May 17, 2020

Sandvik Mining signs contract with JDA Software to digitalise supply chain

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Sandvik Mining has signed a deal with JDA to digitalise its supply chain
Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has selected JDA Software Group, Inc. to redefine its logistics processes and ultimately provide better and more reli...

Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has selected JDA Software Group, Inc. to redefine its logistics processes and ultimately provide better and more reliable customer service.

Sandvik’s areas of expertise include rock drilling, rock cutting, crushing and screening, loading and hauling, tunneling, quarrying and breaking and demolition.

As part of the deal, Sandvik will leverage the JDA Cloud with several solutions from JDA Intelligent FulfillmentTM, including Transportation Management, Warehouse Management and Warehouse Labour Management.

It will also use JDA Consulting Services and be deployed in the JDA Cloud.

“Parts logistics is a highly critical aspect of our business in getting spare parts to mining and constructions sites quickly,” said Juha Virtanen, logistics transformation manager, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology.

“Beyond needing to streamline and gain visibility into logistics flow, we needed to ensure we could deliver parts at the right time. We chose JDA to give us seamless integration of TMS and WMS, so we could manage our processes from end-to-end.”

As the digitalisation of the supply chain continues, Sandvik realised it needed to upgrade and in some cases, revamp its processes to stay competitive.

In a release, it said that with an integrated set of transportation, warehousing and labour management solutions from JDA, Sandvik will be able to “dynamically and profitability dynamically select the most cost-efficient carrier to deliver products to their customers as efficiently as possible”.

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In addition, Sandvik is to utilise automated carrier service optimisation, last-mile delivery visibility and the ability to anticipate route bottlenecks and delivery delays before they occur.

“Sandvik’s customers are often in far-flung locations that are not easy to get to, such as mines and rock excavation sites,” said Franck Lheureux, regional vice president, sales, EMEA, JDA.

“With JDA, Sandvik will gain increased cost efficiency and cost control as they redefine their logistics and transportations processes, ultimately becoming a more flexible and competitive organization.

“We’ll create a complete platform for Sandvik that will not only optimize their business, but yield increased visibility and traceability as well as drive down losses in warehousing.”

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Jun 21, 2021

Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight

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Elon Musk’s tunnelling firm plans underground freight tunnels with shipping containers moved on “battery-powered freight carriers”, according to reports

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. 

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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

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