Schenker looks to optimise rail operations

November 12, 2013 by Peter MacLeod
Schenker looks to optimise rail operations

Ab Ovo and DB Systel have entered into a five-year agreement to build up a planning competence centre to optimise DB Schenker Rail’s pan-European operations.

DB Schenker Rail operates one of the largest freight wagon and locomotive fleets in Europe, with 5,300 freight trains running daily and covering 100bn tonne-kms annually.

To manage the need for large-scale efficiency improvement, Ab Ovo and DB Systel joined forces to build up a planning competence centre to optimise DB Schenker Rail’s pan-European network operations and resource utilisation
 
Various functional applications will be deployed throughout DB Schenker Rail to solve the rail cargo puzzles, from long-term planning to day of operations and from traction to loc drivers. The main platform will be based on Quintiq technology.
 
“We chose Ab Ovo as the leading expert on the Quintiq technology for the rail cargo industry,” said Robert Arnhold, director of DB Systel. “They will insert the necessary knowledge into our organisation enabling us to serve DB Schenker Rail jointly with Ab Ovo for the years to come. The first large projects have started and we already experience the strength of our cooperation.”
 
“We are proud to continue our working relationship with DB Systel and DB Schenker Rail, the largest rail cargo operator in Europe,” says Willem Jan Groenewoud, chairman of Ab Ovo. “The decision of DB Schenker Rail and DB Systels to partner with Ab Ovo confirms our company’s expertise and ability to deliver integrated planning solutions.”

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