AEB unveils new Time Slot Management Solution
Time Slot Management enables fully integrated planning of transport activities including loading/unloading, shipping, and storage workflows. This in turn leads to more consistent use of loading dock capacities, shorter loading times, and better overall efficiency in logistics.
Part of the ASSIST4 logistics suite, AEB’s Time Slot Management solution facilitates the planning of loading dock activities and minimises wait times. According to the developers, ASSIST4 is unique due to the software’s ability to monitor and control the shipping, goods receipt, and warehouse processes.
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In an online statement, the company explained: ‘Time Slot Management not only optimises loading and unloading, but synchronises these steps with the relevant intralogistical processes. If for example a shipment has been picked and is ready for dispatch, ASSIST4 Transport & Freight Management and Warehouse Management can work together with Time Slot Management to organise the staging areas in the goods issue area of the warehouse, and coordinate the loading dock time slots.
Once the truck has arrived with the goods, ASSIST4 shows at a glance which vehicle is waiting at which loading dock. Comprehensive reporting features help to assess wait times and capacities at the loading docks and the on-time performance of carriers.
Claire Umney, General Manager of AEB International, said: “AEB’s real strength is our end-to-end IT support of all logistics processes within a single supply chain management suite. Our Time Slot Management optimises traffic at the loading docks, and, combined with the ASSIST4 solutions Warehouse Management and Transport & Freight Management, provides smooth processes across the entire logistics chain.”
Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight
Elon Musk’s drilling outfit The Boring Company could be shifting its focus towards subterranean freight and logistics solutions, according to reports.
A Boring Co. pitch deck seen and shared by Bloomberg depicts plans to construct wider tunnels designed to accommodate shipping containers.
Founded by Tesla CEO Musk in 2016, the company initially stated its mission was to offer safer, faster point-to-point transport for people, particularly in cities plagued by traffic congestion. It also planned longer tunnels to ferry passengers between popular destinations across the US.
The Boring Co. completed its first commercial project earlier this year in April. The 1.7m tunnel system is designed to move professionals between convention centres in Las Vegas using Tesla EVs. It says the Las Vegas Convention Centre Loop can cut travel time between venues from 45 minutes to just two.
Boring Co.'s new freight tunnels
The Boring Co.'s new tunnel designs would allow freight to be transported on purpose built platforms, labelled as “battery-powered freight carriers”. The document shows that, though the containers could technically fit within its current 12-foot tunnels, wider tunnels would be more efficient. Designs for a new tunnel, 21 feet in diameter, show that they can comfortably accommodate two containers side-by-side, with a one-foot gap between them.
The Boring Co.’s new drilling machine, dubbed Prufrock, can tunnel at a rate of one mile per week, which is six times faster than its previous machine, and is designed to ‘porpoise’ - mimicking the marine animal by ‘diving’ below ground and reemerging once the tunnel is complete.
Tesla’s supply chain woes
Tesla is facing its own supply chain and logistic issues. The EV manufacturer has raised the price of its vehicles, with CEO Musk confirming the incremental hike was a result of “major supply chain pressure”. Musk replied to a disgruntled Twitter user, confused as to why prices were rising while features were being removed from the cars, saying the “raw materials especially” were a big issue.
Car manufacturing continues to be one of the industries hit hardest by a global shortage in semiconductor chips. While China’s chip manufacturing levels hit an all-time high in May, and the US is proposing a 25% tax credit for chip manufacturers, demand still outstrips supply. Automakers including Volkswagen and Audi have again said they expect reduced vehicle output in the next quarter due to a lack of semiconductors, with more factory downtime likely.
Top Image credit: The Boring Company / @boringcompany