Application of a Rule-Based Decision Support System for Improving Energy Efficiency of Passive Temperature-Controlled Transports

  • Hans-Dietrich Haasis
  • Hendrik Wildebrand
  • Andreas Barz
  • Guido Kille
  • Anna Kolmykova
  • Lydia Schwarz
  • Axel Wunsch
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 262)


A significant proportion of the flow of goods is transported and handled temperature-controlled. Some of these transports are carried out with an active temperature control, while other goods are transported within the scope of a passive temperature control. The project SMITH focuses the issue of passive temperature control using the example of an aluminium producer in Germany which organizes transports of liquid aluminium. The liquid aluminium and the corresponding crucibles need to be heated in a way, which guarantees the customer a delivery in a proper processing temperature. Setting the temperature is currently based on experience. The aim of SMITH is to improve the energy efficiency of passive temperature-controlled logistics. The software predicts the optimum temperature based on factors such as weather conditions. A transfer of the solution to other temperature-controlled transports enables huge energy and CO2 savings and is an important contribution of the logistics industry to climate protection.


Passive temperature-controlled transport Expert system Decision tree Fuzzy logic Rule based 



This work was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) under the reference number 01LY1104 “SMITH—Improving energy efficiency of passive temperature-controlled transports”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans-Dietrich Haasis
    • 1
  • Hendrik Wildebrand
    • 2
  • Andreas Barz
    • 1
  • Guido Kille
    • 1
  • Anna Kolmykova
    • 1
  • Lydia Schwarz
    • 1
  • Axel Wunsch
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Shipping Economics and LogisticsBremenGermany
  2. 2.Berlin School of Economics and LawBerlinGermany

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