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Industry Tools -- January/February 2017

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January/February 2017

Fleet management

C3 Solutions announces C3 Yard—the latest addition to its software-as-a-service logistics optimization product suite, C3 Hub. C3 Yard features real-time visibility into yard activity with color codes, zoom features, complete yard inventory, exportable trailer lists, and one-click access to vehicle details and history. In addition, users can receive alerts about trailer maintenance, idle assets, late arrivals and departures, refused shunter tasks, and other time-sensitive events. C3 Yard also can be integrated to communicate with other supply chain systems, such as warehouse management systems, transportation management systems, and enterprise resources planning systems.

Omnitracs Critical Event Video

Omnitracs

has enhanced its Critical Event Reporting (CER) application with the addition of Critical Event Video (CEV), an in-cab video solution designed to improve driver training and mitigate the liability risks associated with accidents and other critical events. CEV matches front-facing and driver-facing videos with factors detected through CER, such as hard braking, speeding, stability control, following time, and collision warning and mitigation. The system also tracks information about the time and location of the event and the truck’s actual speed. Video captured through CEV can be reviewed within minutes of a triggered event to promptly address the issue.

Logistics

Logility has added Logility Voyager Integrated Business Planning (IBP) software to its Voyager software suite. Voyager IBP was designed around three main features: on-demand scenarios and simulation, social collaboration, and a unified data model. The program offers interactive simulation and scenario development with the ability to run multiple what-if scenario comparisons, helping companies focus resources on activities that will deliver the greatest benefit. Its embedded social collaboration features and workflows enable planning and decision-making across the organization, incorporating finance, sales, manufacturing, distribution, and supply chain in addition to key customers and suppliers.

ArrowStream Inbound Freight Program Insights Module

ArrowStream has released an Inbound Freight Program Insights module for its Crossbow software solution. The module aims to give customers greater control of shipment efficiency and to enable purchasing and logistics departments to collaborate on reducing freight costs. Crossbow's optimization technology recommends improvements to ordering and routing patterns, warehouse inventory levels, and management of fleet miles and freight. The tool also alerts teams when orders and shipments are falling short of plan, so that they can take action to improve financial performance by preventing losses from inefficient orders before the freight is tendered.

Mobile computing

XploreTechnologies XSLATE R12

Xplore Technologies has unveiled the XSLATE R12, the newest addition to its line of tablet computers. The R12 was designed to be a flexible mobile-computing solution and features a 12.5-inch display, a Bluetooth-enabled detachable keyboard, and a hot-swappable battery. Built-in 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Band 14, and pass-through antenna capabilities are designed to keep the R12 connected while on the go. Internal configurations can include Intel i5 or i7 CoreSeries Processors and Windows 10, 8.1, or 7 professional operating system options. The tablet is compatible with an RJ45 and RS232 True Serial port dongle and a SlateMate bar code reader as well as high-frequency radio frequency identification for point-of-service data acquisition.

Packaging

Printpack offers an easy-tear polyethylene pouch that complies with the How2Recycle store drop-off recycling program—a program that works to expand public awareness of plastic film recycling and boost the number of store drop-off locations. The food packaging’s single-material structure is the key to its recyclability, as it does not contain a mix of recyclable and non-recyclable layers as some multi-material pouches do. Printpack offers customizable options for this package that include moisture barriers, oxygen barriers, and closures to better preserve contents and combat food waste. Additionally, the reverse-printed laminated structure of the pouch protects graphics to ensure pristine presentation for the lifespan of the product.

Process control

Aseptia Aseptisense

Aseptia introduces AseptiSense, a system of tools for successful process simulation, particle-flow monitoring, and safety validation of complex particulate food products that are sterilized with aseptic processes. AseptiSense uses surrogate food particles called BioPods to measure various aspects of a continuous-flow process system and is a US Food and Drug Administration– accepted solution for continuous-flow particulate validation. The BioPods are approved for the production and validation of aseptic food products containing particulates as large as five-eighths of an inch. AseptiSense and BioPods are compatible with the company’s AseptiWave process, which uses rapid, consistent heating to produce shelf-stable foods without preservatives or refrigeration.

Retail

GoChip EMV SDK

ID TECH and Worldnet announce the release of the GoChip Europay, Mastercard, and Visa (EMV) software development kit (SDK) toolkit. The GoChip EMV SDK toolkit incorporates Worldnet’s EMV certified payment application, GoChip, with ID TECH’s EMV certified hardware—including the Augusta, for fixed point-of-sale (POS) workstations, the MiniSmartII for purpose-built mobile POS terminals, and the Spectrum Pro for unattended kiosk solutions. Worldnet’s GoChip application also can be used with any third-party POS solution as well as iOS and Android operating systems for tablet POS merchants. For merchants looking for a point-to-point encryption–validated solution, Worldnet also supports the secure reading exchange of the data-certified version of Augusta S.

Tracking and labeling

Isotrak ePod app

Isotrak launched its new electronic proof of delivery (ePOD) mobile application. The new app is available for Android devices and designed to accompany Isotrak’s ATMSi online portal for fleet and delivery management. Isotrak’s ePOD application includes a range of customizable features so drivers can obtain electronic signatures, take photos of damaged goods, scan bar codes, confirm schedules, and capture any other details that may be relevant to delivery or collection. Data collected through the ePOD application is continuously synched to the ATMSi online portal, allowing managers to analyze real-time performance.

Shop floor

Hamilton Caster DuraGlide

Hamilton Caster is offering DuraGlide, a new series of polyurethane tread wheels. Designed for extra-heavy loads, the wheels feature a 1-inch-thick tread of dynamically responsive polyurethane molded to a heavy-duty cast-iron core. The DuraGlide series is formulated to run cooler than other polyurethane wheels, combating the heat buildup that can lead to wheel failure. The wheels are available in diameters ranging from 6 to 12 inches and with load capacities ranging from 1,600 to 8,000 pounds per wheel and can be paired with the majority of Hamilton’s forged steel casters.

DESTACO Accelerate vacuum cups

DESTACO has added a new line of vacuum cups to its Accelerate collection of tooling and gripping products. The polyurethane vacuum cups feature high-friction, anti-slip treading, which provides strong sealing capability and makes the cups suitable for securely handling oily parts in high-speed press applications. The polyurethane material also provides a long shelf life and improved shape-memory retention. The Accenture collection of vacuum cups includes 17 sizes and four styles: round bellows, round flat foot, oval bellows, and oval flat foot. The cups are available in a variety of mounting options to fit new or existing applications.  

Visibility

Dun & Bradstreet has launched the Human Trafficking Risk (HTR) index, a solution designed to help companies make ethical sourcing decisions. Dun & Bradstreet's HTR index uses data from its global database of 250 million business records, along with public data from the US Department of State and the US Department of Labor, to analyze conditions in areas where goods are produced and assign a score to that region and commodity. When a company enters its list of suppliers into the HTR index, it receives a report rating each supplier on a scale of 1 to 7, with 7 indicating a high risk of that supplier being involved in human trafficking. The HTR index is offered by Dun & Bradstreet as part of its Responsible Business Analytics suite.

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