Power plant expansion taken as an opportunity

The IWB (Industrielle Werke Basel) secures the supply of the canton Basel city with electricity and heat energy. In order to further reduce the use of natural gas in district heating production in the winter months, another wood-fired power plant is currently being built.
The new power plant will be built next to the waste incineration plant Basel, the most important production site for the Basel district heating network.

IWB uses the construction of the power plant to strive for a far-reaching automation of the delivery and shipping processes and found in the BLS logistics control system not only the desired solution, but a system specialized in waste management with exceptional functionality.

ONE system for the entire transport logistics

Thanks to its extensive features, BLS can handle the entire transport logistics process chain in ONE system in an automated manner.

Starting with the upstream process steps, such as scheduling via the delivery or shipping itself, the in-house transport logistics, up to invoicing, processes are implemented safely, efficiently and tamper-proof.


Deliveries by truck, train and car

The system meets all requirements for municipal, commercial, but also private deliveries and ensures automated processing of deliveries or shipping by truck, train, but also private cars.

Deliveries in cash as well as cross-border waste movements are handled equally safely with BLS. Numerous interfaces to a variety of systems ensure full data consistency.

Complete documentation

All incoming and outgoing substances, their origin and their further processing are fully documented. The classification is based on the waste catalogue, whereby the product classes and waste specifications are continuously compared with the publicly given data.

Of course, the collection of routes and tours in the waste collection are also considered. It is even possible for the collection in smaller communities to divide the quantities into different associations.

Ongoing optimization

All data is processed and made available to the process control systems of the incineration plants in order to be able to continuously optimize energy production.

WEB dispo tool as BLS module

An example of the extraordinary functionality is the dispo tool by Rudolf Berthold Ges.m.b.H: this feature is a web-based software solution for the registration, planning, confirmation and booking of deliveries and is integrated into the modular BLS.

IWB thus provides its customers with an easy-to-use tool to clearly announce deliveries and enable quick clarification between the business partners.

Rudolf Berthold Ges.m.b.H as partner

The contract was awarded by IWB in November 2017.

In order to implement the integration of a logistics control system quickly and without errors, close cooperation is required.

Rudolf Berthold and their powerful team are close to the customer and user in this project. Competent advice with extensive know-how, rapid recording of customer requirements and the factory situation lead to targeted engineering and detailed planning at Berthold.

This procedure enables optimal integration of individual requirements, such as the integration of in-plant transfer vehicles, including their on-board scales or a customer-side washing area.


From planning to implementation

In-house hardware and software development, test setup in our own factory including pre-acceptance and training to on-site installation, commissioning and go-live support is implemented by our experienced technicians with the goal of 100% customer satisfaction.

Optimal solutions and cost efficiency do not have to exclude each other.

Over the past few months, a tailor-made, comprehensive application of the complete logistics control system BLS has been developed for 3 IWB power plants:

  • IWB Waste Recycling Plant (KVA)
  • IWB wood-fired power plant I
  • IWB wood-fired power plant II

All preparatory work has already been completed to the satisfaction.
To ensure the uninterrupted operation of the power plants as well as the deliveries and shipments, a parallel operation is currently being established.

This was especially important in this project as there are virtually no downtime periods. The conversion to BLS will take place in July 2018.

Hardware content:

  • 5 self-service terminals
  • Identification systems at all unloading points with barcode reader and RFID combination devices
  • Identification system for washing area
  • Central equipment (server, network, SAN, …)
  • Cabinets
  • Two measuring stations for radioactivity incl. Collision protection
  • Video cameras
  • intercom system
  • Wiring incl. material
  • Modification of the existing plant for automation using existing sensors, barriers, gate valves, and many more. as well as new PLC

Further information

Planners and operators of power plants and energy centres will be pleased to receive a personal information package about the project and our services on request.

Rudolf Berthold Ges.m.b.H is looking forward to the upcoming stage of commissioning and thanks you for your trust so far. We are proud to be part of this project!

More about IWB waste incineration plant
KVA Basel produces energy from the region’s household, industrial and commercial waste in a way that conserves resources and the environment: steam for industrial companies, district heating for Switzerland’s largest district heating network and electricity for IWB’s customers.
At the beginning of 1999, IWB put the current KVA Basel into operation with two furnace lines. At the end of 2008, the Association for Environmentally Sound Energy (VUE) awarded KVA the Swiss quality label "naturemade basic". KVA Basel is the first waste incineration plant in Switzerland to receive this quality award for energy from renewable energy sources.
The annual capacity of waste incineration is around 230 000 tonnes. The overall efficiency (share of useful energy gained from the waste) is just under 80%, a peak in Europe.

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