- Right on schedule despite the pandemic: Expressdienst starts operating a new transhipment centre in Hesse today
- Conveniently located in the Potsdamer Platz industrial estate in Driedorf, Hesse
- Electric mobility included: charging points in staff car parks, power points at all loading and unloading gates
One facility for different temperature zones
Previously separate facilities for the transport of refrigerated pharmaceuticals (2 to 8 °C) in the trans-o-flex ThermoMed network and of medicines in the room temperature range (15 to 25 °C) in the trans-o-flex Express network will be combined at the new centre. For this purpose, a separate cold storage cell for handling at 2 to 8 °C has been installed in the building where consignments are sorted and handled at a temperature of between 15 and 25 °C. While these cold storage cells are controlled by air-conditioning systems from the very beginning, the rest of the hub is built in such a way that it reaches the specified temperature on more than 80 per cent of all days through the principle of free cooling. The temperature in the hub is regulated by a controlled ventilation system. "That saves energy," explains Albeck. "However, to ensure the temperature range of 15 to 25 °C, we will be installing additional air-conditioning technology for extremely hot days."
High capacities and sustainable site concept
At the new site, trans-o-flex will have a total of 81 loading and unloading gates with only around 5,000 square metres of warehouse space. This is thanks to a Y-shaped construction that reduces space requirements and optimises handling at the same time. Albeck: "With the same handling space, we can install more loading and unloading gates in the Y-shaped construction compared to the traditional rectangular design. We also shorten the sorting distances in the building and thus save time in daily operations."
"The Driedorf industrial area is ideally connected in terms of transport," said Albeck. "Without having to pass through the town of Driedorf, the trans-o-flex vehicles reach the B255 east-west link road in one minute and the A45 south-north link road in 9 minutes." To be prepared for the increased use of electric vehicles, there are charging points for electric cars in the staff car park. There are also power connections at the loading and unloading gates to regulate the temperature of vehicles with green electricity. In addition, special connections for charging battery-electric delivery vehicles have been prepared.
Last but not least, the location of the hub right next to a solar farm is ideal for the company. "trans-o-flex has been sourcing its electricity almost exclusively from renewable energy sources since 2008 and documents, among other things, its climate footprint and CO2efficiency in its annual sustainability report." trans-o-flex aims to be completely carbon-neutral by 2050.