Manufacturing logistics and procurement – April 2022

02 May 2022

Sustainability in the supply chain
Industrial Physics research (‘2022 Global Outlook of Sustainable Packaging’) has found that almost half of the 255 global packaging professionals (49%) surveyed said meeting testing standards was one the biggest challenges they faced in wider adoption of sustainable packaging materials. One of the other findings was that the biggest impacts on sustainable packaging innovation will come from R&D (61%), new standards (53%), and new legislation/regulatory requirements (42%). You can download the report after filling in your details.
PwC has published an article about their survey which shows that many challenges remain to fully optimise supply chains. While companies focus on supply chain basics like increasing efficiency and managing costs, they are missing value creation opportunities in digitisation, sustainability and transformation.

Policy gaps in multimodal transport networks
As part of the European FENIX project, GS1 has investigated where and which standardisation gaps exist in multimodal transport networks and digital logistics platforms and, crucially, where future opportunities may be found. One of the results of the survey was that lack of knowledge is by far the biggest hurdle in implementing standards.
In a new report (3.1 MB) the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the World Economic Forum identify five fundamental policy frontiers key to widespread TradeTech adoption ‘TradeTech’ is the set of technologies that facilitates global trade and makes it more efficient, inclusive and sustainable. The five policy frontiers are: global data transmission and liability frameworks, global legal recognition of electronic transactions and documents, global digital identity of persons and objects, global interoperability of data models for trade documents and platforms and global trade rules access and computational law.

Future of production of packaging
PMMI has published a report entitled ‘2022 Shaping the Future of Packaging’ in which it focusses on four themes: collaboration, labour, productivity, and sustainability. You can download the report after filling in your details.
Capturing transparent objects in three dimensions is a major challenge. Researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF have developed a sensor that is able to solve this problem. The system has now been successfully tested for the first time with a robot.

Impact response prediction method of packaging systems
Unmanned System Research Institute has published a paper (1.91 MB) in Shock and Vibration entitled ‘Impact Response Prediction Method of Packaging Systems with a Key Component considering Different Excitations and Cushioning Materials’.

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