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A MAGAZINE OF THE ATLAS COPCO GROUP
At your service
Service Specialist Tomasz Bugaj knows how to keep business and society...
A rental state of mind
Our flexible solutions will get the job done in all conditions.
Chipping in for safety
Find out why this South Korean education center shifted to on-site nitrogen supply.
Clearly superior
Choosing the most efficient vacuum solutions will make all the difference.
Clean water changes lives
Our Water for All initiative supports communities with limited access....
Editorial
A word from President and CEO Mats Rahmström.
Enabling the shift
Industrial assembly solutions are at the heart of the electric car revolution.
"Ergonomics is key"
Ava Mazaheri discusses force exposures and great product design.
Experts in the field
Local dealers and service suppliers ensure that all customers gets on-site support.
Gateway to growth
A visit to China, the world's second-largest economy.
"Joint development is the best way forward"
Atlas Copco is part of an ecosystem set up to push scientific boundaries.
Keeping it dry
A 10-year development process resulted in an innovation that changes everything.
Making a difference
Modern society depends on industrial ideas that take shape with out tools.
Making the connection
Logistics Manager Katey Kim supports the world’s semiconductor manufacturers.
No waste, low emissions
What if industrial machines adapted the energy use to the production need?
Perfect vision
Fully autonomous production is no longer an illusion.
Powered up and ready to work
Going electric is an important step toward a carbon-neutral future.
Purpose-built performer
A purpose-built innovation for the booming liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry.
Recipe for success
Explore some of the key ingredients needed to remain a technology leader.
Setting the tone
Did you know that even Jimi Hendrix's performance relied on vacuum?
Smarter manufacturing
Imagine a smart factory where machines transfer data without delay.
Smart Team + Smartphone = Smart Product
Meet the innovators behind the DZS VSD+ dry claw vacuum pump.
Smart tools for modern life
Industrial tools transform the world.
Star of the screen
Chances are that an iXL900R dry vacuum pump made your screen.
Success is on the cards
A data-driven service solution that gives real-time feedback.
Tapping into the green energy market
Market Manager Rasmus Rubycz is ready to grasp new opportunities.
The power of zero
The Z3+ light tower is a zero-emission, zero-noise innovation.
The start of something big
Our first-ever battery-powered drill stands out.
Tight for takeoff
Assembling airplanes, the smart way
Turning apples into applesauce
Compressed air is needed everywhere, even when making baby food.
When train beats the plane
When rail balances costs, speed and sustainability better the air and sea.
WHEN
TRAIN BEATS
THE PLANE
A pilot project for rail freight between Atlas Copco’s industrial vacuum production facility in Germany and its counterpart in China shows that rail transport can balance costs, speed and sustainability better than air and ocean freight.
Our strategy to switch to rail is driven by environmental and cost optimization needs, but it is also based on customer requirements.”
Alexander Irchin Logistics Manager, Atlas Copco Vacuum Technique
Atlas Copco’s commitment to growing in the right way underpins the green logistics strategy of the Group’s Industrial Vacuum division. But there’s always a challenge to balance fast deliveries, transportation costs and minimal environmental impact.
Leybold, a leading vacuum producer based in Cologne, Germany, sends heavy pumps weighing more than 150 kilograms, plus semi-finished parts such as components and rotors, to Tianjin, China, for local production and distribution. Although air cargo transports are quickest, at 10 days or less, the growing volumes to the Far East meant planes had become unsustainable, as Alexander Irchin, Logistics Manager, Atlas Copco Vacuum Technique, explains.
“We wanted to move away from using air freight as rail transportation is more economical. We were also concerned about the high levels of CO2 emissions produced through air transportation.”
Finding a new way
China’s heavy investment in the Belt and Road infrastructure project across Asia, and in the German port of Duisburg, has been a game changer for rail travel between China and Europe. Leybold therefore decided to make a rail freight pilot.
The "Lighthouse project" began in mid-2019, when 20 full container loads were sent by rail nearly 8 000 kilometers from Germany to China. In 2020, Leybold sent 74 containers of Rail cargo to Shanghai and Tianjin. The flow is arranged so that the full container load first goes to the production facility, where the team unloads the relevant goods before dispatching a truck onward to the customer center.
The benefits of train transports are clear. On this particular route, rail freight is 75% less costly than air freight, while the train's carbon emissions are 90% lower. Compared to ocean freight, the train is 50% quicker as the distance by rail is 8 000 kilometers compared to more than 23 000 kilometers by ocean.
Jiri Polasek European Distribution Center Manager, Edwards Czech Republic
Rena An Order Management and Planning Manager, Leybold China
Alexander Irchin Logistics Manager, Atlas Copco Vacuum Technique
Securing the load
During the pilot, all Leybold’s transports were put in ocean freight packaging to avoid corrosion, while reducing the amount of plywood and completely eliminating the need for polyurethane foam. The transports were monitored via GPS tracker and the cargo’s temperature, humidity and load shocks were measured.
There can be significant temperature and humidity fluctuations, and load vibrations, but no significant damage was reported. This data prompted a decision to switch to rail for all but the heaviest of cargoes, which still go by container ship.
When distances are long, the planning time is important to ensure local market expectations can be met. Supply chain strategies focusing on planning delivery times, covering manufacturing and transport, are key to managing the right level of inventory for local markets and "just in time" refilling.
Another Europe-to-China rail route is now running in Edwards, also part of the Atlas Copco Group. Its distribution center in Czech Slavonin has started to ship products to destinations in Shanghai and Qingdao, via Poland. "We have also establishes rail shipments from China to European customers from our manufacturing center in Qingdao," Alexander says. "In addition to saving time and money, this also brings a reduction in CO2 emissions and on top of that improves customer satisfaction."
“Our strategy to switch to rail is driven by environmental and cost optimization needs, but it is also based on a strong focus on customer requirements. We wanted to establish a method that would get products to them without undue delay. It also proved to be a wise choice from a flexibility point of view. When we initiated this project we had no idea a global pandemic would hit, with logistics constraints and restrictions to follow. By using alternative and reliable transport modes like rail we were able to maintain supply and customer support in a very challenging time,” Alexander Irchin concludes.
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