Posts by Frank Siebenmorgen:
SupplyOn has always made collaboration a top priority. But this includes much more than partnerships between companies and their suppliers. The concept of community is also a key element for these alliances. We develop solutions not just for an industry, but also together with the industry.
As part of this commitment, we created the Rail Industry Council last year. Its main objective is Read more
Digitalizing the supply chain is a top priority today – both in terms of the customer and the supplier. Faiveley Transport, a provider of air-conditioning technology, brake and door systems and a key system supplier for the railway industry, has responded to this need and decided to use the same online platform as its customers to connect its suppliers. In addition, this further expands the rail community that is linked via SupplyOn and utilizes uniform processes. Read more
The Railway Forum organized by IPM opened its doors for the fourth time on February 29. SupplyOn once again set up a booth at the event. And many other things were the same as well: Factory tours provided by well-known companies in the rail industry on Monday morning, myriad opportunities to talk and network with industry experts and an interesting dinner speech by Dr. Volker Kefer, the Vice Chairman of the Management Board of Deutsche Bahn AG, before the guests converged on the excellent buffet.
But the event offered something new as well: Read more
There’s no doubt about it: Industry 4.0 – frequently also referred to as the Internet of Things – will become the dominant issue of the next few years. But the subject is full of pitfalls. On the one hand, it is obvious that players must act quickly in order not to be left behind and lose market shares. On the other hand, it is not clear exactly what has to be done. Industry, research and politics are still struggling to find a definition of the subject and the necessary standards. Many companies also fear that implementing Industry 4.0 concepts will require extremely high investments.
Some very pragmatic and low-cost approaches already exist, such as those established in the automotive industry, which already link many thousands of companies to each other. This can be the first step for companies in their approaching this subject and in quickly achieving initial successes in terms of increasing efficiency and cost savings. Read more
Our supply chain management solutions originally focused on the automobile industry. However, now that the aviation industry has shown an interest in our solutions and is already successfully making use of our AirSupply product, the railway industry is now right on track for our services: RailSupply is already in demand and there are a number of companies throughout Europe who are making rapid progress with our solutions..
During a recent visit to southern Europe, a potential customer made it clear to us, just what type of problems train manufacturers are facing. Read more
The successful use of a transport management system (TMS) requires an operations model – one that takes a global approach to establishing and controlling global activities in the area of transport management and includes the organization, processes and IT. Without an operations concept like this, any savings resulting from network optimization projects, the introduction of a TMS or the retendering of freight contracts quickly evaporate. Read more
The concept of a transportation control tower carries many positive connotations. A control tower has everything under control by maintaining an overview of all that’s going on—or, stated more precisely, a control tower makes it possible to intervene in transports at any time in order to adapt processes and steer them in the right direction. Read more