DHL Supply Chain creates smart Singapore warehouse for Tetra Pak

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July 22, 2019: Tetra Pak, world's leading food processing and packaging solutions company, has partnered with DHL Supply Chain, to deploy digital twin technology in the Singapore warehouse.

DHL Supply Chain created a smart warehouse solution for Tetra Pak by bridging its physical warehouse with a unique virtual representation that monitors and simulates both the physical state and behavior of the warehouse assets in real time.

DHL informed through a statement: “With this digital twin solution, Tetra Pak is able to maintain 24/7 coordination of its operations to resolve issues as they occur, particularly those that involve safety and productivity.”

The technology which involves using digital models to better understand and manage physical assets, will support Tetra Pak's warehousing and transport operations.

This is the first smart warehouse for DHL in Asia Pacific, that combines Internet of Things (IoT) technology with data analytics.

Warehouse supervisors can use real-time operational data to make informed decisions to reduce congestion, improve resource planning and allocate workload. Using IoT and proximity sensors on Materials Handling Equipment (MHE), spatial awareness is enhanced, thus reducing potential collision risks. Controlled areas with restricted access are also monitored with management alerts. 

A DHL control tower monitors the flow of inbound and outbound goods to maintain time efficiency, ensuring goods are correctly shelved within 30 minutes of receipt, and delivery-bound goods are ready for shipment within 95 minutes.

To reduce operational risks and improve safety, DHL Supply Chain has implemented a container storage management solution that minimizes the need for employees to handle heavy containers. All employees are also trained to work within newly introduced safety measures.

"Innovation has always been at the heart of what we do at Tetra Pak. To keep the cogs of our operations turning seamlessly, it is vital that we have complementary warehousing and supply chain solutions that can meet the high demands of our customers," said Devraj Kumar, director, Integrated Logistics, South Asia, East Asia & Oceania, Tetra Pak.