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Zeppelin Baumaschinen GmbH

Zeppelin Baumaschinen GmbH

The customer and the project

As an exclusive partner, Zeppelin Baumaschinen GmbH has ensured the availability of spare parts of the Caterpillar construction machines at the central spare-parts store in Cologne for over 50 years. Here, too, the aims of flexible loading equipment management systems are pursued with intensity. The background to the introduction of BinMan in one of the world’s largest construction machine trading organisations included criteria regarding transport fastening, protection of resources and costs-saving. The reduction of transportation damage and better weather-resistance of the packaging were particular advantages of use of reusable containers with individual barcode labelling instead of frail disposable packaging.

Specification and structuring phase

Based on a specifications workshop and the communicated requirements of Zeppelin Baumaschinen GmbH, LOGSOL created a solution proposal for mapping all the requirements in BinMan 2.0. Here, the customers’ focus was particularly on single-container tracking in real-time and on the integration of mobile data collection devices.

Implementation phase

In addition to the classic view on the computer, BinMan is also available as a mobile version for the Falcon X3 Handheld used at Zeppelin. To this end, the user interface on the scanner devices integrated into the system via Wi-Fi was tailored to the operational processes of Zeppelin Baumaschinen GmbH. The focus here was on the simple and intuitive use of the devices in operations. Master data view and evaluations for the mobile devices were foregone completely in order to keep the recording workload as low as possible.

Further focuses in the software development


  • Expansion of BinMan for tracking individual containers (container master data, portfolio overviews, inventory functions)
  • Option for fast creation of individual containers

Test phase

  • Provision of a QA test system
  • Automated, browser-based test runs
  • Model-driven software development

All software developments were tested extensively for full functionality/usability by the persons responsible for the project at the customer and at LOGSOL in the QA system provided and approved by the client. Moreover, additional solution approaches emerged, which were specified later on in the course of the project and were implemented in full for the clients.

Introduction phase and go-live

In the course of the introductory phase, the key users of Zeppelin Baumaschinen GmbH received personal on-site training in Cologne. Additionally, LOGSOL supplied the individual database and the separate domain for the client. Since the successful go-live, a help-desk system and a support hotline have been available to Zeppelin.
At present, up to 400 container movements per day are registered by the employees in two-shift warehouse operations and recorded in real-time.


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