Transfesa Logistics installs GPS on all its car carriers for rail

Transfesa Logistics has installed a GPS system on all of the 889 car carrier wagons that operate from Spain to Europe. The aim of the digitalisation is to improve the logistics efficiency. It has already resulted in a decrease in the rotation of the wagons and more availability, says the Spanish company.

To track the shipments and know their exact location in real time, Transfesa Logistics has equipped its entire international fleet with GPS. “With this solution, Transfesa Logistics wants to anticipate the growing market trend that calls for the latest technological developments in rail freight transport”, says Fernando Palop, Project Manager of Transfesa Logistics’ Vehicle Distribution Logistics area.

Efficiency

The tracking and automation of the entire transport can be achieved with the GPS. Therefore, they are better traceable on their journey through Europe. With the digitisation of all the operation’s management, both the personnel’s time and the logistics chain’s efficiency is optimised. Another goal is to reduce wagon rotation. As a result, the ability to move the carriers more quickly and efficiency has been improved, according to the company. In order to manage the GPS data, Transfesa Logistics also developed a management software.

Fernando Palop: “We are very satisfied with the results. They allow us to be at the forefront in terms of digitisation, improve the services provided to our clients and gain efficiency throughout the supply chain’s management”.

Installation points

One of the great challenges of the project has been the physical attachment of each GPS device to the corresponding waggon. The process had to be carried out without stopping services of the carriers. Regarding this aspect, Palop points out that it has been possible thanks to a well structured operation: “Nine installation points were set up between Germany and Spain. With the additional help of mobile equipment, we have been able to carry out the work without having to take the wagons out of circulation”.

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Author: Esther Geerts

Editor of RailTech.com

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