Yard Management Software

What does Yard Management mean?

Yard Management controls and optimizes the logistical processes on the plant premises. This includes the management of storage bins (e.g. silos, bulk skips, etc.), inventory movements, orders and logistical processes in industrial and logistics companies. Yard Management optimizes storage space utilization, monitors material movements, and provides efficient inbound and outbound coordination and seamless integration with other systems to optimize material flow and increase operational productivity. Yard management or plant logistics systems thereby offer tools and functions for real-time monitoring, inventory tracking, order management and analytical evaluation to improve efficiency and transparency in the logistics chain.

What are the special requirements in the bulk materials industry?

Yard management or plant logistics in the bulk materials industry encompasses a range of activities for efficient use of the yard area, automation of loading processes, weighing, entry and exit, and optimization of material flow. These include:

The yard management system should be able to automate routine plant logistics tasks such as entry, exit, loading, scales, etc.

Effectively plan and manage orders to ensure the right materials are delivered to the right places at the right time and delivery dates are met.

Ensure smooth and efficient transportation of bulk materials within the plant, from arrival to loading, to minimize production downtime and ensure continuity of supply.

Accurate monitoring of bulk materials inventory to avoid bottlenecks, record reorders in a timely manner, and ensure continuous production.

Comply with safety and environmental regulations during handling, storage and loading of bulk materials to minimize occupational accidents, environmental pollution and other risks.

Implement control mechanisms to ensure that the quality of bulk materials is maintained throughout the logistics process, including the prevention of contamination and compliance with quality standards.

A good yard management system should integrate seamlessly with existing business systems, such as ERP, SCM or WMS systems to ensure a smooth flow of information and effective coordination of orders, inventory and other operational processes.

Provide real-time data on the status of orders, material movements, inventory levels, and other relevant metrics to enable informed decision making and process optimization.

Yard Management ensures that incoming vehicles, such as trucks or containers, are properly parked and assigned to the yard. This enables an orderly handling of material and minimizes delays.

Yard Management coordinates the smooth flow of loading and unloading operations in the yard. This includes the allocation of loading bays for vehicles, the organization of workflows, and communication between different stakeholders, such as truck drivers, forklift drivers, and warehouse personnel.

Implement a yard management system to continuously improve processes, including analyzing key performance indicators, identifying bottlenecks, and implementing optimization measures.

What is Yard Management Software?

A Yard Management Software (YMS) is a solution for monitoring the movements of vehicles (silo trucks, dump trucks, concrete mixers, etc.) on the plant and at the loading facility of a plant. Yard management or plant logistics systems can create valuable opportunities for resource utilization and efficiency by closing the visibility gaps in operations between transportation and warehouse and loading.

What are the benefits of yard management software?

Yard management software such as the proven yard management solution VAS® offers the following benefits:
Efficiency increase and resource optimization
Automated processes and effective resource allocation increase efficiency in the yard, resulting in shorter wait times, faster operations and cost savings.
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Real-time visibility and improved tracking
Enables real-time monitoring and accurate tracking of vehicles, loads, and activity in the yard, resulting in better visibility, quick decisions, and streamlined operations.
Data-driven decision making and continuous optimization
Collects comprehensive data to identify patterns and bottlenecks, make informed decisions, and enable continuous improvements for optimal yard logistics.

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For which industries is yard management software relevant?

In principle, a yard management solution can be used in all industries where yard management processes exist. Axians IAS’ VAS Yard Management solution is specifically adapted to the requirements of the bulk materials industry in the building materials sector, such as cement, sand and gravel, lime, asphalt or concrete, and supports companies in optimizing their logistics processes, shortening lead times and consequently increasing customer satisfaction. Thus, it contributes to the efficient use of resources and minimizes delays or disruptions in deliveries to customers.


For which companies is yard management software suitable?

Yard management software is suitable for both medium-sized companies and corporations. The modularity and scalability of the system means that it can be continuously developed and rolled out to different locations. Axians IAS customers include medium-sized companies and corporations based in Germany, Europe and in over 30 countries worldwide.


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