 2011, gathered a lot of audience, mainly logistic managers.They met to discus new possibilities to optimize supply chain processes.
As a Congress Partner, Ancra had a possibility to exhibit its products and to present, via the speech of Kees van Leeuwen, the conception, functioning and application of automated truck loading and unloading systems. The solution proposed by Ancra Systems, that allow among others an essential time (from 30 to about 2 min.), assets, workforce and space reduction met with huge enthusiasm, the more so because it’s brand new application on polish market.
Furthermore the company’s experience as well as wide portfolio of realized projects ( DHL, Heineken, P&G, Toyota, Audi, Unilever, Danish Post or La Poste) were factors that drew participants’ attention.
This is another step that Ancra Systems decided to take inorder to expand company’s activity to Poland that, as economic outlook foresees, is a promising and meaningful market for logistics.
Ancra Systems installed a loading and unload special triple-floor system for high volume catalogue and internet logistic company for BAUR Versand. The system allows delivery of a higher volume of products within a shorter time without damage to the goods. Check out what the logistics media writes about this new solution: Special triple-floor system for BAUR Versand
Integration of automatic truck loading with compact pallet storage-/sorting system increases efficiency significantly
Truck loading and unloading specialist Ancra Systems have introduced together with VTSK Systems a fully automatic compact solution to store, sort, buffer and Load / Unload pallets. This is done by the integration of an Ancra truck loading system combined with the OptilogX system produced by VTSK. In this way a very compact and flexible system with high throughput was created.
Due to combining both systems around 160 pallets can be sorted, buffered and loaded per hour, which amounts to approximately 5 trailers. The system can be easily modified with extensions.
The combined systems can dispatch different pallet types or other load carriers in varying load patterns.
The OptilogX itself is a very compact pallet storage- and sortation system. While the Ancra system can be integrated in the OptilogX, the combination does not require additional placings.
The combination is particularly appropriate for warehouse operations with middle to high volumes (1000 – 4000 pallets per day) combined with shuttle transport. Additionally it creates big advantages for cross-docking purposes, whereas the system can be used for intake and dispatch.
Jasper van den Driest, managing director Ancra Systems, about the cooperation: ‘The combination of both systems constitutes a very interesting solution for clients.’ Dennis van der Dussen, sales director VTSK Systems, adds: ‘Both the OptilogX system as the loading and unloading systems are proven techniques. Furthermore, coupling the systems turned out to be technically easy and therefore cost efficient.’
In addition to the developments above, Ancra Systems are currently working on a new fully automated loading system that does not require any modifications to the trailer. Ancra expects to introduce this loading system mid 2011 and plans to integrate it with the OptilogX system too. This will create an even more increase in scope.
The launch of this technical and commercial cooperation starts at the Prologistics 2010 exhibition on September 29th and 30th in Brussels where Ancra and VTSK will share a stand.
Ancra Systems publishes a White Paper on the topic "How automated truck loading can contribute to optimizing the supply chain". This is a technology information that presents automated truck loading and unloading systems objectively and includes for example advantages and disadvantages over alternative technologies such as manual loading or AGV's.
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Westfalia, specialists in complete logistic systems with software integration and Ancra Systems, experts in automated truck loading and unloading systems, have formed a long-term strategic partnership in the scope of automated loading and unloading for the German market. By combining the competency of both companies, an extended and optimized solution for an automated supply chain can be offered to customers of Westfalia. The cooperation will be introduced at the fair LogiMat in Stuttgart, Germany.
Borgholzhausen / Boxtel in February 2010 – The two companies join their technical know-how in the area of automated loading and unloading with the new cooperation. With Ancra Systems, Westfalia has won the expert and European market leader as a competent and experienced partner for automated truck loading systems. Thus, the customers of Westfalia can be offered five standardized automated truck loading and unloading systems for different load carriers in addition to the internal logistics systems and the hitherto already offered Westfalia belt conveyor system. Ancra Systems wins with Westfalia a strong, well-known partner in Germany that possesses extensive technical know-how and an ample network for customer service and support in Germany.
“Our cooperation with Ancra Systems enhances our capabilities and capacities in the field of automated truck loading and we are able to offer a technically optimized solution to our customers” says Willi Weiden, Area Manager West at Westfalia. Jasper van den Driest, Managing Director of Ancra Systems adds: “The market knowledge and expertise in automated truck loading, which Westfalia already possesses provide optimal conditions for a successful cooperation in Germany. This is a positive step forward for both Westfalia and Ancra Systems and the customers obtain advantages through the conjunction and expert knowledge of both companies”. Westfalia customers can profit from a broader product range for automated truck loading and unloading and Ancra Systems customers are offered competent local service through the Westfalia network.
A joint exhibit at the fair LogiMat in Stuttgart, Germany will be used as a start for the cooperation. On Wednesday, March 3 2010 the management of both companies will be present at the stand between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. and are available to answer questions. The joint stand is located in hall 1, stand number 904.
Picture: Andreas Gartemann, Jasper van den Driest, Matthias Upmeyer
Rising energy prices and political guidelines have attracted the notice to providers of cold chain logistics to the needs for increased energy-efficiency. Automated truck loading systems can substantially reduce the cooling losses during the loading and unloading process. Therefore, those systems can contribute to the sustainable and efficient energy management in temperature-controlled transport.
Automated truck loading systems are used predominately for shuttle transport where loading times play an important role. Conventional truck loading or unloading with fork lift trucks takes on average 30 minutes. With automated systems, the loading times can be reduced to just approx. 2 minutes.
Due to unnecessary long truck waiting times at the dock and open gates the interface between trailer and dock is often the cause of energy loss. Furthermore, it is often the weakest link in an uninterrupted cold chain.
Ancra Systems have developed a system which is designed and engineered in accordance with the highest standards and regulations required for deep-frozen products. Inflatable shelters are installed at the dock to prevent circulation of open air when the trailer is docked to the loading or unloading system. In addition, an automatic bridge swings down closing the gap between the trailer and the docking system. A special chill proof enclosure including a control unit enables the truck driver to control the loading and unloading process without being exposed to the freezing environment. Special wiring is used to maintain flexibility in low temperatures up to - 25 ° Celsius (- 13 ° Fahrenheit).
The minimization of cooling loss as well as the heavily reduced loading and truck waiting times contributes to an increase in efficiency. Therefore, not only are energy costs reduced through substantial savings of energy, it also increases profit for the customer and the environment.
The importance of energy-efficiency will augment in the future. For this reason, automated truck loading systems within the scope of professional energy management can constitute a competitive advantage in cold chain logistics.