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We research for intermodality

Research is often the basis for increasing the efficiency of existing potentials and logistical structures. This breaks up rigid chains and replaces them with flexible, cooperative and open networks.

At the same time, digitization and Logistics 4.0 are being promoted, because only by exchanging the necessary information is it possible to optimally design the logistics chain and to reduce any inefficiencies that may arise due to a lack of information.

The combination of services from different modes of transport (water / road / rail) creates intermodal transport chains that have cost advantages over unimodal transports due to consolidation effects.

Bringing practice and research into harmony guarantees great potential for improvement; 4PL Intermodal wants to use this. Our employees do their utmost to achieve this.

Research projects

DASLOGIS – consortium leader TNO

The Dutch TKI Dinalog project “Industry 4.0 driven Supply Chain Coordination for Small- & Medium-sized Enterprises” aims to increase the competitiveness of the Dutch logistics sector through the increased introduction…

PhysICAL – consortium leader Fraunhofer

The lead project PhysICAL creates the necessary basis for a comprehensive implementation of the Physical Internet in Austria – to protect the climate and for more efficient transport logistics.

Research news


PhysICAL at the 6th SGKV TerminalTag

The SGKV “Study Society for Combined Goods Transport e.V.” based in Berlin organizes an information event once a year for participants in intermodal freight transport. This year 2021 the motto of the event is “CO2021”. On the 6th Terminal Day, actors from politics, business and science will answer t…

4PL Intermodal GmbH | research

PhysICAL – 1st interim report

The lead project PhysICAL had achieved the underlying objectives of the first section by the end of the first reporting period. The participants in the consortium work together in all work packages and pilots towards the goal of cooperating and using existing synergies. The consortium project compri…

Questions and answers on research and development

The bases of the calculation are subject to the scientific criteria. Here, DIN 16258: 2011 is a guideline for calculation and evaluation.

Yes, IMSLOT is being used productively by a steadily growing number of very well-known representatives of the intermodal transport industry. Due to the complex tasks in the transport sector, we grow consciously step by step and always with our partners and clients. In addition, IMSLOT modules are also used in research projects.

As a start-up, we at 4PL Intermodal can experimentally apply and test new ideas and technical prototypes. In addition to the necessary know-how, we and our team are also interested in continuous further development. We create all the prerequisites for this. In this way the greatest possible success of the tasks in the projects is conceptually given and has also been achieved to date.

In addition, with its platform economy and technical support, 4PL Intermodal has the necessary resources to provide the research institutions with ideal conditions.

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