GasFlow
Know your container population inside/out and gain in fleet optimisation
Solution

Solution

GasFlow is Alizent’s solution for the gas industry. Developed specifically for the LPG market, GasFlow is a cylinder tracking and management solution that goes the extra mile. GasFlow doesn’t just improve your supply chain, it transforms it completely.

The solution works seamlessly with every function, from manufacture, right through to end-user engagement. It offers insights and opportunities never seen before in LPG cylinder tracking. GasFlow utilizes forward thinking technologies such as RFID, combined with smart cloud-based software that works with all devices.

Manufacturing & Filling

GasFlow can integrate and optimise the manufacturing and filling process

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GasFlow enables you to turn your cylinders into ‘smart’ and unique assets using RFID technology. Your existing fleet can be retro-tagged and any new cylinders can be fitted at point of manufacture. The cylinders are recognised by your carousels as a live asset and your inventory becomes accurate and automated.

Cylinders are filled with the exact amount of gas, offering unprecedented safety and efficiency. The cylinders are weighed and sorted for maintenance and retesting automatically and any defects are identified there and then. Once filled, the cylinders connect with their selected pallet and cage, bridging the gap with distribution.

At Alizent we believe that technology should be adapted to business, not the other way round, and the GasFlow solution, including the intelligent software is configured to fit your business now, whilst also adapting to it in the future.

Distribution

GasFlow is able to tap into the distribution chain like never before

The unique identity of each and every cylinder offers complete traceability through the distribution chain from despatch to return. Visibility is in real time, and this includes the delivery driver element so that you are able to map and monitor routes to increase efficiency. Optimisation of cylinder use enables you to minimise outlay on new assets and cope with seasonal demand.

Distributor performance metrics are available and you can identify and action black holes, losses and slow or poor performing supply chains with ease. GasFlow can also tap further into delivery processes and digitize the operation offering smart terminals and ePayments.

Point of Sale

GasFlow reaches each individual point of sale (PoS)

Point of Sale

Point of Sale (PoS) outlets benefit from the optimised Distribution network developing a closer partnership. The unique identification of each cylinder can be seen in real-time at each PoS and dispatch and return patterns are tracked.
Digitization of various processes at the PoS level removes paperwork and streamlines processes.

End-user

GasFlow connects with the end-users via point of sale or a delivery mobile application

GasFlow tracks each purchase, person, outlet and cylinder, closing the loop from manufacture to consumption. The end-user is able to tap into their own personal supply chain as they can locate cylinders automatically via the app (requires NFC). This can also extend to an automated 24/7 solution via our revolutionary vending machine / kiosk offering an extra layer of customer satisfaction.

Payments can be seamless using ePayments and smart terminals and credit card and loyalty schemes are integrated. Marketers are able to extrapolate purchase history and consumer behaviour and tailor make marketing push messages, offering increased loyalty and revenue.

Automated LPG Kiosk

Alizent offers end-user clients 24/7 access to LPG cylinders

Alizent have developed a ground-breaking GasFlow LPG kiosk/vending machine that offers end-user clients 24/7 access to LPG cylinders. The cost effective, yet robust patented design connects with the smartphone app and provides kiosk location, cylinder reservation, payment, collection and return.
Read about how Point of Sale outlets and End-User clients benefit from the kiosk.

Benefits

Benefits

Identify your entire cylinder fleet with complete awareness from manufacture to fill to consumer and reverse. Optimisation and strategic automation of your cylinder population enables you to be confident that you have a high performing, efficient and importantly safe asset fleet.

Manufacturing & Filling

The team at Alizent truly know the LPG cylinder market.

GasFlow has been designed to automate production, reduce costs and improve plant performance.

  • RFID tracking devices can be integrated at point of manufacture or retro-fitted. RFID performs better than barcodes or optical recognition – 99.999% accuracy, no issues with human intervention or environmental conditions.
  • Automated sortation of cylinders for retesting, reducing human intervention.
  • Advanced automated sortation of cylinders based on conditions set on any cylinder property (including individual historical data).
  • Optimise purchases of new cylinders – only buy what you need.
  • Peace of mind in terms of safety – faulty cylinders are automatically rejected as the solution integrates with your filling carousels or semi-automated filling equipment.
  • Tracked and optimised maintenance, reducing costs.
  • Accurate knowledge of plant performance.
  • Pallet tracking integration, bridging the gap between production and distribution.

