KRATZER AUTOMATION one of the largest suppliers of Transport Management Software in Europe, presents new mobile solutions for logistics providers. The main focus is on three applications which comprise of digital control and documentation of all processes within the depot, on the yard and on the road. All steps of the supply chain are covered. With these new applications, KRATZER AUTOMATION sees the switch from Windows mobile to Android and mobile web applications. This move introduces easy to use applications together with access to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) solutions.
- Management of all processes within the depot, on the yard and road
- Switch from Windows mobile to Android is completed
“Today, it is quite impossible to imagine everyday life and daily tasks of Logistics companies without mobile applications – they increase the efficiency and simplify all processes considerably. With its new application trio, KRATZER AUTOMATION offers transport and logistics providers a solution across the entire supply chain. It comprises all operational processes within the depot, yard and on the road”, says Samuel Denaes, Head of Product management at KRATZER AUTOMATION. With these new tools, logistics companies increase both quality and efficiency at the same time.
With the switch from Windows mobile to Android, KRATZER AUTOMATION is responding to the increasing need for flexibility and usability in logistics. “The trend toward Android, “Bring Your Own Device” and mobile web application solutions has been increasing significantly throughout the entire sector for some time. We are really pleased to address these opportunities with our own applications for road, depot and yard”, says Samuel Denaes. The specific requirements regarding IT security are taken into account whilst still maintaining our own high standards.
The new solution from KRATZER AUTOMATION comprises three modules which can be used in combination or separately:
Application for the driver: The driver application provides a broad range of functionality dedicated to the operational requirements of the business and the monitoring of live activities. The focus is of the solution is on the first and the last mile processes and line haul transportation. The delivery of status information in real-time, the documentation of damages, barcode scanning, digital signature, photo documentation, entry of loading equipment, GPS tracking and geo fencing are all part of the broad range of functions found within the application. Numerous functions contained within the driver application are also available via a web-based application which can be operated on any device that supports an internet browser.
Yard Management application: This application supports and guides different processes from arrival at the gate through to the unloading process at the ramp. Vehicles, trailers, swap bodies and containers are registered and then are ‘intelligently’ allocated to the optimal ramp, gate or park on the appropriate storage area. The use of the mobile application on the yard, ramp and transshipment depot supports the communication with yard staff and ensures rapid, efficient and reliable documented processes.
Mobile application for depot and warehouse: The easy-to-use Android application provides a comprehensive overview of the depot at any time. Status and storage areas of goods are tracked and can be viewed via the application. The mobile documentation in real-time allows for continuous control over the different processes before, during and after the loading/unloading activities together with an efficient monitoring of all cross-docking processes. With smart inventory functions, control can be handled instantly and missing or surplus goods together with the incorrect storage locations can be detected at an early stage.
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About KRATZER AUTOMATION
KRATZER AUTOMATION AG was founded in 1980 by Gerhard Kratzer and Paul Balz as Gerhard Kratzer GmbH, Automatisierungstechnik München. From the outset the company focused on creating industrial, process-related software, in the founder years, for example, for the operations control centre of Ruhrgas AG. The automation of engine test beds at SHELL and BMW Motorsport was soon to follow. The company supports the ADAC in optimising its breakdown service fleet through the use of mobile data communications. In the early 1990s, KRATZER AUTOMATION was transformed from a pure software company into a general contractor offering an end-to-end service. KRATZER AUTOMATION offers tailored solutions from the consultancy through the implementation and maintenance right up to financing. In 1999 the company was converted into a 'family stock corporation' in which the employees, management staff and founder families all have a shareholding. In 2013 Gerhard Kratzer transferred to the position of CEO to Robert Rubner and has since concentrated on the duties as CFO. Detlef Naundorf becomes a member of the Executive Board, increasing the board to now three members. In July 2015 Sibylle Pessall was appointed CIO and Andreas Pötz as CFO to the Executive Board with Gerhard Kratzer continuing to act as consultant.
For more than 30 years the software company KRATZER AUTOMATION has been supplying process-related solutions to the international automotive industry and the transport sector in Europe.
In the Test Systems business unit, KRATZER AUTOMATION plans and produces test systems for automotive development, predominantly for engines, turbochargers, gearboxes and other powertrain components. A major focus here is on test systems for energy-saving and eco-friendly drive concepts, with a particular concentration on the demands of hybrid or electric drives, battery and fuel cell technology.
With cadis, the operational TMS, KRATZER AUTOMATION's Logistics Automation business unit offers a transport management system for the planning, execution and analysis of all operative work processes for freight transport. Consignment tracking and optimisation of the processes in modern logistics companies are the central themes here.
About KRATZER AUTOMATION:
KRATZER AUTOMATION currently has a staff of approx. 300 employees at the sites in Munich, Stuttgart, Kassel and Wolfsburg. The company is internationally engaged with corporations in France, Great Britain, the Czech Republic and China. Among the customers of KRATZER AUTOMATION are companies such as: BMW, Bosch, Daimler, Ford, MAN, Porsche, Umicore, VOLVO and VW (Test Systems), bpost, Geodis, DB Schenker, GEFCO, IDS Logistik, Norbert Dentressangle, John Lewis, Österreichische Post AG (Logistics Automation) Rhenus Logistics and the Geis Group.
For 35 years, KRATZER AUTOMATION AG has been attaching importance to financial independence and long-standing relations with employees, customers and suppliers.
The company meets its social responsibility in a variety of ways. Support for local and supra-regional youth development projects, and the offer of an art award for artists with mental disability round out the company's social commitment.
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