Colorant Load Securing App

Disposal of dangerous goods: digital documentation of load securing

  • 17 apps in use
  • 80 per cent time savings through real-time dangerous goods documentation
  • Automated data storage for better document management
  • Legally compliant documentation

Originally, we were looking for an audit app. smapOne then offered us even more: It quickly became clear that there are numerous paper processes in our production that we can digitalise and simplify with a smap. The possibility of digitalising these processes ourselves, without the help of the IT department, for example, was another plus point. smapOne convinced us.

Dr Thomas Lindner, Operations Manager HPPM, Clariant BU PigmentsClariant

Dr Thomas Lindner,


Load securing using an app enables legally compliant documentation

What is the specific challenge?

Clariant's Pigments business unit produces a wide range of organic colour pigments for various applications and industries. In the HPPM plant at the Frankfurt-Höchst site, the high-performance pigments, insoluble coloured powders, are mixed and ground for further processing.

These processing steps result in waste products that are classified as dangerous goods and must be shipped in steel containers for disposal. The transport and load securing documentation, which is necessary for these dangerous goods and complies with the relevant laws and regulations, has so far been carried using a time-consuming analogue process. A laborious, multi-stage process that wasn't viable anymore.

In practice, the documentation process looked like this: at the beginning of each mailing, the relevant paper form was printed, filled out by hand, scanned and then digitally filed. Using a digital camera, they took additional photos of the load and the load securing process were taken. Subsequent information processing or manually merging this data was time-consuming and caused many errors.

What is the solution?

Today, the employees in HPPM record all load safety data with a self-created checklist app from smapOne. In the digital documentation, they can record all data without disruption to the flow of information, automatically create a complete report and store them correctly using Microsoft Power Automate. Mandatory fields ensure that the information is complete and uniform and complies with all official requirements for shipping dangerous goods. A digital signature completes this process.


What has improved?

Thanks to the digital solution, the creating reports has become much more efficient. Instead of using paper, pen and digital cameras for documentation purposes, proof of load securing is carried out in a single step thanks to the integrated photo function in smap (self-created app with smapOne). A half-hour documentation process now only takes 5 minutes.

Another important benefit is the legal certainty that complete documentation creates. Information collected is stored in a folder and electronically available as a complete data set - anywhere and anytime. This is essential for keeping in line with official requirements for dispatching dangerous goods.


How does digital transformation work in the company?

The simple and intuitive handling of the tool was enough to convince employees of the application'S benefits. Their work was hugely simplified and saved plenty of time. Since then, they have digitized other processes using smaps. Exchanging ideas and optimising smaps is now an integral part of the company's weekly jour fixe.

Florian Gerke, a master of logistics and processes, recommends developing a "just-do-it mentality". Getting started means just that: starting straight away and not thinking too long about whether or not it will work. Instead, it's best to take small, manageable steps. These initial, quickly achievable successes then increases the employees' trust and motivation to venture into more complex topics. Regular training courses on how to use smapOne and specially created internal tutorial videos promote further integration and acceptance in the company. "We still have many ideas for future smaps that will allows us to gradually get closer to our goal of 'paperless operation'", says Gerke.

About the company

Disposal of dangerous goods: digital documentation of load securing

Clariant's Pigments business unit is a leading global supplier of premium organic pigments, pigment preparations and dyes used in several sectors, such as the automotive industry, for industrial coatings and plastics, and for colouring of household, textile and personal care products. As a global leader, Clariant makes an important contribution to value creation for customers in a wide variety of industries with innovative and sustainable solutions, always with a keen eye on current trends and a responsible use of limited resources. 

Curious? Read more
Digital data as a high-speed process accelerator – the digital journey of OSBRA Formteile GmbH
Digital data as a high-speed process accelerator – the digital journey of OSBRA Formteile GmbH

When producing important plastic parts, there's no room for error. As a supplier and plastics manufacturer, OSBRA Formteile GmbH is subject to various requirements and certifications to meet specific customer needs. With smapOne, they have created a digital ecosystem that enables ad hoc evaluations with real-time data which maps the production process with complete transparency.

To the story

Masa: end-to-end processes through simple SAP integration
Masa: end-to-end processes through simple SAP integration

The Masa Group specialise in the design and production of systems and machinery for the building materials industry. For them, a standalone digital solution was out of the question. Integrating and collecting data using their own apps was the most important requirement during digitalisation. Using REST-API and Microsoft Flow, numerous processes could be implemented consistently.

To the story

Building materials specialist is digitalising field service and cutting down on red tape
Building materials specialist is digitalising field service and cutting down on red tape

SAKRET, one of the leading German quality manufacturers in the building materials industry, succeeded in digitalising manual processes pragmatically and quickly: with its own mobile apps. For example, sales staff can send a complaint form from the app to the office staff as a PDF without delay. In addition, experiences and customer wishes are now documented via an app for market observation. Many more apps will follow.

To the story

Bausch GmbH: Digitisation in the scrap yard motivates employees
Bausch GmbH: Digitisation in the scrap yard motivates employees

The intuitive app construction kit from smapOne gives Bausch employees the opportunity to easily implement their processes in apps themselves. By digitising problem scenarios in just a few steps, Bausch not only promotes a productive workflow, but also work motivation for further process optimisation.

To the story

Want to be successful too?

Let’s create your success story together!

Get a free 14-day trial today.

Try it out!