Distribution

Distributors are the first customer in your supply chain and GasFlow enhances their experience.

It provides a powerful insight into Distributor behaviour patterns and performance, whilst giving distributors a high value added tool to digitize their processes…

  • Identify your entire supply chain – full or empty cylinders uniquely tracked at Distributor level.
  • Understand demand & seasonality – optimise your outlay on new cylinders.
  • Reshape the distributor supply chain, flag poor performing channels, and ensure distributors never run out of stock.
  • Pinpoint losses or supply chain black holes, identify unauthorised or unusual supply chain paths for cylinder returns.
  • Map and monitor delivery routes and delivery, detailing driver activity – optimize the supply chain and improve customer satisfaction.
  • Digitize transactions with distributors, such as orders or product rejection, removing key manual administrative tasks.
  • Digitize delivery processes using smart terminals and ePayments, reducing administrative tasks for distributors such as cash collection and end-of-day balances.

Point of Sale

Point of Sale (PoS) outlets are an important link to the end customer.

GasFlow changes their perception of LPG sales and the solution offers both yourself and your PoS outlets many benefits to increase sales and minimise costs.

  • Know each PoS in more detail, real time stock control and awareness.
  • Eliminate paperwork in all steps of the customer experience, minimise human error and increase speed.
  • Offer point of sale outlets the ‘extra mile’ of tapping into their consumers with offers and real-time stock location via the app.
  • Integrate the LPG kiosk/vending machine solution to increase revenue with a 24/7 automated service.

End-user

Do you really know your end users?

With GasFlow, you can now truly know your end-user on an individual basis. This insight has never before been available in such a powerful way.

  • Increase revenue by offering an optimised customer purchase experience.
  • Generate extra income using clever marketing messages, individualized to customers.
  • Offer discounts, loyalty bonuses, gather feedback.
  • Add value with seamless payment using ePayments and smart terminals. (link to seamless payments detail in software section)
  • Automated kiosk/vending machine add-on to increase revenue with a 24/7 automated service.
Technologies

Technologies

GasFlow utilises RFID tags and readers, blended with cloud-based software.

Our solution is designed to be scalable and dynamic so that it can be constantly adapted to your business, not vice-versa.

RFID
Tags

Alizent design a wide-range of RFID tags engineered to withstand the conditions of industrial applications and have developed tags that are designed to work with LPG cylinders. These tags can be fitted during manufacture or retro-fitted.

Readers

Our readers are configured to work within the points of the LPG supply chain:

Production line – integrated ATEX reader stations on the filling line.

Dispatch – RFID bulk scanning reader for entry / exit and stock control.

Distribution / Point of Sale – delivery and collection via a smartphone.

Software

GasFlow is developed from the solid foundations of Awarenet. Awarenet is Alizent’s solution that tracks and traces returnable containers in many industries and we have adapted it to the LPG market.

The GasFlow software architecture has been designed to cope with the real needs and constraints of different LPG companies in different markets. It is a distributed architecture able to cope with the need for real time cylinder information in any plant at any time.
Resilient and fault-tolerant synchronization management makes every plant independent, in spite of its location and / or connectivity capacities. GasFlow will never lose a single tracking event, even when a remote plant in the country goes offline for days.

GasFlow uses Alizent mobile technologies to be able to cope with thousands of distribution users, be it last-mile delivery drivers or point of sale users. Its Android based mobile apps make taking the tracking solution into every corner of the supply chain easy and cost efficient.

A sophisticated data architecture design enables the solution to cope with millions of cylinders generating thousands of information records each day. No matter how many cylinders and operations per day, the system will stay at the same level without degradation in performance.

Alizent’s software team have developed a cloud based system to fit your business perfectly. For managers, reporting, analysis and alerts are easily generated. Data is turned into information using a simple dashboard format that works on all devices, minimizing the impact on your existing IT infrastructure. For distributors and stakeholders, a modern web and android app are used to digitize all processes and communications with the central LPG company, creating the right motivation for all stakeholders to trace & track cylinder operations all along the value chain

Integration with your existing infrastructure…

GasFlow can integrate seamlessly to your current ERP solution and IT infrastructure. It will synchronize important processes such as billing or distributor sales commission.

Seamless Payments…

Our solution utilizes epayments and smart terminals. This offers seamless payments and integrates credit card information as well as the possibility to integrate existing loyalty solutions. This technology also digitizes all delivery processes, reducing administrative tasks for distributors such as cash collection and end-of-day balance.