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[post_date] => 2018-09-17 11:07:33
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[post_content] => Hoyer, the Hamburg-based international bulk logistics firm, is no stranger to the application of the latest information technology to the supply chain. It started its first trials with GPS solutions 20 years ago and, in 2013, began working with telematics solutions for dedicated businesses. But as the possibilities of using data more intelligently started to reveal themselves, things have moved on more rapidly since then.
Marlen Blechschmidt, head of digitalisation at Hoyer’s Business Unit Netlog, explains: “The need for transparency in the logistics chain for products – and especially dangerous goods – revealed itself as a general requirement of the market and broader society. Therefore, in 2016, Hoyer decided to equip its entire tank container fleet with smart technology.”
The outcome of this decision will be seen by Hoyer’s customers when its new Smart Tanks arrive on their premises. “The Smart Tank is one of Hoyer’s leading digital projects and plays a fundamental role in the group’s overall strategy,” Blechschmidt says. “Through this, Hoyer is setting new standards as a solutions provider for liquid goods.”
By enriching transport data with real-time information, Hoyer is able to offer new and improved services to its customers. “Our activities always include long-term responsibility for people and the environment and the Smart Tank supports our customers’ needs for safety, quality and reliability,” Blechschmidt adds.
Hoyer reports that the Smart Tank project has attracted “massive interest” from the chemical industry. That level of interest also made it clear that there is an appetite for more information, both internally and externally, to explain the possibilities on offer through the technology. “Implementing the resulting findings in practice and on time is another challenge that Hoyer successfully manages,” Blechschmidt says.
The Smart Tank offers three main advantages. It can optimise fleet management, significantly reducing the need for manual inputs and improving fleet utilisation. It enhances safety in transport, meeting societal and environmental demands. And it adds to the quality of transport operations through a focus on deviation management and timely delivery of goods, as demanded by modern in-time logistics.
Hoyer can offer not only geo-information but complete monitoring of goods in transport at any defined point of time. “Monitoring also includes the condition of the transported goods – temperature, filling level and pressure – allowing us to identify any deviations. These can be detected at an early stage through deviation alerts,” Blechschmidt explains.
“This project marks a strategic milestone in the tank container logistics industry,” Blechschmidt continues. “The digitalisation of the logistics chain in the chemical industry is a global challenge that Hoyer has accepted technologically by developing and using the Smart Tank’s highly specialised telematics solution.
“We will complete the installation process within the next two to three years,” she adds. “At the end of that period we intend to have our employees and processes prepared for making optimal use of the whole smart logistics concept. The strong interest of our customers underlines our vision to set a new standard for the industry.”
[post_title] => Hoyer: The front runner
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With 20 years' experience in telematics in the supply chain, Hoyer aims to stay at the forefront of technology with its latest project, Smart Tank