Reduction in number of vehicles used per day.
Automatic planning has resulted in greater capacity utilisation and a reduction in mileage and vehicles.
Lemvigh-Müller is the largest wholesaler within steel and technical installations in Denmark. Lemvigh-Müller employs 1,200 people and has a turnover of approximately 600 million euros. The company’s two primary business areas are technical installations as well as steel/metal and the product range consists of approximately 300,000 items.
We wanted to improve our operational efficiency and we needed a new system to achieve this. We had the ambition of improving our capacity utilisation and achieving higher profitability. It was important to us to become less dependent on key personnel and future-proof our organisation IT-wise
Michael Lichtenberg Crone continues, “Planning steel distribution is very complex so despite the fact that we now have a cuttingedge system, we will always have a need for skilled planners.
Shapes and sizes vary tremendously and there are many rules regarding placement of products during distribution. In this respect, we work with so-called ‘difficulty codes’ which are assigned to the goods and shown in the system’s Gantt chart. The system automatically pairs products and vehicles according to qualifications, and with these ‘difficulty codes’ the planners can
easily double-check the system’s planning and make necessary adjustments.”
Michael Lichtenberg Crone adds, “It was a process where we had to dismiss the way we used to plan and embrace what could look like “chaos planning” at first glance. Our drivers thought it was a crazy system in the beginning, but the numbers speak for themselves.”
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