European transport logistics: Manufacturer Tripple Z is counting on a TIMOCOM solution
Sunny skies for used solar modules
Erkrath/Hilden, (Germany) 2019-02-11 – Tripple Z has found their niche: The solar module manufacturer sells – in addition to quality products “Made in Germany” – used solar systems. A business that is gaining ever more traction. Tripple Z is now the largest provider of second hand solar modules and accessories in Europe. The manufacturer organises the transport orders stemming from this business out of North Rhine Westphalia using TIMOCOM, the first Smart Logistics System.
Between the purchase of solar systems no longer in use and their sale to customers across Europe, there is a lot of movement, and a great many steps to be coordinated Europe-wide in conjunction with buyers, sellers and transport partners. Disassembly, dismantling, assembly, transport, logistics: Tripple Z repowers up to 300,000 solar modules per year.
“Generally, handling takes place at our location in Hilden, near Düsseldorf, which gives us a good overview of the inventory,” says Tim Grön, logistics manager at Tripple Z. “Last year, we dealt with 85,000 tonnes of goods,” he continues, emphasising the transport volume. If, for example, 30 truck loads are needed for disassembling solar systems in Romania, and about 100 are required in Germany, he first tenders the order in the TIMOCOM system. “Then I decide which transport service provider will take the order.” A system that has worked well for Tripple Z for the last ten years. Usually, the goods are sent to Belgian farmers, who are happy to install used solar systems. “The transport is almost completely carried out by a variety of service providers,” the logistics manager explains.
“Digital order completion replaced Word a long time ago”
And Grön says TIMOCOM is his “best field agent.” He made an important step into the digital age last year, by introducing TC Transport Order®. This means that transport orders created by the logistics manager are completely paperless. All necessary administrative processes are completed with service providers directly in the TIMOCOM system. Not only that, it provides a summary of all transport orders made by Tripple Z and their status. “TC Transport Order® has long since replaced Word,” Grön reports.
His conclusion: “Even though I am sceptical about digitalisation, both professionally and privately, I enjoy the added value it has brought to my working life.” Nevertheless, Grön does not believe in fully automated transport. In the future, he still wants a direct contact partner at the transport companies he does business with.