Manufacturing logistics and procurement – October 2020

02 November 2020

Smart Industries and developments
The PMMI report ‘Trends in Adoption of Remote Access: Moving Forward During Covid 19’ reveals how many CPGs, OEMs, and system integrators are responding to the “new normal” in manufacturing. You can download the report after filling in your e-mail address.
Deloitte and Wichita State University announced the launch of The Smart Factory @ Wichita, an experiential learning environment that will accelerate the future of manufacturing as innovation and new technologies continue to reshape operations and the modern enterprise.
ING (in Dutch) published their October Theme Update on digitisation and Smart Industry.
Research (in Dutch, 1.7 MB) by the Chamber of Commerce (in Dutch) shows that the brand awareness of Smart Industry has grown over the past four years.
New analysis by PwC shows that blockchain technology has the potential to boost global GDP by $1.76 trillion over the next decade. You can download the report after filling in your details.
As of 1 August 2020, Frank van der Stappen is appointed as Professor of Robotics and Automation. This is a combined position at both the Department of Computer Science at Utrecht University and the Department of Engineering at University College Roosevelt.

Industry 4.0 and the future supply chain
Tetra Pak has released a whitepaper (2.71 MB) on food safety and Industry 4.0. The report offers food manufacturers help in how to meet food safety challenges. It shares insights on some of the practical ways to prevent food safety issues and detect problems before they occur through digital technologies.
L.E.K. Consulting published an article about the evolving warehouse automation market and the implications for investors.
In the fifth edition of the Logistics Trend Radar, DHL has revealed 29 key trends that will impact the logistics industry over the next years. You can download the report after filling in your details.
Logistics Management has published a Special Digital Edition; Robotics finds its place in fulfillment which features robotics coverage over the last year to help track the evolution of this market sector. They offer a snapshot of how robotics is being applied inside logistics operations. You can download the special after filling in your details.
FZI Research Center for Information Technology published a whitepaper (14.84 MB) with the title ‘An image processing pipeline for automated packaging structure recognition.’

Standards in logistics
ISO wants to ensure users speak the same language in the blockchain. Therefore ISO’s technical committee ISO/TC 307 seeks to standardise the blockchain concept and the mechanism to support it.
GS1 submitted a policy paper (2.65 MB) and a summary (182 kB) offering recommendations on how GS1 global data standards can help rebuild better supply chains and prepare for future disruptions.

Sustainable supply chains and packaging concepts
Researchers of University North published a paper (281 kB) on reusable/returnable packaging in the IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering. The title is ‘An analysis of performance factors evaluation of reusable/returnable packaging.’
A survey from Pelican BioThermal reveals biopharma companies’ focus on sustainability in Cold Chain partnerships. You can download the survey after filling in your details.

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