Recognizing Potential


When it comes to material flow management, there are many challenges but also new opportunities. The new requirements relating to material flow are very complex: cost pressure, larger product portfolios or altered logistical structures all influence change. What's more, planners have to consider the many factors affecting optimization. As a result, material flow must be planned quickly and precisely. This is only possible with thorough evaluation.

Linde offers comprehensive consulting services for the thorough evaluation of these potential factors and can also assist you on site.

Tailor-made success

Linde experts analyse all fleet data - from the condition of the vehicles, their capacity utilisation and consumption to their actual use in everyday life. This forms the basis for tailor-made solutions. Depending on their objectives, they increase capacity utilization, reduce downtimes, reduce fuel and energy costs as well as pollutant emissions and improve safety. This benefits the entire company.

4 steps to perfect material flow

1. Analysis

The analysis of the internal logistics and fleet structure is at the beginning. Our experts consider the condition of the vehicles as well as energy consumption, utilisation, application and service costs. For this purpose, a TÜV-certified performance test for forklift trucks and warehouse technology is available.

2. Simulation

Planning and simulation software from Linde makes optimization potential visible. This makes it easier to redesign the storage rooms and fleet with precision.

3. Fleet Concept

The new fleet concept ensures that you always have the right vehicle with the right driver in the right place at the right time. Many parameters such as personnel, vehicle fleet, distances and shelf functionality flow into the result.

4. Introduction and Review

Our experts accompany the introduction of the concept. They examine the processes at regular intervals and adjust them as required. The review also responds to economic and seasonal changes as well as individual company developments.

Comparing vehicle costs accurately

Which vehicle type generates the lowest costs during the material flow - for example, when unloading trucks, storing goods on the shelf or picking from the floor? The "Fleet Plan" software, which is used during consulting by Linde experts, provides precise answers to this question. To this end, the program simulates the customer's situation with just a few entries on the computer and then calculates the operating costs for each vehicle, including driver costs, energy consumption, investment costs and other factors. In addition,"Fleet Plan" makes it clear how many vehicles are required for the overall process and what the total costs are.

Planning and simulating the new warehouse

To ensure that the processes in a new warehouse run smoothly from the outset - without bottlenecks and overcapacities - experts from Linde rely on comprehensive 2D and 3D simulations during the planning phase: The CAD drawings of the planned bearing can be imported or reconstructed with the "Stratos" software. Walls, shelves, conveyor belts and components can then be changed or new elements can be planned. The result is a "virtually walkable" model with all warehouse movements - perfectly simulated in every detail. On this basis, the experts determine, among other things, how many forklifts, employees, shifts or truck ramps are required to establish a perfect material flow.

Benefit from comprehensive know-how

You want to optimise the complex material flows of your industrial trucks holistically? Benefit from Linde's comprehensive know-how and experience.