Replace outdated yard management system. Create a future-proof platform for site logistics.
For their loading and site logistics processes, Yara has used an own developed tool called ALS (Administrative Loading System) which has been deployed in 28 sites globally. Lacking required functionality, as well as the fact that ALS will run out of lifecycle by 2025, Yara decided to replace ALS with SAP Yard Logistics as the tool for site logistic processes, with the additional goal of enabling Yara to leverage latest technologies and IoT in their yards in the future.
About the Sluiskil plant.
Yara Sluiskil handles a large number of shipments every day using various means of transport. With the implementation of SAP Yard Logistics, the process flows of the individual streams were transferred into the system in detail in order to keep transparency as visual as possible. With the help of the introduced logbook functionality in YL, the exact loading and unloading sequence in the maritime process can be tracked and entered in the system.
The existing on-site functionalities for integration to hardware for the truck stream were integrated into SAP YL to enable an automatic process flow in the system through the presentation of badges by drivers at various checkpoints. Furthermore, through the integration with a 3rd party slot management system, the booked time slots can be transferred directly into SAP YL. Also, inspection results are communicated to YL through integration to a 3rd party inspection tool.
For shipments by rail, SAP YL now covers the end-to-end execution process on-site with visibility on individual railcar level. Rail operators have digital access to rail specific information throughout the process (revision dates, material to be loaded, tare and gross weight, load limit grids, etc.) and log events like arrivals, inspections, weighing, loading data and departures directly in the system. Agile system operations are ensured by dynamic business rules for all three streams to allow the business to react to any change in the process.
Close collaboration throughout the pandemic.
Strong and trustful partnership to drive Yara’s strategic mission for future-proof yard processes.
In partnership with Westernacher, Yara has successfully built and rolled out SAP Yard Logistics to one of their biggest production sites, covering truck, rail and maritime processes. Going forward, the program continues with a rollout wave to 11 sites in the US and Canada which will go live from June 2022, as well as further deployments in Europe in 2022. Together, Yara and Westernacher have built a modern, long-term platform for all yard operations within the production sites, allowing for future process automation to increase overall supply chain efficiency for Yara.