Christian-Kastl

Christian Kastl

Manager Industry 4.0

It’s exciting to live in the digital age. We will see a lot of new developments which will drive new business models. I’m interested in the fields of Industry 4.0, Smart Factory und Smart Logistics and in my blogs, I try to bring some light in the big space of new solutions and trends in this fields.

Posts by Christian Kastl:

SCM Insights
April 9, 2020

In times of Corona, how can Track & Trace help to solve the challenges ahead?

Matching themes: Asset Tracking, Material Visibility, Risk Management, Track & Trace, Transparenz

Closures of suppliers, logistics centers and borders severely affect supply chains. Real-time transport information is therefore crucial - especially for the restart after the corona crisis.
Closures of suppliers, logistics centers and borders due to Corona severely affect supply chains. Real-time transport information is therefore crucial to ensure the still existing flow of goods and to enable  a restart after the crisis as smoothly as possible

The Corona pandemic took us all completely by surprise. Few people expected a “black-swan” event like this. And even the boldest risk scenarios have not foreseen or dealt with the scale of the problem we are currently experiencing.

Supply chains have been severely disrupted or even completely collapsed within a short period of time, especially in the automotive and aviation industries. If important suppliers stop producing, warehouses are not working and transports out of “red zones” are not possible, then production cannot be maintained, or only with great difficulty.

But not everything has come to a standstill. Where production is still going on, it is now particularly important to know what is happening during transport, how long are the waiting times at the borders, where are the restrictions and what time effects will this have on the delivery.

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SCM Insights
March 25, 2020

There is no future without integrated production and logistics networks

Matching themes: Digital Supply Chain, logistics planning, Material Visibility, production planning, Production-to-Supply, Smart Factory

True supply chain resilience requires an integrated production and logistics planning
True supply chain resilience requires an integrated production and logistics planning

Much has already been written about flexible production and logistics networks, especially in economically turbulent times. However, the reality in many companies is still that production program planning and logistics planning run side by side in a non-integrated manner. Supplier integration, too, is usually only partially implemented. Read more

SCM Insights, Technology
March 2, 2020

Exploiting the potential of Smart Logistics with Production-to-Supply

Matching themes: Analytics, Inbound Supply Chain, smart logistics data, Smart Supply Chain

Production-to-Supply increases the availability of materials while at the same time reducing inventories and minimizing efforts and costs.
Production-to-Supply increases the availability of materials while at the same time reducing inventories and minimizing efforts and costs.

It’ s nothing new that considerations of optimization focus on excessive inventories and overly high planning or disposition costs. This is all the more true in tougher economic times.

This is where the new opportunities of digitization come in: the continuous provision of data from supplier production to transport logistics and even in-house intralogistics is no longer a vision of the future. Even minimizing process costs is now a reality thanks to automation. Read more

SCM Insights, Use Cases
January 31, 2019

Industrial Traceability: In-depth analysis transcending the boundaries of your production and supply chain

Matching themes: Digital Supply Chain, SCPM, Smart Supply Chain, Traceability, Track & Trace

Industrial traceability enables full visibility across the production process and beyond traditional supply chain boundaries
Industrial traceability enables full visibility across the production process and beyond traditional supply chain boundaries

Up until now, seamless, end-to-end good traceability has been more of a pipe dream than a reality. But there’s good news: thanks to the clustering of innovative Industry 4.0 technologies, comprehensive supply chain Track & Trace is now possible – also known as industrial traceability.

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SCM Insights
July 10, 2018

InSight, InControl: Real-time position and quality monitoring for production material transports

Matching themes: Asset Tracking, Condition Monitoring, Digital Supply Chain, Inbound Supply Chain, IoT, Material Visibility, SCPM, Security of supply, Sensors, Smart Supply Chain, Track & Trace

By combining asset tracking and condition monitoring of the production material during transport, you can initiate appropriate countermeasures in case of alarming signals long before goods receipt.
By combining real-time asset tracking and condition monitoring of production material during transport, you can initiate appropriate countermeasures to keep your production running long before goods receipt.

