Since the beginning of the year, a time window booking has been mandatory for raw material deliveries to the Slovenian Mahle parent plant. Mahle Letrika d.o.o., a subsidiary of the Stuttgart-based automotive supplier Mahle, has introduced the web-based SLOT system from Cargoclix in Šempeter pri Gorici. In the first step, the goods receipt was converted to time window management, the goods issue is to follow in the course of the year.
The aim of slot bookings is to equalize the morning peaks in the delivery of raw materials in order to increase safety on the site and to make more constant use of personnel and unloading capacities. In addition, the OEM supplier wants to continuously improve the processes in the incoming goods department on the basis of the statistical evaluations. “From one day to the next, order was in the yard. There are significantly fewer trucks at the ramps, the access roads are free and the processes run smoothly. Safety on the factory premises immediately improved considerably,” emphasizes Jordan Drekonja, Mahle project manager at the site.
Mahle Letrika produces starters, alternators and accessories for manufacturers of agricultural machinery and diesel engines as well as electric drive systems for intralogistics manufacturers and the automotive industry. The site has three incoming goods ramps at which around 550 trucks and vans are unloaded each month. Slot bookings can be made four months in advance and on the day of delivery. Mahle maps the free loading and unloading dates for all ramps. The time window length is calculated automatically depending on the number of pallets or by product category. A booking costs 50 cents, for selected logistics service providers Mahle Letrika takes over the costs.
Šempeter pri Gorici is the third Mahle site to be connected to SLOT. After a time window system comparison in 2014, Cargoclix won the contract for the central warehouse of Mahle Aftermarket GmbH in Schorndorf and for Mahle Filtersysteme Austria GmbH in St. Michael, Austria.