KRATZER AUTOMATION: Taking Digitization to the Next Level

Digitization of the transport chain – cadis Transportation Management System.

KRATZER AUTOMATION will be launching its next generation transport digitization software at Multimodal, NEC, Birmingham on 1st – 3rd May.

The latest version of industry leading cadis provides digitization tools for all steps in transportation planning, execution and analysis and will be on show during the Multimodal event.

Digital solutions in transport operations have become commonplace and yet digitization still remains a major topic in the transport logistics industry.

The fact is: replacing paper and telephones with digital transport data is a big step but to really achieve significant change and advancement digital processes must be made an integral part of core logistics activities.

When intelligent and well integrated software solutions accompany and support every step of the transport chain, technology can live up to its full potential and evolve from a mere tool into a trusted partner in operations.

The benefits and cost savings technological solutions can bring are significant as their strengths lie in exactly those areas where people struggle such as;

  • Communicate, store, search and process large volumes of information
  • Execute routine but intricate tasks quickly and reliably
  • Screen a steady stream of routine information and recognise exceptions
  • Consistently apply a large set of rules, conditions and parameters to large volumes of data

To take full advantage of technology it fundamentally means that, the more processes that are digitized the more technology can achieve, the more people operating these systems can integrate their use into their daily routine to generate value.

cadis supports drivers, planners and customer service in secondary/last mile distribution processes as well as primary transportation operations, cross-docking activities, yard managers and shunting vehicle operators.

Both critical and non-critical information from each of these digitised operational business areas is made available to all users within the system and patterns, problems, solutions, KPI’s etc. can be quickly executed so that each business area can run at optimal efficiency having a greater positive impact overall both for the business and end user.

The easy to use cadis ANALYTICS platform, automatically collects, aggregates and stores all this data in the visual form of graphical and interactive dashboards and can combine simple or sophisticated reporting via its simple to use display options for monitoring and statistical analysis.

It is in the area of analytics where the real advantages of  broad and well-structured digital process coverage become most apparent. With data from many different checkpoints being not only available but also logically interconnected, it is possible to see multiple data streams in relation to each other enabling live dashboards  and reporting within the solution to reveal correlations, formulate KPIs and identify actions to address issues or take advantage of opportunities.




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.



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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