A materials controller needs up-to-date information at all times for production planning purposes. He needs to know whether the goods required are going to arrive at the plant in time – and whether they will do so in an intact state, a very important point when it comes to sensitive components. And all this preferably in real time, of course. But this is a lot more than what most track-and-trace solutions have to offer. Read more

SCM Insights
February 12, 2018

Good for land and sea – How to ensure real-time visibility for production materials

Matching themes: Asset Tracking, Inbound Supply Chain, Industry 4.0, IoT, Material Visibility, SCPM, Security of supply, Smart Supply Chain, Traceability, Track & Trace

Track & Trace (T&T) has to go beyond just locating trucks or containers. Material planners need to know where the required production material is currently located during transport - be it on sea or ashore.
Track & Trace (T&T) has to go beyond just locating trucks or containers. Material planners need to know where the required production material is currently located during transport – be it on sea or ashore.

There are plenty of Track & Trace solutions (T&T) available. Logistics Service Providers (LSP) have been offering it as an add-on for years and several start-ups focus on this aspect, too. So it’s nothing new, right? Or is it? Read more

Technology, Use Cases
January 16, 2018

Increasing supply reliability and quality with Sensor Clouds

Matching themes: AirSupply, Asset Tracking, Condition Monitoring, Industry 4.0, IoT, SCPM, Sensors, Smart Supply Chain

Sensor Clouds are the first step towards Supply Chain 4.0
Sensor Clouds are the first step towards Supply Chain 4.0

A leading aerospace supplier has further optimized its inbound supply chain with SupplyOn. As part of an innovative industry 4.0 project, sensor tracking was used to implement the real-time monitoring of deliveries. This not only aims at continuously determining location, but also the early detection of quality defects during transport due to excessive temperatures or moisture. Read more

SCM Insights, Technology
October 26, 2017

Maximize your supply chain transparency with track and trace

Matching themes: Asset Tracking, Inbound Supply Chain, IoT, Material Visibility, Outbound Supply Chain, SCPM, Security of supply, Smart Supply Chain, Traceability, Track & Trace

Supply Chain Performance Management integrates track and trace data - thus ensuring seamless logistics processes
Supply Chain Performance Management integrates track and trace data – thus ensuring seamless logistics processes

Track and trace, that is, determining the location of shipments, is definitely nothing new. Yet everyone still seems to be talking about it. How come?

Easy: We know that networked production as well as “smart factories” require reliable information on the delivery status of components. But this also translates to delivery logistics, where it’s important to know, for instance, where a spare part is located and whether it will reach its final destination on time or whether the parts will arrive at the assembly plant (CKD) as scheduled.

Sure, logistics service providers are already able to provide plenty of data regarding the location of a shipment – granted, not always in real-time, but still. Yet, how do we connect our systems with those of the logistics service providers? What do we do with the data? How can parts and status notifications be linked to each other without requiring an inordinate amount of effort and time from service providers and suppliers? How can we avoid having to enter data for different customers into individual custom portals? And how can all this data be analyzed effectively? Questions abound. Read more

SCM Insights
October 5, 2017

Digitalization is not an end in itself. A commentary

Matching themes: Digital Supply Chain, digital transformation, digitalization, Smart Supply Chain, supplier collaboration

Bei der Digitalisierung hinkt der Anspruch der Wirklichkeit hinterher. Wichtig ist aber vor allem, die Digitalisierungsstrategie zielgerichtet aufzusetzen.
With digitalization, the claim is far behind reality. However, it is essential to push ahead with digitalization in a targeted manner, especially with regard to cross-company cooperation.

Wherever you look, “digital” is THE overriding theme. Digitalization is not particularly new and by no means simply a future scenario for the years 2020 to 2030.

No, the digitalization of tasks and processes has been around for quite some time now. And there is still some homework left to be done. Because, unfortunately, the business world is not yet as digital as it could – or should – be. Read more

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